Workforce Development Board Member Information

Workforce Development Board Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 (Stark County)

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 (Stark County)

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 (Tuscarawas County)

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 (Stark County)

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (Stark County)

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 (Tuscarawas County)

**Unless otherwise noted, the meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of every other month beginning at 12:00 pm.


Accepted Bylaws

Board Members

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is comprised of individuals who represent business, economic development, education, labor and community organizations. They work in close partnership with the Stark and Tuscarawas County Commissioners in planning, administering and overseeing workforce development programs funded under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), enacted in 2014, is the federal legislation under which public workforce development programs are conducted. WIOA is intended to serve all job seekers and employers offering a universal service model.

The Workforce Development Board aids area businesses by serving as a community workforce development catalyst, promoting not only a strong economic development effort, but also to support our community’s capacity to meet the challenges of a high productivity workplace. This is accomplished by assuring that education and employment opportunities are well planned and supported by the private sector; are well coordinated within the community; afford ease of access; are of high quality; and demonstrate an acceptable return on taxpayer investment.

In 2006, the Board created the Workforce Investment Council, a 501c3, to seek grants and other private funding to enhance and expand workforce development activities in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties.

Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board Members

Officers and Executive Director

Scott Robinson
WDB Chair
Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce 

WDB Vice Chair

Damus Cole
WDB Secretary
Canton JATC-Electricians

Joseph Sekely
WDB Treasurer

JoAnn Breedlove
WDB Executive Director

Board Members

Marla Akridge
Tuscarawas County Economic Corp.

Stephen Carson

Damus Cole
Electrical Trades Center of Greater Stark County

Lisa Gould
Hall of Fame Village

Darren Van Winkle
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway 

John Aldergate
Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital

Sue Marzano

Para Jones
Stark State College

Alison Kerns
Harcatus Tri-County C.A.O., Inc.

Rick Baxter
Alliance Area Development

Joseph Sekely

Marc Manheim
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

Steven Meeks
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Rick Moss
Iron Workers Local 550 Canton

Steve Rippeth
Buckeye Career Center

Scott Robinson
Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce

Tracy Sabo
Aultman Health Foundation

Robin Waltz
United Way of Tuscarawas County

Jennifer Waters
MK Morse

Local Elected Officials

Stark County Commissioners
Janet Weir Creighton, Chief Elected Official
Richard Regula
Bill Smith

Tuscarawas County Commissioners
Chris Abbuhl
Greg Ress
Kristin Zemis