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.
Wednesday, September 6th, 2023
Stark County – Hall of Fame
Wednesday, November 1st, 2023
OhioMeansJobs Tuscarawas County Center
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024
Wednesday, March 6th, 2024
Wednesday, May 1st, 2024
Unless otherwise noted, meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of every other month, beginning at 12:00PM.
Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce
WDB Vice Chair
WDB Executive Director
Tuscarawas County Economic Corp.More
Marla Akridge is the Executive Director of the Tuscarawas County, Ohio Economic Development Corporation (TCEDC). Throughout her 23-year career, Akridge has assisted many communities in furthering their economic and community development interests. She has worked with economic development organizations and chambers of commerce in Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Colorado, and Ohio. Akridge has worked with large companies as well as entrepreneurs and has helped develop several rural development projects. Marla has a huge passion for broadband. TCEDC and Tuscarawas County have made broadband a top priority because of every business and citizens should have equal access to broadband. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Auburn University. Marla is married to Ron “her Southern Gentleman” and they have a Catahoula (Zigzag). She enjoys biking, running, hiking, and being outdoors.
Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital
Alliance Area DevelopmentMore
Rick Baxter is the current President of Alliance Area Development and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce. He graduated from Milligan University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing. Before starting his role as President of Alliance Area Development and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, he spent 20 years as a commercial banker. Rick is very active in the Alliance community as he is a member of the Alliance Rotary Club and a board member for the Alliance YMCA.
Electrical Trades Center of Greater Stark County
The M.K. Morse CompanyMore
Andrew Fowler is the current Executive Director of Manufacturing at The M.K. Morse Company. He has worked his way up through the company over the past 20 years, first starting as a Technology Center Test Technician in 2004. He earned his Associate of Applied Science from Stark State, his Bachelor of Science from the University of Akron, and his MBA from Malone University.
Hall of Fame VillageMore
Lisa Gould has worked at the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co. since August of 2020, currently employed as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Lisa oversees strategic and operational HR functions for the publicly-traded company and growing Hall of Fame Village campus. With a proven track record of managing rapid growth in the human resource space, Lisa has a strong background in HR that includes writing policy, organizational strategy, recruitment of high-performing teams, and customer service. In her current role, Lisa drives human resources programs, practices, processes, and policy, including organizational development, employee relations, employee engagement and satisfaction, performance management, and compensation analysis. Lisa recently launched an internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee with the company where she hopes to further foster an inclusive and safe workplace for all team members in a growing environment. Prior to this position, Lisa served as Vice President of Human Resources at CommQuest Services for 9 years. She has also worked in the capacity of staffing, sales, and international customer service, which gives her a unique background of understanding various business models. She is a long-time certified member of the Society of Human Resource Management, where she has served on the board at the State and local level, and was recently appointed to the Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board. She also serves on the Board of Stark County HR Association’s DE&I Committee. Lisa earned her MBA from University of Northwestern Ohio and her BS from Kent State University. She and her husband, Matt, have three grown children, a new grandson, and live in Alliance on a 38-acre tree farm.
Stark State College
Harcatus Tri-County C.A.O., Inc.
Mike Lauber is the Chairman/CEO TuscoMFG in Gnadenhutten – design, engineer, and producers of custom metal fabrications, store fixtures, and specialized vending equipment. Lauber’s current volunteer roles are as follows: Trustee, The College of Wooster; Board Member, MAGNET; Officer, Tuscarawas County Economic Development Corp; Trustee, Community Improvement Corp of Tuscarawas County; Mentor, Indian Valley High School. Lauber graduated from Massillon Washington High School, received his BA Economics/English from The College of Wooster, and is MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Lauber is the father of four, grandfather of six, and spouse of one. He is an Eagle Scout and lives in Dover, OH.
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)More
Marc Manheim has worked in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) field for over 35 years. He has been employed by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) for over 20 years, starting as a Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor and advancing to Area Manager for the East Central Ohio Region, which serves over 2,500 Ohioans with disabilities annually. Prior to working at OOD, he worked at Goodwill Industries of East Central Ohio as Director of Workforce Development. Manheim has a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a Master’s degree from Walsh University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with supervisory endorsement and also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). He currently serves on the Workforce Board of Area 6 (Stark and Tuscarawas counties) and the Workforce Board of Area 16 (Belmont, Carroll, Harrison and Jefferson counties).
Sue Marzano is an Energy Advisor at AEP Ohio where she currently works with her team of energy efficiency professionals to develop sales and marketing strategies to promote energy efficient products and services. Marzano received her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. She spent two decades serving and assisting local education and community development boards in Stark and Summit County to raise funds to implement their missions, and also taught business courses at Stark State College in North Canton, OH. She earned her BA in Business Management at Malone University. Marzano studied interior design and facility planning at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and was an accomplished interior designer and facility planner spending two decades designing commercial office space and private homes for which she received critical acclaim and award. Marzano continues to be a contributing community supporter where she is a member of Canton Rotary and the Building Industry Association and a Board member of the Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board.
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
Iron Workers Local 550 Canton
Buckeye Career Center
Tuscarawas County Chamber of CommerceMore
Aultman Health Foundation
Darren Van Winkle
Wheeling & Lake Erie RailwayMore
United Way of Tuscarawas CountyMore
Robin Waltz is President/CEO of the United Way of Tuscarawas County. Prior to joining the United Way, Robin was Director of Human Resources at Zimmer Biomet. Robin is a lifelong resident of Tuscarawas County and earned an associate’s degree from Kent State University Tuscarawas and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Malone University.
Janet Weir Creighton, Chief Elected Official (Council of Governments)