Contact the Workforce Development Board
Antonio Rivera, MSW
Director


10 Elizabethtown Plaza, 4th Floor Elizabeth, NJ 07207

Phone: 908-527-4195
Fax: 908-659-7406
E-mail: arivera@ucnj.org

Committees

Executive Committee

  • Updated member list coming soon

The composition of the Executive Committee of the WIB includes the Officers of the WIB, the Immediate Past Chairperson, the Chairpersons of all standing committees and a Member At-Large.

The Executive Committee works closely with city, county, and state economic development agencies, as well as business leadership, to develop policy recommendations, which will coordinate and strengthen all economic development in the WIB. In the event issues arise between WIB meetings, the Executive Committee can act on behalf of the whole WIB to resolve and ratify agreements. Any actions taken by the Executive Committee must be ratified by the WIB at the next regular meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose.

The goals and objectives of the Executive Committee include:

  • Leadership and planning functions including the development of policy recommendations for overall workforce strategic planning.
  • Ensure the continuity of the WIB’s mission in all areas.
  • Discussing and developing strategies for cultivating a strong relationship with the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
  • Identifying and cultivating relationships with key leaders in the community.
  • Reviewing periodic reports.
  • Developing an annual budget for approval by the Chief Elected Official with ratification by the Board and monitoring fiscal expenditures against the adopted annual budget.
  • Reviewing and negotiating with the State on annual performance measures; reviewing performance reports on a frequent basis.
  • Attending local and State meetings that support the work of the Board and enhance the leadership of the WIB.

Youth Investment Council

  • James Horne Jr., United Way of Greater Union County (Chair)
  • Juantia Vargas, United Way of Greater Union County
  • Antonio Rivera, Union County Workforce Development Board
  • Lisa Bonanno, Union County Workforce Development Board
  • Elton Armondy, Union County Workforce Development Operation/American Job Centers
  • Perle Almieda,  Union County Workforce Development Operation/American Job Centers
  • Meredith Barracato, Union County Workforce Development Operation/American Job Centers
  • Hawa Bonds, Union County Division of Youth Services
  • Dr. Lisa Hiscano, Union County College
  • Syreeta McClain, Simon Youth Academy
  • Antoine L. Gayles, Hillside public Schools
  • Tracy Espiritu, Elizabeth Public Schools
  • Donald Stewart,   Elizabeth High School
  • Scott Kuchinsky, Plainfield Library
  • Marshall Christie,Community Access Unlimited
  • Eva Wright, Community Access Unlimited
  • Paul Belaro, KML Carpenters
  • Keith Dent,  Rising Tide Capital
  • Barbara Johnson, Housing Authority City of Elizabeth
  • Toufic Hakim,  Group I&I
  • Jon Briggs, ARC of Union County
  • Shuknyyah Murphy ARC of Union County
  • Aljarida Ruff,  Second Street Youth Center
  • Jensine Wright, Plainfield Action

The role of the Youth Investment Council is to establish and implement a strategic plan for developing a system of youth services capable of preparing youth for further education and future employment.

The Youth Investment Council is responsible for developing a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated system of youth services that effectively prepares young people for higher education and future employment. Goals and objectives include:

  • Developing and communicating a strategic vision for how the local area will ensure that its targeted youth are adequately prepared for education and employment opportunities. This vision is comprehensive and integrates all educational, employment and supportive service resources.
  • Developing policies grounded in best practices for youth that support the State and local vision.
  • Setting standards of service that clearly communicate high expectations, accountability and a focus on youth customers. These standards integrate best practices in youth and workforce development and focus specifically on ensuring that youth have the opportunity to develop career plans that will engage them in life-long learning and future employment.
  • Development of a Youth Investment Strategic Plan.
  • Engaging in ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders—businesses, schools, youth providers, parents and youth themselves—to identify needs, possible gaps in service and to map available resources.
  • Forging strong partnerships with the K-12 system, providing resources about careers and labor market information and ensuring that youth and parents have the information they need to make informed choices about their education and future employment.
  • Setting service priorities and determining how resources can best be used to meet the needs of young people.
  • Coordinating local resources, programs and policies with Federal, State and Regional initiatives to make the most effective use of funds.

Business and Industry Committee

  • Updated member list coming soon

The Business & Industry Committee plans and oversees marketing and outreach services to business as well as evaluating how effectively business is being served as a customer of the One-Stop System. The goal of the Business & Industry Committee is to coordinate economic development and workforce development strategies that target effective utilization of resources to support and sustain the local economy.

The Committee develops an overall business plan for business and industry development. The Committee will utilize the expertise of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (EDA), the UC Freeholders Economic Development Committee, Chambers of Commerce, Employer Roundtables, Labor Market Information (LMI), Census data and pertinent reports to develop effective policy recommendations. The Committee will establish linkages with state and local Economic Development agencies to provide workforce services for new and expanding businesses, including supporting the work of the New Jersey Business Action Center. It will convene and facilitate the design of sector strategies for specific industries that represent significant employment in the local/regional workforce, in conjunction with state priorities and strategies.

The principal goal is to design and execute a local business centric engagement process to recruit, service, educate and engage local employers and organized labor to support hiring needs, identify training and education requirements, inform skill gaps and educate on available programs and services. The objectives include establishing employer-based standards and processes for providing One-Stop Delivery System services.

American Job Center Committee

  • Debbie Ann Anderson,  Union County Director of Human Services (Chair)
  • Elton Armondy, Union County Workforce Development Operation/American Job Centers
  • Meredith Barracato, Union County Workforce Development Operation/American Job Centers
  • Antonio Rivera,  Union County Workforce Development Board
  • Dr. Lisa Hiscano, Union County College
  • Isaias Rivera,   Union County College
  • Raji Ramachandra,  New Jersey Department of Labor
  • Gwen Ryan,   Union County Vocational Technical Schools
  • Josh Bornstein,  Union County Educational Services Commission
  • Donna Alexander, Urban League of Union County
  • Cathy Waters,  Urban League
  • James Horne Jr., United Way of Greater Union County

The One-Stop Committee is charged with oversight of the One-Stop System including monitoring performance and program enrollments, ensuring WIB Plans are being carried out as they relate to One-Stop System services, and mediating disagreements among the Partners. Because of its oversight role, this Committee must be comprised of Board members who do not represent providers of One-Stop services such as private sector and labor organization members.

Literacy Committee

  • Julio Sabater, Workforce Advantage (Chair)
  • Yunia Labaut, Workforce Advantage
  • Antonio Rivera, Union County Workforce Development Board
  • Elton Armondy, Union County Workforce Development Operation/American Job Centers
  • Perle Almieda, Union County Workforce Development Operation/American Job Centers
  • Meredith Barracato, Union County Workforce Development Operation/American Job Centers
  • Elizabeth Gloeggler, Literacy New Jersey
  • Barbara Hathaway, Literacy New Jersey
  • Marlene Loff, Union County College
  • Scott Kuchinsky, Plainfield Library

Its primary mission is to provide active leadership engaging community stakeholders around local needs and priorities for literacy services. The Literacy Committee provides strategic direction and works in collaboration with other programs and initiatives in the local community to develop a comprehensive system of supports for developing the basic literacy skills of local residents.

The Committee’s role is to lead the development of a literacy service system by working with stakeholders from the community. The Committee and its partners identify need, provide strategic direction, and establish priorities and overall plans for improving adult literacy.

Disabilities Issues Committee

  • Updated member list coming soon

The Disabilities Committee is charged with ensuring that all services, including those at the comprehensive One-Stop Career Center, and external training sites, are accessible to persons with disabilities and that outreach efforts effectively reach this population.