WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2021
1:00PM Welcome and Overview

Doran Condon
Director of Workforce Initiatives, PWDA

1:05PM In The Sandbox with WIOA and TANF

Vickie Choitz
Director - Federal, State, and Local Systems Change Team,
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Vickie Choitz is the Director of Federal, State & Local Systems Change and manages CSW’s portfolio of work centered on transforming multi-level workforce systems, policy and practice to reduce poverty, increase economic mobility for low-wage workers, and address racial disparities. She leads CSW’s work with stakeholders to challenge the way systems operate and to co-design approaches that strip away outdated assumptions to make them more culturally and economically relevant now.

Alexander Afranie
Senior Policy Associate, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Alex serves as a part of CSW’s Federal, State, and Local System’s Change Team. He supports systems change and transformation within multiple levels of the workforce development sector, and generates and uses knowledge and skills to co-develop leading-edge ideas and high-impact initiatives focused on producing more just and equitable federal, state and local systems.
2:00PM

Increasing TANF Customer Access &
Support in Education and Training

Kerry Twomey
Senior Program Manager / Senior Consultant, Metrix Learning
Kerry Twomey worked in learning and development, international supply chain, and public service consulting for Accenture for 15 years. Kerry grew up in a household that valued workforce development, as her father John Twomey was the Executive Director of the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals from 1986 until he retired in 2012.  Kerry has worked in 12 countries and had traveled every week before transitioning to NY Wired for Education in 2020.  Kerry specializes in project management, gamification, adult learning, and design thinking.

Christine Peng
Senior Program Manager / Senior Consultant, Metrix Learning
Christine Peng specializes in virtual workforce development services.  Since joining NY Wired for Education in 2012, Christine has contributed to the growth of the company due to her excellent customer service and technical skills.  Christine specializes in project management, employer business services, WIOA knowledge, and UX design.

2:55PM - 3:10PM  BREAK
3:10PM    

BREAKOUT LEARNING LAB:

KEYS and EARN: What Are They and How to Collaborate

    

Mary Turner
Director of KEYS Program, Reading Area Community College
Mary has a Master of Science in counseling in higher education and a Bachelors of Arts in communication studies from West Chester University. Mary has been working in workforce development programs as a Case Manager, Student Facilitator, Coordinator and Director at Reading Area Community College from 2002-2009 and from 2015-present. Mary is a strong advocate for clients in meeting their academic and career goal and claims she “has the best job ever.”

Rebecca Paull
KEYS Senior Facilitator, Reading Area Community College
My name is Rebecca Paull. I have my Master of Social Work from Marywood University and a Bachelors in Psychology from Millersville University. I have had the privilege of working in the KEYS program at Reading Area Community College for the past 16 years. Prior to working at RACC, I worked for Goodwill Industries at the Berks Careerlink. I have truly found my passion in working with clients in workforce development. 

Monica Echeverri
Business Services Consultant, PA CareerLink® Berks County
Monica has worked in Workforce Development for the past 3 years. Starting as an Employment Specialist for the EARN Program, she currently works as the Business Services Consultant for the PA CareerLink Berks County. She holds her Bachelor’s in Communications from Alvernia University.

Elizabeth Readinger
EARN Program Manager, PA CareerLink® Berks County
Elizabeth has worked in Workforce Development for the past 15 years. Starting in the Resource Room as a Customer Service representative, growing into a Case Manager position for the EARN Program, where she currently works as the team Lead. She holds her Master’s in Accounting from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. 

Sherry Wynings
Income Maintenance Administrator, IMA1, Berks CAO, TANF and Intake
Sherry began her career with Berks County Assistance Office in July 2005. She has 16 years of experience in TANF and Employment and training as an Income Maintenance Caseworker, Supervisor and currently as Manager of Intake, TANF and CE teams.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kutztown University.

3:10PM 

BREAKOUT LEARNING LAB:

How To Do It: Customer Centered Redesign

 
Kataney Couamin
Director, Workforce Operations, Philadelphia Works, Inc.

Maryann Haytmanek
Project Director - Spartan Aid, KEYS, New Choices,
Northampton Community College

Maryann Haytmanek has been at Northampton Community College (NCC) since 1997 and presently serves as Project Director for the KEYS, SpartanAid, and New Choices programs. She has taught personal development and career decision making and support to low-income students, supervised the KEYS program, initiated a student financial assistance program for NCC’s low-income students, and advocates for equity on campus, as well as local, statewide and national policies that affect community college students, including single parents and returning adults. Presently a member of the local Community Action Agency Board, as well as a member of the Second Harvest Food Bank and Sixth Street Shelter boards, she has served as President of the Pennsylvania Women Work Board and as a Regional III Representative to the National Women Work organization. From 2012-2014, Ms. Haytmanek represented NCC as part of a seven-college national foundation initiative to create and manage an on-campus Benefits Access program targeted to low-income community college students to facilitate their applications for SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, and Obamacare to help defray the cost of college. The program successfully reached out to hundreds of students who applied for public benefits, particularly for SNAP and health care. The College continues to provide this service today.

4:15PM Closing Remarks Doran Condon
Director of Workforce Initiatives, PWDA
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021
9:00AM Welcome Back and Overview Doran Condon
Director of Workforce Initiatives, PWDA
9:05AM 

A Practitioner’s Model on Integrating WIOA and TANF

 
Jennifer Meek Eells
Executive Director, Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board
Since November 2013, Jennifer has served as Executive Director to the Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board and oversees the operation of OhioMeansJobs one stop employment and training centers in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties in Ohio. She has 18 years experience with Stark County Job and Family Services as Program Administrator managing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) work activities and subsidized child care programs, and served 3 years as a County Job and Family Services Representative on the State of Ohio Governor’s Child Care Advisory Board. Jennifer is passionate about workforce issues and eager to help individuals become employed and businesses to find the employees they need.
Patricia Blumenauer
Vice President, Operations and Data, Philadelphia Works, Inc.
Patricia Blumenauer is the vice president of operations and data at Philadelphia Works, the city’s workforce development board. In this role, Patricia oversees the adult and youth workforce systems in Philadelphia and manages the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) investments. She leads the team that is currently working to redesign the Philadelphia Employment, Advancement, and Retention Network (EARN) service delivery model to provide a more customer-focused, efficient, and effective approach. Additionally, Patricia works closely with the City of Philadelphia to leverage and align resources with the multiple city-wide strategies. Prior to joining Philadelphia Works, Patricia managed behavioral health and intervention programs for children and families in Philadelphia. She was instrumental in the startup and implementation of a successful juvenile justice diversion program in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police department and the School District of Philadelphia. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and a bachelor’s in Human Development from Cornell University.
Kataney Couamin
Director, Workforce Operations, Philadelphia Works, Inc.
10:05AM - 10:15AM   BREAK
 10:15AM

BREAKOUT LEARNING LAB:

How To Do It: Accessing WIOA Title I Training for TANF Customers

André J. Hardy, M. Ed.
Regional Director of Operations, EDSI
André joined EDSI in 2012 and has held a variety of positions in three local workforce areas that have given him broad experience for his current position as a Regional Director of Operations including TANF Instructor, Business Services Recruiter, In-School Youth Program Coordinator, Rapid Response Coordinator, WIOA/TANF Program Manager, and Workforce Consultant. In this position, André is responsible for achieving program goals and managing staff and budgets for workforce development programs in Pennsylvania while provided special assistance to programs around the country. These programs serve the welfare population, adult and dislocated workers, refugees, youth, noncustodial parents, returning citizens and veterans.  André holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington Adventist University in Maryland and Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Cabrini University in Pennsylvania. 
 10:15AM 

BREAKOUT LEARNING LAB:

Promising Practices on Breaking Down Customer Barriers

 
Melissa Wassel
Director, KEYS Program and AllOne Recovery Educational Institute (AREI), Luzerne County Community College
Melissa Wassel is the Director of the KEYS Program and the AllOne Recovery Educational Institute (AREI) at Luzerne County Community College.  She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Misericordia University and her M. Ed. with specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from King’s College.  Melissa has been employed at Luzerne County Community College since 2010.  Prior to working at Luzerne County Community College, Melissa was the ESL Coordinator for the Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 for eight years.  In addition to having over 20 years of experience in education, Melissa was an active member of the Junior League of Wilkes-Barre for twelve years, where she sat on the board for six years and was a two-term President of the organization.  Currently, Melissa is an active member on the Dress for Success Luzerne County Board of Directors.  She resides in Pittston with her husband and two children.
Stacie Harmon
Employment and Training Specialist, West Central Job Partnership
11:15AM Closing Remarks Doran Condon
Director of Workforce Initiatives, PWDA