As a 501-C-3 not for profit corporation, the WIB is governed by a board of directors. The board represents key targeted industry sectors to provide leadership in economic prosperity for Southwest Missouri and to assure that the needs of business are represented in the administration of the region’s workforce system. Public sector members provide guidance on career services from the perspective of the workforce system and strategic partnerships. The WIB strives for equity in representing each county in the WIB’s seven-county service region.
- Chair: Brad Baker, US Bank
- Secretary: Teddy Steen, Ascent Recovery Residences
- Treasurer: Albert Johnson, XPO Logistics
- Past-Chair: Marsha Wallace, Empire District Electric
- Chair-Elect: Susan Adams, Joplin Workshops
- Cary Beasley, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
- Trish Carroll, Optic Communications
- John Claybrook, Standard Transportation
- Chris Corbett, Innovative Objects
- Brenda Fletcher, All Points Recycling
- Teresa Gilliam, Wildwood Ranch Development
- Debbie Little, RKL Communications
- Jeff Meredith, Monett Area Chamber of Commerce
- Larry Shellhorn, Arvest Bank
- Jane Sligar, NY Life Insurance
- Rhonda Stafford, RBC Horizon, Inc.
Public Sector Members
- Mary Bader, Carthage School District AEL
- Corin Berryhill, Carpenters Union
- Julie Carter, Missouri Division of Workforce Development
- Shiloh Cooper, Alternative Opportunities, Inc
- Jason Cravens, Joplin Schools
- Janet Douglas, Family Support Division
- Michelle Ducre, Missouri Southern State University Foundation
- Claude Howard, Crowder College/Alliance for Business
- Scott Simonds, IBEW Local 95
- Mark Turnbull, Joplin Regional Partnership
- Cathee Wolford, Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
More About the Board
If you’re ready to catch the vision and join the leadership of the region’s premiere workforce and economic development organization, there may be opportunities waiting for you! In addition to the Board of Directors, the WIB has several task force groups focused on strategic priorities.
The Board meets six times yearly at locations throughout the seven-county region. Board meetings typically start with brief committee breakout sessions followed by the main board session, all lasting usually less than three hours total. Meeting notices and agendas for board events are posted online.
The WIB is not a working board in terms of typical non-profits that use their board members for fundraising and office support. Instead, board members are sought for their expertise and leadership ability. In addition to basic governance for the WIB, the board functions in a strategic think-tank and advisory capacity. Board committees include Executive, Youth, and Access. Committees that need to collaborate outside of a regular board meeting typically do so by conference call and email.
Per the Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act (the federal enabling legislation that funds the WIB), board members are appointed by local business associations to either the presiding commissioner of the local county or to the Chair of the Local Elected Officials Consortium of county presiding commissioners.
The WIB seeks leaders in targeted business sectors with a passion for workforce and economic development. WIB members are strategic “big picture” thinkers with strong connections to mutually-beneficial networks for the WIB. Leadership experience and unique talents are always helpful to equip the WIB with the best and brightest in board membership. For more information, contact Sherri Rhuems at the WIB via email at email@example.com.