Cumberlands Workforce Development Board


Mission Statement
"To invest in the local economy by developing opportunities for employers to access a skilled workforce, and for workers to access training and quality jobs."

Vision Statement
"The One-Stop System will be where the community goes for its workforce needs."

WDB - Who We Are
The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a 27 member advisory board that includes representatives for 13 counties which includes the 10 counties of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District and 3 counties of the Cumberland Valley Area Development District. The goal of the WDB is to invest in the enhancement of our workforce and business community.

The WDB has oversight of the Kentucky Career Centers located within the Cumberlands region, provide Youth, Adult, Dislocated Worker and Trade services that lead to employment through training or other related activities with funds provided by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act. The board approves training providers for customers training, partner with economic development, employer community and promote private sector involvement in the workforce system and serves as an advisory body to local education and training providers.

Partnered with other local partners to create a High Growth Training Center which has evolved into a Lineman Training Center that is helping to shore up the shortage of trained electrical lineman within our state. Received grants that allows for training in needing areas within our region including healthcare, utility, green energy, summer youth employment and paid work experience for both youth and adults that focused on long time employment. Partnered with other workforce area through the WIRED65 initiative to create a regional approach to economic development.


Workforce Development Board

Name Representing Organization/Position
Adair Monica Shuffett Business Quality Personnel (QPI, Inc.)/Marketing Director
Casey Michael King Business King Lube/Owner
Casey Wendell Emerson Business Emerson Enterprises, LLC/President
Clinton Karen Talbott Business Lifeline Home Health/RN Branch Manager
Cumberland Vickie Wells Business First and Farmers Bank/President
Cumberland Steven Sanders Business Jomel Seams Reasonable
Green Justine Landrum Business Longhunters Coffee and Tea/Co-Owner
Laurel Jamie Gaddis Business Jackson Energy Cooperative/Dir. of Community Relations
McCreary Diana Bybee Business Outdoor Venture/HR Manager
Pulaski Virginia Dial Business L&N Federal Credit Union/Manager
Rockcastle Jana Bray Business Rockcastle Regional Hospital
Russell Daryl Hammond Business Duo County Telecom/Chief Financial Officer
Taylor Deborah Burris Business Frost Arnett/HR Manager
Wayne Samuel Brown Business Monticello Physical Therapy/Physical Therapist
Whitley JoAnn Siler Business Siler Implement/Co-Owner
Green Robert Akin Workforce Kentucky L.E.C.E.T./President/Central KY Building Trades/Apprenticeships
McCreary Larry King Workforce National Federation of Federal Employees/National V.P. for Forest Service
Regional Scott Pierce Workforce IUOE Local 181/Member of IUOE Local 181
Pulaski Mike Buckles Workforce Daniel Boone Development Council/Executive Director
Whitley Rebecca Wilson Workforce Goodwill Industries of Kentucky/Workforce Development Manager
Regional Richard Foley Workforce Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation/Director
Regional Janet Slayden Regional  Kentucky Adult Education/Associate
Regional Alesa Johnson Regional  Somerset Community College/Associate Dean
Regional Vickie Wade Regional  Office of Employment & Training
Regional Brent Sturgill Regional  Office of Vocational Rehabilitation/East KY Regional Program Manager
Regional Brett Traver Regional  SKED/Executive Director
Regional Darin DeShazor Regional  Pine Knot Job Corp/Vocation Specialist

(WDB Board Updated 05-25-2017)



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