Board Members

James Gallaher

Christopher T. King

Norma Noble

Nancy Snyder

Nancy Weatherford

Linda West

Barbara Hins-Turner

Robert Matthews

Roderick Nunn

Brian Paulson

Joseph Reed

Martin Simon

 

James Gallaher

Dr. Gallaher is the Executive Director of the Executive Leadership Academy at the University of Illinois, College of Education. His primary responsibility in this role is to establish an organization that provides ongoing leadership development opportunities for education organization leaders.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Gallaher was Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Eastern Michigan University where he previously served as Director of Training and Professional Development. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Gallaher held a number of human resources positions at General Motors, including roles in global organizational capability, training and professional development, organizational development, human resource management and labor relations. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force and National Guard.

Dr. Gallaher received his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also earned his MBA and Master’s of Education degrees. He also holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University.

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Christopher T. King

Mr. King is a senior research scientist, director of the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources and a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he currently holds the Mike Hogg Professorship in Urban Management. He is a labor economist with nearly four decades of experience at the international, national, state and local level, conducting policy and program analysis, designing innovative programs, evaluating impacts and measuring the benefits and costs of education, employment and training interventions. He has written widely on education, workforce, and social policy.

Mr. King  is directing the Central Texas Futures Project and the Dual-Generation Strategy Initiative, as well as evaluations of locally funded workforce services for the City of Austin, Travis County and Workforce Solutions-Capital Area Workforce Board.

Mr. King was assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah (1973-1976), an economist with the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1976-1980), and director of Research, Demonstration and Evaluation for job training programs in the Texas Governor’s Office (1983-1985). He has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin and both a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University.

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Norma Noble

Ms. Noble has spent much of her career working in Oklahoma government, with particular emphasis on human services and workforce development. Before retiring as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce for Workforce Development in the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, she held similar leadership positions with Oklahoma County, the City of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma County Workforce Investment Board. Ms. Noble holds a Master’s degree in Education from Northeastern State University (OK), and a second Master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.

Ms. Noble continues her advocacy for education and community development initiatives through her volunteer and consultant work with human service organizations and Workforce Investment Boards. She currently serves on the following boards: Oklahoma A+ Board of Advocates, University of Oklahoma’s K-20 Center, Oklahoma State Youth Council, Oklahoma Regional Food Bank, the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir and she is Minister of Music at her church where she also teaches languages for their after school program.

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Nancy Snyder

Nancy Snyder was appointed the President & CEO of Commonwealth Corporation in June 2007. Ms. Snyder served as Interim Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development November 2009-January 2010. Prior to joining Commonwealth Corporation, she served as Deputy Director at the Boston Private Industry Council. Ms. Snyder held leadership positions in Boston city government, including Staff Director to former Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn and Director of Jobs and Community Services for the City of Boston. She earned an MBA from Boston University and a Certificate from the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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Nancy Weatherford

Ms. Weatherford currently serves as VP, Finance & Operations, for The Understanding Group, a Michigan-based information architecture consulting practice providing digital strategies, user experience testing and a range of information architecture and user experience consulting services to companies in the US and abroad.

Previous to her current role, she held various leadership roles in the consulting, healthcare and academic sectors.

As Deputy Director with Altarum Institute, a health care consulting and research organization, she provided leadership support for Health Care Operations division financial, contracting, staffing and operations activities and internal business development support to several practice areas.

Prior to her role with Altarum Institute Ms. Weatherford held several management positions with the William Davidson Institute (WDI), a non-profit international business and policy think-tank at the University of Michigan where she led its business consulting and technical assistance programs in emerging market economies.

Nancy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Linda West

Ms. West recently retired as the Director of the Center for Working Families for Southwest Housing Solutions. She was responsible for developing and implementing partnerships and programs with federal, state and local agencies designed to provide adults with workforce training, barrier removal, financial literacy and coaching, and basic education skills.

Ms. West has served as the Director of Workforce Development at Henry Ford Community College, where she developed and implemented collaborative workforce initiatives and training. She has also served as Director of the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) at HFCC.

In addition to serving as a Board Member of Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Ms. West volunteers as a GED instructor in Southwest Detroit.

Ms. West received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master of Arts degree in Education and Adult Instruction from Central Michigan University. She has completed four years of post-graduate studies in History at Wayne State University and two years of graduate studies in the Training, Development and Leadership program at the University of Michigan Dearborn.

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Barbara Hins-Turner

Barbara Hins-Turner is Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy – “A Centralia College Partnership.” She was appointed to the Washington State Community and Technical College system as Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College, Centralia, Wa in 2005. Previously, she was employed by Portland General Electric/Enron, Portland, Ore. for 10 years as Corporate University Director and Apprenticeship Coordinator.

Hins-Turner is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) $10-million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT Round 4 grant and serves on steering committees for National Science Foundation (NSF) clean energy grants awarded to Washington Community and Technical Colleges at Bellingham Technical College, South Seattle Community College and Spokane Falls Community College. She was PI for the U.S. Department of Energy Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector grant ($5 million; leveraged to $12 million); PI for the U.S. Department of Commerce grant to create the Academy of Energy Entrepreneurs; and Co-PI for Edmond’s Community College NSF Energy Management grant.

Ms. Hins-Turner is a member of the Chair Leadership Academy, serves on the Regional Education and Training Center Executive Board (RETC), and is Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Community College Outreach Committee. Her past committee work includes Washington HB2227 Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team advising the Governor and Legislature on federal ARRA investments in clean energy (2010-13); chair of the Washington State Centers of Excellence Board of Directors (2009-11); national Center for Energy Workforce Development Education Committee (2008-2012); U.S. Department of Education delegation to Germany’s Global Sustainable Education Training and U.S. Canada Clean Energy Forums (2010); National Commission on Energy Policy’s Task Force on America’s Future Energy Jobs and U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Commission Green Jobs Roundtable (2009).

Ms. Hins-Turner earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration, Marylhurst University, Portland, Ore.; graduate level certifications as Master Facilitator, Oregon State University; Professional Development, Eastern Oregon University; and International Management, Concordia University, Portland, Ore.

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Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews is Executive Dean of Workforce, Community & Grant Development at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. In his current position, he secures and manages city, federal, state, and foundation funding to promote and advance community, economic, and workforce development, and other strategic initiatives at the college. Mr. Matthews has 20 years of experience in higher education which includes workforce development, student services, career development, grants development and management, supervision, and program/curriculum development.

For the last fourteen years Mr. Matthews has been responsible for developing and managing community based sites and centers which offer a range of college and pre-college career pathways certificates, and employment and training programs. Services under his leadership include: Grant Development, three Community Technology Centers, the Genesee and Shiawassee County Employment Service Centers, the Workforce Education Center, the college’s Student Employment Center, TRIO Programs – Upward Bound and Student Support Services, Perkins Special Populations programs and other K-12 partnerships. His division also provides Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult, Dislocated, Youth, and Incumbent Worker services, Trade Adjustment Act program services, training to TANF clients, and services to businesses and employers.

His previous experience includes enrollment management, career services and the development of tutoring and mentoring programs for urban youth. Mr. Matthews holds a BA from The University of Michigan-Flint, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at The University of Michigan, and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at The University of Michigan-Flint.

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Roderick Nunn

Rod began duties as interim president at St. Louis Community College – Forest Park in May 2014. He previously served as vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions, overseeing the Corporate College, the Workforce Solutions Group and the Continuing Education division, and the Center for Workforce Innovation. Before joining the college in 2008, Rod directed the public workforce system for three governors in both Missouri and Illinois.

Several CSW staff have worked with Rod in the past, particularly when he was the lead workforce development person for the states of Illinois and Missouri. Rod has provoked and support large-scale systems change initiatives in each of these roles in workforce and community college leadership. He brings an ability to connect ideas and models with application thereof and is skilled at convincing constituents to engage in coalitions for change.
Rod will bring to the Board strengths in strategic planning, workforce policy, post-secondary education policy, community and economic development, as well as urban policy and strategies.

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Brian Paulson

Brian is a Minnesota-based leader in philanthropy, focusing on workforce, literacy and antipoverty strategies. He is currently a program officer at the Pohlad Family Foundation, which he joined in March 2014. Immediately prior to that (and where CSW folks met Brian), he was director of innovation at the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Brian brings 15 years of experience in the social sector, serving children and families living in poverty through direct practice, developing and managing programs, and grantmaking. Brian has also been involved in a number of systems change efforts locally and nationally, including Minnesota Adult Career Pathways, Pay for Success financing models, and evidence-based policy. CSW staff worked with him directly in bringing the benchmarking work we’re managing to the Twin Cities as well as connecting it with the larger United Way network.

Brian is a creative, strategic thinker with expertise and skills that help advance large-scale change. He served as co-chair of Workforce Matters, a national funders affinity group, and has been active in a number of national policy venues. He will fill some of the void left by Andrew Brower’s departure from the Board, and will bring strengths that will contribute in all of the areas of focus CSW is tackling. He will be a leading edge thinker about systems change work in particular.

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Joseph Reed

Joe is the Senior Director of Internal Audit at the University of Kentucky, where he has worked for 11 years. Prior to that, he worked in a number of finance roles at General Motors, where he worked with James Gallaher, who recommended Joe for consideration.

He describes work in internal auditing as consultative, helping college groups understand the meaning behind financial numbers, how to influence those numbers, and connecting financial results with program and process improvement goals.

Joe will bring to the Board a great set of finance-centered skills that will contribute to our ability to sort out economic models and financial strategy questions, filling a void we currently have on the Board.

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Martin Simon

Martin Simon is Acting Director, Economic, Human Services and Workforce Division National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. As the acting director for the Economic, Human Services and Workforce Division at the National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices, Simon directs the Centers’ research, analysis, and technical assistance services for governors and states related to economic and workforce development and human services policy and programs. Prior to this position he with the program director for the workforce development program. In his positions at the NGA Center, he has directed numerous projects including NGA Chairs’ initiatives, and projects on state sector strategies, skill standards, postsecondary education, and youth with disabilities, veterans, and incumbent workers. He also manages two NGA Center affiliate associations representing state workforce officials.

Simon has authored, co-authored and edited numerous NGA Center publications including: State Sector Strategies: Innovative Policies to Address Worker and Employer Needs; A Governor’s Guide to Creating a 21th Century Workforce; A Sharper Focus On Technical Workers: How to Educate and Train for the Global Economy; and The Cornerstones of Economic Security for Resilient Workers. He currently serves on the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, the National Advisory Panel on Employment and Training Research, and the Career Readiness Council.

Before joining NGA, Simon was the Associate Director for Policy and Program Development with the Governor’s Office in Michigan. In this position, he managed the Governor’s initiative on integrating Michigan’s human resource investment systems; directed the Governor’s Human Resource Investment Council; and managed other workforce development policy initiatives. In other state policy positions, Simon managed a major statewide initiative supporting regional innovation through workforce-education partnerships, worked with companies on developing customized training programs for new and incumbent workers, and served on the state’s business attraction and plant closing rapid response teams. Prior to this work, he managed adult and youth development programs at the state and local levels.

Simon has a BA degree in political science and public administration from the University of Detroit and a MA in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University.

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