About the Board

The Governor's Workforce Development Board works to strengthen the skills of Minnesota's greatest asset — its workforce.


Made up of leaders from business, education, labor, community organizations, and state and local governments, the GWDB forges practical solutions to Minnesota’s workforce challenges and provides leadership on initiatives that are of strategic importance to the state.


The Board ensures employers play an active role in improving education and training programs, and provides a venue for the workforce stakeholders to build a shared vision and strategic alliances.


The GWDB is Minnesota’s state Workforce Investment Board, mandated by Section 111 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and further defined by Minnesota Statutes §166L.665. The GWDB By-Laws provide additional guidance to the Board's activities.


Our Vision

Minnesota’s public, private and community resources are strategically aligned to competitively position our citizens and businesses for increased and sustained economic prosperity.


Our Mission

The GWDB’s mission is to analyze and recommend workforce development policies to the governor and legislature toward talent development, resource alignment and system effectiveness to ensure a globally competitive workforce for Minnesota.



GWDB Membership

Board membership is dictated by state statute to include the following sectors: business and industry, community-based organizations, education, local government, organized labor, state agencies, and the state legislature.


Forty-one GWDB members are appointed by the Governor and serve terms three years in length starting on the first of July or January following the appointment. Two State Representatives and two State Senators are appointed to the GWDB by their majority and minority leaders. Download the GWDB roster.


Board Members

Laura Beeth, Chair

System Director, Talent Acquisition

Fairview Health Services

Dennis Siemer, Vice-Chair

President and CEO

V-Tek Incorporated

Rita Albrecht
Lemuel Amen

President and CEO

City of Bemidji
Viking Engineering & Development

Mo Amundson
Shirley Barnes
Luann Bartley
Vance Boelter

Owner and Consultant
Director of Workforce Development

Crest View Senior Communities
Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Assoc.
Northern Tier Energy

Brenda Cassellius
Mariaha Dean
David Debevec

Vice President of Human Resources

Minnesota Department of Education
Eden Resources, LLC
Ulland Brothers, Inc.

Steven Ditschler
Robert Evans
Mary Ferguson
Twyla Flaws
Jamil Ford

President and CEO
Vice President of Human Resources
Director of Recruitment and Staffing
Manager, Human Resources

ProAct, Inc.
Marvin Windows and Doors
Essentia Health
Clow Stamping Company
Mobilize Design & Architecture, LLC

Bob Gunther

Pakou Hang

Representative (Majority Representative)
Founding Director

Minnesota House of Representatives

Hmong American Farmers Association

Shawntera Hardy


Samuel Heimlich



Business Representative

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

Russell Hess

Political Coordinator

Laborers District Council

John Hoffman
Merrill Irving, Jr.

Senator (Majority Representative)

Minnesota Senate
Hennepin Technical College

Lorrie Janatopoulos

Planning Director

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency

Eric Kaler


University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Kautz
Anne Kilzer


City of Burnsville
Minnesota Workforce Council Association

Sanjay Kuba
Jennifer Lang

Executive Consultant
President and Owner

SK & Associates & Par Systems
Minneapolis Glass Company

Ruby Lee


Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)

William (Bill) McCarthy President Minnesota AFL/CIO

Carla Nelson
Loren Nelson
William (Bill) Nelson

Senator (Minority Representative)

Minnesota Senate
Aurelius Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Mille Lacs Health System

Eric Nesheim
Tuleah Palmer

Executive Director
Executive Director

Minnesota Literacy Council
Northwest Indian Community Development Center

Scott Parker

Emily Piper

Business Representative


International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
Department of Human Services

Edward Reynoso
Todd Riemann

Political Director

Teamsters Joint Council 32
MTU Onsite Energy

Steven Rosenstone


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Mary Russell

Director, Organization Effectiveness and Leadership Support


Roy Smith

Traci Tapani

Director, Workforce Development


Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
Wyoming Machine, Inc.

Rich Wagner
Andy Wells
Jennifer Winkelaar

President and CEO
Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Dunwoody College of Technology
Wells Technology
Minneapolis Building Trades