This employer-led board of directors works in tandem with the Chief Elected Officials of Lawrence and Mercer Counties.  In addition to overseeing the use of funds, the Workforce Development Board (WDB) provides policy guidance and exercises oversight in the development of a broad workforce investment system in the coordination of education and workforce development activities in the community.  The Board approves budgets, selects service providers, and is responsible for all program and performance outcomes.


The West Central WDB will align and utilize all available resources to support local workforce and economic development efforts to retain and attract business in the region. Joint planning with regional and local economic development organizations is crucial to maximizing and leveraging the resources necessary to develop a high-demand skilled workforce in support of business and industry’s workforce needs. Toward this end, the West Central WDB will build on and expand the relationships it has developed with key partners in order to construct proactive approaches.


Bruce Denniston – Vice President and General Manager, Pine Electronics


Debby Van Kirk – Chief Financial Officer, Bruce & Merrilees


Tammy Barbati – Division Chief, Programs, West Central Job Partnership

Marc Buskirk – Vice President of Sales, Yourga Trucking

Lisa Campbell – Interim Director of Workforce Development, Butler County Community College

Joseph Clavelli – President, BCL Management Company

John Davidson – Director of Human Resources, Joy Cone Company

Denise Grady – Chief Financial Officer, Berner International

Harry Grafton – President, Grafton Construction

Gary Grant, Owner, PABCOR

Nathaniel Hamilla – Director, Avalon Springs Nursing Home

Jim Hill – Vice President, Hill Railroad Car Company

Tim Jablon – President, Wheatland Steel Processing

Chuck Jackson – Area Manager, First Energy Corporation

Dr. Susan Lautenbacher – Chief Executive Officer, LARK Enterprises

Nannette Livadas – Executive Director, Mercer County Housing Authority

Gillian Maule – Executive Director, Adult Literacy Lawrence County

Tony Miller – Director, Mercer County Career Center

Linda Nitch – Executive Director, Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

Sally Pinson – US Citizen and PA Resident

Linda Schell – Assistant Regional Director Western Region, PA Department of Labor & Industry – BWPO

Carrie Schmidt – General Manager, CCL Container

Randy Seitz – President/CEO, Penn-Northwest Development Corporation  

Randy Silverman – President, Klafters

Joe Smarelli – Engineer, Castle Mold & Tool

Gail Steck – District Administrator, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 

Frank E. Telesz, Jr. – Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 712

Howard Thompson – Member, Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council 

Dominic Vadala – Trustee, Mercer County Central Labor Council