Workforce Development Board

Leadership & Governance

The North Country Workforce Development Board is a public-private partnership that works across the boundaries of professional, personal, educational, and cultural experience.

The Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton County Legislatures appoint the Workforce Development Board, which includes prominent business, labor, higher education, government, and community leaders.

John Vermette, of Spencer ARL serves as chair.

About Us

Who We Are:

The North Country Workforce Development Board is a public-private partnership that connects business, government, schools, higher education, labor, and community organizations to create innovative workforce and education solutions. The WDB is the connection between education and workforce, between school and career, and between classroom and the workplace. WDB initiatives thrive on the synergy created when business and community needs overlap. The result is a win-win situation: Businesses develop the workforce they need and North Country residents gain access to career opportunities and higher incomes. As a workforce intermediary, the WDB (1) convenes local leadership around education and workforce priorities, (2) brokers employer partnerships, (3) connects youth and adults with education and employment opportunities, and (4) measures program impact, in terms of both quality and scale.

What We Do:

The North Country Workforce Development Board provides employment-related services to local businesses and job seekers through a network of region-wide OneWorkSource Career Centers. Businesses look to the North Country Workforce Development Board for skilled employees, expertise in job training and supportive services. Job seekers, both adult and youth, receive referrals and placement in quality jobs, education, and training programs.

Regional Meeting Schedule

  • Friday, January 18, 2019
    Adirondack Educational Center
    Saranac Lake, NY 8:30am-10:00am
  • Friday, March 8, 2019
    Adirondack Health, Redfiled Conference Room
    2233 NY 86, Saranac Lake, NY 8:30am-10:00am
  • Friday, May 10, 2019
    Adirondack Health, Redfield Conference Room
    2233 NY 86, Saranac Lake, NY 8:30am-10:00am
  • Friday, June 7, 2019
    OneWorkSource, Plattsburgh, NY 8:30am-10:00am
  • Friday, September 13, 2019
    Adirondack Health, Redfield Conference Room
    2233 NY 86, Saranac Lake, NY 8:30am-10:00am
  • Friday, November 8, 2019
    Adirondack Health, Redfield Conference Room
    2233 NY 86, Saranac Lake, NY 8:30am-10:00am

Regional Meeting Minutes

Local and Regional Plan

Staff

Sylvie Nelson, IOM Executive Director
194 US Oval
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
(518) 561-4295 ext. 3075
(518) 561-0229 Fax
snelson@ncworkforce.com

Kellie Lathrop, Finance Director
194 US Oval
Plattsburgh, NY  12903
(518) 561-4295 ext. 3008
(518) 561-0229 Fax
kellie@ncworkforce.com

Katrina Garrand, Program/Marketing Director
194 US Oval
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
(518) 561-4295 ext. 3073
(518) 561-0229 Fax
katrina@ncworkforce.com

Gabrielle Galy, Executive Administrator
194 US Oval
Plattsburgh, NY  12903
(518) 561-4295 ext. 3071
(518) 561-0229 Fax
gabrielle@ncworkforce.com

Stephan Mitchell, Maintenance Specialist
194 US Oval
Plattsburgh, NY  12903
(518) 561-4295
(518) 561-0229 Fax
stephan@ncworkforce.com

Joshua Kretser, Opioid Grant Coordinator
(518) 219-2371
Josh@oneworksource.com

Officers

John Vermette, Chair - Spencer ARL
Scott Henderson, Vice Chair ​- Citizen Advocates
Maryellen Cooke, Treasurer - Mohawk Casino
Erin Hynes, Secretary - Empire State Development

Business

Dan Alexander - Denton Publications
Kassandra Beauregard - CVPH
Deb Cleary - ETS, Inc.
Maryellen Cooke - Mohawk Casino
Garry Douglas - North Country Chamber of Commerce
Steven Frederick - Clinton Community College
Eugene Fox - International Paper
Scott Henderson - Citizens Advocates
Mimi Lange - General Composites
Becky Leahy - NC Home Systems
Greg MacConnell - Primelink
Jay McGrath - Agri-Mark
Matt Osbourne - New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Local 291
Sheri Sauve - NYS DOL
Derek Tracy - Adirondack Health
John VanNatten - Glens Falls National Bank
Joey Varin - NovaBus
John Vermette - Spencer ARL
Fran Wynnik - Delagar

Workforce and Others

Marie Benedict - St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
John Bernardi - United Way
Carol Calabrese - Essex County
Pam Dority - ACCESS- VR
Michele Friedman - CV-TEC
Erin Hynes - Empire State Development
Brian Post - SUNY Plattsburgh Upward Bound
Alan Smith - IBEW 910
Steve Shafer - Franklin Essex Hamilton BOCES

Clinton Council

Melissa Baretsky - NYS DOL
Kassandra Beauregard - CVPH
Bonnie Black - Behavioral Health Services North
Kathy Bishop - Clinton County Employment and Training
Heidi Breton - Schluter Systems, LP
Mike Carpenter - The Northeast Group
Gary Cedarstrom - APG Neuros
Deb Cleary - ETS Staffing
David Coryer - Coryer Staffing
Pam Dority - ACCES- VR
Garry Douglas - North Country Chamber of Commerce
Steven Frederick - Clinton Community College
Michele Friedman - CV-TEC
Gabrielle Galy - North Country Workforce Development Board
Katrina Garrand - North Country Workforce Development Board
Sandra Geddes - Meadowbrook Healthcare
Rock Giroux - Adirondack Farms
Pamela Gomez - Swarovski-lighting
Greg Hart - Workforce Development Institute
Rich Holcomb - Clinton County DSS
Jessica Humiston - Mold-Rite Plastics
Erin Hynes - Empire State Development
Greg MacConnell - Primelink
Sue Matton - North Country Chamber of Commerce
John Petro - Clinton Community College
Brian Post - Upward Bound
Lee Ann Pray - Northline Utilities, LLC
Tonya Robinson - CVES
Sheri Sauve - NYS DOL
Alan Smith - IBEW910
Cathy Snow – CVES
John VanNatten - Glens Falls National Bank
Joey Varin - Nova Bus
John Vermette - Spencer ARL
Michelle Watts - Mold-Rite Plastics
Diane Welch - Meadowbrook Healthcare
Fran Wynnik - Delgar

Essex Council

Dan Alexander - Denton Publications
Carol Calabrese - Essex County IDA
Susan Danskin - North Line Utilities
Pam Dority - ACCES-VR
Eugene Fox - International Paper
Gabrielle Galy - North Country Workforce Development Board
Katrina Garrand - North Country Workforce Development Board
Judi Grant - ACCES-VR
Greg Hart - Workforce Development Institute
Kenda James - General Composites
Alan Jones - Adirondack Community Action Programs
Krissey Leerkes - Essex County
Cristina Lussi - Lake Placid Crown Plaza
Joyce Marinelli - Elizabethtown OneWorkSource/ACAP
Jane Carpenter - North Country Community College
Christine Sampson-Downs - ACCES-VR
Sheri Sauve - NYS DOL

Franklin Council

Marie Benedict - St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Emily Campbell
- Alice Hyde Hospital
Mary Ellen Cook
- Akwesasne Mohwak Casino
Pam Dority
- ACCESS- VR
Michael Doran
- Holiday Inn Express
Greg Hart
- Workforce Development Institute
Tom Herrbick
- Agrimark
Sheila King
- Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
Russ Kinyon
- Franklin County Director of Economic Development
Emily Lauzon
- Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
Becky Leahy
- North Country Home Services
Mike Lee
- Adironack Health
Rick LeVitre
- Cornell Cooperative
Michele Mulverhil
l - DSS
Stephanie Ratcliffe
- Wild Center
Sheri Sauve
- NYSDOL
Maureen Sayles
- NCCC
Steve Shafer
- FEH Boces
Rick Swanston
- FEH Boces
John Tubbs
- Franklin County IDA

Policies and Procedures

   For more information on the Work Readiness Certificate, please contact us at (518) 561-0430 ext. 3085    

The North Country Workforce Development Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.