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A Workforce Development Board (Board) is a group of community leaders appointed by local elected officials and charged with strategic planning and oversight responsibilities for public workforce programs and services in their area. In Ramsey County, the Board is the Workforce Innovation Board of Ramsey County (WIB) and has 33 active board members who are responsible for:

  • Developing local plans for the use of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds
  • Oversight of the local service delivery system
  • Coordinating activities with economic development entities and employers in their local areas
  • Assuring that job seekers can find family sustaining jobs
  • Assuring that business can find qualified workers

A majority of the membership of each Board represent the local business community. In all, Board membership includes individuals representing business and industry, economic development agencies, community-based organizations, education, organized labor, public assistance agencies and more.


2016-2018 WIB Leadership:

  • Chair: Butch Howard, HMSHost
  • Chair-Elect: Karin McCabe, McGough Construction

Please contact the WIB Executive Director, Patricia Brady, at for policy or strategic questions regarding workforce development in Ramsey County.

Board Members

Members of the Workforce Innovation Board are appointed by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners and Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

Chair: Butch Howard
General Manager, Food & Beverage Operations
HMSHost Mpls/St Paul Airport
Toni Carter
County Commissioner
Ramsey County Board of Commissioners
Michael Fondungallah
Fondungallah & Kigham , LLC
Karen Gerdin
Assistant Supervisor, Adult Basic Education
Saint Paul Public Schools
Jennifer Germain
Rehabilitation Area Manager
Larry Gilbertson
Training Director, Ironworkers Local 512
Twin Cities Ironworkers Apprenticeship & Training Center
Trixie Golberg
Lifetrack Resources
Kristin Guild
Deputy Director
City of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development
Foster Hackett III
Advanced Design Contracting
Clarence Hightower
Executive Director
Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
Chris Kondo
Veteran/Military Recruitment and Global Programs Lead
Chad Kulas
Executive Director
Midway Chamber of Commerce
Mike Lang
Field Operations Area Manager
Chair-Elect: Karin McCabe
Outreach Director
McGough Construction
James McClean
Manager of Government Relations
Regions Hospital
Sean Mullan
Human Capital Strategist Lead
Donald Mullin
Executive Secretary
Saint Paul Building and Construction Trades Council
Paul Nikstad
Career Technical Training Manager
Hubert Humphrey Job Corps Center
Sheila Olson
Chief Programs and Services Officer
Goodwill/Easter Seals
Kate Probert
MFIP/DWP/SNAP Employment Services Division Manager
Workforce Solutions
Jennifer Roettger
Manager of Talent Acquisition
Mary Russell
Director, Organization Quality Alignment
Chris Tolbert
Saint Paul City Council
Ramona Wilson
Diversity Manager
Knutson Construction
Tracy Wilson
Dean of Workforce Training & Continuing Education
Saint Paul College
Anivuin Xiong
Atman Law Firm/Hmong Chamber of Commerce


To apply for Workforce Innovation Board of Ramsey County membership, please submit your contact information or complete the WIB Membership Application.

@ 2015 Workforce Innovation Board of Ramsey County
2266 2nd Street N. | North Saint Paul, Minnesota 55109 | Phone: 651-266-6004