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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 Chanaka
HR Director
CHS, Inc.
Carrie Cisek
Human Resources Director
GovDelivery, Inc.
Marie Ellis
Director of Public Affairs and Legal Counsel
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
Michael Fondungallah
Fondungallah & Kigham , LLC
Larry Gilbertson
Training Director, Ironworkers Local 512
Twin Cities Ironworkers Apprenticeship & Training Center
Trixie Golberg
Lifetrack Resources
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
James McClean
Manager of Government Relations
Regions Hospital
Sean Mullan
Senior Reliability Engineer
Donald Mullin
Executive Secretary
Saint Paul Building and Construction Trades Council

Chair-Elect: Karin McCabe
Outreach Director
McGough Construction
Tim O’Brien
Roseville Adult Learning Center
Sheila Olson
Chief Programs and Services Officer
Goodwill/Easter Seals
Kate Probert
MFIP Manager
Workforce Solutions
Joe Richburg
Vice President
Keystone Computer Solutions
Jennifer Roettger
Manager of Talent Acquisition
Mary Russell
Director, Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Support
Danielle Taylor
Chief Operating Officer
180 Degrees Inc.
Chris Tolbert
Saint Paul City Council
Dee Torgerson
Regional Manager
DEED Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Ramona Wilson
Diversity Manager
Knutson Construction
Tracy Wilson
Dean of Workforce Training & Continuing Education
Saint Paul College
Jim Wrobleski
Field Office Area Manager
Anivuin Xiong
Atman Law Firm
Mike Zipko
President Zipko


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