Veterans Workforce Development Task Force

The need for reintegration of veterans of the Global War on Terror and previous conflicts to their families, homes and communities is a major policy issue facing the Commonwealth. Military service provides unique sets of skills that can and must be adapted to civilian employment.

In November, 2007, the Secretary of Public Safety and DVS established the Virginia Veterans Workforce Development Task Force to design a comprehensive workforce development initiative for veterans in Virginia, with special emphasis on those with disabilities and those returning from the Global War on Terror. The Task Force is Chaired by Alfredo J. Sample, Sr., President and CEO of E & E Communication Solutions, LLC. The members include the Governor's Senior Advisor for Workforce, the Governor's Senior Advisor for Disability Issues and Concerns, state legislators, members of the Board of Veterans Services, relevant federal, state and local agency representatives, representatives of the Veterans Services Organizations, disabled veterans, representatives of the corporate sector, and other public and private partners. The Task Force also includes representatives the Virginia Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL).

The group is charged by the Secretary of Public Safety with the responsibilities to develop solutions to (1) effectively match veterans with employers and positions, (2) encourage public and private sector employers to hire veterans, (3) encourage public and private sector employers to hire veterans with disabilities, and (4) develop a more comprehensive technological approach to better inform veterans on where and how to obtain job and training opportunities in the private sector.

A comprehensive Workforce Development Taskforce Report (1.13MB) was completed in late August 2008. The report includes legislative and budgetary recommendations.

Members

Name Position Employer
Chairman
Alfredo J. Sample, Sr
President and CEO E & E Communication Solutions, LLC
The Honorable
Barry Green
Virginia Deputy Secretary of
Public Safety
Attending for Secretary Marshall
Martha Mead Project Manager
EO 19
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Vincent M. Burgess Commissioner Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Daniel G. LeBlanc Cabinet level official Senior Advisor to the Governor for Workforce
The Honorable
Frank W. Wagner
Senator Senate of Virginia
Debra Ruh President TecAccess
Doris G. Thomas President Single Source Consulting Group, LLC
Preston Wilhelm, Sr. Director,
VA Jobs Investment Program
Virginia Department of Business Assistance
Marlin Forbes Regional VP Verizon Corporation
CW5 Eddie Whitt
Attending for:
MG Robert B. Newman
Virginia National Guard The Adjutant General of Virginia
Laura Loda Vice President Human Resources The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
James A. Rothrock Commissioner Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services
Ed Turner
Cabinet level official
Special Advisor
to the Governor
for Concerns of
the Disabled in
the Workforce
Governor's Office For Workforce Development
Jim Cocke Chief Virginia Employment Commission
William H. Mann, Jr. Executive Director Greater Peninsula Workforce Development Consortium
Thomas M. Stephen, Jr. Executive Director Virginia Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
The Honorable
Vivian E. Watts
Addressed as "Delegate" House of Delegates
Bettye H. Simmons Brigadier General, USA (Ret) Board of Veterans Services
Paul R. Hinkhouse Director, U.S. Department of Labor/VETS Virginia Employment Commission
Michael Gardner Partner Troutman and Sanders, LLP
Col Oliver L. Norrell
Attending for:
MG Mitchell H. Stevenson
Commanding General, Fort Lee; Chairman Virginia Military Advisory Council
Dr. Leroy Patrick Gross President and CEO Inomedic
Angela Chiang Acting Deputy Director Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise
Peter Blake Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development Community Colleges System

 

State Agency and Corporate Resources

Name Position Employer
Steven W. Liberman General Contracts Manager Klett Consulting Group, Inc.
Mark N. Klett
Jonathan Ballard Special Assistant Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Steve Adkins Chief Deputy Department of Human Resources Management
Aida Pacheco Program Specialist: Hard to Serve Population Governor's Office For Workforce Development
Joe Holicky Senior Planner Governor's Office For Workforce Development
Jerry L. Lindsey Veterans Services Coordinator Virginia Employment Commission
Anne C. Atkins Director of Communication Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Steven J. Combs Director of Policy and Planning Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Levi M. Cary Interim Coordinator Wounded Veterans Internship Program Virginia Department of Transportation - Civil Rights Division
Joe Shaw Recruiter Wounded Veteran's Program

 

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