The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board (WDB), dba Advance Central PA, is the governing body of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC), which serves the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Area. The largest geographically of the twenty-two workforce development areas in the Commonwealth, Advance Central PA encompasses the counties of Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union.

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Local Elected Officials

The Local Elected Official (LEO) Board consists of one County Commissioner from each of our nine counties. The LEO Board provides oversight of Advance Central PA, ensuring fiscal accountability and fulfilling the crucial role of identifying and appointing the most qualified individuals to serve as members of the WDB.

In order to facilitate collaboration, the LEO Board meets quarterly in conjunction with the WDB.

*Local Elected Official Board Member

Centre County

Steve Dershem*
Mark Higgins
Michael Pipe

Clinton County

Angela Harding*
Miles Kessinger
Jeff Snyder

Columbia County

David Kovach*
Rich Ridgway
Chris Young

Lycoming County

Scott Metzger
Richard Mirabito*
Tony Mussare

Mifflin County

Kevin Kodish
Robert Postal*
Mark Sunderland

Montour County

Trevor Finn
Dan Hartman
Ken Holdren*

Northumberland County

Kymberley Best
Joe Klebon*
Samuel Schiccatano

Snyder County

Adam Ewig
Joe Kantz
Chuck Steininger*

Union County

Preston Boop
Jeff Reber
Stacy Richards*

Workforce Development Board

WDB members represent private sector, organized labor, educational institutions, government agencies, economic development, community organizations, and organizations that offer services through the PA CareerLink®.

These prominent leaders are appointed by the Local Elected Official (LEO) Board to offer their insight and assist in creating a strong workforce. The strength of the Central Pennsylvania WDB is its ability to transform innovative and creative ideas into workforce solutions that support economic growth.

Top priorities of the Central Pennsylvania WDB:

  • Identifying workforce issues
  • Understanding industry needs and aligning resources
  • Securing resources to address local priorities
  • Advocating for the importance of workforce policy
  • Increasing workplace readiness and foundational skills
  • Promoting life-long learning and skill development
  • Guiding investments in training initiatives
  • Offering PA CareerLink® services that meet the workforce needs of employers
  • Positioning the Central PA CareerLink® as the premiere place for job seekers to find employment and for businesses to find qualified talent and workforce solutions
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Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board of Directors and Affiliations


Jamie Aurand

Susque-View Home

Vice Chairperson



Jim Stopper

Evangelical Community Hospital

Immediate Past Chairperson

Jay Alexander

Wayne Township Landfill


Sue Auman

Union-Snyder Community Action Agency

Michele Foust

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.

Keith Koppenhaver

International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE Local 66)

Jim Nemeth


Todd Taylor

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology

Tracie Witter

PPL Electric Utilities

Jim Beamer

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 812)

Dean Girton

Girton Manufacturing Company

Lynn Kuhns

Apex Homes of PA, LLC

Steve Stumbris

Bucknell University Small Business Development Center

Suzanne White

Kish Bank

Dave Zartman

Zartman Construction

Kenneth Chappell

Lycoming and Tioga County Assistance Offices

Bruce Jones

Bureau of Workforce Partnership & Operations

Jeff Lowry

Geisinger Health System

Susan Swartz

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Jenna Witherite

Central Intermediate Unit 10

Standing Committees

Advance Central PA’s standing committees are permanent or semi-permanent bodies with specific responsibilities specializing in particular subject matter areas:

Executive Committee
Led by the WDB Chair and comprised of members from each of the other Standing Committees plus the LEO Board Chair, the WDB Vice-Chair, and WDB Past-Chair, the Executive Committee convenes to strategize and make decisions in lieu of full quarterly WDB meetings.

Governance Committee
Responsible for the integrity and oversight of compliance with statutory governance requirements, the Governance Committee includes volunteers from the WDB and LEO Board who implement a strategic approach to recruiting WDB members for LEO consideration.

Audit Finance Committee
Comprised of WDB and LEO Board members, and led by the WDB Treasurer, the Audit Finance Committee focuses on ensuring the fiscal and budgetary controls are operating efficiently and effectively and is responsible for approving the audit.

Policy & Performance Committee
Responsible for oversight of PA CareerLink® plans and chartering, implementation of policies and procedures, and strategy to meet performance metrics; the WDB members of the Policy & Performance Committee are always seeking ways to continuously improve program delivery and operations.

EARN Committee
Comprised of WDB members and each of the County Assistance Office directors from across the region, the EARN Committee oversees the EARN program design and evaluates performance to ensure the offerings are family-centric and impactful.

Youth Committee
Comprised of WDB members, and other volunteers from youth-serving organizations across the region, the Youth Committee is responsible for oversight of Youth programming, recommending program providers, and sharing relevant issues and trends helpful to the overall mission of serving young people.

Public Meeting Schedule


2021 Board Meetings

Local Elected Officials (LEO) Board Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
March 17
June 16*
September 15
December 15
*June 16 is the Annual Meeting of the Members

Joint Workforce Development Board (WDB) / LEO Board Meeting

10:00 a.m. – Noon via Zoom
March 17
June 16
September 15 – Click here to view the Meeting Agenda and Packet. To participate, please email
December 15

2021 Standing Committee Meetings

Executive Committee

10:00 a.m. – Noon via Zoom
January 8 – Cancelled
February 12
April 9
May 14
August 13
October 8
November 12

EARN Committee

10:00 a.m. – Noon via Zoom
February 23
May 11
August 4
November 3