The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board is comprised of business, education, labor, economic development, and volunteer community leaders — local workforce development system stakeholders – who analyze workforce conditions, oversee the use of federal and state funds, and set workforce goals and strategies. To ensure that workforce investments in Hunterdon and Somerset counties meet employer demands, the GRWDB is required to have a majority of local business representation. Members of the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board are appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, NJ.
The full Board meets quarterly, and is supported by an Executive Committee. The GRWDB also has four committees which meet throughout the year to help plan strategy and consider new initiatives. These are the One Stop Committee, the Youth Committee, the Literacy Committee and the Disabilities Committee. These committees include members of the full Board as well as community members from various constituencies interested in taking part in the conversation.
The full 2020 meeting schedule can be viewed here. Updated details on upcoming meetings and events can be found here.
Business Members: 51% Membership Required
- Chair Violet Kocsis, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hunterdon Healthcare System
- Vice Chair Susan Brooks, Senior Director, IEEE Corporate Governance
- Laura Begg, Senior Director Talent Management, Sapphire Digital
- Sejal Dave Sharma, Director of Business Development, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
- Mike Kerwin, President/CEO, Somerset County Business Partnership
- Maureen Kurdziel, Vice President, American Arbitration Association
- Howard Matalon, Partner, Employment Practices, OlenderFeldman LLP
- Christopher Phelan, President/CEO, Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce
- Michelle Satanik, Area General Manager, Valor Hospitality
- Nicolette Sherman, Human Resources – Oyster Point Pharma
Economic Development: 1 Member Required
- Marc Saluk, Economic Development Director, County of Hunterdon, NJ
Organized Labor and Community-Based Organizations: 20% Membership Required
- Jacki Belin, Vice President of Student Affairs, Raritan Valley Community College
- Joanne Hala, Associate Director, United Way of Northern New Jersey
- Fran Leddy, Adult Literacy Programs Coordinator, Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission
- Meagan O’Reilly, Director, Hunterdon County Human Services
- Daniel J. Sebban, Council Representative, Northeast Council of Carpenters
- Christina Shockley, Apprenticeships Coordinator
Education Representatives: 3 Required Members
- A.D. Amar, Professor of Business, Seton Hall University
- Todd Bonsall, Superintendent, Hunterdon County Vocational School District
- Chrys Harttraft, Superintendent, Somerset County Vocational Technical School
Government Partners: 2 Required Members
- Elizabeth Conte, Representative, NJ Department Vocational Rehabilitation Services Representative
- Ronald Douglas, Manager, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development Employment Services
Ex-Officio (Non-Voting) Members
- Brian Levine, Freeholder Liaison, County of Somerset, NJ
- Monica Mulligan, One Stop Operator, Greater Raritan One Stop Career Center
- Zach Rich, Freeholder Liaison, County of Hunterdon, NJ
JOIN THE GRWDB
Potential WDB members are invited to at least three executive committee meetings and a meeting with the GRWDB Director. Ongoing educational sessions are scheduled intermittently during full board meetings and in individual committee meetings.
Learn more about supporting the economic vitality of Hunterdon and Somerset counties and becoming a member of the GRWDB by contacting our Staff!