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 Disabilities Committee, the Literacy Committee, the One Stop Committee, and the Youth Committee. These committees include members of the full Board as well as community members from various constituencies interested in taking part in the conversation.

As part of their work, members of the Disabilities Committee created a resource guide of services for Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Contact info@thegrwdb.org for additions and updates.

The Literacy Committee is comprised of public and private literacy partners of the GRWDB, with programs ongoing. For more information on services, read this news release and share the English-language and Spanish-language versions of these flyers. Additional information also can be found in this resource guide of services. For consideration for inclusion in the guide, email jcassano@co.somerset.nj.us.

Minutes for each board and committee meeting can be found on the Meeting Packages section of the Events section. Meeting minutes for are presented at the next gathering of the respective board or committee, with each group’s members reviewing and approving the minutes document. Reviewing the minutes of each meeting is a great way to sense of the work being done.

The updated 2020 meeting schedule can be viewed here. All meetings are open to the public. 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!