Rausch is interim vice president of human resources for Rexnord in Simi Valley. She was named Human Resources Executive of the Year in 2010 by the Ventura County Chapter of the National Human Resources Association.
"Melissa's expertise in human resources will be a tremendous asset to the WIB board," says Alex Rivera, WIB chair. "The board constantly works with company HR representatives. Melissa's knowledge and relationships in the field will help in WIB's continuing efforts to build a strong workforce to fit the needs of county employers."
Reappointed to the board are Will Berg, director of marketing and public information for Oxnard Harbor District in Port Hueneme, Anthony Kourounis, regional vice president for National Bank of California in Westlake Village, Paul Matakiewicz, state-wide coordinator for the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West in Oxnard and Jesus Torres, director, strategic programs for Verizon California in Thousand Oaks.
"As Ventura County's economy slowly recovers, WIB board members are providing hands-on guidance to ensure the county's workforce has the right skills to help drive local businesses and economy forward," says Cheryl Moore, WIB executive director.
Members of the WIB include leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, government and community-based organizations.
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About the Workforce Investment Board
The Workforce Investment Board administers federal funds that help to support Job & Career Centers (JCCs) and other adult, youth, and employer programs and services in Ventura County. With additional resources from the County of Ventura Human Services Agency, the JCCs provide employment assistance, career training and education services to job seekers, and employee recruitment, customized training and employer consulting to local businesses. JCC services are provided at no cost to job seekers and employers. For more information, call 800-500-7705 or visit www.wib.ventura.org.