Joining the board are Sandra Werner, director of human resources and employee health for Simi Valley Hospital, Tavi Udrea, director of human resources operations at Haas Automation, Inc. in Oxnard, Kimberly Collins Nilsson, president and owner of Solid Waste Solutions, Inc. in Thousand Oaks and Carla Castilla, government relations political coordinator for Service Employees International Union Local 721 in Ventura.
Werner is also a member of the WIB Allied Health Committee. "Our efforts on the committee are to find out what needs to be done in education so students are prepared for county health-related jobs," says Werner. "As a WIB board member, I hope to continue this work. It's important for the community to seek ways to sustain itself by keeping its citizens working."
"Our new board members come from the business and labor sectors. As part of their jobs, all address workforce issues every day," says Alex Rivera, WIB chair. "We welcome the high level of expertise and dedication they bring to the board."
"Business and labor must work together to get the economy and employment rolling again," says Cheryl Moore, WIB executive director. "Fortunately, our board members believe strongly in this type of collaboration as they work together to find solutions to workforce issues."
Members of the WIB include leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, government and community-based organizations.