Mark Douglass is the president of Equus Workforce Solutions, a line of business in BrightSpring Health Services family of brands. Douglass joined the company in 2014 as a Workforce regional director. He was then promoted to vice president of operations, then senior vice president of operations in 2017. Mr. Douglass’ extensive background in workforce services helps him lead the business in development, change management and strategic planning. He drives operational excellence and growth in Job Corps Centers and Career Centers throughout the nation. Preceding his time at Equus Workforce Solutions, Mr. Douglass was the chief operating officer at WorkNet Pinellas and Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance in Florida. Before that, he served as president of Dynamic Educational Systems in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Douglass holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tampa John H. Sykes College of Business.
Term: February 2019-present
Frank is the Chief Executive Officer of Penn Foster, the leading skills development training, credentials and employment matching enterprise for frontline workers. This for-purpose organization is focused on employment outcomes through ed-tech enabled workforce solutions and today has more than 125,000 active students and 1,000 partners, including employers, youth organizations, government organizations, and academic institutions. He previously served as an Operating Partner at Bain Capital Ventures and CEO of Pri-Med – the largest medical education training company for primary care physicians. He is a recognized education authority, with media and investor community engagement such as Bloomberg TV, C-SPAN/ U.S. Congress, SXSWedu, TEDx, BMO and ASU/GSV investor conference, and was appointment by Governor Corbett of Pennsylvania on the Advisory Committee on Future of Postsecondary Education. Frank earned his B.S. from Syracuse University in marketing and operations.
Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, an educator and public school advocate for more than 40 years, was selected as the eighth Executive Director of the New Jersey School Boards Association in September 2012. The organization’s 26-member Board of Directors approved the appointment unanimously, following a nationwide search.
As executive director, Dr. Feinsod manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, which is one of America’s largest school boards associations. NJSBA is a federation of the state’s 581 local boards of education and includes 75 charter schools as associate members. The state’s 5,000 local school board members, who serve without compensation, oversee the education of 1.4 million public school students.
Dr. Feinsod has served as the superintendent of schools in the Cranford, Madison and Mount Arlington school districts. Having been nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate, he served as the New Jersey Department of Education’s executive county superintendent for Essex County from 2008 to 2012, assisting and overseeing 23 school districts with a student population of approximately 130,000. He began his career as a special education teacher in Linden. In addition, he served for approximately 20 years as a member of the Board of Education of the Morris-Union Jointure Commission, including a term as the board’s president.
Dr. Feinsod is a former president and co-founder of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, a grassroots advocacy group of school administrators, school board members and parents, established in 1992. Today, more than 100 school districts are members.
He holds a Doctor of Education degree from Rutgers University, a professional diploma in Educational Leadership from Fordham University, and a B.A. and an M.A. from Kean University.
Dr. Feinsod was named to Governor-Elect Phil Murphy’s transition committee on education, access and opportunity in November 2017.
In October 2012, prior to taking the helm at NJSBA, he was presented “the key to Essex County” in a formal ceremony held by Joseph Di Vincenzo, the Essex County Executive. Senator Teresa Ruiz, chair of the senate education committee, assisted the county executive in recognizing Dr. Feinsod’s distinguished career.
He is a recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award from the Newark affiliate of the National Organization of African American Administrators, the Outstanding Service Award from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, and the Education Leadership Award from the New Jersey Coalition of Educational Leaders for the support and advancement of women in leadership positions.
Dr. Feinsod has been involved extensively in community and civic activities. He was a long-term member of the service organization Rotary International and was presented with the New Jersey State Vocational Service Award for his contributions to education from the president of Rotary International.
Dr. Feinsod and his wife, Sharon, reside in West Orange. They have two adult daughters.
Grace A. Kilbane retired from her position as the Executive Director of the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board and of OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County in September, 2019. Grace returned to her home town of Cleveland after being gone for 30 years while leading workforce development programs at the federal and state levels. Grace served at the local level for the past five years, and led the implementation of the new federal law, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as well as other new programs and innovations locally.
Prior to her time as the local Executive Director, Grace served as a career executive with the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment & Training Administration (ETA) in many key roles for the agency. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1995. Nationally, she led the creation and operation of the one-stop career center system; headed employment and training programs for youth and adults under the Workforce Investment Act as the Administrator of the Office of Workforce Investment (twice); directed the Unemployment Insurance system; served as National Director of Job Corps (twice); implemented foreign worker programs such as the H-1B Visa; and oversaw the implementation of the Recovery Act in 2009. She also served as Regional Administrator for the Boston region and the Kansas City region.
Prior to joining ETA, she served as Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services for almost six years. Her Public Administration career spanned over 45 years, 36 of which were in the field of workforce development.
Grace possesses a Juris Doctor Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Art’s Degree from Kent State University. She is currently serving on the Board of the National Job Corps Association and on the Visiting Committee of CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.
Robert “Bob” C. MacKichan Jr. is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C., office and is the leader of the firm’s GSA Leasing and Federal Real Estate Team within the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. His multifaceted practice involves decades of experience in litigation, government contracts, real estate and public policy issues associated with federal government real estate. Clients call on him for his substantive knowledge and extensive relationships in D.C. to handle government real estate disputes, government contract concerns, government lease procurement and administration, real estate acquisition and disposition, and government construction and administration. In addition, he advises clients on holdovers and condemnations, the competitive procurement process and disputes under the Contract Disputes Act.
Mr. MacKichan primarily represents building owners, real estate developers, REITs and asset managers nationwide in matters relating to federal real estate disputes. He previously served as general counsel of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), where his work included the authorization for the construction of the International Cultural and Trade Center Building (now named the Ronald Reagan Federal Building) in Washington, D.C., as well as the utilization of public bond financing for several GSA projects.
Don Marshall is a communications strategist who combines deep political experience with an expertise in business and new media communications.
Don has spent 20 years working as a communications professional, handling public relations and new media strategy for political leaders, companies, non-profits and public policy organizations. Don served as a member of the senior management team for The Washington Post Company’s online subsidiary, Washingtonpost. Newsweek Interactive (WPNI). He led the company’s corporate communications and business marketing departments, and developed and executed public outreach strategies for washingtonpost.com and Newsweek.com. He has directed communications for numerous companies and organizations on the leading edge of technology and innovation, including the Information Technology Industry Council, Telecommunications Industry Association, Bright Automotive, the Online Publishers Association and the Software & Information Industry Association, and has built and implemented new media communications strategies for organizations of all sizes.
Don’s corporate experience includes taking a lead role in planning and executing Coca-Cola’s national communications strategy for the Olympic Torch Relay and serving as a top spokesperson for the company. An experienced political and public affairs communicator, Don has worked for numerous candidates and elected officials. He has held senior positions with three members of the U.S. Congress, including running the communications office and serving as lead spokesperson for Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. Don directed communications for political campaigns across the country, including in Ohio, Louisiana and Massachusetts. His public affairs work extends beyond government and campaigns to include policy organizations and international affairs. He has provided communications counsel to the nation’s largest anti-tobacco advocacy group and worked with the second democratically elected president of Nicaragua to improve his government’s national outreach.
Using film, technology, entertainment and new media as a catalyst for social change, Melissa C. Potter is at the forefront of impact innovation. As Head of Social Impact and Communications for Odyssey Impact and Transform Films, she has engaged communities across the nation in dialogue around today’s most pressing social justice issues, uplifting the voices and lived experiences of our nation’s diverse and oft-underrepresented populations. Take, for example, her 2018 NAACP Image Award nomination as Impact Producer for the film The Rape of Recy Taylor.
Through her work, Melissa creates a platform for diverse voices to be heard in traditional media spaces. Melissa has been an Impact Producer on several documentary and short-form pieces that focus specifically on the issues of criminal justice, sexual and gender-based violence, and urban gun violence. These films and videos have gone on to much acclaim worldwide, including: winner of Best Documentary Short 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival; winner of the Peabody Award 2018; and winner of Prize for Human Rights at the Venice Film Festival.
In addition to creating inclusive spaces in digital and new media, Melissa is focused on using technology to foster sustainable social impact in underserved communities nationwide. In the past year, she has coordinated over 200 screenings of Milwaukee 53206, a documentary which tells the story of the ZIP code in America with the highest rate of incarcerated African American males. These screenings have served as the catalyst for national campaigns, as well as the formation of prison ministries, community coalitions and reentry and support programs. Melissa believes that diverse storytelling can inspire empathy, awareness and action nationwide.
Prior to her work with Odyssey, she focused on entertainment and advocacy. Potter has worked in public relations with chart-topping entertainment figures such as The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, and Grandmaster Flash as a freelance publicist, with Catalyst Group, and Coolhunters and partnered with Amazon, Audible, Scholastic, and Netflix with Think Big… Think You!, always building a philanthropic dimension into her work, an outgrowth of her own interests in bettering the world around her.
She built lasting awareness of issues while at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and ACLU. But it was not until she joined Odyssey Impact that she was able to combine these fields with the new dimension of follow-up among the public as well as policy-makers in the type of long-term social impact campaigns which she now coordinates, going beyond simply releasing media to actually introducing those with various roles to play in discussion. “I hope that we can now build a community of engaged supporters, including those in the entertainment space,” she says, ever making connections.
Eric M. Weaver is Vice President, Human Resources for Universities Space Research Association in Columbia, MD. He currently oversees the HR function and provides strategic direction for all HR activities across USRA programs and institutes. He leads a team of business-facing HR and administrative professionals that manage workforce functions including strategic HR, compensation, benefits, staffing & recruitment, diversity, and employee relations. He has extensive human resources and labor relations experience in several industries including government and public entities; automotive and aviation; science and high technology and business consulting.
Mr. Weaver joined USRA after a successful career at Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) where he served as Vice President, Human Resources and Administration. Prior to joining GBTA, he spent 10 years at Intel Corporation (world’s leading semiconductor manufacturer with over 100,000 employees) where he led all HR functions for a variety of business units including Intel’s $1B start-up biotech healthcare device business. Mr. Weaver’s achievements include a global staffing ramp in China and India, doubling the business unit’s size and execution of a new compensation program that drove substantial value for the business. As a result of his leadership in HR and his legal expertise, he was tapped to be the first Chief of Staff to Intel’s General Counsel where he orchestrated worldwide anti-trust litigation occurring in the US, Japan, South Korea, China and the European Union.
Before his tenure at Intel, Mr. Weaver held a variety of leadership roles with U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration, Renaissance Airlines and in a host of HR leadership capacities with AT&T (formerly Ameritech). He received his Bachelor of Arts from Howard University in Washington, DC and his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Jacqueline Beasley is the Senior Vice President of Administration for MINACT, Inc. Ms. Beasley joined MINACT, Inc. in 2002 as Vice President of Human Resources. In that role, she had primary responsibility for human resources operations and business development. In 2007 she was promoted to her current role where she has oversight responsibility for all administrative functions of the corporation, to include fiscal services, human resources, business development, communications, and staff development. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Leadership with a cognate in Business Administration from Jackson State University; a Master of Business Administration degree from Delta State University; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Alcorn State University. Her work experience includes more than 25 years in contract compliance, human resources, financial management, and planning job development and training programs. Jackie is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Mississippi and she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She serves on the Board of Director for New Hope Christian School Board as Secretary, the State of Mississippi Workforce Investment Board, and is a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi.
Term: July 2015-2018
After being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1983, Pete returned to school to complete his degree in Finance and began working as a Contracting Officer for the U.S. Department of the Navy. His Job Corps career started in 1990 as a Purchasing Agent at the Philadelphia Job Corps Center. Within 2 years, he was promoted to supervisor of safety & security, while still performing the role of Purchasing Agent. By 1994, He had become the Manager of Finance & Administration and was providing oversight for all center operations functions. During his time with Management & Training Corporation (MTC), he became a Certified Assessor and OSHA Compliance Instructor.
Pete also was a proud member of the 1st graduating class of MTC’s Executive Development Program, an extensive 18-month training program that provides candidates with the opportunity to learn all aspects of the Job Corps program through direct management of each functional area. In 2000, he accepted a position with MTC’s corporate office as the Manager of Corporate Purchasing and Finance. This position enabled him to provide training and oversight to a variety of recruitment, center, and job placement contracts across the country.
Less than a year later, Pete accepted the position as Deputy Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he provided oversight of 10 Regional Office Project Managers, 20 Job Corps centers, 8 recruitment, and 10 placement contracts. He served on the OMS workgroup, participated in National Office assessments, and also served on the Annual Work Plan workgroup. He served as the Division Chief of Operations in the Philadelphia Region for 5 years where he was responsible for administration of 37 government contacts with an annual budget in excess of $250 million. He also chaired the National Data Integrity Workgroup.
In November 2006 he accepted the position as Vice President of Operations with Horizons Youth Services and was promoted to President in 2009. He is responsible for all Job Corps operations and serves on the National Job Corps Association Operators Advisory Board and Chaired the NJCA Training Committee. Horizons Youth Services operates a variety of Job Corps contracts with the U. S. Department along with subcontracts with various Job Corps small business operators.
Peter Calvo lives in southern New Jersey with his lovely wife of 35 years. Mr.Calvo volunteers his time and skills to his community. He was elected to his home town (Glassboro) School Board, where he served as President from 1997 through 2005; and 2009 to present. He served as the President of the Gloucester County School Board Association for 8 years. He also served as Vice President of the NJ School Boards Association, its Board of Directors (current), was chairperson of the New Jersey School Board’s Standards & Assessment Committee, Co-Chair of the NJSBA Student Achievement Task Force, and a member of the Training Task Force. He was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in February, 2011. Mr. Calvo also sits on the Glassboro Planning Board and is a founding member and current president of the Rotary Club of Glassboro.
Term: January 2019
Katherine Carlton, President of Chugach Education Services, Inc. and General Manager of Chugach Training and Educational Solutions, LLC., is responsible for the performance of the Education and Training business line of the Government division of Chugach Alaska Corporation.
Prior to this role, she held several other positions in Chugach dating back to 2003, primarily in the Finance field. In 2014, Carlton left Chugach and went to work for Southcentral Foundation, an Alaska Native-owned nonprofit health care organization, where she oversaw the Finance Department. She worked closely with the Director of Finance to transform the department from manual, paper-based processes to automated, paper-less systems. However, she couldn’t stay away from Chugach long and returned in 2017 to work directly for the President of the Government Division, Tim “Hoops” Hopper.
Carlton earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and a Master’s Certificate in Alaska Native Executive Leadership from the Alaska Pacific University. She was born in Cordova, Alaska and spent her youth commercial fishing in Prince William Sound. She and her husband Jason have four children.
Term: January 2019
A career of over twenty years with a unique combination of skills including a solid understanding of business processes, how those processes create financial results, and the people aspects to consider during organization change. Eleven years of experience delivering enterprise-wide change on large-scale Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP/SAP) projects caps previous work as an internal financial analyst and cost accountant. Expertise includes: delivering against profit/loss responsibilities, client relationship management, program/project planning and management, account management, sponsorship engagement, executive alignment, training design and development, communication strategy and management, supervision and coaching.
Term: July 2015-2018
Mr. Marquardt became president of Management and Training Corporation in 1991. Since that time, MTC has had a 344% increase in sales. Mr. Marquardt’s focus is on integrity, performance, leadership and innovation in delivering services to government customers. He is a leader in numerous job training, education, industry, and civic organizations.
Term: July 2015-2018
Mr. Schubert has served as the Chairman of the Drucker Foundation, the President and CEO of The Points of Light Foundation and the American Red Cross, and the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Schubert has also served on the Committee on Vocational Education and Economic Development in Depressed Areas, as Chairman of the International Youth Foundation, and on the board of the National Alliance of Business.
Term: July 2016-
Dr. Leonard has over 20 years of experience with Job Corps and is best known for leading the work of the National Job Corps Association and for serving as a Job Corps policy advisor to Congress and the Administration. She has had extensive personal interaction with leaders of all segments of the Job Corps community and the workforce development system. Dr. Leonard received her Doctor of Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Vocational-Technical Education and Political Science.
Term: July 2015-
Jim Sourwine is a consultant for Foley Maldonado & O’Toole. For more than 30 years, he was a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, assigned to the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee. Previously, he was a budget officer at the Department of Labor and a vocational counselor for the Washington State Employment Service. He has a B.A. in economics and masters degrees in counseling and public administration. In recognition of his decades of unwavering support for Job Corps and its mission, during its Leadership Summit on March 23rd, 2007, the NJCA honored Mr. Sourwine with its Sargent Shriver Award, the highest award bestowed by the NJCA.
Term: July 2015-