Board of Directors

Lonnie P. Taylor, External Board Member, Ex-Officio

Lonnie Taylor, JD, is President and Chief Executive Officer for the National Job Corps Association (NJCA). NJCA is comprised of business, labor, volunteer, advocacy, academic and community organizations. The mission of the NJCA is to unite the Job Corps community through activities and services that strengthen the program for the benefit of students, staff and employees. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Lonnie is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the organization including managing its advocacy and membership services in dealings with Job Corps stakeholders. He also serves as the spokesperson for the organization. Prior to joining NJCA, Lonnie served as Managing Director, Government Affairs, with two of the top 10 executive search companies. He is the former Vice President, External Affairs, at Sprint Nextel Corporation (formerly the Nextel Corporation), a Fortune 50 company. Lonnie served as Co-Chairman of the Government Relations and Advocacy Practice Group of the Atlanta-based law firm Powell, Goldstein, Frazer and Murphy. He also held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest federation of businesses, representing more than 3 million companies and organizations. His nearly 20 years of government service include tenures as a senior advisor in both the U.S. Senate – as Senior Legislative Assistant – and in the U.S. House of Representatives – as Chief of Staff and Counsel. He also served a presidential appointment at the U.S. General Services Administration as Associate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.

John Sparkman, External Board Member, Chair

John Sparkman began and later resumed his professional career on Capitol Hill, where he served as chief of staff to two Members of Congress after previously serving as legislative director and press secretary, and oversaw statewide political campaigns in Ohio and New York.  In the intervening years, John led Maryland Environmental Service, a state owned corporation and independent agency of Maryland state government, following nomination by the Governor and confirmation by the State Senate.  Earlier, he opened and headed the Washington, DC government relations office of PPL Corp., a Fortune 300 international energy company, and prior to that he lobbied energy, environment and healthcare issues for Baltimore Gas and Electric Company.  John is a native of Kentucky, and a graduate of Berea College and American University’s Graduate School of International Service.  He is active in his church, where he chairs the Board of Elders, and volunteers at Martha’s Table in a program that serves hot meals to the homeless on the streets of Washington.  Presently, he is studying the Greek language, which he admits remains largely Greek to him.

Term: 2013-2019

Diana Enzi, External Board Member

Diana Enzi was born in Wyoming and graduated from Sheridan High School. She received her B.S. from the University of Wyoming in social science. Enzi later received her Masters from the University of Wyoming, in adult education.

Diana served as president of the International Neighbors Club #IV, is the former president of the Congressional Club and is a member of the Senate Spouses Club.  Diana managed the family business, NZ Shoe Stores. While in this capacity, she was actively involved in business-oriented organizations.  She was president of the Gillette Chamber of Commerce; served on the Wyoming Private Industry Council; served six years on the Wyoming State Council on Vocational Education and a term as its chairman; and was Chairman of the Heart of Gillette, the downtown association. In partnership with the Marshall Legacy Institute, she is working to provide countries infested with landmines with specially trained landmine detecting dogs and handlers to find and eliminate the mines.  Diana started the CHAMPS or Children Against the Mine Problem program.  School children across Wyoming gave a quarter and helped raise enough money to send a dog, aptly named “Wyoming,” to Sri Lanka. She serves on the National Apprenticeship Advisory Committee.

Enzi was selected by previous Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to serve a two year term on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA). The committee advises the secretary on matters concerning policy and legislation affecting apprenticeship, on preparing the American workforce for sustained employment and on measures that will foster quality work places that are safe, healthy and fair.

Term: 2016-2019

Robert (“Bob”) C. MacKichan, Jr., Esq., External Board Member

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.

Term: 2016-2019

Don Marshall, External Board Member

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.

 

Term: 2016-2019

Howard Opinsky, External Board Member

Howard is a veteran communication strategist, crisis counselor and political campaign expert who helps clients solve their most pressing business, public policy and reputational challenges. Howard works with clients across all sectors of the economy and is also responsible for driving growth, enhancing client service and leading business operations for H+K along the U.S. east coast. He brings a combination of experience from politics, consulting and the highest levels of major global corporations to the firm and its clients. Howard provides his clients corporate, crisis, and public affairs consulting services, he designs earned, paid, shared, and owned media strategies, coordinates implementation of campaigns, and provides C-suite coaching. His clients have included Northrop Grumman, Target, HSBC, Cisco Systems, Mattel, Microsoft, Rutgers University, Sallie Mae, The Home Depot, Koch Industries, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the governments of the United States and Colombia.

In addition to his corporate work, Howard served for more than a decade as a political communication strategist and spokesperson for local, state and national political campaigns. He served as national press secretary for U.S. Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2000 presidential campaign, a communication strategist at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), as well as a media strategist and campaign operative for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) and former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX). Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts in political communication from The George Washington University.

Term: 2016-2019

Earl Pomeroy, External Board Member

Earl Pomeroy is counsel in Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., office, focusing his practice on health care regulatory and legislative matters. He brings special expertise on advising clients on health policy and legislative strategies for health care delivery. Mr. Pomeroy served as North Dakota’s lone representative in the U.S. House of Representatives from1992 through 2010. During this term, he earned a reputation as an independent-minded leader that brought North Dakota common sense to the debate over issues that affected our nation. Mr. Pomeroy was first elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1980, and voters selected him as the state insurance commissioner in 1984. During his tenure as insurance commissioner, he served as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Throughout his time in Congress, Mr. Pomeroy made the concerns of North Dakota his top priority. Called “articulate, cheerful and sincere” by the Almanac of American Politics and a “billboard for North Dakota values” by the Bismarck Tribune, Pomeroy’s leadership and hard work earned him a spot on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. This post gave him influence over key policy decisions on tax, trade, and Social Security and Medicare issues. In addition, Pomeroy was one of the few members of the Ways and Means Committee to secure a post on a second House committee. His leadership and advocacy on behalf of rural America earned him a special waiver allowing him to also hold a seat on the House Agriculture Committee. With his dual roles in the House committees that oversee tax and agriculture policy, Pomeroy was in a unique position to shape the last farm bill to provide a stronger safety net for family farmers and ranchers in North Dakota. His ongoing work made him one of the nation’s most respected advocates of producers and rural America. Mr. Pomeroy earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Dakota before returning to his hometown to practice law for five years.

Term: 2011-2017

Mark Rey, External Board Member

Mark E. Rey is a consultant with The Livingston Group, Executive in Residence for Michigan State University’s Center for Systems Integration and former Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Mr. Rey brings expertise from both Capitol Hill and the private sector, holding the position as senior staff at the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. As USDA Under Secretary, Mr. Rey oversaw the programs for the U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The agencies within this mission area managed the 192 million acre National Forest System as well as conservation projects on 210 million acres of farm and ranch lands, they employed nearly 45,000 full-time personnel and administered a budget of nearly eight billion dollars Serving on Capitol Hill for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Rey was responsible for drafting legislation, organizing over 100 legislative and oversight hearings, coordinating media relations, counseling committee members and other Senate and House members and staff, along with working with executive branch officials. In the private sector, Mr. Rey held the position of Vice President for the American Forest and Paper Association and the Executive Director of the American Forest Resource Alliance. Responsibilities included program development, legislative and legal advocacy, membership growth, supervising the start-up of a grass roots organization representing forest product industry and non-industrial forest landowners. Mr. Rey earned several degrees from the University of Michigan, including a Masters of Science in Natural Resources and Administration; Bachelor of Science in Forestry; and Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management.

Term: 2011-2017

Jacqueline Beasley Ph.D., Operator Board Member

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

Andrew Carpenter, Operator Board Member

Mr. Carpenter is responsible for the operational oversight of nine residential education and training facilities and three sub-contracts for the U.S. Department of Labor as CEO of Careers Systems Development Corporation. He is responsible for administration and oversight of $120 million annual budget and over 1,300 staff. Mr. Carpenter led strategic planning, coordinated annual program audits, and implemented data integrity and quality assurance programs. He developed and implemented corporate policies and procedures. Mr. Carpenter also serves as a member of the company’s benefits and incentive compensation committees and improved corporate safety program reducing worker’s compensation claims for seven consecutive years.

Term: July 2015-2018

Brian Fox, Operator Board Member

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

Steve Hendricks, Operator Board Member

Mr. Hendricks leads the education and training services business segment for ResCare Inc, the nation’s leading provider of human services in 42 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. He has oversight of 19 Job Corps centers in 9 states and Puerto Rico, alternative education and charter schools, foster care and school therapy programs. He provides the leadership, executive management, and overall strategic direction for operations with over 2,000 employees and $145m in annual revenue. Mr. Hendricks serves as a member of ResCare’s senior leadership team and strategic planning committee.

Term: July 2015-2018

Scott Marquardt, Operator Board Member

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

Valaida Randolph, Operator Board Member

Ms. Valaida Randolph, EMC’s founder, president, and primary principal, has over 30 years of experience working with agencies on the municipal, state, federal, and international levels. She, along with other management at EMC, have been involved with the development, start up, and operation of nineteen Job Corps centers over the years. EMC and its staff have also been involved in a number of other programs, including the operation of youth correctional facilities, various training services at the international level, basic academic training for the U.S. Army, and data collection and other research services provided to post-secondary academic institutions.

Term: July 2015-2018

Richard Schubert, Board Member Emeriti

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-

LaVera L. Leonard, Board Member Emeriti

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, Board Member Emeriti

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-

Honorable Elizabeth Dole, Honorary Board Member

A graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School, Dole served as Secretary of Transportation under Ronald Reagan and Secretary of Labor under George H.W. Bush before becoming head of the American Red Cross from 1991 to 2000. She next served as North Carolina’s first female U.S. Senator from 2003 to 2009. She is a member of the Republican Party and served as former chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Term: March 2016-

Honorable Bill Brock, Honorary Board Member

William Emerson “Bill” Brock III is a former Republican United States senator from Tennessee, having served from 1971 to 1977. After leaving the Senate, Brock became the new chairman of the Republican National Committee, a position he held from 1977 to 1981. Upon the election of Ronald Reagan as U.S. president, Brock was appointed U.S. Trade Representative, a position he maintained until 1985 when he was made Secretary of Labor.

Term: March 2016-

Honorable Robert Reich, Honorary Board Member

From 1973 to 1974 Robert Reich served as law clerk to Judge Frank M. Coffin, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and from 1974 to 1976 was Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, Robert Bork. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed him Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Federal Trade Commission. Reich taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University until he was appointed U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. He is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Reach has been a contributing editor of The New Republic, The American Prospect (also chairman and founding editor), Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Term: March 2016-

Honorable Alexis M. Herman, Honorary Board Member

Alexis Margaret Herman is an American politician who served as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor, serving under President Bill Clinton. Prior to her appointment, she was appointed Director of the Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau under President Jimmy Carter. During her tenure as chief of staff and later vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, she was responsible for organizing the 1992 Democratic National Convention. After Bill Clinton’s victory in the 1992 Presidential election, Herman became deputy director of the Presidential Transition Office. She was later appointed to head the White House Office of Public Liaison, where she was responsible for the administration’s relations with interest groups.

Term: April 2016-