Board expands as it increases development and implementation of workforce programs to assist local employers and job seekers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (November 30, 2011) — The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County, a public-private volunteer board that oversees the use of federal dollars to train the local workforce to support local employers, announced the appointment of ten new volunteer board members.

Chair Josie Gonzales, County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor, appointed At-Large Member Joseph Williams, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Action Project (YAP). Williams has worked for the County of San Bernardino in the Department of Behavioral Health, the Workforce Development Department and the Sheriff’s Department. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Non Profit Executive Network and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.

The second appointee by Chair Gonzales is At-Large Member Thomas Flournoy, the Deputy Chief of the Inland Empire Workforce Services with the State of California Employment Development Department. He has nearly 19 years of experience working in the field of workforce services, including nine years providing labor market and workforce consulting for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Flournoy received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino.

Appointed by Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Larry Flood is the owner of Express Employment Professionals and a former professor at University of Phoenix in Ontario. He served as President of the California Association of Temporary Staffing Services. Flood was a board member of the Los Angeles Times Federal Credit Union, executive member of the Los Angeles Times Management Conference, San Diego Town Council member and a member of various Chambers of Commerce. He received a Bachelor’s degree from California State University Fullerton and an MBA from National University.

Also appointed by Second District Supervisor Rutherford is Jose De La Cerra, currently the Human Resources Manager for La-Z-Boy in Redlands, CA. He is an active member of Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). De La Cerra holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Appointed by First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, Logan Olds is the General Manager of the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority. Olds is responsible for the overall management, operation, maintenance and capital improvements program for the Authority’s 12 million-gallon-per-day wastewater treatment facility, pump stations and 40 miles of interceptor sewers.

Appointed by Third District Supervisor Neil Derry, Lance Bauer is the owner of Barrister Professional Services, LLC. Bauer is a member of the Rotary International, Redlands Sunrise Rotary, National Eagle Scout Association, California State University Dominguez Hills Alumni Association, Professional Investigators of California and the California Association of Licensed Investigators.

Dr. Lionel Chadwick, MPH, PhD, FACHE, also appointed by Third District Supervisor Derry, brings more than 25 years of healthcare administration experience to the board. As Chief Executive Officer of the Hi Desert Memorial Health Care District in Joshua Tree, Chadwick is responsible for the management of all health facilities within the district.

Appointed by Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt, Kenneth Boshart is the Founder and President of Boshart Engineering, which since 1999 has supported manufacturers in obtaining regulatory compliance with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA regulations, with an emphasis directed toward emission certification. Boshart has more than 30 years of engineering and management experience in the chemical, manufacturing and automotive industries.

James Na, also appointed by Fourth District Supervisor Ovitt, is the owner of Three Star Janitorial Warehouse Co. He is serves on the boards for the Friends of James Thalman Library and Friends of Reagan Park. Na is also a member of the Rancho del Chino Rotary Club and the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Appointed by Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt, William Sterling is the President and owner of Sterling Synergy Systems, Inc., with subsidiary companies throughout San Bernardino County providing technology services, online sales, construction management, business consulting, and real estate investments.

“The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board has been very successful in supporting our workforce and employers due to the expertise of its members,” said Chair Gonzales. “Their breadth of experience, which includes business, government and community organizations, has allowed our board to meet the needs of our County’s diverse population.”

The Workforce Investment Board partners with the County’s largest industry sectors to identify workforce needs, create training programs and prepare residents for in-demand jobs. Through the County’s three Employment Resource Centers, the Workforce Investment Board also provides job placement, job search and career counseling services.

“Our Workforce Investment Board has become a national model due to the efforts and creativity of our members,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the board. “Their decisions impact the lives of thousands of at-risk youth through our Workforce Investment Act Youth program and adults and veterans who find job and training opportunities at our One-Stop Employment Resource Centers.”

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing County resources which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.


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