To promote and support a talent development system in Southwest Arkansas that offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.
The Southwest Arkansas Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the chief elected officials, is the strategic leader of efforts that promote and broker effective relationships between businesses, economic development, education, and workforce partners throughout the local area.
The Regional Board is responsible for developing a strategy to continuously improve and strengthen the workforce development system through innovation, alignment and improvement, employment, training, and education that promotes economic growth.
The Board actively participates and collaborates closely with the required partners of the workforce development system, including public and private organizations. This engagement is crucial in the Board’s role to help integrate and align a more effective job-driven workforce system that invests in the connection between education and career preparation. The majority of Board Members are business representatives who are owners, chief executives, operating officers, or other business executives with optimum policymaking or hiring authority. These representatives are uniquely suited to communicate the emerging workforce needs of employers in high-growth, in-demand sectors to the local Board.
Adija Banks, Albemarle
Becky Ives, Lockheed Martin
Barbara Hamilton, SAU Tech
Dr. Bentley Wallace, SouthArk Community College
Charlie Goodwin, LC Manufacturing
Cory Walker, Pinnacle Solutions Group
Diann Epps, State Farm Insurance
Don White, Don & Son Car Care Center
John Mack, Vietnam Veteran's Organization
Julie Roberson, Anthony Forest Products
Kevin Smith, Local Union 436 I.B.E.W.
Lavennier Brown, ADWS
Ophelia Strickland, A&L Solutions
Pamela Willis, Walmart
Phoebe Bailey, SWAEC Director
Rory Gulick, AEDC
Scott Hultberg, LC Manufacturing
Tamara Bowers, ADWS
Tammy Waters, Domtar
Tim Golden, Howard County & Adult Center
Tracie Lee, City of Texarkana
Whitney Peterson, Peterson Heat & Air
Executive Committee Members in Bold