Board / Committees

CareerSource Central Florida remains committed to being at the forefront of workforce development. As part of this effort, our board of directors and committees consist of top officials who specialize in a wide range of industries with targeted knowledge regarding the workforce. Our collaborations are tailored with Central Florida’s businesses and career seekers in mind.

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Meet The Board

Debbie Clements, Chair

Debbie Clements, Chair

Government and Community Relations ManagerDuke Energy
Business (Orange County)
Full Bio
Committee: Governance. Debbie Clements joined Duke Energy Corporation in 2004, where she currently serves as Government and Community Relations Manager. Previously, she served as General Communications and External Relations Manager for Sprint for 19 years. Clements is active in community organizations including Kissimmee Osceola Chamber of Commerce, West Orange Chamber of Commerce, United Arts of Central Florida, and Valencia College Foundation.
Business (Orange County)
Mark Wylie, Vice Chair

Mark Wylie, Vice Chair

President/CEOCentral Florida Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Business (Osceola County)
Full Bio
Committee: Finance. Mark Wylie has served since 1986 as President/CEO of the Central Florida Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. ABC is a regional trade association representing the merit shop commercial construction industry.
Business (Osceola County)
Dr. Joseph A.  Sarnovsky, Treasurer

Dr. Joseph A. Sarnovsky, Treasurer

Executive Vice President & CFOSeminole State College of Florida
Education and Training Provider- Adult Education and Literacy
Full Bio
Committees: Finance and Audit. Dr. Joseph Sarnovsky joined Seminole State College of Florida in 2002. He provides direction and policy formulation for fiscal, logistical, and administrative support functions of the college. Prior to joining Seminole State, Sarnovsky served 14 years at Lorain County Community College in Ohio, and 10 years in a multi-national, technology-based manufacturing company. He is an active member of multiple community and college leadership organizations.
Education and Training Provider- Adult Education and Literacy
Leland Madsen, Secretary

Leland Madsen, Secretary

AdministratorBedrock Resources, Inc.
Business (Sumter County)
Full Bio
Committee: Audit. Leland Madsen serves as administrator for two mining companies in Florida, with more than 50 years of professional work experience through diversified employment in the U.S. Air Force, the offshore oil industry, the mining industry, the manufacturing industry, and personal business operations in agriculture. Active in the community, Madsen has served on both profit and not-for-profit boards, as well as serving as an ordained Christian Minister to various congregations.
Business (Sumter County)
Greg Beliveau

Greg Beliveau

President/OwnerLPG Urban & Regional Planners, Inc.
Business (Lake County)
Full Bio
Committees: Program Review and Governance. Greg Beliveau has 34 years of experience providing land planning services to public and private sector industries. He previously served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Leesburg and is a member of the American Planning Association, the American Society for Public Administration, and the Florida City and County Management Association.
Business (Lake County)
Stephen T. Ball

Stephen T. Ball

Partner, Labor and EmploymentHolland & Knight LLP
Full Bio
Stephen T. Ball is a lawyer in the Orlando office who practices in the areas of employment discrimination and other employment/labor-related matters such as employment discrimination litigation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) matters, employment and severance agreements, noncompetition agreements and litigation. He regularly represents employers in employment and laborrelated lawsuits in state and federal courts and in investigations and charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Florida Commission on Human Relations and related organizations. He also represents employers in such areas as unemployment compensation appeals and plant closings under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Mr. Ball is a frequent speaker and commentator for television news stations on labor and employment law topics and is also an experienced trial attorney in the areas of labor and employment litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury defense litigation and appellate practice, in both state and federal courts.
Paul Bough

Paul Bough

Senior Managing ConsultantBerkeley Research Group
Business (Orange County)
Full Bio
Committee: Program Review. Paul Bough has extensive program and project management experience on a wide range of transportation, building, industrial, and municipal projects. Recent projects include Owner's Representative assignments on Orlando's Amway Center arena, and on the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. He previously served as Manager for AECOM's Program Management contracts within the State of Florida.
Business (Orange County)
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Wendy H. Brandon, FACHE, Past Chair

Chief Executive OfficerCentral Florida Regional Hospital
Business (Seminole County)
Full Bio
Committee: Vice Chair of Program Review. Wendy H. Brandon serves as CEO of Central Florida Regional Hospital. She has more than 13 years of executive experience with HCA and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Brandon dedicates much of her time to the community, including serving as Vice President of Englewood-Cape Haze Chamber of Commerce; South County Family YMCA Board of Directors; and Co-Chair for American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon.
Business (Seminole County)
Glen Casel

Glen Casel

President/CEOCommunity Based Care of Central Florida
Full Bio
Glen Casel has been an advocate for children in Florida for more than 25 years, splitting his time between The Children’s Home Society of Central Florida, the Department of Children and Families, and Community Based Care of Central Florida, where he currently serves as the President/CEO. Glen is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration, and is proud to call Central Florida home.
Melanie Cornell

Melanie Cornell

PrincipalHKS Architects, Inc.
Business (Seminole)
Full Bio
Committee: Finance. Melanie Cornell has been actively involved in the Central Florida business community for more than 31 years, with an emphasis on client advocacy and service. She is driven by the strategy behind very complex pursuits. Cornell values the importance of relationship-building and community outreach work full circle, both personally and professionally.
Business (Seminole)
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William D’Aiuto

Central Regional Managing DirectorFlorida Department of Children and Families
Government Representative-Other
Full Bio
William D’Aiuto began serving as Regional Managing Director of the Central Region in 2007. He leads a five-county area in Central Florida, and has spent his entire professional life with the Florida Department of Children and Families. His resume includes leadership positions in Florida ACCESS (public assistance), child welfare, and adult protective services programs.
Government Representative-Other
John Davis

John Davis

PresidentAfrican American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida
Business (Orange County)
Full Bio
Committee: Community Engagement. John Davis’ background includes playing time in both the National Football League and Canadian League, as well as success in the medical field as both salesman and manager. He founded and ran two businesses, including a professional sports training company and a consulting group. Davis spearheaded the Black Republican Conference in 2007, later serving as Deputy Executive Director of Operations, making him the highest-ranking African American in the history of the Republican Party of Florida.
Business (Orange County)
John R. Gill

John R. Gill

President/CEOQuest, Inc.
Full Bio
John R. Gill is the President/CEO for Quest, Inc., which helps people with developmental disabilities in both the greater Orlando and Tampa areas achieve their dreams of going to school, having a job, living on their own, and experiencing summer camp. He has been involved with many civic and professional organizations, including the City of Winter Park’s Economic Development Advisory Board and the Social Media Committee for the Florida Association of Rehabilitative Facilities.
Nicole Guillet

Nicole Guillet

County Manager, Seminole County Government
Government Representative- Economic Development
Full Bio
Committee: Finance. Nicole Guillet began serving as county manager of Seminole County in 2014. Prior to being named county manager, Guillet was hired in 2010 as Seminole County’s growth management director. She has also served as deputy chief administrative officer and community development director for the city of Apopka. As County Manager, Guillet oversees a staff of 1,256 employees, including growth management, parks and recreation, and public safety departments.
Government Representative- Economic Development
Mark Havard

Mark Havard

Area Director of Human ResourcesHyatt Regency Orlando
Full Bio
Mark Havard serves as Area Director of Human Resources at Hyatt Regency Orlando - the largest convention hotel for the brand in the United States - and oversees human resources for five full-service hotels and resorts in the region. His 26-year career with Hyatt Hotels Corporation included roles at nine hotels along the eastern coast, seven of which Mark served in director levels, while earning recognition as Hyatt Human Resources Team of the Year three times. Havard previously served as President of the Central Florida Hotel Human Resource Association, and he currently serves on the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association¹s (CFHLA) Employee Relations and Adopt-a-School committees.
Jeff Hayward

Jeff Hayward

President & CEOHeart of Florida United Way
Full Bio
Jeff Hayward has served as President & CEO of Heart of Florida United Way since December 2016. With nearly 18 years of experience in the United Way network and as a nonprofit professional, Jeff brings a unique blend of expertise to the Heart of Florida United Way. Previously, Jeff served as chief of external affairs at United Way of Massachusetts Bay where he was responsible for overseeing the annual strategic investment of nearly $32 million in initiatives and agencies. In addition, Hayward managed the public policy strategy, volunteer engagement, grants, and marketing and communications. Just prior to his becoming chief of external affairs, he held the position of senior vice president of community impact where he was responsible for the development and implementation of United Way’s strategies related to healthy childhood development, increasing youth opportunities and family financial stability. In this role in 2007, Jeff oversaw United Way’s strategic shift in its grant-making strategy, one which tied United Way’s investment in community-based agencies to the achievement of measurable, specific outcomes in these focus areas. Jeff’s professional background – a hybrid of politics, public and private sector service – has prepared him well for his responsibilities. He previously served as chief of staff to the Mayor of Lynn for five years. He later served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives before becoming the New England vice president for development and marketing for a national, publicly traded health care company. Jeff represented United Way on the Board of the Massachusetts Alliance for Shelter and Housing, a first-in-the-world “Pay for Success” initiative to reduce chronic individual homelessness statewide. He was also a member of the MA Policy Academy on Ending Family Homelessness charged with developing a 10-year plan to eliminate family homelessness; and was a member of the MA Department of Transitional Assistance’s Housing and Homeless Advisory Committee appointed by the Commissioner of DTA. He also served on the Massachusetts Commission to End Homelessness which developed a five year plan to end homelessness in MA under the Patrick Administration. Finally, he also served as a member of the United Way of America, Financial Stability Partnership Steering Committee, representing one of 25 United Ways selected for their innovation in using asset building as a strategy for providing economic opportunities for lower income families. Since moving to Central Florida, he has joined the board and executive committee of Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and the board of CareerSource Central Florida. He is a graduate of St. Anselm College and was a Casey Foundation/United Way of America Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government – Family Strengthening for Success. Jeff and his wife Anne-Marie have three children, Nathaniel, Victoria and Abigail.
Eric Jackson, Past Chair

Eric Jackson, Past Chair

President/CEOTotal Roof Services Corp.
Business (Orange County)
Full Bio
Committee: Governance. Eric Jackson serves as President/CEO of Total Roof Services. He previously served as Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle. As an active member of his community, Jackson has served on numerous boards and organizations, including Central Florida Urban League, MyRegion.org, Quest, Inc., and as Director of Business Development for Metro Orlando EDC, and Director of Business Services for TTI America.
Business (Orange County)
Brian Michaels

Brian Michaels

Transition Program Consultant, Bureau of Client ServicesDivision of Blind Services, Department of Education
Government Representative-Vocational Rehabilitation (VR & individuals w/disabilities)
Full Bio
Committee: Program Review. Brian Michaels joined the Division of Blind Services in 2010 and is the District Administrator for the Orlando office and surrounding counties. His previous experience includes rehabilitation with a focus on employment. Michaels is responsible for approving vocational rehabilitation services, working with local community providers in job development, and improving community relations.
Government Representative-Vocational Rehabilitation (VR & individuals w/disabilities)
Sheri Olson

Sheri Olson

Director, Foundation & Government RelationsSouth Lake Hospital
Business (Lake County)
Full Bio
Committee: Community Engagement. Sheri Olson holds more than 25 years of public relations and marketing experience. Her professional career began at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in the public relations department, followed by roles as Community Relations Manager for South Lake Hospital, Public Relations and Creative Marketing Director for Lassiter-Ware Insurance, and Director of Community and Government Relations for Central Florida Health Alliance.
Business (Lake County)
John Pittman

John Pittman

Associate Vice President for Debt ManagementUniversity of Central Florida
Full Bio
John C. Pittman, Associate Vice President for Debt Management, at the University of Central Florida (UCF), has worked in the financial management arena in education for more than 20 years. Currently, in addition to managing approximately $500 million in outstanding debt for the university and some of its related entities, he is responsible for overseeing in excess of $65 million in various budgets for the UCF Administration and Finance division. John has a BS degree in Business Management from the University of Florida, and concurrently attained his CPA certification and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Central Florida. Notably, Pittman serves as a member of National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) and has been an integral part of the NACAS institute planning team. He served on the project committee that established the NACAS Institute for Managers (IFM). He also co-taught the IFM’s Finance with Auxiliary Focus class during the first three years of its commencement, and continues teaching graduate and undergraduate college courses in Accounting. Pittman also serves on several boards and committees, all of which play an essential part of consulting, mentoring, and supporting students and other campus entities in various capacities to achieve the UCF’s missions and goals.
Dr. Kathleen  Plinske

Dr. Kathleen Plinske

Campus PresidentValencia College - Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses
Education and Training Provider- Institution of Higher Education
Full Bio
Committee: Program Review. Dr. Kathleen Plinske currently serves as Chair of the Education Foundation of Osceola County, Chair of the Osceola Poverty Elimination Network, and sits on the Lake Nona Education Council. Dr. Plinske has received numerous awards, including being recognized as one of 24 emerging leaders in the world by Phi Delta Kappa International in 2010, and being named Orlando Business Journal’s Woman of the Year in their “40 under 40” competition in 2012.
Education and Training Provider- Institution of Higher Education
Jim Sullivan

Jim Sullivan

Training DirectorCentral Florida Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (J.A.T.C.) / Central Florida AFL-CIO
Full Bio
Jim Sullivan, Training Director for Central Florida Electrical JATC since 1987, has 46 years in the electrical industry, having served in a wide-range of positions. His formal education includes a Master of Education from University of Central Florida, a B. S. degree in Vocational Education from UCF, an A.A. from Valencia Community College, Certificate of Completion for The National Instructor Training Institute from University of Tennessee, and an Apprenticeship Certificate from Central Florida Electrical JATC. Currently, Mr. Sullivan serves as Chairman of the National Education Committee for the NETDA and Chairman for the Florida Apprenticeship Conference. He sits on several advisory committees for vocational education in Central Florida, and on the advisory committee to the National Training Institute/University of Tennessee.
Richard Sweat

Richard Sweat

President/CEO.decimal
Business (Seminole County)
Full Bio
Committee: Chair of Program Review. Richard Sweat serves as President/CEO of .decimal, Inc., an Internet-based medical device manufacturer. Patented computer software enables the manufacturing of custom, patient-specific filters used in radiation therapy for cancer. The company serves customers nationwide, including hospitals and cancer centers around the country, such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Florida Hospital in Orlando.
Business (Seminole County)
Jody Sweet

Jody Sweet

Vice President of Recruitment, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent ManagementWalt Disney Parks & Resorts
Business (Orange County)
Full Bio
Committee: Co-Chair of Community Engagement. Jody Sweet began her career at Walt Disney World during an internship as a Merchandise Hostess at Epcot, while pursuing an education at Bowling Green State University. Previous positions include Director of Recruitment, Director of Casting, Director of Human Resources, and Vice President of Human Resources/Diversity & Inclusion.
Business (Orange County)
Chuck Todd

Chuck Todd

PresidentCircle C Farms
Business (Sumter County)
Full Bio
Committees: Finance and Audit. Chuck Todd has an extensive background in agriculture, with his family’s farming roots dating back to Colonial America. In 2002, Chuck and his wife, Cindy, founded Circle C Farms Inc. with a focus on crop production and marketing. In 2010, the couple introduced Circle C Growers Inc. The company concentrates on proprietary turf varieties, urban agriculture, and specialty crops.
Business (Sumter County)
Jane Trnka

Jane Trnka

Executive Director, Career Resource CenterRollins College | Crummer Graduate School of Business
Full Bio
As the Executive Director for the Career Resource Center, Jane is responsible for providing resources and strategic alliances for students, alumni and business partners, and encouraging success for careers in diverse, global business environments. She possesses over 20 years of experience in the human resources field. Prior to joining Rollins, she was a career transition consultant and also worked with various organizations as a trainer, facilitator and human resources consultant. Jane’s experience covers the academic, private, public, for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Industries include manufacturing and distribution, travel, telecommunications, insurance, and consulting. Jane received her MBA from the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business in Winter Park, FL and her BS in Public Administration from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She also earned her Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Jane has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, US News and World Report and USA Today, and has been featured on radio and TV, providing insights regarding career management strategies. Jane is currently on the Board of Directors for CareerSource Central Florida, and a co-chair of the Research and Trends Committee for the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA). She is a graduate of Leadership Orlando, and was the 2015 chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Employers Association Forum (EAF).
Al Trombetta

Al Trombetta

Director of TrainingInternational Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT), Florida Finishing Trades
Full Bio
Eric Ushkowitz

Eric Ushkowitz

Economic Development AdministratorOrange County Government
Government Representative- Economic Development
Full Bio
Committees: Chair of Audit and Serves on Program Review. Eric Ushkowitz began serving as Economic Development Administrator for Orange County Government in 2011. Prior to this role, he served as Director of Life Sciences & bioOrlando for Metro Orlando EDC for 7 years, as Director of Technology Business Development for Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission for 7 years, and as Business Sales Manager for Verizon Wireless for 7 years.
Government Representative- Economic Development
Larry Walter

Larry Walter

President/CEOHanson, Walter & Associates, Inc.
Business (Osceola County)
Full Bio
Committee: Program Review. Larry Walter, P.E., President, is one of HWA's founding principals. Walter’s engineering knowledge spans more than 35 years, and his community involvement gives him a unique perspective on local growth issues. He previously served as Deputy Director of Public Works and Engineering for the City of Kissimmee. Community involvement includes serving as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce's Growth Management Task Force for over 10 years.
Business (Osceola County)

Reference Materials

CareerSource Central Florida aims to provide the most updated and relevant information regarding recruitment and workforce advancement. Below you will find information pertaining to our commitment to development and advancement by our Board of Directors and various committees.

Unified Strategic Plan

CareerSource Central Florida invites you to review our five-year Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Unified Plan and provide comments and input. Please review the plan and back-up documentation below:

Vision of the Future: CareerSource Central Florida

With the implementation of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act legislation, we – as a community – have an incredibly unique opportunity to reshape workforce delivery and help meet the talent needs of our high growth industries by creating meaningful and sustainable career paths and opportunities for those who reside in Central Florida. As the regional workforce board serving Sumter, Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties, we are pleased to announce the release of our Unified Strategic Plan for 2016 through 2020. The most critical part of this plan is receiving input from the community. We requested feedback from the community by holding a live public meeting and a WebEx video conference, in addition to providing links on our website to allow for feedback, as detailed below.

Live Public Meeting, April 18, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park, FL 32789

WebEx Video Conference, April 20, 2016, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

*Please Note: Official public comments were accepted until April 22, at 3:00 p.m.
However, you are still welcome to provide comments to CSCFStrategy@careersourcecf.com.

Central Florida Talent Gap Survey

The availability of a skilled workforce is widely recognized as one of the most critical factors in economic development. Expansion and relocation decisions hinge on the ability to hire workers with the skills and experience companies demand. The Talent Gap Analysis study was undertaken through a partnership with CareerSource Central Florida, Brevard, and Flagler Volusia and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council to align the skills needed by area business with Floridians seeking employment.

The study’s major focus was to identify solutions that will widen the talent pool to create opportunities to fill positions with qualified talent. The study engaged a variety of industry sector leaders to identify issues and solutions through an online survey, interviews, and focus group discussions.

The project consisted of an online survey distributed throughout the region to businesses of all sizes in the region. Interviews were conducted with 21 leaders from different industries to expand understanding of the issues. Five focus groups were also conducted throughout the region to validate the survey results and gain additional insight into solutions and partnership opportunities.

The survey was designed by the CareerSource Central Florida Talent Gap team with review and input from colleges, EDOs and community partners. The survey was opened for six weeks from March 3 through April 14, 2014, resulting in 269 completed surveys from companies representing 91,393 employees, or 6 percent of the workforce. A majority (66%) of the respondents were companies with less than 50 employees.

We invite you to explore the findings of the Talent Gap Survey.