Northern Indiana Workforce Board

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Northern Indiana Workforce Board Membership

The Board is Responsible for Indiana's Economic Growth Region 2, including Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall and Saint Joseph Counties 

These individuals serve as members and officers of the Northern Indiana Workforce Board. Appointed by local government officials from five counties that comprise Indiana's Economic Growth Region 2.The board members serve as volunteers to help Northern Indiana stakeholders push for economic growth. 

The core responsibility of board members is to establish and oversee administrative and fiscal policies and procedures so that WorkOne Northern Indiana can operate efficiently and effectively to provide services to residents as well as employers in Region 2.


The Northern Indiana Workforce Board (NIWB) oversees all funding for WorkOne Region 2; the bulk of WorkOne's funding comes via public tax revenues under a federal formula administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Among other topics, members regularly discuss overarching ideas and proposals to strengthen the training, educational attainment, work- place readiness, and soft skills of a 312,000-person workforce (in Feb. 2016). The volunteer board is responsible for implementing the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), other federal laws and policies, and numerous Indiana policies.


 We exist to get people jobs as quickly as possible at the highest possible wage through EXTREME customer service.


To create a seamless workforce system, engaging employers, job seekers, and all those involved in training and providing services, to develop a strong workforce that meets the needs of the employers currently based in Region 2 and looking ahead to those industries interested in moving into Region 2.


  1. Data-driven – Demand driven system;
  2. Flexible – Ability to be mobile with services in the region;
  3. Innovative – Continually look for creative, continuous improvement;
  4. Problem-solvers – Find ways to meet employer needs and the needs to job seekers.

2018-2019 Board Meeting Schedule:

 Dates Time/Location
 September 21, 2018

Noon - 2:00pm

 Bethel College

1001 Bethel Circle
Miller Moore Academic Center
Trustee Board Room 4th Floor
Mishawaka, IN 46545

 November 16, 2018
 January 18, 2019
 March 15, 2019
 May 17, 2019
 July 19, 2019

NIWB Board Members:

Todd Bruce, Chair
Senior VP & Regional Manager
Lake City Bank
David Walters, Past Chair
Gibson Insurance
Anthony Flora, Secretary
North Central Indiana AFL-CIO Council
Robert Dunn, Treasurer
Managing Director ND NANO
University of Notre Dame
Mike Adams
Human Resource Manager
Rochester Metal Products Corp.
Dr. Tom Coley
IvyTech Community College/ North Central Region
Thomas Craig
Chief Financial Officer
Kim DeQuis
Regional Manager
State of Indiana - Voc-Rehab
John DeSalle
Hoosier Racing Tire Corp.
Steve Egyed
Apprentice Coordinator
IBEW-South Bend Electrical (JATC)
 Nicholas R. Goodwin
 Chief Strategy Officer
 Indiana DWD - Wagner Peyser
Dennis Hanna
 Human Resources Director
Rieth-Riley Construction Inc.
Chad Hartzell
Executive Director
Talent & Organizational Development
Beacon Health System
Jack Isles
Bull Moose Tube
Mark King
President/ CEO
Greencroft Communities
Steve Ott
VP of Human Resources
Godfrey Marine
Shawn Peterson
Senior Counsel
Union Station
Jeff Rea
President/ CEO
South Bend  Regional Chamber of Commerce
David Behr
Regional Director
Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Deb Sherwood
Adult Education Director
Plymouth Community School Corp.
Greg Vollmer
President/ CEO
Northern Indiana Workforce Board
Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend