New Mexico Workforce Connection Southwestern Area serves seven counties:
Catron, Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, Socorro
Alisa Estrada, Chair (Health Care and Social Assistance)
Joshua Orozco, Vice-Chair (Manufacturing)
Cassie Arias-Ward (Economic Development)
Chris Boston (Health Care and Social Assistance, Workforce)
Mary Ann Chavez-Lopez (Housing)
Jacqueline Fryar (Retail Trade)
Joe Gristy (Workforce-Union, Registered Apprenticeship)
Robert Hawkins (Mining)
Mario Juarez-Infante (Other Services-Engineering Architecture)
Rebecca Lescombes (Manufacturing)
Marcos Martinez (Wagner-Peyser, Veterans)
Michael Olguin, Jr. (Finance and Insurance)
Erik Padilla (Vocational Rehabilitation)
Anton Salome (Other Services-Recycling)
Debbie Schoonover (Workforce / At-Large)
Steve Siañez (Workforce-Labor)
Kim Skinner (Other Services-Automotive Service & Repair)
Sharon Thomas (Transportation)
Marlene Thomas-Herrera (Education and Training, Workforce)
Mary Ulrich (Education and Training)
Gary Whitehead (Other Services-Financial Planning)
Committees & Membership
Chris Boston, Vice-Chair
Erik Padilla, Chair
This committee will provide information and assist with operational and other issues relating to the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including issues relating to compliance with section 188, if applicable, and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) regarding providing programmatic and physical access to the services, programs, and activities of the one-stop delivery system, as well as appropriate training for staff on providing supports for or accommodations to, and finding employment opportunities for, individuals with disabilities.
Anton Salome, Vice-Chair
Kim Skinner, Chair
The responsibility of this committee is to oversee and evaluate workforce development areas and local programs for compliance with rules and regulations to determine program success or failure. Additionally, it will review and approve state and local performance goals, review monitoring and performance reports, make recommendations for recognition, award incentive grants for program success, take corrective action, and/or impose sanctions for non-compliance or program failure. The goal of this committee is to assure the continuous improvement of State training programs.
One-Stop/Agency Coordination Committee
Mary Ann Chavez-Lopez
Mary Ulrich, Chair
This committee will facilitate the integration of all the One-Stop Workforce Connection centers in the Southwestern area. They will make efforts to minimize program duplication, facilitate coordination and communication between agencies, employers, and training providers. The committee will research and identify employment and training activities, services available, and facilitate the interaction between the government and private sector to assure they do not overlap and are effective and efficient to promote a clear strategy leading to program success.
Michael Olguin, Jr.
Sharon Thomas, Vice-Chair
Gary Whitehead, Chair
This committee has responsibility for reviewing and making recommendations pertaining to workforce development planning and operation. This includes reviewing state and local plans, resources for those workforce areas, and identification of education needs for services and training. The Planning Committee shall develop a four-year plan with Board approval and CEO concurrence and annually review and update said plan as necessary, as outlined in the local plan.
Chris Boston, Chair
Sharon Thomas, Vice-Chair
This committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending local board policy to the SAWDB that supports the objectives of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The local policies provide direction to service providers, other partners within the public workforce system, and the public. The committee reviews requests for new policies, modifications, or rescissions. The committee will meet semi-annually or more frequently.
Youth & Young Adult Committee
Debbie Schoonover, Chair
Steve Siañez, Vice-Chair
This committee will provide recommendations to the SAWDB on matters related the WIOA Youth program, its related policies, measures, and practices. The committee shall also review the youth services provider’s performance reports, to include quarterly performance measures.
Alisa Estrada, Chair
Joshua Orozco, Vice-Chair
This committee has the responsibility for reviewing and coordinating the work of the other committees prior to the Chair of those committees reporting to the SAWDB. This committee is accountable to and reports all actions taken to the Board. Any action taken by the Executive Committee must be in accordance with the Board’s mission statement and is subject to ratification by the Board.
Outreach Committee (ad-hoc)
Jacqueline Fryar, Chair
Gary Whitehead, Vice-Chair
The ad-hoc Outreach Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending to the SAWDB a community outreach plan with a proposed budget that is in alignment with the four-year plan to promote workforce services within the workforce region. The committee may also work with the One-Stop Partner Committee for information and input for the development of the community outreach plan. The committee will meet as needed and at the call of the committee chair.
Administrative Entity Contact Information
Jay Armijo, SCCOG Executive Director
Skylar Arnold, Fiscal Administrator
Glory Juarez, WIOA Administrator
Angela Longovia, Communications Manager