Workforce Services

Arkansas Workforce Development Board Members

Arkansas Workforce Development Board

Governor Asa Hutchinson

Chairperson Thomas Anderson

Vice-Chairperson Karen Breashears


Anderson, ThomasBusinessT. A. Holdings, LLC
Baxter, JosephState Agency Director of a WIOA Core ProgramArkansas Rehabilitation Services
Blaylock, LenBusinessGeneral Dynamics
Breashears, KarenLabor-Apprenticeship ProgramNational Apprenticeship Training Foundation
Chaplin, Shanaworkforce; out-of-school youthEngage Arkansas
Childers, CharisseState Agency Director of a WIOA Core ProgramArkansas Division of Workforce Services
Crawford, MilesBusinessBOSS, LLC dba Work Fort Smith
Ellison, BrandonCounty JudgeCounty Judge
Finegan, RandyBusinessD & R Finegan Investments, LLC
French, WilliamNominated by Labor FederationInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Henderson, RandyBusinessNucor Steel Arkansas
Houseworth, AbbyBusinessHoliday Inn- Blytheville
Hutchinson, AsaGovernorState of Arkansas
Ives, RebeccaBusinessLockheed Martin Corporation
Johnson, CharlesBusinessEnviro Tech
Lawrence, CandiceBusinessArkansas State Chamber of Commerce
Little, HolleyBusinessFirst Staff Inc.
Markham, MariaTraining or Education of Eligible YouthArkansas Department of Higher Education
Marsh, BrianCommunity-Based OrganizationGoodwill Arkansas
Miles, TreniaState Agency Director of a WIOA Core ProgramAdult Education
Mize, RachelBusinessStark Manufacturing
Nunnally, GeorgeBusinessGeorge Nunnally Chevrolet
Preston, MikeEconomic DevelopmentArkansas Economic Development Commission
Reel, BrianBusiness
Roberson, JulieBusinessCanfor Southern Pine
Robinson, LatanyuaBusinessLatrobe LLC
Sanders, JamesCity MayorArkansas Municipal League
Sharp, KelleyLabor-Apprenticeship ProgramUniversity of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Thorne, RobertBusinessRobert Thorne LLC
Williams-Stokes, CassondraState Agency Director of a WIOA Core ProgramDivision of State Services for the Blind


Executive Committee

  • Thomas Anderson – Chair
  • Miles Crawford
  • Charles Johnson
  • Robert Thorne
  • Brandon Ellison
  • Karen Breashears – Vice Chair
  • William French
  • Joe Baxter

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Oversight Committee

  • George “Gan” Nunnally – Chair
  • Holley Little
  • Randy Finegan
  • Robert Thorne
  • Maria Markham
  • Brandon Ellison
  • Charisse Childers
  • Mary Franklin
  • Brian Reel

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Karen Breashears – Chair
  • Candice Lawrence
  • Randy Henderson
  • Rebecca Ives
  • Latanyua Robinson
  • Charles Johnson
  • Cassondra Williams
  • Brian Marsh
  • Shana Chaplin

Program & Performance Evaluation Committee

  • Abby Houseworth – Chair
  • Rachel Mize
  • Len Blaylock
  • Julie Roberson
  • Charles Johnson
  • Kelley Sharp
  • Mike Preston
  • James Sanders
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