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Secretary of labor announces 27 appointments to 2012 Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced six new appointments and 21 reappointments of members to the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. The committee is charged with expanding apprenticeships into all sectors of the economy and building partnerships that increase apprenticeship opportunities for Americans.

"As we begin to celebrate the 75th anniversary of federal support of apprenticeship programs, it is my pleasure to announce the new members of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship," said Secretary Solis. "Apprenticeships serve as an important avenue into a growing number of career pathways, and the committee's work will help to enhance and expand that role."

The Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship is comprised of 27 members and includes leaders from throughout the Registered Apprenticeship system and its partners, including the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, the National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors, the National Association of Governmental Labor Officials, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Education. Secretary Solis selected Daniel Villao, state director of the California Construction Academy, a project of the University of California-Los Angeles Labor Center, to chair the committee, on which he serves as a representative of the public.

The mission of the committee is to provide advice and recommendations on the development and implementation of policies, legislation and regulations affecting apprenticeship; the preparation of the American workforce for sustained employment through employment and training programs; the development of measures to foster quality workplaces that are safe, healthy and fair; and strategies that meet the competitive labor demands of a global economy.

This August will mark the 75th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937, which led to the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship.

Editor's Note: A list of the committee members by representative groups follows this release. Newly appointed members are indicated by an asterisk.

Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship Members


Stephen A. Brown Director, Construction Training Department, International Union of Operating Engineers Washington, D.C.

William K. Irwin Jr. Executive director, Carpenters International Training Fund Las Vegas, Nev.

Michael Callanan Executive director, National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry Upper Marlboro, Md.

John A. Mason Director, Paul Hall Institute, Seafarers International Union Piney Point, Md.

*Chris Haslinger Director of training, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the U.S. & Canada Annapolis, Md.

Bernadette Oliveira-Rivera Fund administrator, Laborers' International Union of North America Pomfret Center, Conn.

Thomas A. Haun IIIAFT administrator, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers International Union Lanham, Md.

Charissa Raynor Executive director, Service Employees International Union Healthcare NW Training Partnership Federal Way, Wash.

*Kenneth E. Rigmaiden Executive general vice president, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Hanover, Md.


Robert Baird Vice president, training and development, Independent Electrical Contractors Inc. Alexandria, Va.

Liz Elvin Senior director, Workforce Development AGC of America Arlington, Va.

*James Baker Director of workforce development, Associated Builders and Contractors Arlington, Va.

Stephen M. Jones Training project manager, corporate training development, United Parcel Service Atlanta, Ga.

Gregory A. Chambers Director of corporate compliance, Oberg Industries Inc. Freeport, Pa.

Robyn Stone Executive director, Institute for the Future of Aging Services, American Association for Homes and Services for the Aging Washington, D.C.

Lonnie Coleman President and CEO, Coleman Spohn Corp. Cleveland, Ohio


Connie Ashbrook Director, Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. Portland, Ore.

Mark Maki President, National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors Helena, Mont.

Janet B. Bray Executive director, Association for Career and Technical Education Alexandria,Va.

Emma Oppenheim Manager, workforce development policy initiatives, National Council of La Raza Washington, D.C.

Andrew Corts Director, YouthBuild & Building Futures, The Providence Plan Providence, R.I.

Lawrence Rebman President, National Association of Governmental Labor Officials Jefferson City, Mo.

*Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez Vice president of workforce development, National Urban League New York, N.Y.

Martin Simon Program officer, Workforce Development National Governors Association Washington, D.C.

*Garcia Mills-Tate Manager of information systems, capability programs and education solutions for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Columbia, S.C.

*Van Ton-Quinlivan Vice chancellor of economic and workforce development, California Community Colleges Sacramento, Calif.

Daniel Villao (Chairperson) State director, California Construction Academy, University of California-Los Angeles Labor Center Los Angeles, Calif.


Jane Oates Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor Washington, D.C.

Barry Johnson Senior advisor & director, strategic initiatives, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce Washington D.C.

Brenda Dann-Messier Assistant Secretary, Vocational & Adult Education U.S. Department of Education Washington, D.C.

Michael Kane Chief human capital officer, U.S. Department of Energy Washington, D.C.

E. Michele Richardson Senior advisor, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Rockville, Md.

Employment and Training Administration
July 19, 2012
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