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ETA News Release: [07/19/2012]
Contact Name: Jason Kuruvilla or Mary Brandenberger
Phone Number: (202) 693-6587 or x4651
Release Number: 12-1478-NAT

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

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

Andrew CortÚs
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.