Tri-County Workforce Development Board
Board Member Picture and Biography
- Tricia Berry
- Pam Briar
- Bryan Bryant
- Jared Cummings
- Molly Duvall
- Kelly Folks
- Annie Griffith
- Mario Ibarra
- Chris Kaiser
- Sheila Lieder
- Annie Lozano
- Jonathan Morse
- Doreen Raad
- Sid Saleh
- Leigh Seeger
- Michelle Spacht
- Sarah J. Turner
- Kami Welch
Tricia is the Chief People Officer for Optum Colorado. Partnering with Optum Colorado's executive leadership team, Tricia helps to shape and execute the Human Capital and talent strategies for Optum CO, including culture building, workforce strategy, organization effectiveness, talent agenda, leadership bench strength, and employee experience. Leading the People Team function for an employee population of 1500- spread across roughly 50 clinics in Denver and Colorado Springs. This is Tricia's first term on the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.
The Action Center
Pam joined The Action Center in May 2018. She brings more than 20 years of non-profit leadership experience to this role with extensive experience and expertise in nonprofit turn around and organizational transformation, change management, and strategic growth. Prior to The Action Center, Pam served as the Executive Director at Beacon House in Washington DC and the Baltimore Urban Debate League. Upon moving to Denver, Pam worked as Director of Program Operations at Women’s Bean Project. Pam holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MSW from the University of Maryland. This is Pam's first term on the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.
Red Rocks Community College
Bryan has been a part of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) for over 17 years. He is currently the Vice President of Administrative Services for Red Rocks Community College, in Lakewood, Colorado. Bryan has also served in roles at Otero College (OC) and Trinidad State College (TSC). He has also taken up active roles within the community as a board member for the Arvada Economic Development Association as well as the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.
Duffy Crane & Hauling
Jared is originally from St. Louis, MO, moved to Arvada, CO in 2000. He is graduate of Colorado State in Mechanical Engineering and has been working for Duffy Crane and Hauling for over 12 years. He has been in his current position of Millwright Superintendent for 9 years, and also serves on the Union Millwright Local 1607 JATC (Journeyman Apprentice Training Committee). He and his wife Erin have 2 little boys, ages 2 and 4, and they enjoy camping and hiking. Jared’s interests also include fixing old motorcycles, fly fishing, backpacking, hunting, and backcountry snowboarding.
Molly has worked for FirstBank for over 20 years. She currently serves as an Executive Vice President of Retail for FirstBank, where she oversees the consumer accounts division, branch support teams, digital account acquisition team, and is involved in decisions about retail strategy, including the bank’s branch network/locations. Prior to moving to the Retail division in 2021, she had been a leader in the Human Resources division for over 14 years. In her time in HR, she oversaw and directed virtually all functions within HR including compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, legal, and HR operations. Molly’s early career with the bank started in the retail branches as an officer; lending and managing branch operations.
Molly has been involved in various non-profits and other organizations while working for FirstBank. She currently serves as the Chair of the Tri-County Workforce Development Board, serving Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek Counties. Molly lives in Littleton with her husband and two daughters. Together, they enjoy camping, skiing, and travelling.
CO Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE)
Kelly has over 25 years of experience working to develop programming specifically designed to serve the hardest to serve populations; of which 20 years has been in the Workforce Development System. Most recently, Kelly began working for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment as the Director of the Division of Employment and Training. Previously, she served as the Director of the Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Board-Center. Kelly is viewed as a local, regional, and state leader within developing human capital throughout the system to ensure that an impact on economic vitality is achieved. This is Kelly's first term on the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.
Caesars Entertainment at the Horseshoe and Lady Luck Casinos in Black Hawk
Annie Griffin works for Caesars Entertainment, Inc at the Horseshoe and Lady Luck Casinos in Black Hawk, CO as the Human Resources Generalist and Recruiter. She has lived in Colorado for little over 28 years and couldn't imagine living anywhere else! Annie loves to cook and wants to be crafty like everything I see in Pinterest, but just not "there" yet. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and family and will forever remain so. This is Annie's first term on the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.
Northwest Regional Organizing Coalition (NROC)
Mario brings over 15 years of experience as a concrete worker in the Denver area and is also a Union Representative with NROC. He strives to help others find greater working opportunities through better wages and benefits and increasing their knowledge of worker rights. Mario’s main focus is to help others succeed in achieving their goals. This is Mario's first term on the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.
IT Innovator & Entrepreneur
Chris Kaiser is a Colorado Native. While his formal education and first career path was in Psychology, he has spent the last 20+ years in the Information Technology Industry. As a founder of C Squared Computer Consulting, and a current Director of Peer Initiatives – his focus is around building communities through engagement, enablement, and education.
Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 7777
Colorado House of Representatives,
Sheila brings a vast and diverse history of working with different areas of the community and Labor, participating on many boards, commissions, foundations, and committees. Most recently, a newly elected State House Representative serving the Lakewood and Littleton area. As a past Colorado Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) Legislative Advocate, she represents Retired Union members. CARA is composed of all Retired Union members under the Umbrella of the CO. AFL-CIO, which encompasses a diverse group of people, and in many cases, they are having to return to the workforce. She strives to find the easiest possible way to connect them to Workforce Centers for assistance in helping them navigate this transition. Overall, she enjoys bringing diverse groups together to work for a common goal that can benefit all.
Mountain Vista Senior Living
Annie Lozano is the Recreation & Wellness Director at Mountain Vista Senior Living in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She is passionate about serving seniors and providing excellent health care services through engaged teammates, innovative solutions to meet and exceed residents' needs and wants and utilizing the great resources Colorado can offer to everyone. She believes that the future of long-term care will demand creative recruitment strategies that target youth. It will also require us to assure we are using person-centered development opportunities that support and sustain these efforts. This is Annie's first term on the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.
Jonathan is a business innovator and nonprofit leader, possessing years of accomplished work building operational readiness and sustainability. He has served as President, Founder, Board Member and Trustee, and in-so-doing, has built a network of contacts that represent his social capital. He brings experience in relationship development and management.
Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC)
Doreen began her career as a rehabilitation counselor in 1997 and has been with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) for 16 years, joining the agency in 2006. She served individuals with disabilities as a rehabilitation counselor, a trainer/mentor, and currently as the supervisor for the Golden DVR office. Their catchment area is Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties. She is also a board member for the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC).
Colorado School of Mines
Sid is the Director of the McNeil Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Colorado School of Mines. At Mines, he leads a team that creates value with and for our communities by empowering entrepreneurs and innovators. Sid is a management researcher and educator who examines how individuals collaborate to develop novel ideas and creative solutions for complex challenges in spite of the constraints they face. Specifically, his research explores collaborative creativity, mentoring and collective choice in the context of entrepreneurship, innovation, and talent retention. His research goal is to boost organizational innovation.
Jeffco Economic Development Corporation
Leigh is responsible for the creation, implementation, and management of the economic development workplan and its efforts to attract, expand and retain primary employers in Jefferson County. Her main responsibilities are focused on business recruitment and expansion of primary employers. Leigh facilitates prospect inquiries and manages all business incentive requests for the county, working directly with businesses and site location consultants. In addition, she is responsible for business attraction programs including marketing efforts locally, nationally, and internationally for business growth in Jeffco EDC’s target industries. She is a proud fourth-generation Colorado native and received her bachelor’s degree in Economics and statistics from CSU.
Ball Manufacturing (no photo)
As a Human Resources professional, Michelle has enjoyed expanding her professional network and building her HR and Operational experience over the course of her 12-year career. She is a positive and outgoing person with a passion for achieving results. She is also a creative problem solver and excels at managing several projects at a time. This is Michelle's first term on the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.
Sarah J. Turner
Sarah currently leads the Lockheed Martin Space Workforce Capability team, working to create world-class and innovative talent programs & to provide ample, consistent, and enticing pathways for the growth and development of our people. In addition to her human resources experience, Ms. Turner has functional career experience in finance, accounting, apprenticeships, and program management.
Ms. Turner is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Colorado Aerospace Sector Partnership. The partnership works to advocate for a well-trained aerospace workforce; bring together and share the resources needed to support the Aerospace Industry; and act as a voice for the Aerospace Industry. This is Sarah's first term on the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.
Arvada Chamber of Commerce
Kami Welch is the President of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. A 13-year Chamber veteran, Kami has earned a reputation for developing strategic, innovative opportunities for business and community growth. Kami is a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Talent Pipeline Fellow and a board member for the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) and Association of Colorado Chambers of Commerce, where she is Past-Chair. Kami also sits on community boards for non-profit organizations that focus on children, education, homelessness, and domestic violence. Kami loves living in Colorado with her husband of 15 years and two young children, where they enjoy hiking, skiing, and exploring. This is Kami's first term on the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.
View the Roster of Tri-County Workforce Development Board members (PDF).
Tri-County Workforce Development Board
The Tri-County Workforce Development Board (TCWDB) consists of decision-making individuals reflective of the business demographics in the local area and leaders from the workforce system, education and economic development sectors. It focuses on determining the near- and long-term needs of employers by providing oversight to the American Job Center serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties.
Award of Contracts/Grants
After following Jefferson County Purchasing processes, the Tri-County Workforce Development Board awarded a contract to provide on-site tutoring services to Right On Learning, Inc. beginning December 1, 2020.
After following Jefferson County Purchasing processes, the Tri-County Workforce Development Board awarded a contract to provide one-stop operator services to Tracey Blustein, LLC effective July 1, 2022.
Join the Board
The TCWDB is seeking new Board Members from the business community in Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties to serve a minimum of two years. The application process (which takes four to six weeks) requires appointment of new TCWDB Members by the Board of County Commissioners.
To apply, see the Tri-County Workforce Development Board volunteer board page within the Board of County Commissioners website.
If you have questions or comments, please email us.
Business & Workforce Center, a proud partner of the American Job Center Network, is an equal opportunity program; auxiliary services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. This program is funded by U.S. Department of Labor and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.