Lee Wheeler-Berliner | Managing Director
As the managing director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office, Lee manages the execution of strategies to develop and sustain an industry-led talent development system in Colorado. By forging relationships with industry and public partners at the local and state level, Lee helps to ensure the alignment of talent development efforts statewide. Lee has been with the CWDC for four years and brings extensive project management and leadership experience to this role, having previously worked as an independent consultant for mission-driven for-profit and nonprofit entities, as well as holding senior leadership positions with Hunger Free Colorado and Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates. Lee holds an MBA with a concentration in social entrepreneurship from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and is an active coffee drinker at his local Edgewater coffee shop.
Project Management Team
Renise Walker | Consultant
Renise leads the execution of industry-led collaboration and strategy for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office. In her role, she enjoys working with a committed team of consultants to engage and support forward-thinking businesses to innovate best practices that meet business objectives while contributing to the well being of their communities. Renise serves as the staff point of contact for the Sectors Steering Committee, Industry Intermediaries Consortium, and the BEL Commission. With over a decade of experience in managing social change initiatives, Renise believes strongly that addressing large-scale social challenges requires a willingness to break down silos and collaborate across traditional boundaries. Prior to joining the CWDC in 2015, Renise led the backbone efforts of a collective impact initiative working to advance affordable housing, workforce development, and economic mobility for underserved populations in the nation’s capital. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. As a proud third-generation Coloradan, Renise cares deeply about the future of Colorado and creating and sustaining opportunity for Colorado residents.
ShaJuana Williams | Consultant
As a consultant for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office, ShaJuana is responsible for ensuring that effective and meaningful industry engagement is occurring through regional sector partnerships across Colorado. She also helps implement key elements of state and federal legislation under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). ShaJuana is a proud native of Colorado and is passionate about industry-driven opportunities for Colorado residents. Prior to her current position, she worked for eight years with the Arapahoe/Douglas Works! workforce center as a business development representative, providing seamless access to business services for all Colorado employers. She brings a wealth of knowledge in workforce programs and aligning business services statewide to meet industry demand.
Abby Ault | Consultant
Abby Ault is a consultant for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office. In her role, Abby develops and facilitates trainings related to the CWDC’s strategic initiatives. Abby enjoys building relationships and making connections, and thrives in the collaborative environment that the CWDC’s work depends on. Abby previously served the CWDC as the workforce liaison, supporting the successful implementation of Colorado’s WIOA Strategic Plan. She originally joined the CWDC staff in 2014 as the executive/project assistant to the previous director, Stephanie Veck. Prior to her work with the Council, Abby spent four years working for Denver-based nonprofit organizations Project Angel Heart and Up with People. In her work with Up with People, Abby developed a passion for experiential learning that she carries with her in her work at the CWDC. Abby graduated from the University of Missouri with a focus in social sciences.
Colleen Wohnoutka | Associate
As an associate for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office, Colleen is focused on establishing and supporting retail sector partnerships. These partnerships build on Colorado’s foundation of industry-led collaboration to keep retail in the driver’s seat while leveraging community partners who can assist in areas such as skill building to help attract, train, and promote talent in the field. Colleen has several years of prior experience with retail and sales, working with companies such as Walmart, Walgreens, and Schwan’s Home Food Service. She has an MBA with a concentration in project management. Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, learning new things, and raising bengal cats.
Thomas Hartman, Ph.D. | Consultant
As a consultant for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office, Thomas plays a critical role in the implementation of all CWDC initiatives, particularly the support of sector partnerships and career pathways as key strategies for the implementation of state and federal legislation. As the CWDC project officer, Thomas serves as an internal hub of information and resource generation. Thomas collaborates with staff and state partners to develop project plans, generate content, and create resources. Thomas plays a key role in developing both a statewide career pathways framework and specifically identified career pathways with input provided by CWDC staff and partners. Thomas serves as the staff point of contact for the Education and Training Steering Committee and the Employment First Advisory Partnership.Thomas is passionate about the democratization of education and training opportunities for all Coloradans. Before joining the CWDC in 2016, Thomas served as a college and university administrator, instructor, and curriculum designer. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Northern Colorado. In his free time, Thomas enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, camping, and cooking with family and friends.
Jean Dougherty | Associate
Jean is an associate for the Colorado Workforce Development Office focused on developing regional career pathway systems for the retail sector. This includes gathering, analyzing, and translating data in a meaningful way and communicating with regional sector partnerships within the retail industry to gather information. Jean uses that information to construct retail career pathway systems and programs that emphasize work-based learning to upskill incumbent workers. Jean holds a master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is interested in talent acquisition, talent development, and organizational change management. Outside her current role, Jean enjoys spending her time exploring Colorado by hiking and camping.
Brandon S. McReynolds, Ph.D. | Talent Development Research Analyst and Postsecondary Coordinator
Brandon works for both the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. In this role, he works to ensure alignment and coordination across the workforce and higher education throughout Colorado. One of Brandon’s main responsibilities during the year is to write the state’s Talent Pipeline Report. He also represents the CWDC and CDHE on the Workforce Intelligence Data Expert (WIDE) Team. Brandon is a self-proclaimed data nerd, focusing on higher education, labor, and workforce issues. He sees one of the great parts of working between these two organizations here in Colorado as the ability to create a stronger economy for all Coloradans. Beyond his current work, Brandon has a Ph.D. in applied sociology from the University of Louisville and a background in teaching, economic development, and education.
Jenny Smith | Talent Pipeline Liaison, Opportunity Youth Initiative
Jenny Smith is the talent pipeline liaison for the Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative and chair of the Colorado Workforce Development Council’s State Youth Council. In her role, she works collaboratively with local foundations, public agencies, education, community-based organizations, businesses, young adults, and workforce centers to increase access and opportunity for all young people across Colorado. Jenny brings more than eight years of experience and a passion for developing on-ramps to help vulnerable and underserved populations connect to life changing opportunities. In her free time, Jenny enjoys activities such as snowboarding, hiking, and traveling.
Madison Murphy | Operations Manager
Madison leads operations for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office. In her role, Madison supports the CWDC’s operational responsibilities including budgeting, expenses, procurement, and human resources management. Prior to joining the CWDC, Madison worked in higher education and international relations. Madison holds an MBA with a concentration in international business from Trinity College Dublin, and is also a student at Colorado State University pursuing a Ph.D. in organizational performance and change. In her free time, Madison enjoys skiing and hiking in the Colorado backcountry.
Alba Duque | Board Liaison
Alba Duque is the board liaison for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office. In her role, she manages recruitment and board requirements for the CWDC Board, BEL Commission, Work Act Review Committee, State Rehabilitation Council, and Employment First Advisory Partnership. Prior to joining the CWDC, Alba was the administrative coordinator at the bilingual campus of Regis University. Alba holds an associate degree from the Technological University of Pereira and a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from Regis University.
Miranda Podmore | Executive and Operations Assistant
Miranda is the executive and operations assistant for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office. In her role, Miranda supports both the CWDC and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and is the project manager for all State Rehabilitation Council and Employment First Advisory Partnership meetings. She also provides administrative support to the CWDC’s director and operations team. Miranda holds a master’s of science from Colorado State University and has extensive experience in the apparel and manufacturing industry, having worked with both large corporations and small apparel companies. Outside of work Miranda enjoys spending time with family, designing, and being active.
Jayneah Jackson | Grant Administrator
Jayneah or “Jay” is the grant administrator for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office and supports the CWDC’s operations team. In her role she coordinates grant management duties including procurement and reporting. She monitors programming to ensure that schedules are met, performance standards are adhered to, and grant progress and finances are tracked and reported. Jayneah has a robust background in project management and quality assurance. After obtaining her associate degree and spending 10 plus years in the workforce she took some time off to become a stay-at-home mom and pursue her undergraduate degree, a path that ultimately led to her current role. When she is not working Jay enjoys hiking with her family, cooking, and reading.
Ethan Bui | Data Steward
Ethan Bui is the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office's CareerWise apprentice. In his role as data steward, Ethan supports the CWDC’s business operations including procurement, conference logistics and coordination, and technical support. Through his three-year apprenticeship program Ethan hopes to improve his understanding of business and learn new skills to apply in future jobs and careers. Outside of apprenticing and finishing his senior year at Cherry Creek High School, Ethan is interested in technology, video games, health, weight lifting, and traveling, and likes to spend time with his family, friends, and two dogs.
Britta Blodgett | Senior Communications Strategist
Britta leads communications for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office, including work on strategy, messaging, and TalentFOUND. She serves as the staff point for the Advocacy Steering Committee, BEL Communications Committee, and the Marketing and Outreach Work Group. Britta has more than a decade of communications and strategy experience working with government, nonprofits, and collaborative groups. Prior to joining the CWDC in 2016, Britta was the communications director at a school for gifted students from underserved neighborhoods. In her free time, she enjoys baseball on the radio, hiking, and well-told stories. Britta holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton College.
Katie Ciaglo | Communications Specialist
Katie Ciaglo is the communications specialist for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office. In her role, Katie supports the CWDC’s communication efforts to educate and engage our partners and the public, and manages the flow of information through the CWDC website, news updates, and social media. Katie holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton College and worked in journalism prior to joining the CWDC. As a native Coloradan, Katie enjoys being a part of Colorado’s approach to helping people of all backgrounds build the necessary skills to find meaningful employment in the state.