Stephanie Veck | Director

Stephanie Veck is director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, a dynamic partnership between workforce development, economic development, education, business and government. Prior to this, she worked for the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade as a head of the state's Business Retention & Expansion Program. While there, Stephanie brought communities and businesses together to create and implement Colorado Companies to Watch to recognize and support growing companies creating jobs.

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Lee Wheeler-Berliner | Assistant Director, Public Engagement

As the assistant director, public engagement, Lee forges relationships with public partners at the local and state level to ensure alignment of talent development efforts across Colorado. Lee also spearheads the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act through the development of strategic guidance and implementation of change management strategies necessary to create an aligned network of resources to serve businesses and job seekers. Lee brings more than a decade of project management and leadership experience to this role, having previously worked as an independent consultant for mission-driven for-profit and non-profit 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. 

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Wendy Brors | Assistant Director, Industry and Operations 

Wendy serves as associate director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, focusing on bridging local businesses into Colorado’s talent development system, from sector partnerships to career pathways. Her work is centered on identifying the critical path and gaining commitment from diverse constituents across organizational boundaries to connect teams, drive accountability, and achieve results. Previously, she served as the COO for the Colorado Technology Association, the executive director for the Colorado Technology Foundation, and director of business operations for Sun Microsystems. Wendy holds a master's degree in economics from American University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She and her husband enjoy all manner of outdoor activities from skiing, hiking, and kayaking to running, bicycling, and motorcycling.

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Abby Ault | Workforce Liaison

Abby Hull is the workforce liaison at the Colorado Workforce Development Council. She previously served as executive/project assistant to Stephanie Veck. Abby graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in general studies. Prior to her work with the Council, Abby spent four years working for nonprofit organizations in roles such as education coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and project manager.

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Britta Blodgett | Communications

Britta works on external and internal communications strategy and management for the Colorado Workforce Development Council. She has 10 years of communications experience, working with educational organizations, nonprofits, and collaborative groups. Prior to joining the CWDC, 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.

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Alba Duque | Executive Assistant

Alba Duque is the executive assistant for the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Alba was born in Pereira, Colombia, and she moved to Florida when she was 22 years old. In Florida she had the opportunity to work with large corporations, including Walgreens and the Florida Power Light Company. While on a trip to visit her brother in Colorado, she fell in love with the state and decided to moved to Denver. Prior to her current position, Alba worked as administrative coordinator at Regis University, assisting the associate dean of the bilingual program as well as supporting all the operations at the Thornton campus. Alba holds an associate’s degree from the Technological University of Pereira (Colombia), and she is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology.

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Thomas Hartman | Talent Development Coordinator

Thomas Hartman is the talent development coordinator for the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Thomas is central to moving forward sector partnerships and career pathways as key strategies for the implementation of state and federal legislation. Thomas plays a key role in developing a statewide career pathways framework and specifically identified career pathways with input provided by staff liaisons and partners. As a 20-year transplant Coloradan, Thomas cares deeply about advancing opportunities for Colorado residents. Prior to his current position, Thomas worked in the Colorado Community College System, where he developed transfer and articulation agreements. Thomas brings more than 20 years’ experience in higher education leadership, administration, and teaching. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in psychology, a master’s degree in counseling, and a Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.

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Emily Templin Lesh | Industry Expert 

Emily Templin Lesh has dedicated her career to being a social entrepreneur focused on bettering the communities she lives in.  She brings thirteen years of professional experience in public sector to her role as industry expert. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Washington's Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. She has successfully built alignment across diverse constituents and entities, analyzed complex policy issues, and researched and authored publications. Most recently she has been instrumental in Colorado’s efforts to accelerate the development of sustainable, industry driven sector partnerships across its unique economic regions. Colorado is seen as a national leader in what are becoming known as “next generation” sector partnerships that inform the development of industry driven career pathways. 

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Kat Aguilar Nay | Operations Coordinator

A proud Colorado native, Kathryn (Kat) Nay is the Colorado Workforce Development Council’s operations coordinator, handling budgets, procurement, and human resources liaison duties. After nine years in the private sector as a medical billing manager, she took a position at the State of Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DVMA) performing program management and commander support. During her four years with DMVA, she discovered a passion for civil service and enlisted in the Colorado Air National Guard. Soon thereafter, she transferred her civilian career to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and then the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Outside of work, Kat enjoys staying active with swimming, running, and novice cycling as well as exploring Colorado’s endless offerings alongside her husband and their three dogs. Kat graduated summa cum laude from Regis University and also serves in the Colorado Air National Guard.

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Jenny Smith | Talent Pipeline Liaison, Opportunity Youth Initiative

Jenny Smith is the talent pipeline liaison for the Opportunity Youth Initiative. In her role she works collaboratively with local foundations, public agencies, education, community based organizations, business, and workforce centers to build an effective career pathway system that includes work-based learning opportunities for youth. Prior to her current position, Jenny worked as a WIOA youth supervisor for Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Center. Jenny brings more than seven years of experience working with opportunity youth in educational, workforce, and correctional settings.

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Lauren Victor | Talent Development Research & Policy Analyst 

Lauren holds a shared position between the Colorado Workforce Development Council and the Colorado Department of Higher Education, focusing on analysis of the data behind talent pipeline and workforce issues in Colorado. Prior to her work with CWDC and CDHE, she directed and facilitated experiential education programs in Colorado and the world beyond. Lauren holds a PhD in higher education from the University of Denver.   

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Renise Walker | Education Liaison

Renise Walker is the education liaison, a shared position between the Colorado Workforce Development Council and the Department of Education. In her role, Renise works collaboratively with local partners in business, education, and workforce development to align efforts and advance post-secondary workforce readiness for Colorado students. As a proud third generation Coloradan, Renise cares deeply about advancing opportunities for Colorado residents. Prior to her current position, Renise worked in community development where she led a collective impact initiative that aligned efforts in housing, education, workforce development, and financial services to increase educational attainment and advance career success. Renise 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.

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ShaJuana Williams | Industry Liaison

ShaJuana Williams is the industry liaison for the Colorado Workforce Development Council. She is responsible for ensuring that effective and meaningful industry engagement is occurring through regional sector partnerships across Colorado. She helps implement key elements of state and federal legislation under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).ShaJuana is 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 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.

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