Staff

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Lee Wheeler-Berliner | Director

As the director of the CWDC 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 oversees 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 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 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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Abby Ault | Workforce Liaison

Abby Ault is the technical assistance coordinator at the Colorado Workforce Development Council. She previously served as the workforce liaison and prior to that as the 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 communications strategy and management for the Colorado Workforce Development Council. She has more than a decade of communications experience, working with government, 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 move to Denver. Prior to her current position, Alba worked as an 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 a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from Regis University.

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Thomas Hartman, Ph.D. | 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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Madison Murphy | Operations Manager

Madison Murphy is the operations coordinator for the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Prior to joining the CWDC, Madison worked in higher education. Madison holds a master's degree in business administration from Trinity College Dublin and a bachelor's degree in communication from DePauw University. Madison is fluent in Japanese, enjoys skiing and swimming, and volunteering with Junior Achievement.

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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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Stephanie Veck | Project Adviser

Stephanie is a project adviser for 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 business together to create and implement Colorado Companies to Watch to recognize and support growing companies creating jobs.

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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 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 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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