Our People

  • Adult Services Manager
    jaronson@worksystems.org
    503-478-7324

    Jesse joined Worksystems in 2009 and is responsible for the management of WorkSource Portland Metro's adult workforce services aimed at providing quality employment and training services to adult job seekers. He works closely with a wide variety of WIOA partners including the Oregon Employment Department, DHS, Vocational Rehabilitation, community colleges and community based organizations. Jesse is also the Program Manager overseeing Worksystems’ SNAP Training and Employment Program grant with DHS. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    cbarnard@worksystems.org
    503-478-7329

    Casey joined Worksystems in 2015 and helps to manage training and employment grants (including TechRise PDX and Reboot NW), which include career coaching, training cohorts, workshops and networking services, career mentoring and other supportive services. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    lbean@worksystems.org
    503-478-7313

    Lori joined Worksystems in 1999 and is a member of the Community Investments Team and serves as the lead for the N-NE WorkSource Portland Metro Center. She is also a lead member of the Worksystems Monitoring and Compliance team.

    Lori has over 35 years of experience working in education and workforce development serving youth, adults and dislocated workers in the Portland area. She grew up in Hawaii and moved to Oregon to attend Pacific University where she earned a BA degree in Social Work.   // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    sblackford@worksystems.org
    503-478-7354

    Stephen joined Worksystems in 2016 and is lead for the Health Careers NW grant, Career Boost program, and serves as the Operator for WorkSource Portland Metro Central.

    Stephen has experience managing workforce development programs for low-income families and was also a practicing attorney in Indiana, focusing on criminal, family, landlord-tenant, and tax law.

    He grew up in the Midwest and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2011. He enjoys bouldering, backpacking, and almost anything having to do with science fiction or fantasy. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    kbrenk@worksystems.org
    503-478-7342

    Kari joined Worksystems in 2015 and is a member of the Youth Services Team. She is a contract manager for services to youth in the Career Connect Network. Kari has 25 years experience working in social services for a variety of agencies providing workforce development, education, mental health and housing services to homeless and at risk youth. She holds a Master Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark.  // Read more

  • Database Administrator / Programmer
    tbuscher@worksystems.org
    503-478-7345

    Trace is responsible for the development and administration of I-Trac, the statewide management information system for workforce service data reporting owned by Worksystems.  He has been with Worksystems since 2009.

    Trace has 13 years of experience in information technology including 3 years as a web developer and 10 years as a database administrator in the financial and eDiscovery industries.  He studied computer science at Montana State University and is a Microsoft Certified IT Specialist in database administration. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    rchlapowski@worksystems.org
    503-478-7332

    Roland joined Worksystems in 2016 and oversees the region’s Rapid Response services for workers affected by large layoffs. He also manages youth work experience programs on the Youth Services team and is part of the team that manages STEP grants from Oregon Department of Human Services, a program that supports job training for job seekers receiving SNAP benefits.  // Read more

  • Contract and Procurement Specialist
    scollett@worksystems.org
    503-478-7355

    Sarah joined Worksystems in 2016 as the Contract and Procurement Specialist.  She spends her days supporting the Project staff with writing and executing contracts, as well as assisting with all aspects of Procurement for Worksystems.

    For the last 25 years, Sarah has been a purchasing and accounting professional, working predominantly with non-profit and community service firms.  She’s particularly proud of her record of successful audits over the years from a variety of Federal and State agencies. // Read more

  • Project Manager
    adao@worksystems.org
    503-478-7347

    August joined Worksystems in 2018 and serves as the business development lead for our flagship youth employment programs, Connect2Careers and SummerWorks.  He also supports youth workforce development under the city-wide initiative, Portland Means Progress, and oversees strategic partnerships within Oregon’s hospitality industry. // Read more

  • Administrative Assistant
    sdorton@worksystems.org
    503-478-7337

    Sheryl serves as an administrative assistant in support of WSI staff.  She joined Worksystems in 2013 and has worked in similar administrative positions for approximately 20 years.

    Sheryl enjoys gardening, playing the piano, following her daughter’s musical career, hiking, volunteering, and spending time with her friends and family.  // Read more

  • Project Coordinator
    jfox@worksystems.org
    503-478-7314

    Jennifer focuses on SummerWorks and other youth programs, as well as training and special events for the Adult Services team. 

    Jennifer has over 15 years of experience creating and promoting events ranging from school auctions to library entertainment to business conventions. She graduated from Washington State University summa cum laude, earning a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Business Administration. // Read more

  • Director of Information Systems
    jfrater@worksystems.org
    503-478-7346

    Janice manages the Information Systems department and oversees the development and administration of I-Trac, the statewide management information system for workforce service data reporting owned by Worksystems.  Additionally, she serves as the organization's Compliance Manager.

    Janice has been with Worksystems since 2001 in a variety of roles in both the program and administrative areas.  Prior experience includes non-profit management and 20+ years in the financial services industry in product management, marketing and compliance oversight positions. // Read more

  • Chief Program Officer
    pgihring@worksystems.org
    503-478-7320

    Patrick is responsible for Worksystems’ program areas and operations including resource development, program development, program management and delivery, partnerships, and investments made by Worksystems in the community. He oversees Worksystems’ program departments and portfolio of programs serving the Portland Metro Area including one-stop services, youth services, community-based services, and employer services. He supports the Executive Director in implementing Worksystems’ strategic vision and plan and in representing the organization in the community. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    khaines@worksystems.org
    503-478-7331

    Kelly joined Worksystems in 2016 and oversees the Construction/Infrastructure sector. She works with industry leaders to develop and implement a regional workforce plan to support the construction trades and staffs the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity, a coalition of labor, community, training and contractor partners working together to advance equity in the construction trades using successful tools such as the Community Benefits Agreement. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    kishida@worksystems.org
    503-478-7335

    Kei joined Worksystems in 2016. As the Technology Sector Lead, he is the liaison between regional workforce development boards and local employers for the technology sector. He works with employers to develop the regional tech talent pipeline and create opportunities for people to get into the tech industry. He also manages and supports the majority of our online career exploration and training programs. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    skelly@worksystems.org
    503-478-7310

    Sean joined Worksystems in 2009. He convenes the team of Center Leads who provide guidance and direction to WorkSource Portland Metro Centers. He manages a portfolio of youth and adult contracts and supports resource development efforts for the organization. 

    Sean has more than 15 years experience in workforce development at the local and federal level. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education from The George Washington University.

    He enjoys cooking, hiking, and bicycling. // Read more

  • Network Systems Engineer
    yoojin@worksystems.org
    503-478-7353

    Yoojin manages the IT infrastructure for Worksystems and is responsible for the email, application and web servers as well as the network security and firewall, phones, and hardware. He also provides support for the six computer resource rooms located in WorkSource Portland Metro Centers throughout the region.

    Yoojin has 17 years of IT experience and joined Worksystems in 1999.  He has a Bachelor's in Engineering from Oregon State University.

    Yoojin loves photography and is a devoted father to his two young boys.

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  • Business Services Manager
    nknudsen@worksystems.org
    503-478-7312

    Nick is the Business Services Manager, overseeing business partnerships and target industry strategies for the agency. He also coordinates resource development and grant application efforts. Nick joined Worksystems in 2011.

    Prior to joining Worksystems, Nick was the Career Services Program Director at Open Meadow Alternative Schools where he designed and managed programs that helped low-income youth define and achieve their long-term career goals. He has a Bachelor's from Cornell and a Master's from Stanford with an emphasis in Educational Policy. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    vlibov@worksystems.org
    503-478-7359

    Victoria joined Worksystems in 2016 and is responsible for workforce development initiatives aimed at serving target populations including English language learners, low income job seekers, and individuals with barriers to employment. She serves as staff to the Aligned Partner Network, a collection of community based organizations working together to help individuals gain career-track employment. // Read more

  • Executive Director
    amcgough@worksystems.org
    503-478-7371

    Andrew has been the Executive Director of Worksystems since 2006.  He brings 25 years of workforce development experience to the organization and has been engaged with workforce and human service programs and policy at the national, state and local levels. // Read more

  • Information Systems Business Analyst
    jmedhaug@worksystems.org
    503-478-7328

    Jennifer translates grant rules and program design into customer and staff facing data tracking tools for the purpose of funder reporting, program management and contract oversight. As an administrator of the I-Trac database, the statewide data collection and reporting system, her primary role in her team is to review system change requirements and manage work flow. // Read more

  • Research & Data Analyst
    lmorehead@worksystems.org
    503-478-7327

    Liza serves as the Research & Data Analyst at Worksystems. She is responsible for institutional research and data reporting, as well as labor market, demographic, economic, and policy research. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    cnee-gieringer@worksystems.org
    503-478-7325

    Cheryl manages Worksystems STEP grant from Oregon DHS which supports job training and education services for Job Seekers receiving SNAP. She also oversees the region’s CareerWork$ Medical and BankWork$ training programs which prepare participants for entry-level careers in financial services and medical office. Cheryl joined Worksystems in 2009.

    Previously, Cheryl worked in marketing operations and training at Intel. She holds a Master's in Communication Leadership from Gonzaga University where she focused on how informal communication in teams affects innovation. // Read more

  • Chief Financial Officer
    mnorrgard@worksystems.org
    503-478-7318

    Marcia joined Worksystems in 2014, and is responsible for overseeing all fiscal operations for the agency. Financial planning and reporting, risk management, and reporting to the Workforce Development Board are some of her areas of responsibility. 

    Before joining Worksystems, Marcia spent five years at a non-profit focused on development of affordable housing and delivery of social services. Her previous work experience also includes over 20 years in community banking as a senior financial executive. // Read more

  • Chief Operating Officer
    tryan@worksystems.org
    503-478-7326

    Tricia is responsible for the overall operation of the organization and oversees human resources, policy development and compliance, IT, fiscal management, evaluation and reporting, process and systems improvement, research and analysis, communications, contracting and procurement, facility management, risk management and business continuity, organizational and staff development, and assists the Executive Director in supporting the Workforce Development Board and managing external relationships. She has 20+ years of experience and joined Worksystems in 2007. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    bschaeffer-bisht@worksystems.org
    503-478-7341

    Blair joined Worksystems in 2015 and is the Operator for WorkSource Portland Metro East as well as the lead on the Health Careers NW grant. She helped to launch a rent assistance program in partnership with Home Forward and Human Solutions to support housing for workforce training participants who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. // Read more

  • Accounting and HR Specialist
    cschulke@worksystems.org
    503-478-7372

    Cindi joined Worksystems in the summer of 2015 and her position is split between the Fiscal and HR departments.  She handles payroll, employee benefits, recruiting, and HR administration.  // Read more

  • Youth Services Manager
    btimper@worksystems.org
    503-478-7315

    Barb is our Youth Services Manager.  She oversees the portfolio of youth workforce programming including NextGen; a collection of community based organizations providing workforce development training and support to Opportunity Youth in the Regions; Youth Work Experience programs such as SummerWorks;  Connect2 Careers, a young adult focused work readiness and job sourcing site;  Sector Bridge Training, Opportunity Youth Job Fair and Re-engagement programming.  She started with Worksystems in 2009. // Read more

  • Community Programs Manager
    striplett@worksystems.org
    503-478-7322

    Stacey serves as the Community Investments Manager, leading a team of Senior Project Managers in connecting federal, state and local support with a robust network of community-based employment services providers. Major projects include Aligned Partners Network; Economic Opportunity Program (EOP); Health Careers NW & NW Promise federal grants; systems alignment work with housing and homelessness systems as well as child care and child welfare systems. // Read more

  • Senior Project Manager
    svanartsdalen@worksystems.org
    503-478-7311

    Sabrina joined Worksystems in 2011 and is on the Business Services Team. She is the lead for the Health Care Industry and works with employers assisting with their workforce training and employment needs. Over the last few years she has convened employers and educators to discuss the gaps in several Health Care occupations where training capacity is an issue, resulting in more flexible training schedules and Health Care Professionals entering the field. // Read more

  • Office Manager / Executive Assistant
    jweller@worksystems.org
    503-478-7366

    Jenny supports the Executive Director, the Workforce Development Board and Board Committees. She also provides general office management.

    Jenny joined Worksystems in 2005 and has previously worked in similar positions in various non-profits for over 20 years.

    She enjoys hiking, wine tasting, volunteering for various organizations, lunch with friends, and hanging out with her pets. // Read more