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Through established partnerships with diverse industry leaders, CWEE is able to deliver a job readiness program that is reflective of today’s workplace. Industry leaders serve on our Employer Advisory Council (EAC).
EAC Purpose: Work interdependently to support CWEE in preparing participants and alumni for today’s workforce through regularly scheduled meetings that evaluate the program curriculum, employment opportunities and community partnerships.
EAC Mission: Provide opportunities for participants to receive relevant workforce development experiences that can be applied to promote confidence building, customized skills training and career advancement for participants.
EAC Values: Collaboration, Supportive, Dedication, Commitment, Openness
If you are interested in learning more about the EAC, please contact CWEE’s Director of Employer Engagement, Stephanie Pacheco-McRae at 303.892.8444 x 315 or by email at email@example.com.
"CWEE has helped me build my self-esteem. I feel worthy and inspired to do something positive everyday. Because of my wonderful experience at CWEE, I’m able to share it with others."
– Shawan, Alumni Award Winner 1998 & former CWEE staff member for 13 years
"I sit on many boards and councils but the endeavor that I am most passionate about is sitting on the Board of Directors for the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE). CWEE helps individuals receiving TANF get the education and skills necessary to obtain viable employment putting them in a position to eventually transition off of public assistance and hopefully out of poverty."
– Taryn Lewis,
Board of Directors
"CWEE has given me the confidence I need and brought me some hope through this difficult time in my life. I am really grateful to be here."
– Michelle, CWEE Participant
CWEE has been a wonderful and positive experience for me. I’ve updated my skills and am preparing to re-enter the workforce. It has revived my self-worth.
– Rochelle, CWEE Participant
"One of the highlights of my year is taking pictures of the women and men of CWEE. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the graduates of this program, and especially the Alumni Award Winners."
– Whitney Yeager,
Whitney Yeager Photography
"Presenting at CWEE is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. The participants are fun, interactive and willing to learn."
– Linda Hicks, Premier Members
Director of Recruitment
Mark Genkinger is the Director of Recruitment at Denver Health and has been actively involved with the Greater Metro Denver Healthcare Industry Partnership for the last four years. Previously, Mark held HR positions in the natural gas, utilities, financial services, and medical device industries. Mark sits on the advisory board for the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) and was recently on the Executive Board of the Denver Workforce Development Board, chairing the business sector committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Division Recruiting Coordinator
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Aaron is the Colorado Manager at LinkedIn and is responsible for building relationships, partnerships, and expanding the reach and accessibility of LinkedIn’s tools in the state. As part of LinkedIn’s vision to create economic opportunity, Aaron is helping to build the densest part of the Economic Graph beginning with the Skillful initiative; a project that will connect policymakers, educators, employers, and job seekers in an effort to close the “skills gap” in Colorado. A life-long Colorado resident, Aaron graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Colorado Denver and has a background in local policy and politics.
Melissa "Mel" Hooks
Assistant Vice President
Melissa “Mel” Hooks joined Keybank in 2006 and is currently Assistant Vice President and Branch manager at the KeyBank South Tower location. During Mel’s tenure with Keybank, one of her passions has been the Keybank Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1969 and funded by KeyCorp. The Foundation’s mission is to support organizations and program to prepare individuals for thriving futures and is advanced through three funding principals - Neighbors, Education and Workforce as well as community service. Since 2010, Mel has been the Bank On liaison and displays her passion by working with retail employees to understand the importance of helping clients that are both under-banked and under-served. In this role, Mel is dedicated to promoting financial education for customers to help them understand the banking environment. This has been pivotal in helping customers avoid the common mistakes that often lead to mistrust in banking institutions. This understanding has proven pivotal in helping customer strive financially.
Mel has served on the Key4Women Board, Center for African American Health Committee for Destination Health Run/Walk, Bank On Committee, (CWEE) Center for Work Education and Employment Employer Advisory Council Member. Mel was named 2014 Aurora Business Woman of the Year for outstanding community leadership.
Talent Acquisition Manager
Graebel Companies, Inc.
Catherine Pierce is a Talent Acquisition Manager at Graebel Companies, Inc., and works to find the best global mobility talent for Graebel’s domestic US offices. Previously, Catherine has held positions in commercial property management, operations, IT, and HR. She has led trainings on resume writing, interviewing, and networking skills. Catherine is looking forward to participating in CWEE’s Employer Advisory Council as well as working with CWEE’s participants regarding resume review and mock interviews.
SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chief Talent Officer
Christian Living Communities
Jan Roth serves as Chief Talent Officer for Christian Living Communities. Ms. Roth has worked at Christian Living Communities in a variety of job functions including Food Service Director, Payroll Supervisor and Board Secretary. She has led the Human Resource Department since 1991 and currently provides HR oversight for over 600 team members. Ms. Roth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Family Dynamics with a minor in Psychology from Colorado State University and is certified as a SPHR, Senior Professional in Human Resource Management and a SHRM-SCP, Senior Certified Professional. Her team has won several awards for innovative HR best practices including the Colorado Dept of Labor Top Safety Award, Mountain States Employers Council Best Practices in Health Insurance Management and CWEE’s Employer of the Year. She was a speaker at the 2016 Leading Age Convention and leads an HR Networking group made up of colleagues in the Senior Services Profession.
Accounting & Business School of the Rockies
Joe Scancarello, President of the Accounting & Business School of the Rockies. Joe has dedicated his entire career to transforming and improving students’ lives through career training and employment placement. He is a proud to be a member of CWEE’s Employer Advisor Committee and thoroughly enjoys working with CWEE participants with mock interviewers in preparation for their career search.
Kelly Specian is the Market Manager for Randstad, Manufacturing and Logistics and manages a branch that connects the most qualified candidates to job openings with factories and warehouse across Denver. Kelly joined the Employer Advisory Council at CWEE in 2015 and has led many participant presentations on topics such as interviewing styles, assessments and techniques on how to best be presented in an interview.
Senior Manager, Sourcing
24-7 In Touch
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Director of Human Resources
Marriott Denver Airport Gateway Park
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PHR, Human Resources Manager
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