About Us

Board Members


WDB Committees

The Board is appointed by the  Chief Local Elected Official in every workforce area. The Niagara County Legislature appoints members in accordance with Federal and NY State requirements.

By law, local Workforce Development Boards are required to maintain at least a 51% representation from the business sector. The intent of this law is to develop a workforce development system based upon local business needs, which is accountable to all customers (business and individuals). The remaining board membership is composed of labor organizations and public sector representatives. The public sector membership brings to the board the perspective of partners in the workforce development system, organizations directly providing services to customers.

The Niagara County WDB is comprised of members representing many businesses and service agencies. The WDB’s goal is to maintain a membership that represents Niagara County's business and job seeking individual needs. Diversity is sought between small and large businesses, type of services and industry, and geographical location. 

The Board membership includes the following members:
  • Carolyn Bright, NYS Department of Labor
  • Paul Brown, Plasterer's Local #9 & Apprenticeship
  • William Carroll, nCentix / Carroll Marketing
  • Michael Casale, Commissioner, Niagara County Center for Economic Development
  • Joel Feuerman, Home Depot (WDB Chair)
  • Kathleen Granchelli, YWCA of the Niagara Frontier (Youth Committee Chair)
  • John Hartwell, Matrix Imaging
  • John Helak, SMART Local 71
  • John Lang, Gothic Hill Entertainment
  • Cathy Lattanzio, Chameleon Color Cards
  • Tim Lederhaus, Transit Road Car Wash, Inc.
  • Michael Martin, Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties
  • Dennis Martinez , ACCES VR (Special Population Committee Chair)
  • Kevin McCabe, American Concrete of WNY
  • Kory Schuler, Niagara USA Chamber (WDB Vice Chair)
  • Suzanne Shears, Niagara Community Action Program, Inc.
  • Joe Steinmetz, Orleans Niagara B.O.C.E.S.
  • Shawn Williams, Bradt & Williams Insurance
  • Jerald I. Wolfgang, Niagara County IDA, Niagara County Community Collage
  • Todd Zyra, Silipos Holding LLC

The work of the Board is often conducted in committees, with each Board member having the responsibility to participate in at least one committee.