Carey Curtis is a Regional President with U.S. Bancorp. He is responsible for the retail and commercial activities for the SW Ohio and Eastern Indiana Markets within the Community Banking Division of U.S. Bank. Carey has been in the banking industry for seventeen years, fourteen of them with U.S. Bank. Carey is recognized within the company for previously leading several markets in achieving superior growth rates in the small business and retail market segments. Carey’s previous assignment was as a regional manager in Cincinnati, where he oversaw 28 business bankers in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, & Nashville markets. Prior to that, Carey was responsible for small business banking for the Seattle and Tacoma, WA markets. Carey Curtis has a Business Degree & MBA from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Carey lives in Mason, Ohio with his wife, Jamie, and their three daughters. He is active in his local church, the March of Dimes Organization, and the Special Olympics Organization.
Tom Harris is the Director of Adult and Community Education for Warren County Career Center in Lebanon. Prior to joining Warren County Career Center in 2007, he held similar adult education leadership positions in Ohio and Utah. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a resident of Springboro, Ohio, Harris earned a Bachelor's degree in career occupations from Eastern Illinois University and a master's degree in organizational behavior and management from the University of Phoenix.
Professional: Richard Jones is the Vice President of Business Development from his previous position of Business Development Officer for the Peoples Bank. Jones will be responsible for developing relationships with both retail and business customers in the Warren County market. He will also continue in his many civic roles in the County including President of the Warren County Park Board and member of the Warren County Regional Planning Commission. Richard attended Miami University, the University of Cincinnati and Sinclair Community College, and has completed additional course work through the Center for Financial Training and the Willett Institute of Finance. He is licensed in Life and Property and Casualty insurance and holds a Series 7 securities license. Jones is a graduate of the Leadership Warren County program and is an appointee to the Ohio Governor's Fiscal Emergency Committee. He is a past recipient of the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award and received the 2004 National Bank and Trust Community Service Award.
Gary Jordan is a 1976 graduate from Williamsburg, Ohio. He was employed at Cincinnati Milacron in Oakley from 1977 to 1979. Mr. Jordan served six years in the Ohio National Guard from 1981 to 1987 in the 134th Engineer Group (CBT) and served from 1987 to 1993 in the Ohio National Guard Ready Reserves. Since 1979 he has been employed with General Electric Aircraft Engines (Transportation) and is a member in good standing in the United Aerospace Workers Local 647 for twenty-six years. Mr. Jordan has served the UAW for eleven years as Union Steward, nine years as Bargaining Committeeperson, six years as Benefits/ Workers Compensation Committeeperson, three years on the UAW Community Service Committee, four years on the Executive Board of the Greater Cincinnati CAP Council. Gary has participated in numerous contract negotiations locally as well as three national negotiations. Contracts negotiated include General Electric, ARAMARK, and Buckley Manufacturing. He has served on the UAW Local 647 Executive Board as Sergeant-at-Arms, Vice-President, and has been President and Chairperson of UAW Local 647 for the last five years. Mr. Jordan recently ran unopposed and was reelected as the President and Chairperson of UAW Local 647 for a three year term. Mr. Jordan is one of eleven appointed UAW President’s selected throughout the United States to serve on the International Aerospace Advisory Committee by the International UAW. Mr. Jordan is married to Jean and they have three children.
Marge Melick is a Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor of the Butler Co. Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation within the Rehabilitation Services Commission. Marge started with ORSC as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor serving Butler Co. She has been a Rehabilitation Supervisor for the past 14 years starting in Butler Co., then supervising the Xenia and Troy offices until August '04 when she returned to Butler Co. Marge holds a Bachelors Degree in Gerontology and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Bowling Green State University. She currently resides in Liberty Township with her two wonderful sons.
Scherra, Karen - Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board, Batavia. Executive Director
Karen Scherra has served as the Executive Director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board since September 1997, previously working at the Board as Associate Director. Under her leadership, the Board has increased its collaboration with other agencies, obtained numerous local, state and federal grants to expand services, and developed Strategic and Financial Plans for the system. The Board is also the Administrative Agent for the Family and Children First (FCF) program, and Ms. Scherra has served as FCF Council co-chair since 2004. Ms. Scherra served seven years (2001-2008) on the Executive Council of the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA), including a term as President, and was re-elected to that Council in July 2010. She participates in and chairs many state level committees; she is also on the board of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors (NACBHDD) and is a member of the NACo Health Steering Committee. She was a member of the Ohio Mental Health Commission appointed in 2000 by the Ohio Department of Mental Health Director, Michael Hogan. She was named Administrator of the Year in 2000 by Ohio Advocates for Mental Health and received an award from NAMI Ohio when the Board was named “Board of the Year” in 2002. In 2010, Ms. Scherra was recognized at the Clermont County Salute to Leaders and received the Health/Healthcare Leader award. Ms. Scherra has a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Evaluation from Hahnemann University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from LaSalle University, both in Philadelphia.
Business, Education/Training and Workforce Membership
Professional: Commissioner Painter is the newest elected member of the Clermont County Board of Commission, beginning his first term in January 2017. He brings a wealth of workforce knowledge from the public sector to the WIBBCW. His background includes 40 years in the construction and engineering business. When Commissioner Painter stepped away from his career in the private industry, he last served as the Project Oversight Manager at the East Tennessee Technology Park (K-25) Environmental Remediation Project. He also has held positions as resident construction manager, project oversight manager, regional manager, and general manager. Commissioner Painter and his wife Karla, are lifelong residents of Clermont County residing in New Richmond for 37 years. Commissioner Painter is eager to serve and is committed to “raising the bar for all Clermont County citizens.”
Affiliations:Commissioner Painter previously served for eight years on the New Richmond Village Exempted School District Board of Education, two of those as President of the Board. He has also served on the Ohio Township Board of Zoning Appeals.
Education: David received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.
Professional:Commissioner Carpenter is a strong voice for Butler County communities, families, and children. Her initiatives include reformation of child welfare programs, reducing the cost of county operations, and instituting performance measures. She works with OhioMeansJobs to bring new jobs and helped retain existing ones. Cindy is committed to improving the quality of life for all people of Butler County. Prior to becoming a Butler County Commissioner in January 2011, Commissioner Carpenter served fourteen years as Butler County Clerk of Courts where she implemented software programs to manage juries, accounts receivable, process of service, and felony disposition reporting. She received statewide and national recognition for technological innovation from the FBI, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Judicial Conference, GOVTECH magazine, Civic.com magazine, and Courthouse Ohio.
Affiliations:Commissioner Carpenter currently serves on or acts as Board Liaison to the following Boards and Commissions: OSU Extension Advisory Committee, Criminal Justice Board, Records Commission Courthouse Historical Society, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Board, Board of Developmental Disabilities, Law Library Resource Board, Mental Health Board, Housing and Homeless Coalition, Family and Children First Council, County Commissioners Association of Ohio, Workforce Investment Board | Butler • Clermont • Warren, General Health Advisory Committee.
Education: A resident of Oxford, Commissioner Carpenter, attended Miami University, Southwestern College of Business, has earned thirteen annual education awards presented by the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association, and has significant continuing education in the area of computer systems implementation.
Chief Elected Officials
Professional: Mardia A. Shands, M.A., SPHR, is Sr. Director of Human Resources with Miami Valley Gaming. Ms. Shands is responsible for leading the human resources function of a joint venture corporation between Churchill Downs, Inc. and Delaware North. Reporting directly to the President, she leads all talent management initiatives with an emphasis on creating a high-performing, sustainable organization that meets its strategic and operational goals and objectives. She drives leadership development and employee engagement across the organization through the design and implementation of human resources policies, programs, and services. She also leads Strategic Planning, Executive Team Coaching, Organizational Culture Development, and Change Leadership. She oversees the talent acquisition, development and retention processes for non-union and union employees and leads all labor relations activities including serving as the lead negotiator for all labor contract agreements.
Education: Mrs. Shands earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and her Master’s degree in Labor and Employment Relations from the University of Cincinnati. She is a YWCA Rising Star and a Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40. She serves on the HR Committee for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority where she chairs the Social Action Committee and is a member of Class 39 of Leadership Cincinnati.
Marlon Bailey is a proud Michigan State University Spartan and earned his Mechanical Engineering degree there. He has an MBA from University of Detroit and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Marlon’s career began in his family’s machine shop and is currently President & CEO of ART Metals Group, a precision metal stamper and bearing manufacturer in Fairfield, Ohio. He held a similar role at Stant Manufacturing and previously held various management roles at Arvin and Bendix. Marlon is passionate about creating new products and developing lean manufacturing practices in operations and administration. These passions require learning organizations, strong training programs and supportive management. In addition to his professional roles, Marlon served on the Board of Directors Dongfeng Joint Venture, China. His volunteer roles have included serving as a board member with Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Hancock County Food Pantry. He currently serves on the Workforce Investment Board and is an active member of with Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Association of Corporate Growth. Marlon and Janet have been happily married for 37 years, relocating to West Chester in May 2014. He has six grown children and relishes time with them and the two, soon to be four, grandchildren. He and Janet love travel and explore other cultures; are active at Faith Community Church and try to stay physically fit. Marlon enjoys hacking at golf and follows football and basketball, particularly MSU teams.
Who We Are
Our Board is comprised of leaders from business, education, labor and government from Southwest Ohio, with the majority of members representing the private business sector. View our Board member profiles below to learn more about the bright minds leading your Workforce Investment Board.
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Professional: Tom Rocklin is a Senior Technical Project Manager in the Milford, Ohio office of the Products group of Siemens PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D). Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software delivers integrated technology and services supporting the entire lifecycle of a product - from concept and development to distribution and delivery. Tom has broad experience and expertise in web technologies, data management applications, and business management systems.
Education: He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering with studies in Mechanical Engineering. Tom is also a graduate of the LEAD Clermont Class of 2000.
Affiliations: He is an active member of The First Apostolic Church in Kenwood, where he serves as a deacon, volunteer treasurer, teacher, soloist, choir member, and assistant webmaster. A few of his community activities include: Board Member and past Board President for The Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties; Chair of the Technology Committee for Clermont 20/20, Inc.; member of the Leadership Institute Council; served on the Board of Directors for the Clermont Chamber of Commerce; volunteer webmaster for the League of Women Voters of Clermont County, member of the Regional Business Council; serves as a mentor for select students and is a member of the Partners in Education for Milford High School.