Board and Councils

The governance structure for Workcred is comprised of a Board of Directors, with subsidiary Advisory Councils focused on particular areas of interest.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages the business and affairs of the organization. Members of the Workcred Board of Directors include:

S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO, ANSI
Beth Carlson, vice president, global talent development, Raytheon Company
Stephen Crawford, Ph.D., research professor at the George Washington University’s George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP)
Ron Dearing Jr., manager, worldwide program development and technology, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Peggy Jensen, CPA, vice president of finance, administration, and chief financial officer (CFO), ANSI
Fran Schrotter, senior vice president and chief operating officer (COO), ANSI
Roger Tadajewski, executive director, NC3 - National Coalition of Certification Centers
Andrew Updegrove, partner and co-founder, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Cynthia Woodley, Ed.D., COO and psychometrician, Professional Testing, Inc.

Executive Advisory Council

Members of this council have expertise in diverse workforce issues, including credentialing, educational systems, industry needs, workforce investment boards, human resources, and economics. The Executive Advisory Council creates, maintains, and updates the overall strategic direction for Workcred – subject to the approval of the Board of Directors – with a particular focus on the organization's education and consultative offerings. Members of the Executive Advisory Council include:

Stephen Crawford (Chair), research professor, George Washington University Institute of Public Policy
Alexander Alonso, senior vice president of knowledge development, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Jan Bray, independent consultant, Bray Strategies
Deb Cohen, independent consultant
Karen Elzey, vice president, policy, Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEP)
Bob Jones, independent consultant, Management and Training Corporation; Former Assistant Secretary of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor
Mary Alice McCarthy, director, Center on Education and Skills, New America
Jane Oates, consultant; Former Assistant Secretary Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Jason Tyszko, executive director, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Research Advisory Council

Members of this council have expertise in workforce research. The Research Advisory Council creates the research agenda for Workcred, and determines the strategy for obtaining research grants and partners, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. Members of the Research Advisory Council include:

Bob Sheets (Chair), research professor, George Washington University Institute of Public Policy
Mary Gatta, associate professor, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Catherine Imperatore, research manager, Association for Career and Technical Education
Steve Lynch, director, workforce and economic development services, Burning Glass Technologies
Andrew Reamer, research professor, George Washington University Institute of Public Policy
Jeff Strohl, director of research, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Michelle Van Noy, associate director, Education and Employment Research Center, Rutgers University
Rachel Zinn, director, Workforce Data Quality Campaign, National Skills Coalition

Credentialing Body Advisory Council

The Credentialing Body Advisory Council is a neutral body to advance the industry of certification and certificates. This council serves as a conduit for information flow among the credentialing community, Workcred, industry, education bodies, workforce development groups and other stakeholders. This council includes representatives from the following organizations:

  • Council Chair: Cynthia Woodley, Workcred Board of Directors
  • Advance CTE (Formerly the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium)
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification
  • Association of Test Publishers
  • The Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • Building Performance Institute, Inc.
  • Cardiovascular Credentialing International
  • Certified Financial Planner Board
  • Green Business Certification Inc.
  • HR Certification Institute
  • InfoComm International
  • Inteleos (Formerly the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
  • International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners
  • International Council of E-Commerce Consultants
  • International Facility Management Association
  • International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2
  • National Apartment Association Education Institute
  • National Association of Workforce Boards
  • National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators
  • National Environmental Health Association
  • National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
  • National Restaurant Association
  • NSF International
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
  • Project Management Institute
  • Society of Certified Senior Advisors
  • U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center

Government Credentialing Network

Members of this network represent government agencies with active or developing certification programs. The Government Credentialing Network will identify certification issues within government agencies that Workcred can help to resolve. The objectives of the Government Credentialing Network are to:

  • Identify where, how, and why the federal government uses credentialing
  • Identify the various roles of industry and professional organizations in the creation of workforce credentials and the working relationships between industry and the federal government
  • Review the purpose, mission, and legislation mandate of a government agency and its alignment with its credentialing role
  • Identify federal credentialing models and share best practices to build more consistency among federal agencies in regard to specific credentials (i.e. terminology, validation)
  • Keep abreast of legislation and regulation affecting credentialing, and provide input to ensure consistency in credentialing terminology and concepts
  • Identify new credentialing initiatives in the federal government
  • Identify trends and practices through the analysis of big data and new statistics from federal surveys including the Current Population Survey and the Adult Training and Education Survey
  • Identify the need for and create workshops/conferences focusing on federal agencies and credentialing
  • Communicate findings and information with the broader community
  • Identify and share metrics for evaluating program effectiveness