Workcred Staff
Roy A. Swift, Ph.D. COL, Retired

Roy A. Swift, Ph.D. COL, Retired

Executive Director, Workcred

Dr. Roy Swift is currently the executive director of Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Previously, he served as the chief workforce development officer at ANSI, and as ANSI’s senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs. Prior to ANSI, he was a consultant to educational, certification, licensure, and health care organizations. From 1993-1998, he was executive director of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). This appointment followed a 28-year career in the United States Army Medical Department, where in his last position, he was chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corps in the Army Surgeon General’s Office with policy responsibility for Army occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, and physician assistants throughout the world.

He has served on many national committees, non-profit Boards of Directors, and federal and state government advisory committees. He currently serves as a member of the Apprenticeship Powered by Industry Leadership Committee hosted by Maher & Maher and the U.S. Department of Labor; the George Washington Institute of Public Policy Non-Degree Credentials Advisory Committee; the Job Data Exchange Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and the Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute’s Executive Advisory Council.

Previously, he served as chair of the Certification and Licensure Advisory Group at Credential Engine; chair of the Assembly of Review Committee Chairs of the former Council on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association; chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Committee (Academic Accreditation); and on the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for Certification. Dr. Swift also recently served on an Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Panel dealing with Provision of Mental Health Counseling Services under TRICARE, and a planning committee for the future of Allied Health Practice.

In addition, Dr. Swift has chaired an international working group within the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to recognize personnel certifications among member countries through the development of multilateral recognition arrangements. He was also involved in working groups related to personnel credentialing with the International Organizational for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Geneva on credentialing.

Dr. Swift holds a B.S. in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas, an M.S. Ed. from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in continuing and vocational education with an emphasis in continuing competency in the professions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also successfully completed the University of Chicago’s three-week management development course.



Karen Elzey

Karen Elzey

Associate Executive Director

As associate executive director, Karen Elzey advances Workcred’s mission to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively.

Ms. Elzey has over 20 years of experience in areas of workforce development. Most recently, she was the vice president of the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), where she was involved with incorporating 21st-century competencies—critical thinking, problem solving, analytical reasoning, communication, and working in multi-cultural teams—into the undergraduate experience to prepare students with the knowledge and experience to succeed in high-performing workplaces. She also led several of BHEF’s projects, including the integration of data analytics into specific academic disciplines, the development of cybersecurity undergraduate programs, and the creation of new media engineering programs.

Ms. Elzey previously served as vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce, where she worked on K-12 education reform and job training policies. She was the founding director of Skills for America’s Future, an employer-led policy initiative that was initially part of the Economic Opportunities Program at the Aspen Institute. The initiative helped identify solutions that allow education and training providers to work together for employers and prepare individuals for employment to help ensure American businesses are more productive, innovative, and competitive. Her previous experience also includes coordinating public-private partnerships between K-12 school districts and employers for a local economic development agency in Indiana, and teaching English as a second language in Poland.

Ms. Elzey earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and completed Georgetown University's executive leadership program at the McDonough School of Business.



Isabel Cardenas-Navia, Ph.D.

Director of Research

Dr. Cardenas-Navia is Workcred’s director of research, in which she advances Workcred’s research agenda to examine workforce credentialing issues and needs.

Previously, Dr. Cardenas-Navia was the vice president of programs, and previously the director of emerging workforce programs, with the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF). Through her career, she led and facilitated projects bringing together Fortune 500 employers and higher education institutions; produced novel research on workforce issues in emerging technical fields; led the development and implementation of a national strategic plan, capacity building tools, and best practices for partnerships between businesses and higher education institutions in data science and analytics; and successfully applied for funding from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Department of Education, as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation.

Prior to BHEF, Dr. Cardenas-Navia was the president and founder of Alta Vision Consulting, where she provided short-term, project-based consulting in policy and workforce development in scientific and technical fields; identified, developed, and maintained strategic relationships and partnerships within higher education, industry, government, and foundations; and synthesized and summarized policies and academic research related to higher education and workforce development issues, particularly in digital technology and STEM fields.

Dr. Cardenas-Navia also served as a post-doctoral fellow with the National Human Genome Research Institute, and has conducted multi-faceted research projects at F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. in Switzerland, the Department of Radiation Oncology at Duke University Medical Center, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, and the Department of Therapeutic Radiology at Yale School of Medicine. She has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and certificate in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering from Duke University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.



Janet Felts Forte

Janet Forte

Operations Manager

Janet Forte oversees the day-to-day management of Workcred, its Board and advisory councils, consulting contracts, research, and educational activities. Previously, Ms. Forte served as senior program administrator of standards facilitation at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), where she gained broad experience working with the Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative, the ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities, the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative, and the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative. She holds a B.A. in Spanish, with a minor in Criminal Justice, from Campbell University, and a Master of International Studies, with a concentration in sustainability, from North Carolina State University.