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Developing Tomorrow's Talent Today

Northeast Indiana Works, the region’s non-profit workforce development organization, provides public and private financial and employment resources for education and skills training to meet the needs of regional industries.

Web-Welding-4-(1).jpgEach year, we serve more than 30,000 individuals and 1,300 employers in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

We operate and staff Northeast Indiana’s 11 WorkOne Northeast career centers; oversee state and federally supported adult education programs and two youth-oriented career development programs; fund and manage employer-focused training programs to enhance the skills of existing workers; and help facilitate community-based career pathway initiatives.  

We are governed by a board of directors, which includes regional educators, business representatives, economic development officials, state and local government leaders, and organized labor. Our operational, funding and service delivery policies are guided by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which seeks to increase access to employment, education, training and support services for youth and adults. WIOA promotes work-based learning opportunities, such as apprenticeships and internships, and encourages the development of career pathway strategies.  (See the WIOA equal opportunity statement here).


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Kathleen Randolph
Chief Executive Officer
Edmond O’Neal
Beth Suman
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Lori Rice
Vice President of Finance
Rick Farrant
Director of Communications
Karen Green
Senior Director of WorkOne Services
Kimberly Tempel
Director of Business Services
Andrea Bolinger
Director of Quality Initiatives/EO Officer
Anne Meadors
Operations Associate
Jennifer Dafforn-Koebler
Manager of Allen WorkOne Operations
Nancy Magginnis
Manager of North WorkOne Operations
Jean Bade
Manager of South WorkOne Operations


Board of Directors

Darlene Stanley, Chair
Johnson Junction Inc.
Keith Davis, Vice Chair
Star Wealth Management
John Niederman, Secretary/Treasurer
Pathfinder Services Inc.
Doug Bauman, Chief Elected Official
Adams County Commissioner
Leslie Crist
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Elaine Doherty
Inventure Foods Inc.
Alan Duff
STAR Financial
Darryl Esterline
Sheet Metal Workers Local 20
Larry Gerardot
FWCS Career Academy at Anthis
Jane Gresham
Tim Hartigan
Gasoline Equipment Petroleum Contractors
Leroy Jackson
LIUNA Local 213
Jeff Kellam
Kellam Inc.
Mark Michael
Fort Wayne Metals
Jerrilee Mosier
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
John Sampson
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
Corey Schoon
Ashley Industrial Molding
Rick Sherck
Noble County EDC
Chris Straw
Team Quality Services
Sandy Widener
Vocational Rehabilitation Services

"Because failure is not an option, Busche enlisted the assistance of Northeast Indiana Works in helping arrange customized training for our workers in CNC machining and industrial maintenance. Northeast Indiana Works was open to new ideas in the development of the training. Now, Busche employees who participated in the training have the opportunity to receive pay increases along with promotions for the enhanced skills and abilities they have achieved."
Lori Busche, HR Manager, Busche Inc.