About The Council

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The Office of Workforce Opportunity sponsors the NH Works system through use of Workforce Investment Act funds.

The Governor established and certified the Office of Workforce Opportunity as the State's Workforce Board under WIA on September 22, 1999. The Office is chaired by a businessperson and has 43 members, of which 22 members are business representatives. The Office also includes top officials from agencies that oversee workforce development programs. Board members were generally selected according to the following criteria: geographic representation, industry sectors, company size, and workforce and economic development expertise.


To serve as a catalyst to establish a secure and sustainable workforce that can meet current and future skilled labor needs and provide a competitive advantage for New Hampshire businesses.


To promote life-long learning by partnering with businesses, agencies, and organizations to bring the state's education, employment and training programs together into a workforce development system that will provide the means for residents of New Hampshire to gain sufficient skills, education, employment and financial independence.


  1. To establish a workforce development system that is market driven, customer responsive, performance based, and aligned with the skilled labor needs of New Hampshire.
  2. To prepare New Hampshire's youth, the emerging workforce, for employment and further education.
  3. To prepare transitional workers for employment that leads to job retention, wage progression and self-sufficiency.
  4. To assist business and industry in upgrading the skills of the current workforce.
  5. To improve labor market exchange and labor market information for all businesses and individuals.
  6. To maximize effective coordination and utilization of public and private dollars, leverage resources and identify additional and alternative sources of support to sustain the workforce development system.
  7. To promote statewide workforce development programs, increase awareness of ongoing initiatives, and provide information on workforce issues to the private sector and the general public.

With the exception of four legislative appointees, the Governor appoints the members of the Office of Workforce Opportunity.

The members serve three-year terms. Nominations are accepted for new board members as terms expire. Interested parties may contact info@nhworkforce.org for additional information.

Governor Margaret Wood Hassan
Dick Anagnost, Anagnost Companies, Chair
Alan Reiche, Esq., Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, Vice Chair
Jeffrey J. Rose, NH Dept. Resources & Economic Development
Tom Raffio, President, Northeast Delta Dental
Jason Lyon, CEO, The Common Man Family
Gwenael Busnel, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
Kendall L. Buck, CAE, Executive VP, Home Builders & Remodelers Assoc. of NH
Sharron McCarthy, President, McLean Communications
Brenda K. Quinn, Director, e-Stem Solutions
Patrick Lyons, Dell Global Commercial
Jim Wagner, Burns & McDonnell
Mike Alberts, NE Wire Technologies
Timothy G. Sink, President, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
Michael Dunican, VP, North American Equipment Upfitters
Tim Galvin, VP, Nantucket Beadboard
Rick Wheeler, VP Human Resourcs,Assoc. Grocers of NE
Vic Kissell, Sr., Tidland/Maxcess International
David Juvet, VP, Business and Industry Association
Lee Nyquist, Esq., Sheeehan & Gordon PA
Kelly Clark, State Director, AARP NH
Debra Grabowski, Member at Large
Eliza Leadbetter, Member at Large
David Cioffi, Retired Business Owner
Carl Linblade, Member at Large
Gale Hennessey, Southern NH Services
Paul S. Boynton, CEO, Moore Center
Virginia Barry, Commissioner, NH Dept. of Education
Dr. Ross Gittell, Chancellor, CCSNH
Jay Kahn, President, Keene State College
George Copadis, Commissioner, NHES
Nick Toumpas, Commissioner, NH DHHS
Paul S. Boynton, CEO, Moore Companies
Kevin Cash, IEBW Electrician Union
Mark McKenzie, NH AFLCIO
Ken Merrifield, Mayor, City of Franklin
Rep. William Hatch, NH House of Representatives
Rep. Jacqueline A. Cali-Pitts, NH House of Representatives
Sen. Sam Cataldo, NH State Senate
Sen. David Pierce, NH State Senate


The Youth Council is a subgroup of the NH Office of Workforce Opportunity. Appointed by the Governor, members include representatives of youth-serving agencies, parents and members of the Office of Workforce Opportunity.

The members serve three-year terms. Nominations are accepted for new board members as terms expire. Interested parties may contact info@nhworkforce.org for additional information.

Brenda Quinn, E-Stem,Chair
Jay Apicelli, Partnership for restorative Justice Practices
Marty Boldin, City of Manchester
Kevin Cash, IBEW 490 Electrician Union
Dr. Susan Huard,President, Manchester Community College
Michael Currier, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Solutions
Joy Barrett, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Nashua
Michele Desmond, Manchester Housing Authority
Dwight Davis, Southern NH Services
Kathy Jablonski, UNH Cooperative Extension
Michael Dunican,North American Outfitters
Patrick Lyons, Parent/Business
Rick Wheeler, Assoc. Grocers of New England
Ursula Fontaine, CVS/Caremark
Jacqueline Guillette, Superintendent, SAU #75
Paul Leather, Deputy Commissioner, NH DOE
Hon. Willard Martin, Martin, Lord, Osman, P.A.
Sylvia McCarron, HR State Council of NH
Toni Pappas, County Commissioner, Hillsborough
Debra Naro, Community Alliance for Drug-Free Youth
Jason Lyon, The Common Man Restaurants

New Hampshire's Integrated Workforce Services Plan

Planned Activities for Title I Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Wagner-Peyser Act (WP) and the State Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Years 2012-2016 (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2016)

Under the Workforce Investment Act, New Hampshire is required to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Labor, which incorporates both WIA Title I and Wagner Peyser workforce development strategies.

The submitted plan and its attachments may be accessed below. The Plan is a large document and may take time to download.

Requests for Proposals
Check BREAKING NEWS on the home page for any new requests.

Contact Us

Anyone who would like more information on the Office of Workforce Opportunity, its programs or initiatives can obtain that information via email to info@nhworkforce.org



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