Roll Call/Establish Quorum

    • Chair Kate Wollensak presided over the meeting. The meeting was called to order at 7:32am. Roll call was taken, and a membership quorum was present.

Members Present

Joe Cassidy
Jane Clark
Michelle Einfelt
Susan Ryan
Ian Hardie
Mary Keating
Dan Allen
Barry Saltzman
Bernie Szczepanski
Tom Wendorf
Beatris Gonzalez
Darlene Ruscitti
Penny Clancy
Dan Deasy
Greg Bedalov
Calvin Giles
TJ Jarman
Marilyn Liwanag
Laura Crawford
Barb Szczepaniak
Christine Torres
Kate Wollensak
Tamryn Hennessy

Members Absent

TJ Jarman
Tiffany Rotondo
Jim Gamache
Jeffrey Feucht
Patty Ryan-Vincent
Mike Kish

Others Present

Jamie Brown
Lisa Schvach
David Sabathne

Public Comment

  • There was no public comment.

Chair's Remarks

  • Chair Wollensak presented opening remarks and discussed board engagement and expectations of members. She encouraged the board to review the center's annual report. 

Review of the October 28, 2020 minutes

  • Motion to approve slate and minutes by Member Keating
  • Second by Member Bedalov
  • All ayes via roll call vote


One Stop Operator and Youth RFP Update

Jamie remined the Board that the One Stop Operator contract with the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce ends on 6/30/21. The Required Partners in the Center who contribute to the cost of the OSO met with WIB liaison Ian Hardie to discuss the scope of work for the OSO. Based upon a review of the role, it has been agreed upon by all parties that it will be a PT role, not a FTE roll as it has been previously. The RFP review team will be comprised of WIB members as well as representatives from the Required Partner agencies. The RFP will be posted on Monday, February 1st. It will be posted in the Daily Hearld, the County website as well as distributed to a Bidder’s List. It will be posted for a minimum of 30 days to comply with DOL guidelines. Jamie will keep the Board aware of any developments as it relates to the OSO procurement.

Training Provider Approvals

Jamie reviewed the following programs for approval to the ETPL:

CompTIA Tech Career Academy- IT Ready Technical Support
BeardedEagle Training Center-Certified ScrumMaster
Professional Convention Management Association- DES Certification
Universal Technical Institute – Welding
College of DuPage- Lean Data Management &Lean Management Practitioner

  • Motion to approve by Member Allen
  • Second by Member Szczepaniak
  • All ayes via roll call vote
  • Abstentions from members Deasy, Cassidy and Hardie
  • Motion APPROVED

WARN Report

Jamie presented the WARN report. This report includes a lookback from March-December of 2020 as well as the most recent WARN notices received by the Center. One notable event is the BP event which will impact 241 workers. The HR representative informed the Rapid Response Liaison that most will receive significant severance packages, so that may impact the number of individuals seeking workNet services.


OSO Report

Dave Sabathne presented the OSO report. Center traffic is holding steady, and many have indicated that they prefer to receive services virtually rather than in person.

Fiscal Report

Member Cassidy presented the fiscal report. The only area that is of concern is the 1A spending, which Lisa Schvach will address in her update.


workNet DuPage Update

Lisa Schvach presented an update on the Center.


  • Motion to adjourn by Member Keating
  • Second by Member Liwanag
  • All ayes via roll call vote
  • Motion APPROVED

The meeting was adjourned at 8:58am.