Roll Call/Establish Quorum

  • Chair Tiffany Rotondo presided over the meeting. The meeting was called to order at 7:33 a.m. Roll call was taken and a membership quorum was present.

Members Present

Alan Mindlin
Barb Szczepaniak
Beatris Gonzalez
Bernie Szczepanski
Calvin Giles
Dan Deasy
Darlene Ruscitti
Marilyn Liwanag
Tiffany Rotondo
Tom Wendorf
Jim Gamache
Marilyn Liwanag
Terry Jarman
Ian Hardie
Jane Clark
Joe Cassidy
Kate Wollensak
Laura Crawford
Lisa Dixon
Mary Keating
Barry Saltzman
Kevin Bass
Tamryn Hennessy

Members Absent

Patty Ryan-Vincent
Christine Torres
Dan Allen
Penny Clancy
Jeffrey Feucht
Greg Bedalov
Mike Kish
Debbie Gaspari

Others Present

Jamie Brown
Lisa Schvach
David Sabathne

Public Comment

  • There was no public comment.

Review of May 27, 2020 minutes

  • All ayes via roll call vote
  • Motion APPROVED

New Open Meetings Act Procedures

Jamie explained to the Board that there has been a change to the Open Meetings Act regarding remote meetings. All votes taken must be conducted by roll call so each member’s vote can be recorded.

workNet DuPage Update

Lisa provided the workNet update. She explained that DCEO released IE money to assist small businesses with COVID-related costs and the Business Services team is working to administer this funding. Additionally, DCEO has two funding opportunities, the Disaster Recovery and Employment Recovery Grant. The Disaster Recovery Grant will be a partnership with the DuPage County Health Department to hire Contract Tracers and Data Entry Specialists. The Employment Recovery Grant will be utilized to fund training and employment services for individuals who have lost a job or wages due to COVID-19. These dollars will help offset the ID funding cut for PY20, as funding was based upon pre-COVID employment numbers.

The Center’s facility is still closed to the public and all services are being provided remotely. The staff is currently working on “surge” contingency plans to address service delivery changes should a large number of applicants require workNet services.

Fiscal Report

Joe Cassidy presented the fiscal report. All expenditures are on track to meet benchmarks. The 80% obligation is being met in addition to the 50% minimum training expenditure required by DCEO.

WARN Report

Jamie presented the WARN report. The Rapid Response liaison has been working with two local manufacturers to schedule rapid response events for their employees. Outreach is ongoing with companies who have submitted WARN notices to engage their employees with workNet services.

OSO Report

Dave presented the OSO report. Overall traffic to the Center declined slightly from April to May.  He continues to follow-up with Partners regarding their operations and potential return to the Center.

PY20 MOU Approval

Jamie explained that the Memorandum of Understanding for the Center and all required Partners is due to DCEO by 6/30/20. The MOU details the services provided by each agency as well as financial commitments to the Center. All signatures have been obtained with the exception of IDES, which DCEO is aware of.

  • Motion to approve by Mary Keating
  • Second by Ian Hardie
  • All ayes via roll call vote
  • Motion APPROVED

Training Provider Certifications

College of DuPage has submitted for approval of their new Contact Tracing Program.

  • Motion to approve by Barb Szczepaniak
  • Second by Tom Wendorf
  • All ayes via roll call vote
  • Abstentions by Joe Cassidy and Dan Deasy
  • Motion APPROVED

Youth Contracts

Jamie explained to the group that all RFP responses for PY20 WIOA youth services have been scored and the team has a recommendation. The team recommends approval for the following contracts:

  • Parents Alliance Employment Project- Project Search - $88,890
  • Parents Alliance Employment Project- Inspired by Ability- $220,419
  • World Relief- $252,154
  • DuPage Regional Office of Education- $232,370
    • Motion to approve by Ian Hardie
    • Second by Calvin Giles
    • All ayes via roll call vote
    • Abstention by Darlene Ruscitti
    • Motion APPROVED

One Stop Certification

Tiffany provided an overview of the One Stop Certification process. The workNet DuPage Career Center is required to pass a certification process every three years. The Certification Team convened and reviewed the required checklist for the Center and is recommending certification of the Center until 2023.

  • Motion to approve by Kate Wollensak
  • Second by Ian Hardie
  • All ayes via roll call vote
  • Motion APPROVED


The meeting was adjourned at 8:57 a.m.