Roll Call/Establish Quorum

  • Chair Tiffany Rotondo presided over the meeting. The meeting was called to order at 7:34 a.m. Roll call was taken and a membership quorum was present.

Members Present

Alan Mindlin
Anna Cobb (Patty Ryan-Vincent)
Calvin Giles
Christine Torres
Diana Robinson
Jane Clark
Joseph Cassidy
Lisa Dixon
Mary Keating
Barry Saltzman
Debbie Gaspari
Laura Crawford
Tamryn Hennessy
Amy King
Barbara Szczepaniak
Darlene Ruscitti
Terry Jarman
Ian Hardie
Kate Wollensak
Marilyn Liwanag
Tiffany Rotondo
Tom Wendorf
Kevin Bass
Penny Clancy
Jim Gamache

Members Absent

Beatris Gonzalez
Berni Szczepanski
Carol Simler
Dan Allen
Dan Deasy
Diana Robinson
Jeffrey Feucht
Greg Bedalov
Michelle Arnold
Mike Kish
Paul Seputis

Others Present

Jamie Brown
Lisa Schvach
David Sabathne

Public Comment

  • There was no public comment.

Review of January 22, 2020 minutes

Motion to approve by Mary Keating
Second by Tom Wendorf
All ayes, motion APPROVED

workNet DuPage Update

Lisa provided the workNet DuPage update. The Center has been providing services virtually since March 20. The bi-weekly Job Club has seen a spike in attendance since moving to a live weekly virtual platform; attendance has nearly doubled. Best practices from the pivot to virtual service delivery will be implemented moving forward when the Center returns to “normal” operations. Additionally, the Center developed a From Layoff to Launch webinar series which replaces the WARN presentations geared towards individuals who were recently laid off.

The leadership team at the Center is currently working on a re-opening plan. The Center is often confused with the IDES office, so the Center will not open to the public without a plan in place to handle potential IDES customers.

There are currently funding opportunities available through DCEO and DOL. The Center received nearly 500K in IE monies to assist small businesses with layoff aversion.  The grants include the Disaster Recover and Disaster and Recovery Grants through DOL. The applications for these grants are in process and a status will be provided at the next meeting.

Calvin Giles commented IDES is providing services virtually. They are working internally on re-open plans and staff return to AJCs. Calvin offered to assist with individual issues, information will be forwarded to Jamie.

Fiscal Report

Lisa reviewed the fiscal report. There is a shortfall in meeting the 80% obligation (currently at 77%) of 1D monies by 6/30/20, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19.  Strategic measures have been put into place to obligate additional 1D dollars by the end of the program year. 


WARN Report

Jamie reviewed the UI claims for DuPage County and industries most impacted by COVID-19. 



  • One Stop Certification (Office Hours) - Jamie explained to the group that the Center will be going through the certification process next month. The certification is required to be completed every three years. A team of WIB members will participate in the certification process and recommendations will be brought to the next meeting. The hours of the Center were discussed.
  • MOU - The MOU was shared with the group.

Youth RFP

Jamie explained that the WIB received seven responses from five entities in response to the Youth RFP that was released in April. The proposals are being scored and an update will be provided at the next meeting regarding contract awards.

Giving DuPage Foundation

The DuPage WIB Foundation donated $2,500 to Giving DuPage. Mary Keating explained the initiative and the Board watched a short success video produced by Giving DuPage.


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