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State Seal Workforce Investment, Department for
Appointments made to Kentucky Workforce Investment Board
Press Release Date:  February 3, 2005
Contact:  Kim Saylor Brannock
(502) 564-6606

Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed eight members to the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB). The 25-member board develops policies to help Kentuckians have the training, education and skills necessary to get and retain jobs. 

“Kentucky’s economic success depends on our ability to compete in a global market that is constantly changing. KWIB provides the regional information and insight that we need to prepare Kentucky’s workforce for these challenges so that we can strengthen partnerships in the public and private sectors and move Kentucky forward,” said Department for Workforce Investment Commissioner Laura E. Owens. KWIB is in the Department for Workforce Investment, an agency of the Education Cabinet.

The following is a list of the newly appointed members of KWIB.

Sharon K. Bird, Hazard, is president of Bird Consulting in Richmond and represents the business sector. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky

George Burkley, Louisville, is president and CEO of DEYTA Factual Foresight in Louisville and represents the business sector. He is the new chairperson of the KWIB.

John Michael Cary, Louisville, is associated with the Boys Scouts of America and represents youth.

William M. Conder, Danville, is a graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and represents the business sector. He is retired from the Dana Corporation.

Andrew Frauenhoffer, Frankfort, is the deputy commissioner for the Department for Workforce Investment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern Mississippi.

State Senator Vernie McGaha, Russell Springs, is a retired band director and elementary and middle school principal. He is a graduate of Campbellsville University and Western Kentucky University, where he earned master’s degree and Rank I degree. He represents the state legislature.

Russell B. Starkey, Paducah, is general manager of the United States Enrichment Corporation in Paducah. He represents business.

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Frankfort, is the Governor’s representative on the board. He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Kentucky.

For more information about KWIB, visit or call 502-564-2919.

The Kentucky Education Cabinet coordinates learning programs from P-16, and manages and supports training and employment functions in the Department for Workforce Investment. For more information about our programs, visit or call 502-564-6606.


Last updated: Thursday, February 03, 2005