2023-2024 Board of Directors

NASWA 2024 Association Year Board of Directors Announced

WASHINGTON – The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) announced the election of the 2024 association year board of directors. NASWA membership, which represents state and U.S. territory workforce agencies nationwide, selected 15 board members and 10 alternate members to represent its regions, including a five-member executive committee. The board’s duties are to direct the business of the association.

2023 Chair Michael Harrington and Chair-Elect Joe Barela will both continue in their current positions on the board after assuming their roles mid-association year. Past-Chair Robert Asaro-Angelo will continue in his position, as well.

“I could not be more thrilled to continue working with Michael, Joe, and Robert on the NASWA board of directors along with welcoming Anna Hui and Brad Barger,” NASWA President & CEO, Scott B. Sanders said. “Our five executive committee members, along with each Region Director and Alternate are experienced professionals who bring strong expertise to these positions.”

Executive committee members of the board:

Chair – Michael Harrington, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Labor
Chair-Elect – Joe Barela, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Past Chair – Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Secretary – Anna Hui, Director, Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Treasurer – Brad Barger, Assistant Director, Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Board of directors, listed by NASWA region:

Region 1: Director - Laura Fortman, Commissioner, Maine Department of Labor; Alternate – Beth Goguen, Director, MassHire Department of Career Services
Region 2: Director - Nesha Christian-Hendrickson, Assistant Commissioner/Legal Counsel, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Labor; Alternate - Daryle Dudzinski, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Labor
Region 3: Director - Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, Director, Washington D.C. Department of Employment Services; Alternate – Scott Adkins, Acting Commissioner, WorkForce West Virginia
Region 4: Director - Buddy Hoskinson, Executive Director, Office of Unemployment Insurance, Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet; Alternate – M. Antwon Keith, Assistant Secretary, Division of Employment Security, North Carolina Department of Commerce
Region 5: Director - Stephanie Beckhorn, Director, Office of Employment & Training, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity; Alternate – Richard Paulk, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Region 6: Director – Sarita Nair, Secretary, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions; Alternate - Edward Serna, Executive Director, Texas Workforce Commission
Region 7: Director – John Albin, Commissioner, Nebraska Department of Labor; Alternate - Amber Shultz, Secretary, Kansas Department of Labor
Region 8: Director – Casey Cameron, Executive Director, Utah Department of Workforce Services; Alternate – Marcia Hultman, Secretary, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Region 9: Director – Nancy Farias, Director, California Employment Development Department; Alternate - Anna Hunter, Assistant Director, Arizona Department of Economic Security
Region 10: Director - Cami Feek, Commissioner, Washington State Employment Security Department; Alternate - David Gerstenfeld, Director, Oregon Employment Department

Incoming executive committee and board members assumed their respective posts upon election at the Annual Membership Meeting during the NASWA SUMMIT on September 14, 2023. All positions serve a one-year term, except the treasurer, who serves two years.

For more information on the 2023 NASWA SUMMIT, visit 2023 NASWA SUMMIT.

For a listing of NASWA's regions, visit naswa.org/about/regional-map.


About the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (www.naswa.org): NASWA is the national organization representing all 50 state workforce agencies, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. These agencies deliver training, employment, career, business, and wage and hour services, in addition to administering unemployment insurance, veteran reemployment, and labor market information programs. NASWA provides policy expertise, shares promising state practices, and promotes state innovation and leadership in workforce development.