Staff & Leadership


Administrative Staff

Morgan Romeo, Executive Director

Leah Gibson, Operations Director

Brad Stephens, Business & Development Manager

Bobby Welch, Grant Accountant 

Program Staff

Michelle Brennan, Program Manager

Mark Holman, Jr., Youth Program Manager

Toni McLawhorn, One Stop Coordinator 

CLEO (Chief Local Elected Officials) Consortium

The Chief Local Elected Officials (CLEO) Consortium is made up of one (1) representative from each of the eight (8) localities in the Blue Ridge region, including the Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke, and the Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem. Working together, the CLEO Consortium reviews strategic, programmatic, and fiscal recommendations from the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board and communicates needs from their respective localities in terms of workforce.

The Honorable Martha Hooker*
Board of Supervisors
Roanoke County

The Honorable Mayor Tom Sibold**
City Council
City of Covington

The Honorable Stephen Bennett
Board of Supervisors
Alleghany County

The Honorable Billy Martin, Sr.
Board of Supervisors
Botetourt County

The Honorable Kathi Toelke
Board of Supervisors
Craig County

The Honorable Leland Mitchell
Board of Supervisors
Franklin County

The Honorable Mayor Sherman Lea
City Council
City of Roanoke

The Honorable John Saunders
City Council
City of Salem

* Chair
** Vice-Chair

Board of Directors

The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board is a partnership of public and private sector organizations dedicated to achieving regional workforce and economic development goals. Serving the Blue Ridge region, Board members are made up of representatives from all eight (8) localities in the region, including the Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke and the Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem. Members of the Board actively participate in strategic planning and implementation of local workforce initiatives and help drive the Blue Ridge regional workforce system to produce a qualified workforce to meet current and future job demand.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Board member, please contact Morgan Romeo, the Executive Director of the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board offices, at (540) 562-8442 or by email at

Casey Nicely (Chair)
Financal Services Manager
First Citizens Bank

David Olsen (Vice-Chair)
Production Services Manager
WestRock – Low Moor Converting Plant

Jeremy Adkins
Solution Matrix, Inc.

Ashley Bayne
Manager, Human Resources
Constellation Brands

Joseph Brinley
Business Development Representative
NECA/IBEW Local 26

Michael Burnette
Director of Economic Development
Franklin County

Blair Cade
Accounting/Human Resources Manager
Paint Bank General Store

Lea DeCosta
Regional Program Manager
Roanoke Valley Alleghany Region 5 Adult Education

Amanda Forrester
Roanoke Small Business Development Center

Michael Gardner
Woods Rogers, PLC

Susan Goad
Botetourt County Department of Social Services

Crystal Hall
Resident Services Manager
Roanoke Redevelopment Housing Authority

Abby Hamilton
United Way Roanoke Valley

Teresa Hammond
Executive Director
Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Milan Hayward
VP, Workforce Development
Virginia Western Community College

Debra Lovelace
Senior Director
Carilion Clinic

Kristi Mallory
Human Resources Manager
Eaton Crouse-Hinds

Richard Mansell
IVO Ltd.

Karen Michalski-Karney
Executive Director
Blue Ridge Independent Living Center

Phil Peters
Executive Consultant, Human Resources
Optical Cable Corporation

Todd Putney
Vice President, Human Resources
Medical Facilities of America

Dr. John Rainone
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

Amanda Rogers
Human Resources Manager
Wabtec Graham White

Adrienne Ross
Human Resources – Recruiter

Christopher Simmons
Manager – Covington Office
Virginia Employment Commission

Chuck Simpson
CWA Local 2204

Emily Smith
Human Resources Manager

Jason Suhr
Director, Career and Technical Education
Roanoke County Public Schools

Susan Watkins
Human Services Manager
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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