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Spotlight on New Board Members

NOVA is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the NOVA Workforce Board:

Brenda Guidry-Brown is the Director of Second Careers Employment Program for the Peninsula Family Service. The Peninsula Family Service, a local nonprofit organization, transforms lives by offering innovative and effective programs designed to empower those in need become full participating members of the community. As Director of the Second Careers Employment Program, Ms. Guidry-Brown is responsible for managing the Mature Worker Program that assists older individuals with interview preparation, vocational counseling, resume preparation, internships, on-the-job training and employment referrals and placement services in a four-county region. Ms. Guidry-Brown brings to the NOVA Board over forty years of experience working with employment and training programs. Her expertise will be invaluable to the Board in serving the unique needs of the growing aging population.

Linda Labit is the Staff Services Manager for the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation program in the country with the mission to work in partnership with the community to provide services and advocacy for individuals with disabilities that will result in employment, independent living and equality. As Staff Services Manager, Ms. Labit supervises a team of counselors, service coordinators, technicians and support staff in the San Jose office of DOR. Ms. Labit brings to the NOVA Board thirty years of experience working with diverse populations toward successful employment including ten years working directly with NOVA and has developed extensive contacts and resources. Her expertise will be invaluable to the Board’s commitment to serve the workforce development needs of persons with disabilities who face barriers to employment.

Alison Ascher Webber is the Associate Director for Building Skills Partnership (BSP). BSP, a unique statewide labor- and employer-sponsored training initiative, brings together diverse stakeholders that include SEIU, janitorial and other building service contractors, leading California businesses, and community foundations. BSP’s mission is to increase low income, immigrant families’ job skills, educational achievement and access to benefits and community resources that will lead to long-term self-sufficiency. As Associate Director, Ms. Webber is responsible for developing and leading educational programs for janitors and other low-wage, primarily immigrant service workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and Sacramento, and supporting BSP’s growth statewide. Ms. Webber brings to the NOVA Board extensive experience in the education and training of lower-skilled workers that will be invaluable to the Board as it works to expand employment opportunities for all workers that lead to self-sufficiency.