JAG Board of Directors

Board Officers

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Chair

The Honorable John Bel Edwards

Governor Edwards serves as the Vice Chair of Jobs for America's Graduates. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy.
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Gov. Kim Reynolds

Vice Chair

The Honorable Kim Reynolds

Kim Reynolds understand the challenges families face because she's faced them herself. A fifth-generation Iowan, she grew up in a working-class family in St. Charles, Iowa.
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Kenneth M. Smith

President and CEO

Kenneth M. Smith

Ken has served as the President and CEO of Jobs for America's Graduates since 1979.
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Tom Tauke

Chair, Executive Committee

The Honorable Tom Tauke

Thomas J. Tauke retired as executive vice president - Public Affairs, Policy and Communication at Verizon Communications Inc.
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Jim Duffy

Treasurer

James J. Duffy

Jim Duffy is Executive VP and Chief Human Resources Officer at CIT.
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Dr. Sharon Robinson

Corporate Secretary

Dr. Sharon Robinson

Dr. Sharon Robinson served as the AACTE's president and CEO from 2005 to 2017.
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Honorary Board Members

John Baldacci

Governor of Maine (2003-2011)

The Honorable John Baldacci

John E. Baldacci was the 73rd Governor of the State of Maine and served from 2003 to 2011.
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Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Senator, State of Tennesee

Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018, and is currently serving her first term representing the state of Tennessee.
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Thomas Carper

U.S. Senator, State of Delaware

The Honorable Thomas Carper

Thomas Carper is serving as the senior US Senator from Delaware. He has been serving since 2003.
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Jeff Colyer

Governor of Kansas (2018-2019)

The Honorable Jeff Coyler

On January 31, 2018, Jeff Coyler, M.D. was sworn in as the 47th Governor of Kansas.
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Chet Culver

Governor of Iowa (2007-2011)

The Honorable Chester Culver

Chet Culver was the 41st Governor of Iowa, from 2007 to 2011. He was also elected as the Federal Liason for the Democratic Governors Association for 2008-2009.
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Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Author, Editor, & Public Speaker

Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Julie Nixon Eisenhower is an author, editor, and public speaker who has lectured extensively throughout the United States.
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John Hoeven

U.S. Senator, State of North Dakota

The Honorable John Hoeven

John Hoeven serves as North Dakota's 22nd Senator, following ten years of service as the state's governor.
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Marc Racicot

Governor of Montana (1983-2001)

The Honorable Marc Raciot

Marc Raciot is a lobbyist, politician, and member of the Republican Party. He served as the Governor of Montana from 1993 until 2001.
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Governors

Albert Bryan

Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands

The Honorable Albert Bryan

Albert Bryan Jr. is the eldest son born to Albert and Genevieve (Pilgrim) Bryan.
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Steve Bullock

Governor of Montana

The Honorable Steve Bullock

Governor Holcomb is a veteran of the United States Navy and serves as the Board Chair of Jobs for America's Graduates.
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Doug Ducey

Governor of Arizona

The Honorable Doug Ducey

Govvernor Doug Ducey was elected on November 4, 2014 and was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, becoming Arizona's 23rd Governor.
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Eric Holcomb

Governor of Indiana

The Honorable Eric Holcomb

Governor Holcomb is a veteran of the United States Navy and serves as the Board Chair of Jobs for America's Graduates.
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Asa Hutchinson

Governor of Arkansas

The Honorable Asa Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson was sworn in as the 46th Governor of Arkansas on January 13, 2015, promising to bring more jobs and economic growth to his native state.
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Laura Kelly

Governor of Kansas

The Honorable Laura Kelly

Governor Laura Kelly was sworn in as the 48th governor of the State of Kansas on January 14, 2019.
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Bill Lee

Governor of Tennessee

The Honorable Bill Lee

Bill Lee is seventh-generation Tennessean and 50th governor of Tennessee.
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Steve Sisolak

Governor of Nevada

The Honorable Steve Sisolak

Steve Sisolak was born into a working-class family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where his parents, Ed and Mary worked hard to provide for their three children.
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Henry McMaster

Governor of South Carolina

The Honorable Henry McMaster

Henry Dargan McMaster of Columbia became the 117th Governor of South Carolina on January 24, 2017 and was elected to his first full term as governor on November 6, 2018.
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Kevin Stitt

Governor of Oklahoma

The Honorable Kevin Stitt

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Michael L. Parson

Governor of Missouri

The Honorable Michael Parson

Michael L. Parson was sworn in as Missouri's 57th Governor on June 1, 2018 by Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mary R. Russell.
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Christopher Sununu

Governor of New Hampshire

The Honorable Christopher Sununu

Governor Christopher T. Sununu is serving his first term as Governor of the State of New Hampshire. He is currently the youngest Governor in the country.
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Government Leaders

Don Beyer

U.S. Congressman, State of Virginia

The Honorable Don Beyer

Congressman Don Beyer is serving as the U.S. Representative from Virginia's 8th District, representing Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County
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Jack Markell

Governor of Delaware (2009-2018)

The Honorable Jack Markell

Jack Markell served as Delaware's governor from 2009 to 2017.
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Phil Bryant

Governor of Mississippi (2012-2020)

The Honorable Phil Bryant

Phil Bryant was sworn in as Mississippi's 64th governor on January 10, 2012. He was elected in November 11 after capturing 62 percent of the vote.
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Nicole Poore

State Senator, Delaware

Senator Nicole Poore

Delaware State Senator and President of Jobs for Delaware Graduates
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Mark Butler

COOM'R. of Labor, State of Georgia

Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler

Mark Butler, of Carrollton, took the oath of office on January 10th as Georgia's ninth State Labor Commissioner. He succees former Commissioner Michael Thurmond, who served three terms.
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Lloyd Smucker

U.S. Congressman, Pennsylvania

The Honorable Lloyd Smucker

Lloyd Smucker wants to reignite the American Dream.
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Anna Tovar

Mayor of the City of Tolleson, AZ

Mayor Anna Tovar

As a Tolleson native, teacher, and mother, Mayor Anna Tovar holds a firm grasp of the issues demanding immediate attention such as the quality of education, infrastructure, affordable healthcare, and building a strong economy.
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Community Leader

Marc H. Morial

President and CEO, National Urban League

Marc H. Morial

Entrepreneur. Lawyer. Professor. Legislator. Mayor. President, U.S. Conference of Mayors. CEO of the National Urban League, the nation's largest civil rights organization.
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Educators

The Hon. Randy Dorn

Former State Superintendent (WA)

Randy Dorn

A lifelong resident of Washington State, Randy Dorn is an experienced educator and dedicated public servant committed to creating world-class schools for all of our children.
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Pat Skorkowsky

Retired, Superintendent, Clark County

Pat Skorkowsky

Pat Skorkowsky has spend the last 27 years as an educator in the Clark County School District. He has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, academic manager, deputy superintendent and superintendent.
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Corporate Members

Nate Bailey

Senior Executive Human Resources
GE Aviation

Nate Bailey

Nate Bailey is the Global Senior Human Resources Leader for GE Aviation’s Global Engineering Division.
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Myrna Bell

Senior Director, Global Diversity, McDonald's USA

Myrna Bell

As a member of the US HR leadership team, reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer, Myrna is a staunch advocate for people. She is also dedicated to helping others understand how the HR function supports the business.
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Linden Blue

Vice Chair, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

Linden S. Blue

Since 1986, Linden Blue has been Vice Chairman of General Atomics in San Diego. At GA he has concentrated his activities on the development of the advanced, second-generation, Modular Helium Reactor (MHR).
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Adriane Brown

Retired, President and COO, Intellectual Ventures

Adriane Brown

Adriane Brown is the retired President and COO of Intellectual Ventures. With nearly 30 years of management experience from the factory floor to the boardroom, Ms. Brown has learned firsthand that a company’s success begins with its people.
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Larry Caruso

Retired,SR. Executive, Human Resources General Electric

Larry Caruso

Even though Larry is retired, he serves as the Interim Director of Jobs for Kentucky's Graduates with two primary objectives: (1) Secure public funding to support existing and establish new JAG Model programs in Kentucky; and (2) Establish a non-profit ...
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DJ Casto

Executive Vice President and CHRO, Synchrony

DJ Casto

DJ Casto is Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and their organizations consisting of 9,000+ Synchrony Financial employees in 20 locations in the US, India, and the Philippines.
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Tim Daly

SVP, Global Public Policy, Western Union

Tim Daly

As Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, Tim Daly directs Western Union’s government, political and community affairs advocacy in 200 countries and territories around the world.
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Michael D'Ambrose

Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Boeing

Michael D'Ambrose

Michael D’Ambrose is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Archer Daniels Midland Company and an officer of the corporation.
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Leo Denault

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Entergy

Leo Denault

Leo Denault is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Entergy Corporation, a role he assumed in 2013.
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Danny Hughes

Executive VP & President, Americas, Hilton

Danny Hughes

As Executive Vice President & President of the Americas, Danny Hughes oversees Hilton’s interests across North, Central and South America with a focus on enhancing the managed portfolio.
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Athena Kaviris

Vice President, Human Resources & Labor Strategy, GE Aviation

Athena Kaviris

Athena Kaviris is the Senior Human Resources Leader for GE Transportation, a global leader in rail, mining and marine industries with annual revenue of $5.7 billion and more than 12,000 employees globally.
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Karen Kocher

General Manager, Global Talent & Learning Experiences, Microsoft

Karen Kocher

Karen Kocher is an award-winning Senior C-Suite Executive recognized for her business savvy, design thinking, and insights into global multi-national organizations. She currently heads 21st Century Jobs, Skills, and Employability at Microsoft.
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Clarence Mingo

VP of ESG and Corporate Affairs
T. Marzetti Company

Clarence Mingo

Auditor Clarence Mingo's life and career have been about service to his country and his community.
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Mark Nicholls

Senior Vice President
HRG Search

Mark Nicholls

Mark retired from Bank of America after having served as the Corporate Workplace, Security, Supply Chain Management and Enterprise Services Executive.
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Catherine McKee Oleson

Retired, Senior Vice President, General Dynamics C4 Systems

Catherine McKee Oleson

Prior to retirement, Cathy served as Senior Vice President & Director of Communication, Customer and Community Services at General Dynamics C4 Systems and member of its Leadership Staff.
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Leslie Carter-Prall

Executive Vice President, Area President, Regions Bank

Leslie Carter-Prall

Leslie Carter-Prall serves as head of Private Wealth Management at Regions Bank, a regional bank operating throughout the South, Midwest and Texas, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Edward R. Schmidt

Chairman of the Board, Strada Education Network

Edward R. Schmidt

Edward R. Schmidt serves as chairman of the board of Strada Education Network, formerly USA Funds, and is a member of the Governance Committee. .
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John Steele

Senior Vice President - Human Resources, HCA

John Steele

John M. Steele is Senior Vice President–Human Resources of Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services.
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Richard Stoff

Founder and CEO (Retired), Ohio Business Roundtable

Richard A. Stoff

Richard A. Stoff was the founding president and CEO of the Ohio Business Roundtable (BRT), a partnership of the chief executive officers of Ohio’s largest and most influential businesses.
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Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society.
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Stephanie Tyler

Pres. of the Pacific States, American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T)

Stephanie Tyler

Stephanie Tyler serves as the President of AT&T Nevada as well as overseeing the External Affairs operations of a 14-state western region.
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Richard Wahlquist

President, American Staffing Association

Richard Wahlquist

Wahlquist is the association’s primary spokesman and is responsible for the overall direction and performance of American Staffing Association.
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