FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced 13 appointments to the state’s Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, a new group created during the 2018 legislative session to assess and realign Indiana’s workforce development programs and services.“We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and tens of thousands of unfilled jobs across the state,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Now is the time to move beyond planning and strategy and take urgent action to help more Hoosiers learn the skills they need to secure great jobs. This cabinet brings together the right people with the right mission to accomplish our goals.”The governor made the following appointments:Jená Bellezza (Crown Point), vice president of strategic partnerships and branding for the Indiana Parenting InstituteAmy Brown (Elkhart), vice president of Flexible Concepts, Inc.Jason Ells (Indianapolis), senior vice president of Custom ConcreteChristine Ernst (Indianapolis), president of Trans-Plants, Inc.Mark Kara (Hobart), assistant to the coordinator for Local 150 Operating EngineersPaul Perkins (Jeffersonville), president of Amatrol, Inc.Brad Rhorer (Lafayette), senior manager of Subaru of IndianaRebecca Schroeder (Albion), president of Whiteshire HamrocBob Stutz (Indianapolis), CEO of Salesforce Marketing CloudAlan Taylor (New Albany), director of career and technical education for Prosser Career Education CenterTony Vespa (Indianapolis), founder of Vespa GroupBruce Watson (Fort Wayne), director of facilities for Fort Wayne MetalsMaurice Coates Jr. (Evansville), president of CK UnitedIn addition to assessing and aligning the state’s workforce programs and services, the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet will also develop the state’s first career coaching and navigation program and assess career and technical education outcomes.Other cabinet members outlined in state statute include:Governor’s Workforce Cabinet Chairman Danny LopezSecretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair MiloIndiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred PayneIndiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa LubbersIndiana Economic Development Corporation President Elaine BedelIndiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormickIvy Tech Community College President Sue EllspermannVincennes University President Chuck JohnsonThe cabinet will meet every other month. Meeting dates have yet to be determined.