BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink announced today the appointment of Johnny Riley as director of the Office of Workforce Development and Melissa “Missy” Grimmett as deputy director for integrated field operations.
Riley joined LWC in 2008 as deputy director, emerging workforce and most recently was responsible for all job training and placement initiatives, including efforts related to emerging workforce and youth services. He previously served as director of community affairs for the City of Monroe and was executive administrative officer for Monroe Mayor James Mayo. He also has private sector experience, working for State Farm Insurance for 14 years in various leadership roles, including accounting supervisor, emerging markets director, State Farm Bank regional director and assistant manager of education and development for more than 5,000 employees and agents in five states. He replaces Howard Sanders, who left LWC in April.
As director, Riley will oversee all workforce development programs of LWC, including a statewide network of Business and Career Solutions Centers, worker training and apprenticeship, and Rapid Response.
Grimmett, a resident of Port Barre, has 24 years of workforce development experience in the Acadiana area. She is director/CEO of Acadiana Works, Inc., and serves as local area coordinator for the seven-parish Fourth Planning District Consortium (Workforce Investment Area 40). She is also 2010 chairman of the board of the Opelousas-St. Landry Chamber of Commerce.
In her new role, Grimmett will be responsible for all One Stop Business and Career Solution Centers, serving as the primary point of contact for program-specific questions and matters relating to field operations.
“Both Johnny and Missy are proven leaders with the vision, experience and expertise needed to continue our state’s progress in workforce development,” Eysink said in making the announcement.
Eysink also named Greg Declouet as team lead on policy development and special projects. Declouet has been with LWC for 25 years, serving in a number of leadership roles in the agency. “Greg’s extensive knowledge of federal workforce guidelines and regulations, along with his experience from both the field and central office perspectives has been invaluable and will be critical as we continue to implement workforce reform initiatives across the state,” Eysink said.
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