*(Everett, WA) *— Workforce Development Council Snohomish County announces
the appointment of five community leaders to its Board of Directors:
Charles Elder of Damar Aerosystems, Grace Holland of the International
Association of Machinists, Leonard Kelley of the Teamsters, Terry Ryan of
Kidder Matthews, and Dennis Smith of United Way of Snohomish County.
“We are delighted to welcome these new members to our Board,” exclaims Sue
Ambler, President/CEO of Workforce Development Council Snohomish County.
“Our Board of Directors is a healthy mix of business leaders as well as
labor, community-based organizations, education, and government partners.
Each member brings such a wealth of knowledge and experience about
Snohomish County to the table.”
Biographies of the new appointees follow, with available photos attached.
*Charles Elder, **CEO, Damar Aerosystems*
A graduate of the University of Washington with Masters Degrees in
Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, Mr. Elder’s early
career included positions as a flight control engineer for the Boeing
Company and sales engineer for a Seattle area aerospace firm. Until quite
recently Mr. Elder was the Vice President and General Manager of the C&D
Zodiac composite materials division in Marysville, WA, serving about ten
years in this role. He joined the Damar Aerosystems (Monroe, WA) unit of
Senior, PLC as its CEO in April of 2011. Mr. Elder is active in the
community, including participating in the United Way of Snohomish County
and with local youth soccer organizations. He and his family have lived in
Edmonds, WA for the past seventeen years.
*Grace Holland,* *International Association of Machinists, District 751
*Ms. Holland works to ensure that Boeing’s local workforce has the skills
needed to keep Boeing a leader in the aerospace industry as well as
building tomorrow’s workforce through exciting K-12 students about careers
in manufacturing and aerospace. In addition to her work at IAM/Boeing Joint
Programs, Grace has served on the board of The Boeing Employees Community
Fund, as a delegate to Snohomish County Labor Council, currently serves on
the board of Snohomish County United Way, and chairs the 751 Women's
*Leonard Kelley, **Teamsters Local 231*
Mr. Kelley, a former UPS driver, is currently the Secretary-Treasurer for
the Teamsters Local 231.
Mr. Ryan specializes in office leasing and land acquisitions in Snohomish
County. Mr. Ryan has also served on the Mill Creek City Council for
seventeen years including a record four terms as Mayor. In his spare time,
he coaches youth soccer at the Premier and High School levels.
*Dr. Dennis G. Smith*, *President/CEO, United Way of Snohomish County*
For eleven years, Dr. Smith has led the development of United Way’s
strategic planning and community impact work, including Vision Councils,
various community initiatives, and public policy activity. Dennis has
served as state Board Chair for Washington’s statewide 2-1-1 effort,
co-chaired the United Ways of Washington’s Public Policy Committee, and is
a founding member of the Secretary of State’s Charities Advisory Council.
Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in counseling from the School of Theology in
Claremont, CA, and is a retired ordained United Methodist minister holding
M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Wesley Theological School. Dennis and his
wife of thirty-eight years have two grown daughters and two grandchildren
and currently live in Stanwood.
*Workforce Development Council Snohomish County *
WDCSC invests government and private funding to continuously increase the
global competitiveness and prosperity of county workforce and businesses,
fill current and emerging jobs, and provide full employment. Investments
are made through effective business, labor, community-based, educational,
and service provider organizations for the opportunity, economic
well-being, and benefit of our entire community.
*Director of Communications
Workforce Development Council Snohomish County
*Building a globally competitive workforce
728 134th Street SW | Suite 128
Everett, WA 98204
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*Workforce Development Council Snohomish County is an equal opportunity
employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids
and services are available upon request to persons of disability. *