WDC Members

The Workforce Development Council is a 41-member advisory commission comprised of both public and private-sector representatives, selected by the Governor to serve in staggered 4-year terms on the basis of their interest in and knowledge of workforce development programs in Hawaii and ways to support economic development throughout the state. Vacancies are pending appointments by the Governor.

Private Sector

Leslie Wilkins
Chair, Workforce Development Council & Maui County Workforce Development Board
Vice President, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.

David DeLuz, Jr.
Chair, Hawaii County Workforce Development Board
Vice President, Big Island Toyota

Leialoha Sanchez
Chair, Kauai County Workforce Development Board
Youth Service/Prevention Ed Coordinator, YWCA

James Tollefson
Chair, Oahu Workforce Development Board

Alan Hayashi
Owner/Principal, Consult  808

Carl Hinson
Director of Workforce Development, Hawaii Pacific Health

Brian Tatsumura
Store Manager, Nordstrom

Sunshine Topping
Vice President of Human Resources, Hawaiian Telcom

Sheryl Nojima
President; Gray, Hong, Nojima, and Associates

Sean Knox
President, Hawaii Employment Services, Inc.

Beth Whitehead
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, American Savings Bank

Barry Taniguchi
Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, KTA Super Stores

Labor and Workforce Training Organizations 

Richard Vieira
Director of Training, District Council 50 – International Union of  Painters & Allied Trades

Winona Whitman
Statewide Director of Employment & Training, Alu Like, Inc.

Charles “Chuck” Shima
Training Coordinator, Plumbers Union Local 675

Connie Mitchell
Executive Director, The Institute for Human Services

Marian Tsuji
President and CEO, Lanakila Pacific

Public Sector

David Ige
Governor, State of Hawaii

Alan Arakawa
Mayor, County of Maui

Bernard Carvalho, Jr.
Mayor, County of Kauai

Kirk Caldwell
Mayor, City and County of Honolulu

William Kenoi
 Mayor, County of Hawaii

Gilbert Keith-Agaran
Hawaii State Senator

David Lassner
President, University of Hawaii System

Kathryn Matayoshi
Superintendent, Department of Education

Mark Nakashima
Hawaii State Representative

Luis Salaveria
Director, Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism

Linda Chu Takayama
Director, Department of Labor & Industrial Relations

Pankaj Bhanot
Director, Department of Human Services