Board Information


Board meetings are held quarterly and are open to the public. The level of public interest and attendance at the board meetings indicate strong community involvement in the delivery of employment and training services in Western Arkansas.

Western Arkansas’ workforce board encourages public comment. Help us make the workforce delivery system a success! See the event calendar for more information on upcoming meetings.

Additional Information

If you would like more information about board meetings, please contact Sasha Grist. If you need more information about the board or its projects, please contact us.

Sasha Grist


Executive Committee Meeting June 18, 2024

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One Stop Committee Meeting June 13, 2024
Disability Committee Meeting May 28, 2024
Executive Committee Meeting April 30, 2024
One Stop Committee March 12, 2024
Executive Committee Dec 22, 2023
Full Board December 12, 2023
Full Board September 19, 2023



Full Board August 10, 2023
Full Board June 27, 2023
Executive Committee June 21, 2023
One Stop Committee June 14, 2023
One Stop Committee May 2, 2023
Full Board March 14, 2023
Full Board December 13, 2022
Full Board September 20, 2022
Full Board June 13 , 2022
Full Board March 15, 2022
One-Stop Committee March 2, 2022
Disability Committee February 3, 2022

Staff to the Board

Program Staff

Felicia Thomison

Felicia Thomison

Workforce Program Manager/EO Officer

Angela Oliver

Angela Oliver

Lead Workforce Career Advisor

Rick Burke

Rick Burke

Workforce Career Advisor

Desaray Fuentes

Desaray Fuentes

Workforce Career Advisor

Board Members

John Craig | Board Chair

Bancorp south

Greg Aleshire | Board Vice-Chair

Aleshire Electric

Rachel Mize

Stark Manufacturing

Karen Breashears


Dana Byrum

Arkansas Rehab Services

Vanessa Caldwell

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services

Cathy Creekmore

Harry Robinson Buick

Melissa Curry

Methodist Village Senior Living

Debbie Faubus-Kendrick

Crawford County Adult Education

Brandon Fisher

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative

Tonya Fletcher

Paris Chamber of Commerce, Vettrans Logistics

Jeremy Hughes

Carpenters Local 71

Kendall Ross

University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Zach Sloan

Arkansas Construction Education Foundation

Erick Wiggins


WIOA Title I-B Staff

The Western Arkansas Planning & Development District provides a well-rounded staff to support the Workforce Development’s functions. The experienced staff provides planning, evaluation, fiscal, procurement, and management information systems services to administer the Board’s projects in accordance with its goals.

If you have any questions about WAPDD or any of its projects, feel free to contact one of our staff members. WAPDD is located at 1109 S. 16th St. Fort Smith, AR 72901. The telephone number is 479-785-2651.

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