January 2022
SWORWIB Welcomes 15 New Board Members
Incoming 2022 Board Members participated in an Orientation on Thursday January 20, 2022 at the OhioMeansJobs Center in Cincinnati. This slate of new members brings the Board's total membership to 55, one of the largest and most diverse workforce boards in the nation, and in the Board's history. The orientation, facilitated by SWORWIB Executive Director Jason Ashbrook, provided a foundational overview of the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) and outlined their key roles as SWORWIB board members. New members will be formally inducted at SWORWIB's Annual Meeting on February 10, 2022.
New Board Members- Back Row: Regina Gray (Procter & Gamble), John Thomas (Environmental and Safety Solutions, Inc.), Brian Griffin (Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council), Andrew Crum (US Bank), Jordan Vogel (Allied Construction Industries), Jilson Daniels (The Port of Greater Cincinnati), Bryan Wright (Cincinnati Compass), and Jason Ashbrook (SWORWIB Executive Director). Front Row: Hope Arthur (The Health Collaborative), Rhonda Whitaker-Hurtt (Duke Energy), Shwetha Pai (Bon Secours Mercy Health), Jesse Simmons (Supply Chain OKI), Timothy Thornton (Johnson & Johnson), and Asha Parker (Kroger Digital). Not shown: Rodney Hardin (Northwestern Mutual) and Kelly Schoening Holden (Dressman Benzinger & LaVelle Law); Also in attendance (not pictured): Pat Bready, SWORWIB Youth & Special Project Coordinator; Karen Saterfield, SWORWIB Administrative Assistant; Kevin Holt, Director, OhioMeansJobs Cincinnati-Hamilton County, and Deskey Branding Team (Debbie Happe, Amanda Matusak, Lianna Mckenzie, & Adreyn Yates).
Electrifying Excitement as Cincinnati Makes History in 2022!
Pureval becomes first Asian American Mayor of Cincinnati
Cincinnati’s newly elected mayor, Aftab Pureval, was sworn into office on January 4, making him the first Asian American to hold mayoral office in Cincinnati. Pureval's policy plans include funding several public safety programs, expanding affordable housing opportunities, creating programs to help low and moderate-income Cincinnatians achieve home ownership, and much more. The SWORWIB looks forward to partnering with Mayor Pureval and his team to strengthen our regional workforce system! To learn more about Mayor Pureval's policy plans, visit
Pictured: Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval and Laurence F. Jones III, SWORWIB Board Chair and President & Co-Founder of RiskVersity. Photo taken at the University of Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Alabama Game at the 2021 Cotton Bowl Classic
Go Bengals!
The SWORWIB congratulates our home team for rallying in overtime over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game on January 30th. This victory advances the Bengals to Super Bowl LVI, for the first time in 33 years, where they will face the Los Angeles Rams. The energy and excitement sweeping through the region is electric!
Pictured: Karen Saterfield, SWORWIB Administrative Assistant, Jason Ashbrook, SWORWIB Executive Director, & Laurence Jones III, SWORWIB Board Chair. WHO DEY!
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