February 2022
Annual Meeting & SUPERAWARDS Celebration
New SWORWIB Board Members Inducted
The Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) held its Annual Meeting at the new OTR Stillhouse (Downtown Cincinnati) on February 10th, marking the first in-person Board meeting in two years! The Nominating Committee and Board of Directors welcomed a diverse slate of 15 new SWORWIB Board Members. Vice President of the Hamilton County Commission, Alicia Reece, provided the induction ceremony during the event. Congratulations to all!
Back Row: Andrew Crum, US Bank; Jesse Simmons, Supply Chain OKI; Laurence Jones III, SWORWIB Chair, RiskVersity; Commissioner Alicia Reece, Hamilton County; Brian Griffin, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council; John Thomas, Environmental and Safety Solutions, Inc.
Front Row: Bryan Wright, Cincinnati Compass; Jason Ashbrook, SWORWIB Executive Director; Rhonda Whitaker-Hurtt, Duke Energy; Hope Arthur, The Health Collaborative; Shwetha Pai, Bon Secours Mercy Health; Jordan Vogel, Allied Construction Industries; Kelly Schoening Holden, Dressman Benzinger & LaVelle (DBL) Law; Asha Parker, Kroger Digital; Timothy Thornton, Johnson & Johnson; Jilson Daniels, The Port of Greater Cincinnati; & Rodney Hardin, Northwestern Mutual.
Not Pictured: Regina Gray, Procter & Gamble
Upper photo: SWORWIB Annual Meeting and SUPERAWARDS Ceremony at OTR Stillhouse, Downtown Cincinnati

Left photo: Vice President of the Hamilton County Commission, Alicia Reece, and SWORWIB Executive Director, Jason Ashbrook
2022 SUPERAWARDS Held, Winners Honored
Each year at the SWORWIB Annual meeting, we like to recognize workforce development excellence, leadership, and achievement through our SUPERAWARDS! This year, nearly 40 nominations were received for individuals, employers, partners, training providers, organizations, and others who have made a significant impact in the area’s OhioMeansJobs or public workforce system. This year's SUPERAWARD winners demonstrated excellence across hiring, training, and retaining OMJ customers, developing effective initiatives, enhancing area workforce experience, implementing workplace innovation, increasing utilization of services in the OMJ network, and significant achievements in the face of adversity. This year's award categories included outstanding achievements in the following areas:

  • Partnership
  • Training Providers
  • Employers
  • Committee Leadership
  • SWORWIB Team Members
  • CARES Team Members
  • Outreach
  • Dynamic Disrupter

Congratulations to the winners!
The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
Paula Brehm-Heeger & Keith Armour
Apprenti Cincinnati
(Jordan Vogel accepting for Christina Misali)