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Experience Works helps low-income seniors, with multiple barriers to employment, get the training they need to find good jobs in their local communities.

Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based organization. Originally named Green Thumb, and chartered in 1965 as a small, rural demonstration program, Experience Works has grown to be the nation’s leading provider of training, employment, and community service for low-income older people.

    Experience Works

    • Impacts more than 50,000 people each year
    • Has more than 300 employees and operations in 30 states and Puerto Rico 
    • Is funded by grants, contracts and foundations, and contributions from organizations and individual

    Our Mission
    Improve the lives of older people through training, community service, and employment.

    Our Strengths

    • Assisting employers to take full advantage of the talents of older workers
    • Helping older people who are low income or at risk of becoming low income
    • Using community service to train while on the job and as a path to employment
    • Building strong relationships in local communities
    • Addressing the challenges facing older people in rural America

    Our Beliefs

    • Older people should have the opportunity to learn new skills and contribute to their communities throughout their lives
    • Employers who hire, train and retain older workers will be most successful
    • People who are productive and active throughout their lives will have better health, increased longevity, and a positive impact on their communities


Board of Directors

Phillip Klutts
Chairman, Oklahoma

Ruth Ann Wefald
Secretary, Kansas

Dr. Charles N. Toftoy
Vice Chairman, Virginia

Doug Anderton
Director, Georgia

National Leadership

Sarah Biggers
Chief Executive Officer

Paul DelPonte
Director of Communications and Outreach

Carmella Hayes
Director of Payroll and Participant Administration

Marvin Jones
Director of Training and Quality Assurance

Lita Levine Kleger
Director of Program Development

Ray Navarro
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Jo Rinehart
Liaison, Strategic Affairs and Special Initiatives

Vincent Rivera
Director of Operations


State Leadership

 

Arkansas
Christy Manning-Owen, State Program Manager

New Jersey
Joe Farrone, State Director

California
Stephanie Cabral, State Program Manager

New York
Karen Mastronardi, State Program Manager

Florida
Candy Brown, State Director

North Dakota
Lyle Koller, State Program Manager

Georgia
Sherley Aguayo, State Program Manager

Ohio
Kent Kahn, State Program Manager

Idaho
Margie Alexander, State Program Manager

 Oklahoma
Vickie Kinsey, State Program Manager

Illinois
Stacey Parr, State Program Manager

Oregon
Reggy DeJoode, State Program Manager

Indiana
Vacant

Pennsylvania
Joe Farrone, State Director

Iowa
Ruth Bolinger, State Program Manager

Puerto Rico
Edna Rodgriguez, State Program Manager

Kentucky
Mary Jo Sims, State Program Manager

South Carolina
Vacant

Louisiana
Colleen Armand, State Program Manager

South Dakota
Minnie Bell, State Program Manager

Michigan
Andrea Bridgewater, State Program Manager

Texas
Wes Cowan, State Director

Minnesota
Teri Stepaniak, State Program Manager

Virginia
Mary Jo Sims, State Program Manager

Mississippi
Colleen Armand, State Program Manager

West Virginia
Mary Jo Sims, State Program Manager

Missouri
Diane Chambers, State Director

Wisconsin
Sue Garbisch, State Program Manager

Montana
Michael Myers, State Program Manager

Wyoming
Vacant

Nebraska
Ann Rouch, State Program Manager


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