City of St. Louis WIB Elects New Officers

Newly elected leadership to continue align resources and build partnerships to ensure a skilled and competitive local workforce

December 20, 2012 | 2 min reading time

This article is 10 years old. It was published on December 20, 2012.

The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) is pleased to announce that the St. Louis City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) convened on December 12, 2012 to confirm officers for the term ending June 30, 2014. The following individuals will lead the 34-member WIB as it continues to align resources, build partnerships and help ensure a skilled,competitive and growing local workforce.

Leonard Toenjes, CAE, has been elected Chairman of the St. Louis City WIB. Since 1996, Toenjes has served as President of Associated General Contractors (AGC) of St. Louis. He began his career as union carpenter, graduating at the top of his class and earning the Gold Hammer Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. He later served as an instructor and coordinator for the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program. Appointed to the City of St. Louis WIB by Mayor Slay in 2002, Toenjes has served on a multitude of other boards and advisory bodies, past and present. These include the Missouri Workforce Investment Board, Missouri State Council on Vocational Education, Missouri State Board of Mediation, the AGC of America's Workforce Development Committee, the St. Louis Career Education District and the Mayor's Charter School Advisory Board, among many others. The recipient of numerous awards, Toenjes has also written and published several textbooks related to the building trades.

Patricia R. Coleman has been confirmed as Vice-Chair. Currently the President/CEO of Behavioral Health Response (BHR), which provides expert health, crisis response and corporate feedback services to companies worldwide, Coleman has been affiliated with that organization since 1996. In addition to the St. Louis WIB, she is a member of the Diversity Awareness Partnership Advisory Council, the Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri and a prior executive member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) local chapter. A native St. Louisan, Coleman holds a BA from St. Louis University, an MBA from Fontbonne and is a registered surveyor with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). She is also an alumni of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows and Focus Leadership St. Louis programs.  Pat-Coleman-web
Donny J. Carroll will continue his duties as WIB Secretary. He is currently the St. Louis City Functional Leader for the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, with nearly two decades of experience in the field. In July of 1993, Carroll began his career as an Employment Services Technician for the Division of Employment Security. From July 1995 to March 2004, he served in several supervisory positions, and in April 2004 was promoted to WIA Regional Manager before assuming his current duties in 2007. Before his career in workforce development, Carroll served 24 years active military duty in the United States Army, attaining the position of Personnel Officer and the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Four.  Donny-Carroll-Photo-web

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