Roll Call/Establish Quorum

Chair Tiffany Rotondo presided over the meeting. The meeting was called to order at 7:31am. Roll call was taken and a membership quorum was present.

Members Present

Calvin Giles
Amy King
Anna Cobb
Barb Szczepaniak
Beatris Gonzalez
Bernie Szczepanski
Joseph Cassidy
Christine Torres
Penny Clancy
Dan Deasy
Terry Jarman
Jane Clark
Lisa Miceli
Jeffrey Feucht
Lisa Dixon
Marilyn Liwanag
Mary Keating
Michelle Arnold (Erin Kasch)
Barry Saltzman
Laura Crawford
Tiffany Rotondo

Members Absent

Alan Mindlin
Christine Torres
Darlene Ruscitti
Ian Hardie
Mike Kish
Tom Wendorf
Carol Simler
Dan Allen
Diana Robinson
Kate Wollensak
Paul Seputis

Others Present

Jamie Brown
Lisa Schvach
David Sabathne
Michelle Cave

Public Comment

  • There was no public comment.

Review of June 26, 2019 minutes

  • Motion to approve by Mary Keating            
  • Second by Terry Jarman
  • All ayes, motion APPROVED

Training Provider Certifications

There are two COD programs for approval, both are client-driven. The programs are as follows: Library and Information Technology AAS Degree and The Office Technology Specialist Certificate (for ICAPS participants).

  • Motion to approve by Amy King
  • Second by Lisa Dixon
  • Abstentions by Dan Deasy and Joe Cassidy
  • All ayes, motion APPROVED

Board Logo

Jamie presented the new Board logo to be utilized moving forward. This logo creates continuity with the workNet logo and is consistent with the workNet brand.

2020 Calendar

The schedule for 2020 meetings was presented. Marilyn indicated the November date is incorrect for the Executive Committee. It should be November 18th not 19th.

  • Motion to approve with November 18th, 2020 for Executive Committee by Bernie Szczepanski
  • Second by Anna Cobb
  • All ayes, motion APPROVED

WARN Report

There continue to be Trade events, including Amita and Lucent.  There was a significant layoff at State Farm, however, they have a company policy which prohibits workNet from disseminating information to their employees. There also continue to be retail layoffs. Because unemployment is low, many people are finding jobs without additional services. The Rapid Response Liaison continues to do outreach.

One-Stop-Operator Update

Dave presented the OSO report. The data shows that the people affected by WARN events are not coming into the center in large numbers. Transportation continues to be a barrier, however the solution to this issue is a challenge. Clients continue to visit the Center for workNet and IDES services primarily, however referrals are being made to all partner agencies. Dave has the ability to track the number of visits to the Center, but not based upon individuals, so numbers may be duplicative. If clients require services not provided in the Center (housing, food, transportation), they are referred to the Community Services Department at the County as they have the most robust system available to make appropriate referrals to community agencies.

Dave explained to the group that he has been working on service integration and facilitating the required self-assessments for the partner agencies. The goal of the self-assessments is to identify what areas the partners want to address as it relates to service integration.

workNet DuPage Update

Lisa provided the workNet DuPage update. As indicated earlier, the County is working with the

State to release the Program Year 2020 funds. In the upcoming months, there will be a lot of compliance, the State, Regional and Local Plans will be due next March. Additionally, the One Stop Center will need to be re-certified. The MOU negotiation process will begin in December of this year. The RAMP UP initiative continues to move forward, the second cohort is underway and the outcomes from the first cohort were positive.     

Innovation DuPage Update

Joe presented a brief update on the programming at Innovation DuPage.

Department of Rehabilitation Services Presentation

DRS Senior Counselor Michele Cave presented on the services offered at DHS.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:01 a.m.