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Vice Chair


  • Karine Kanikkeberg
    Resource Teacher, Kern County High School District, Career Resource Department
    Bakersfield, CA


At-Large Members

  NYEC Board of Directors - Biographies

Ivan Charner is Vice President and Director of the AED National Institute for Work and Learning.  He is responsible for the design, development, and management of multiple research projects and national programs dealing with educational policy, workforce development, teacher education, system building, and systemic reform. Charner has over 35 years of experience analyzing and evaluating federal, state, and local educational and workforce development policies and programs and providing policy options and recommendations. His areas of expertise include: school-to-career system building; workforce development; youth employment and development: school reform; teacher training and professional development; integrating academic and career technical education; school-business partnerships; work-based learning; and adult education and training. Charner is on a number of Boards including NYEC, the Acorn Hill Children's Center, and Spoons Across America: the Source for Children's Culinary Education.  NIWL was a founding member of NYEC and Charner has been the NYEC liaison for the past 17 years.


Alice Cole is a 31-year veteran of the Baltimore City Public School System and the Mayor's Office of Employment Development managing an alternative school and collaborative programs and projects designed to help youth make a successful transition from school to career. Cole is dedicated to the youth she serves. She maintains a working relationship with many local businesses that support and participate in the youth programs that she supervises. Cole has experience in grant, proposal and curriculum writing, program development and implementation. Cole has served as a consultant across the country helping other youth program enhance their service delivery. She has been a presenter at numerous local and national conferences on a broad range of topics such as program performance, Advisory Board development, collaboration, youth development and workforce development strategies. She received her B.S. degree from Morgan State University and her Master's of Education degree from Towson University.


Glenn Eagleson has worked in the youth services field for over two decades, expanding opportunities for young people and building the capacity of local communities to develop sustainable youth workforce services.

Eagleson currently works as a Senior Planner and Policy Analyst for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, leading efforts to grow the city's youth workforce system, particularly for disconnected and in-risk youth. He served as the Director of Network Services for New Ways to Work, managing the Quality Work-Based Learning Initiative and as the Director of the Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program.

In 1999, Eagleson was selected by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of 13 coaches nationally for the Youth Opportunities initiative. Locally, he serves on the Youth Council, co-founded the Bay Area Employment and Training Coalition and has been actively involved with the San Francisco Youth Employment Coalition for 18 years.


Ardell Galbreth serves as Deputy Director for the State of Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. He works with adults, dislocated workers, youth, and employment and training services agencies to develop and implement goals, policies, and services that prepare youth and adults for lifelong careers. He oversees the management of the State of Nevada Workforce Development System with regard to service delivery functions such as planning, organizing, reviewing and evaluating activities and program administration. Galbreth meets regularly with elected officials, workforce development board members, committees, councils and constituent groups in support of workforce development activities. He also directs and participates in various committees and task forces that organize and implement projects that allow youth and adults to improve their skill-sets and compete for gainful employment.


Karine Kanikkeberg has worked for the Kern High School District for over 15 years. Her responsibilities include design, implementation, and performance of multiple youth/workforce development programs, including in- and out-of-school youth, youth with disabilities, emancipated and youth in foster care, and youth identified as habitual truants. During her tenure their programs have received national recognition by PEPNet (three times for two initiatives). This led to her mentoring of initiatives nation-wide to assist them in achieving success for our country's youth. She serves on the District's Student Attendance Review Board (SARB); the county's Truancy Reduction and Attendance Coalition of Kern (TRACK); and various foster youth advisory and program development groups at state and local levels. She is a long-time member of NYEC's PEPNet Working Group; she chairs NYEC's Membership Working Group and NYEC's Members Forum/Retreat planning committee. She has a Political Science degree, teaching credential, and is pursuing an administrative credential and Master's degree in education.


Howard Knoll has been active for the last 26 years in the fields of youth development and workforce development with contributions in a community-based setting, government, and for-profit sectors. Knoll spent 21 years at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center in New York City, seeing the benefits of youth development programming over two generations; three years working with the U.S. Department of Labor on national and regional youth initiatives; and now three years, with Arbor E & T, on youth workforce development on a national platform. In 2004, Knoll received the Lewis Hine award for national recognition of service to youth. Knoll holds a Master's degree in Social Work and is a state certified social worker in New York. He has been active nationally on youth service issues and is a requested speaker in the field.


Phil Matero began youth development work in 1991 as a teacher of ESL at the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC), after working in construction trades and teaching college composition at California State University, Northridge. Having been an economically disadvantaged youth and the first member of my family to graduate from college, Matero feels a strong connection with the young people LACC serves. His long-time commitment is to the development of strategies and services that will help youth transition successfully into adulthood. He is a creative developer of programs, an innovative fundraiser, and a strategic planner, adept at connecting LACC's local program -- which educates and trains several thousand young people -- to the national movement for youth. He is a spokesperson and advocate to policymakers and funders, and a board member for a charter school and a conservation corps museum. A sincere passion for youth issues guides Matero's work.


Toyce Newton's organization, where she serves as Executive Program Director, has been a member of NYEC for the past six years. Newton presently lives and works in Southeast Arkansas for the organization that she founded, Phoenix Youth & Family Services. In 2007, Phoenix Youth & Family Services will celebrate eleven years of non-profit services to children and families in five counties in Arkansas. State and federally funded programs include youth employment and training programs as well as programs related to offenders and non-offenders; disproportionate minority contact; fatherhood initiatives; alcohol and drug abuse prevention; family and domestic violence; and rural youth offenders.


Arnold Palacios has been a member of NYEC since 2002. During this time he has served on the Board of Overseers of NYEC's New Leaders Academy and the Planning Committee for the NYEC Forum and Retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona. He joined the NYEC Board of Directors in August 2006 and presently chairs NYEC's Strategic Planning Committee.

As a Chicano activist leader in high school, college and beyond he has advocated for competent, professional youth development services for all youth throughout his career.

Arnold has worked as a job developer for youth with disabilities, as a high school English, Math and Bilingual Drama teacher, and as a Principal of a college preparatory high school. Presently, he is the Director of Pima County's Rio Nuevo One Stop Center and also coordinates WIA youth services. He serves on the Board of Pima Vocational High School and Arizona's statewide Youth Workforce Development policy work group.


Sally Prouty was appointed President and CEO of The Corps Network in 2002 and serves as an advocate for its 113 member Corps working in 41 states and enrolling over 23,000 annually. Like the CCC of the 30's, Corps are a proven strategy for giving young men and women the chance to change their communities, their own lives and those of their families. Prouty served for four years as Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and an additional seven years as Director of the Ohio Civilian Conservation Corps, a division of ODNR. In addition to 30 years experience in the public and private sectors, Prouty has nearly an equal number of years of experience in volunteer non-profit positions at the local, state, national and international levels, including serving on a public school Board of Education and on the founding board of a faith-based charter school. A Registered Nurse, Prouty also holds a degree in Organizational Communication from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.


Bob Rath is a results-oriented leader with significant accomplishments in general management and program/product development over 25 years. Rath is currently President/CEO of Our Piece of the Pie (OPP), Inc. in Hartford, CT. Key accomplishments at OPP include the current transformation and re-branding of the organization (formerly Southend Community Services) into an organization focused on helping Hartford youth become successful adults; developing the first (and only) PEPNet awarded program in Connecticut; 11 years of successful management of Hartford AmeriCorps recognized in Things That Work for Youth, Volume 2; facilitating development of PROGRESS, a citywide employment and training collaboration of multiple agencies in 1996; facilitating a city-wide effort to secure a U.S. Department of Labor Youth Opportunity Grant (awarded 2000) and leading successful implementation; recent recognition of his organization as high performing youth agency and taken into the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation Youth Development Fund; and active development of the national interest group Communities Collaborating to Reconnect Youth.


Laura Shubilla has been involved in education and youth workforce development issues in a variety of ways for the past 15 years. Shubilla has been a teacher in Kingston, Jamaica, worked with a team of gang involved youth in New York City, and started a youth employment and training program in Washington Heights in New York City and a New Visions High School in the South Bronx. For the past eight years she has been working to build a system to improve educational and economic outcomes for youth in Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN). As an intermediary, PYN is dedicated to ensuring that all young people take their rightful place as full and contributing members of a world class workforce for the region. PYN does this work through skill and capacity building, convening and connecting, and research and evaluation.


Adrienne R. Smith is President of Education and Workforce Consultants.  She provides assistance to international, national and community clients in the areas of youth development, youth employment and workforce development.

Smith was founding director of a national academy for training youth workers for executive positions, assisting a Board and the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) in development, recruitment, selection and curriculum design of that academy.  Smith developed an academy for training Youth Opportunity (YO!) directors, leaders of community-wide programs funded by the US Department of Labor.

Previous positions include staff to Governor Ray Mabus of Mississippi as advisor on literacy, education and the state's first Commission on Workforce Excellence; Vice President of Jobs for America's Graduates; and Data analyst used in state Supreme Court to equalize school finance in Texas.

Current work includes development of strategies to serve in-school and out-of-school youth in New Mexico, Honduras, Brazil, Indonesia, and the Philippines


Lori Strumpf has over twenty-eight years in the field of organizational development and change management in human services, education, and workforce development organizations. Strumpf Associates: Center for Strategic Change provides organizational change management consulting and executive coaching to schools, workforce organizations, and welfare organizations. Prior to starting her business, Strumpf was the Assistant Director for the National Association of Private Industry Councils. She has been a Senior Associate at Brandeis University, Center for Human Resources, Heller School for Public Policy. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C. to work on the Vice President's Task Force for Youth Employment, Strumpf was the Assistant Director to a project for court diverted delinquent youth. She also worked at Florida State Prison, counseling prisoners. Strumpf has a Master's and Specialist Degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Florida. She received the first Workforce Professional Award given by the National Association of Workforce Professionals.


Ephraim Weisstein is an independent consultant working with several national and regional organizations on education, youth development and career development. From 1993 - 2007, Weisstein led the Center for Youth Development and Education (CYDE) at the Commonwealth Corporation, which grew to have a budget of $21 million and staff of 23. In 1995, Weisstein developed a small school model called Diploma Plus (DP). Now supported by the Gates Foundation and other funders, DP is being piloted in 15 sites nationally. NYEC and the U.S. Department of Labor recognized DP as an exemplary program in 1999 through PEPNet. Weisstein supported CYDE's other key project work, including providing technical assistance to Massachusetts' Youth Councils, upgrading the educational component of Massachusetts' Department of Youth Services, and the national expansion of the Communities and Schools for Career Success initiative. Weisstein has been a leader at the state and national levels, advocating for legislation that would increase the number of young people staying in high school, earning full diplomas, and advancing to college and careers. In 2003, Weisstein created a statewide advocacy coalition named Pathways to Success by 21.

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