Meet the Executive Team

 

Ardell Galbreth

Executive Director
agalbreth@nvworkforceconnections.org

Ardell Galbreth serves as Executive Director for Workforce Connections (Southern Nevada Workforce Development Board). He has the responsibility for working with state and local workforce development agencies, developing strategic work plans in support of Nevada’s statewide workforce development initiatives. He is also charged with maintaining a strong working partnership with community groups and special populations needing workforce development training and employment support.
Prior to his assignment with Workforce Connections, Ardell served as deputy director for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), where he oversaw workforce development initiatives in support of the state’s demand-driven/high growth business occupations.
After serving a 28-year U.S. Air Force career and retiring as Command Chief Master Sergeant, Ardell was appointed to the Southern Nevada Workforce Investment Board as deputy executive director in 2002 before joining DETR. He also served as vice chair of Nevada’s Governor’s Youth Council and as a member of the National Youth Employment Coalition Board of Directors.

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Ardell Galbreth

Ardell Galbreth

Executive Director

Jan Pieri

Senior Human Resources Consultant
jpieri@nvworkforceconnections.org

Jan Pieri, Senior Human Resources Consultant with Prism Global Management Group, LLC. Jan has over 20 years of Human Resources experience; her expertise includes recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, training and development, OSHA compliance and workers’ compensation. She has provided Human Resources services to a wide variety of industries including a Fortune 500 telecommunications company, construction, economic development, non-profit, and government agencies.

Jan holds a degree in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Southern Nevada Society of Human Resource (SNVSHRM) organizations.

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Jan Pieri

Jan Pieri

Senior Human Resources Consultant

Jaime Cruz

Chief Strategy Officer
jcruz@nvworkforceconnections.org

Jaime Cruz serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Workforce Connections (Southern Nevada’s Local Workforce Development Board). His responsibilities include oversight of Facilities, Quality Assurance, Policy, Analysis, Industry Sector Focus and overall Strategy formulation and execution in order for the agency to achieve its goals and objectives. He is also responsible for the design and implementation of processes that support continual improvement of the service delivery system.
Before joining Workforce Connections, Jaime held various positions within the Tourism, Gaming and Entertainment industry sector. His latest one as Corporate Director of Energy and Environmental Services for MGM Resorts International and oversight responsibilities for the development and implementation of the Energy Management and Building Automation Systems at the City Center Project. Jaime was born in Lima, Peru where he earned a Mechanical Engineering degree and later sailed international waters as a Merchant Marine Officer. He immigrated to the USA in 1988 and became a naturalized citizen in 1994.

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Jaime Cruz

Jaime Cruz

Chief Strategy Officer

James Kostecki, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
jkostecki@nvworkforceconnections.org

James (Jim) Kostecki serves as Chief Financial Officer for Workforce Connections (Southern Nevada Workforce Development Board). His areas of responsibility include direct oversight of federal agency funding under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Jim is also charged with providing oversight of the operations budget for the agency as well as resource funds placed within the community. Additional responsibilities include procurement, budgeting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and cash management, among others.

Prior to his assignment with Workforce Connections, Jim served as a finance analyst for the City of North Las Vegas, where he oversaw the Finance Department areas including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and grant accounting.

Jim is a licensed Certified Public Account and graduated from Illinois State University in May, 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Jim has served in various managerial accounting positions for manufacturing companies prior to moving to Las Vegas in early 2007 from the Chicago Suburbs.

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James Kostecki, CPA

James Kostecki, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Kenadie Cobbin Richardson

Director of Business Engagement and Communications
krichardson@nvworkforceconnections.org

Kenadie Cobbin Richardson is the Director of Business Engagement and Communications at Workforce Connections, the Southern Nevada Workforce Development Board. Covering four counties, Kenadie directs a team of Business Engagement Specialists who focus on employer needs which include recruiting qualified candidates for job openings to subsidizing training for employers’ workforce under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Kenadie and her staff save businesses time and money.

Kenadie also develops economic and workforce development strategies that benefit employers and individuals that align supply with demand by working with stakeholders in the workforce development system - including other government entities, economic development, community colleges, training providers, nonprofits and organized labor -- to be more effective and responsive to the needs of Southern Nevada employers and workers.

Her credentials include: Certified Executive Coach; Color Code Corporate Trainer, Masters in Teaching from Youngstown State University; and B.A. from DePauw University. Later this year, she will achieve a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. She was recently inducted in the Women’s Hall of Fame in Las Vegas and awarded the Athena Award for Young Professionals.

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Kenadie Cobbin Richardson

Kenadie Cobbin Richardson

Director of Business Engagement and Communications
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