Winning Workforce Strategies – Ideas Session Panel – Panelists

Tina M. Sharby, Chief Human Resources Officer, Easterseals New Hampshire

Tina Sharby has over 25 years of multi-state experience working as a strategic partner in all aspects of human resources management. To address Easterseals’ demand for residential instructors to work with special needs children, Tina approached Welcoming New Hampshire and worked with ESL instructors to develop a special program to train individuals from the Nepalese, Congolese and Bhutanese community. Through the program, Easterseals has hired over 20 individuals from the immigrant community and Tina has gained valuable insight into how businesses can incorporate New Americans into their workforce.

Michael Power, Community Outreach Administrator, Office of Workforce Opportunity

Michael Power has been with the Office of Workforce Opportunity, within NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, since 2001, where he administers the state’s Job Training Fund. He also served as staff director of a task force to obtain New Hampshire’s Job Corps Center, a no-cost education and career technical program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Michael has served a number of elected officials, including governors, congressmen and a U.S. Senator.

Allison Joseph, Executive Director, MY TURN

Allison Joseph is the executive director of MY TURN, Inc., an agency providing academic and employment training to low-income young people across New Hampshire. MY TURN has worked with employers including Hitchiner Manufacturing to attract workers 24 years old and younger and train them for entry-level positions. Allison studied sociology at Saint Anselm College and has over 10 years of experience working with vulnerable youth populations. A lifelong resident of New Hampshire, Allison is passionate about designing and implementing unique workforce development solutions that benefit the young people and employers of the Granite State.

Tracey Frye, Program Specialist, New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation

Tracey Frye is a program specialist and business engagement unit team member with New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation, and has been with the agency since 2009. The mission of New Hampshire Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation is to assist eligible New Hampshire citizens with disabilities secure suitable employment and financial and personal independence by providing rehabilitation services. New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation provides services to both individuals with disabilities and employers.