Workforce Solutions Capital Area is excited to announce the appointment of three distinguished leaders to key positions within our board of directors. Each continues their long-standing service to lead the Austin-Travis County workforce development system.

“Our dynamic board is committed to supporting and connecting local people to local jobs,” says Tamara Atkinson, Workforce Solutions Capital Area CEO. “This group brings a diverse wealth of experience, a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within workforce development, and a proven track record of impactful leadership.”

Our New Board Officers

  • Mark Sherry, stepping into the role of Board Chair, brings over 30 years of experience in workforce development, talent acquisition, and organizational change management. He currently serves as the VP of HR Strategic Business Services at Baylor Scott & White Health. Mark is also a national Apprenticeship Ambassador representing Central Texas, chosen by the Department of Labor for his commitment to modernizing, diversifying, and expanding Registered Apprenticeship to support the success of American workers, employers, and communities.
  • Dave Parks, our new Vice Chair, is an entrepreneur and a digital transformation innovator with over 30 years in the technology sector. Dave is currently the CEO of Austin-based enChoice Inc, a prolific provider of digital business automation services for midsize and large organizations in both public and private sectors. Dave is also a board member of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area and is involved in supporting various charitable organizations, including 100 Men in Austin Who Give a Damn, Goodwill, and Samaritan Health Ministries.
  • Michelle Teakell, taking on the Secretary/Treasurer role, is a tech industry leader known for her passion for efficiency, data, and people. For over 15 years, Michelle has built cultures within global tech companies that achieve results and align with company goals. She currently serves as Amazon Web Services’ Senior Technical Program Manager for Data Center Engineering.

A Word from Our New Board Chair

“Our mission has never been more critical,” says Sherry. “In a world where change is the only constant, we are tasked with not just keeping pace but setting the pace. I’m honored to lead this talented group of individuals. Together, we will innovate, inspire, and impact workforce development in ways that truly make a difference.”

Honoring Our Immediate Past Board Chair

As we welcome our new officers, we also extend our heartfelt thanks to our immediate past Board Chair, Melanie Flowers, for her unwavering dedication and leadership. “Melanie’s local, state, and national contributions have left an indelible mark on our agency, and we are grateful for her service,” says Atkinson.

Looking Ahead

With these new appointments, we are poised for an exciting new chapter in our history. Please join us in welcoming Mark, Dave, and Michele to their new roles and in celebrating the legacy of leadership and service that continues to guide our work.

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