Karen Kenderdine, Chairperson of the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, has announced that Patricia A. Lenahan has been confirmed as the executive director of the organization.

Lenahan has served as the L/S WIB’s acting executive director since January and was interim executive director since July 2012. Prior to that, she worked as the organization’s planner.

The L/S WIB oversees workforce development activities throughout Luzerne and Schuylkill counties by bringing together business, industry, education, economic development and community organizations and facilitating partnerships in order to identify workforce challenges and develop strategies and solutions to address those challenges. Members of the WIB include representatives from private sector businesses and industry, chambers of commerce, financial institutions, community groups, economic development agencies, state and county agencies and educational institutions from both counties.

“Patti is an excellent leader who is adept at developing programs, identifying workforce needs and targeting solutions to meet a variety of challenges. She has proven herself to be dedicated to working with other agency and government leaders in advancing the L/S WIB’s mission and goals. The board is confident that she is the right choice to lead the L/S WIB and we congratulate her on her appointment,” Kenderdine said.

As executive director, Lenahan provides managerial and administrative leadership and is responsible for administering the board’s programs and activities and overseeing specific board initiatives. She assists the board with the development of the Workforce Investment Area Local Plan, as well as strategic vision and planning. She maintains relationships and communication with federal, state and local officials and funding sources.

Lenahan oversees the delivery of local workforce programs through PA CareerLink® offices in Luzerne and Schuylkill counties, located in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Pottsville. She also coordinates workforce activities with economic development organizations, educational providers and local employers in both counties.

“I am excited to be named executive director. I will work to ensure the L/S WIB continues to provide the proper means to serve our local workforce and employers throughout the region and I will also seek new avenues to best serve our constituents. By collaborating with our partners in the business, education and economic development communities, we can learn how to better assist workers in improving their skills or learning new skills,” Lenahan said.

Lenahan holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University and is a member of the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Youth Council, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association and the National Association of Workforce Boards. She resides in Shavertown with her husband, Joe Rodriguez.