Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is led by a Management Team of experienced individuals with a wealth of industry knowledge. Our professional staff conduct daily operations and advise the board of directors.
Chief Financial Officer/Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Senior Vice President
Industry Communications Manager
Senior Innovation Manager
Payroll and Accounts Payable Manager
Laurie Bouillion Larrea is honored to serve as President/CEO of Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, the Dallas County Workforce Development Board. Capping a career in employment and training spanning more than forty years, service to the Dallas workforce system has proved a rewarding commitment. Under her direction, WFSDallas has achieved a goal of becoming the best in employment, service to employers, adult education and childcare – in addition to the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act programs – all contributing to a better workforce for Dallas County.
WFSDallas is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the region with resources topping $120M annually. Recent projects include partnerships with Walmart (Retail Pays) and 100K Opportunities Initiative! created by the Schultz Family Foundation.
Laurie also serves as a Trustee of the Workforce Development Council of the US Conference of Mayors. She has testified before Congressional Committees regarding the passage of Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and addressing Welfare Reform. Prior to Dallas, Ms. Larrea directed workforce systems in Houston and Southeast Texas. As a private employment and training consultant, Laurie’s work included conference planning; procurement, negotiation and contract training; and conference planning for various councils and contractors - the Texas Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Labor. She is an alumnus of Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, earning a BS in Psychology with emphasis in Industrial.
Linda K. Davis, Vice President External Relations, is responsible for developing and maintaining quality services, through contractor and stakeholder partnerships, which meet the needs of employer customers. Linda has an extensive background in employment and training programs spanning more than 20 years. As an advocate of business-driven service delivery systems, she has worked at the state and national level on workforce development service improvement strategies as well as creating multi-functional high-performance teams.
Ms. Davis currently serves as a member of the National Workforce Institute (NWI) Advisory Committee and as an Examiner for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence. She is past president of the Texas Workforce Association, served as Secretary to the Texas Association of Workforce Boards and as a Board Trustee for the USCM Workforce Development Council. She recently acquired certification as an NWI Certified Workforce Expert (CWE).
As Senior Vice President, Connie is responsible for planning, procurement, quality assurance, resource development, and policies for workforce programs serving the Greater Dallas community. Connie has a strong commitment to providing quality workforce services to employers and job seekers with the goal of ensuring a highly skilled workforce for the Greater Dallas Area. Connie also serves as Board Secretary with responsibilities related to the Board of Directors and the Board packet.
Connie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Baylor University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. She has more than twenty years of progressively responsible experience with workforce programs.
Rebecca Monnette, the Quality Systems Manager, represents the agency at Health and Human Services Commission sanction related appeals and serves as the agency liaison to the Office of the Attorney General and local IV-D Child Support Enforcement Courts. She is responsible to ensure the Dallas area workforce centers maintain compliance with federal statutes, state rule, and local policy and assists with the coordination of on-site reviews conducted by both state and external monitors.
Ms. Monnette earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University and has 25 years of experience in the Dallas workforce system including; job training program eligibility, career counseling, and workforce center management, including her previous tenure as the contractor's Operations Manager.
Wesley is responsible for procurement of all Board services and products exceeding $25,000. He negotiates, develops and manages contracts for those services and products, and approves vendors who provide occupational skills training for the adult population in Dallas County.
During his tenure with the Board, he has held the position of MIS Supervisor, program evaluator and procurement specialist. Prior to joining the Board, Wesley worked at East Texas Council of Government as Section Chief-Management Services, Occupational Training and Economic Development Programs. Wesley earned his BA in Political Science from UTA and Master's Degree from UTA's School of Urban and Regional Affairs.
Richard Perez is the Research Manager for Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas and has over 25 years of experience with Workforce Development. Richard specializes in performance data and research and leads the Dallas Board’s employer services, training, and labor market information efforts.
Mr. Perez has worked as a planner with Workforce Solutions Tarrant County and as a Labor Market Analyst with the Texas Workforce Commission. Richard earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M Kingsville.
Demetria Robinson, Executive Vice President, is responsible for the development, management and evaluation of a broad range of contracts. She ensures compliance with the terms of the contract, applicable policies, federal, state and local laws, regulations, and programmatic /fiscal requirements.
Demetria earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from LeTourneau University. She has twelve years of progressively responsible experience in workforce contract management including work with Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area.
Ashlee Verner, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for overseeing accounting functions for all funds received and expended by the agency in addition to analyzing financial information for preparation of Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas' annual tax return, the Independent Auditor's Reports in Accordance with the Uniform Grant Guidance, and the Audited Financial Statements as required by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Prior to her role as Chief Financial Officer, Ashlee served as the Accounting Manager for the agency. Ashlee managed similar accounting functions in the airline industry. Additionally, Ashlee practiced public accounting, auditing hospitals, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations including Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas.
Ashlee earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy Degrees from Baylor University.
Steven Bridges is the Industry Communications Manager for Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. He has worked in Workforce Development for over 25 years in almost every capacity of the Workforce System. Steven has a degree in Organizational Communications from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. His passion for workforce services fuels his desire to bridge the tremendous skills gap that exists in America. To accomplish this task, Steven works to develop the strong partnerships necessary to ensure skills training is relevant for today’s workforce needs.
Dr. Sharon Dehn, Workforce Education Manager, leads programmatic oversight for our employability-focused Adult Education & Literacy program. She guides compliance for our contracted measures through a consortium of community providers.
Sharon earned her Doctorate Degree in Psychology, Health and Wellness, and has over 20 years of experience with adult-focused education and employment programs in both the public and private sectors.
Lynn Hoffman, Senior Innovation Strategist, is responsible for the development and implementation of innovative solutions for the business community. With over 25 years of employer engagement, recruitment, marketing, technology, and workforce development experience, she leads upskilling and reskilling initiatives to affect a coordinated and industry-focused response to talent and skill acquisition needs. Hoffman guides activities funded through philanthropic partnership include Retail Pays, PATHS for Texas, Prologis CWI and the Future of Work Grand Challenge in addition to Technology and Retail Sector strategies.
Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In addition to career endeavors, Lynn is married with two grown daughters, sings in the choir at First Baptist Rockwall, assists her family, and enjoys baking wonderful treats.
Kent Andersen is an Account Executive for Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. He has worked in Workforce Development for over 17 years, prior to joining Workforce Development he worked in the healthcare industry. Mr. Andersen has a degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. Working with our industry partners Mr. Andersen strives to foster relationships between industry, education and the workforce system by engaging industry in business-led workforce development initiatives that deliver an educated workforce with the skills demanded by industry.
Barbara Stein, Office Manager, is responsible for keeping the office running smoothly. Her job can range widely in duties and responsibilities. Ms. Stein has 27 years in the Dallas Workforce System.
Rowena joined the agency in 2010 and currently serves as the Payroll and Accounts Payable Manager. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the agency’s payroll and accounts payable functions and systems.
Rowena received the following degrees:
While not working, Rowena enjoys spending time with her family and church fellowship.