Two members have joined the Tacoma-Pierce County WorkForce Development Council, one of 12 workforce development boards in the state.
The new members include Mary Matusiak, vocational rehabilitation supervisor at the state Department of Vocational Rehabilitation; and Kendrick Stewart, Region 3 administrator of the state Department of Social and Health Services.
Matusiak earned a Masters degree in rehabilitation counseling from Southern Illinois University, specializing in alcohol and substance abuse counseling.
Stewart is pursuing an Executive Masters degree in public administration. He served as administrator of Tacoma’s WorkSource Pierce office of the state DSHS and as managing director of the Community Economic Opportunities unit of the Department of Commerce.
According to a WorkForce Central release Thursday, the two new members “join others in education, government, labor and community organizations to work collaboratively to bring innovative training, education and business solutions to further the economic growth of Tacoma and Pierce County.”
The group meets “to identify skill and training gaps within the local workforce and to develop strategies to address those gaps,” according to the release.