Board Equity Task Force  

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Governor Pritzker has a strong agenda for ensuring that economic prosperity reaches underserved communities and creates opportunities across the state for all citizens by removing barriers for economically disadvantaged populations. Two avenues exist to move these priorities forward; the response to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2019-03 - An Action Agenda for Workforce Development and Job Creation and the priorities within A Plan to Revitalize the Illinois Economy and Build the Workforce of the Future. Both rely on data-driven approaches to establish goals and inform policy that will reduce equity gaps. Building on this direction, the WIOA Unified, Regional and Local Plans along with the Perkins State Plan all have guiding principles for equitable access and opportunity for all populations.  


As equitable access is a fundamental principle within the Plans as well as a high priority of the Governor, a Task Force made up of Lake County Workforce Development Board members and partners will come together to develop a framework of recommendations within Lake County’s’ workforce system to establish goals and improve inequality for the populations we serve. The taskforce shall be in place for one year unless requested by the board to be extended further.  

Ways in which a Task Force under the direction of the Lake County Workforce Development Board will address equity and inform policy, include:  

  • creating shared definitions for a set of key terms addressing equity,  
  • developing education and workforce tools that can track program access and outcomes-and that disaggregate data by race, gender, and target population to reveal disparities in policies and programs.  
  • examining programs, policies, and practices and then infuse issues of equity and inclusion into these programs, policies, and practices,  
  • establishing equity goals and  
  • making recommendations regarding inclusive and diverse approaches including professional development of staff to ensure they use an equity lens in serving their diverse populations.  


Co-Chair, Carlotta Roman
Founder and Owner

Collective Career Consulting, LLC

Co-Chair, Emily Garrity



Jennifer Serino, Director 

Lake County Workforce Development  


Jennifer Cooper, Placement and Alumni Manger 

Youth Conservation Corps 


Christine Hammerlund, CEO 

Assured Healthcare Staffing 


Robbie Randle, Special Services Manager 

Waukegan Township 


Bethany Williams, Strategy & Intelligence Director 

Lake County Partners  
Arlene Santos-George, Dean, Adult Education & ESL 

College of Lake County 


Ed Melton, Director 

Prairie Park Partners 


Gabrielle Devlin, Department Chair of Equity and ESL  

Grayslake District 127 


Kimberly Wimer, Human Resources Manager  

Laser Precision 


Mike Rummel, County Board Member  

Lake County 


Cliff Smith, Career Specialist  

Lake County Workforce Development 


Christina Gardner, Multicultural Retention Coordinator

College of Lake County 

Rodolfo Ruiz-Velasco, Multicultural Student Center

College of Lake County

Carolina Fabian, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator 

Waukegan Public Schools