Planning Career Paths

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Developing Tomorrow’s Talent Today

Northeast Indiana Works, the region’s non-profit workforce development organization, provides public and private financial and employment resources for education and skills training to meet the needs of regional industries.

Each year, we serve more than 20,000 individuals and more than 1,700 employers in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

We oversee and staff northeast Indiana’s 11 WorkOne Northeast career centers; oversee two youth-oriented career development programs; fund and manage employer-focused training programs to enhance the skills of existing workers; and help facilitate community-based career awareness and pathway initiatives.

We are governed by a board of directors, which includes regional educators, business representatives, economic development officials, state and local government leaders, and organized labor. Our operational, funding and service delivery policies are guided by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which seeks to increase access to employment, education, training and support services for youth and adults. WIOA promotes work-based learning opportunities, such as apprenticeships and internships, and encourages the development of career pathway strategies. (See our federal performance measures here.)

Leadership Team

Edmond O'Neal

Edmond O'Neal

President & CEO

Lori Rice

Lori Rice

Chief Financial Officer

Kim Tempel

Kim Tempel

Senior Director of Business Services / Human Resources

Rick Farrant

Rick Farrant

Director of Communications

Erica Lillie

Erica Lillie

Director of Quality Initiatives & EO Officer

Rafat Halboob

Rafat Halboob

Director of Technology

Cindy Neal

Cindy Neal

Director of WorkOne Services

Board of Directors


Parkview LaGrange Hospital

Rebecca Schroeder, Chair Elect

Whiteshire Hamroc

Leroy Jackson, Secretary/Treasurer

Liuna Local 213

Rich Beck, Regional Chief Elected Official

Allen County Commissioner

Kim Barnett-Johnson

Ivy Tech Community College

Phil Brown

Real Alloy

Patrick Buesching


Dale Buuck

Whitley County EDC

Angie Dane

STAR Financial Bank

Darryl Esterline

Sheet Metal Workers Local 20

Lance Halsey

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Richele Orn


James Phillips

General Motors

Corey Schoon

Ashley Industrial Molding

Alan Siepker

Teijin Automotive Technologies

Shelly Stearns

FSSA, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation

Chris Straw

Team Quality Services

Michael Venturini

DOT America

Jim Walmsley

Impact Institute

Tonya Weaver

Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community Schools