Pearson Employability Advisory Board

How to apply

Email your bio and a one-page summary on why you think you would be a good fit for the 2016-2017 Employability Advisory Board.

Email Molly Meiners


  • Participate in monthly meetings, via WebEx or conference call, for approximately one hour
  • Participate in an online discussion forum or conference call for occasional pressing issues between monthly meetings
  • Travel to and participate in annual board meeting
  • Contribute one blog post, podcast, or webinar
  • Work with fellow Board members to produce a white paper or report detailing group-work findings

Who We Are

  • The Pearson Employability Advisory Board is comprised of influential members who are invested in employability at their organization and deeply concerned with connecting people to careers.
  • Members are passionate about education and, ideally, their organization should have already demonstrated some level of action around employability challenges.
  • Our desire is to have a diverse representation across various sectors from well-recognized organizations that are innovative in their approach to employability.

Meet the Current Board Members

Kelly R. Bailey
Director of Partnerships and Alliances for Burning Glass Technologies’ Education and Career Advancement Services Division
New York, NY

Kelly R. Bailey has been working with real-time labor market data in education for more than eight years. Along with spearheading the fast-growing Education Division at Burning Glass, she has presented at over a dozen conferences and events in the last year. Prior to her work with Burning Glass, she served as an education consultant for EmployOn, a leading online jobs data aggregator and human capital software provider, supplying student career services technologies to nonprofit institutions. Bailey holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Charleston.

Sherman Brown
Senior Vice President of Training and Certification, National Restaurant Association
Chicago, IL

Sherman Brown oversees the strategic direction, financial management, and daily operations of the product and services business, which includes its ServSafe® and ProStart® branded products. He is accountable for protecting and growing the brands and has oversight in the development of training, education and testing solutions. In his current role, Brown has focused the team on building market-leading suite of food safety training products to educate and certify today’s restaurant workers while providing comprehensive educational materials to the restaurant industry.

Jaime S. Fall
Vice President, Workforce and Talent Sustainability, HR Policy Foundation
Washington, DC

Jaime S. Fall is Vice President, Workforce and Talent Sustainability for the HR Policy Foundation in Washington, DC. In this position he leads the organization’s efforts on behalf of the Chief Human Resource Officers of large employers to get America educated, qualified, and hired through the development of research, services and resources. Fall also serves as Director of UpSkillAmerica at the Aspen Institute also in Washington, DC.

Larry Ferguson, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor of Economic Development & Workforce Solutions, Kentucky Community College and Technical System (KCTCS)
Versailles, KY

Dr. Larry Ferguson has more than 20 years of workforce training experience in both the private sector and higher education. He has been engaged in workforce development for multiple industry sectors including manufacturing, financial services, information technology, and healthcare. Dr. Ferguson also has significant experience in economic development at both the local and state levels.

Dr. Ferguson serves as the primary KCTCS point of contact for global, national, and regional companies seeking workforce training services in Kentucky. Dr. Ferguson supports and collaborates with Workforce Solutions Leaders and Presidents at each of the 16 KCTCS colleges; the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development; the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

Kimberly A. Green
Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of CTE (NASDCTE)
Silver Spring, MD

For the past 22 years, Kimberly A. Green has worked extensively on federal policy impacting Career Technical Education (CTE). Working closely with Congress, the Administration and a broad range of stakeholders, she represents the interests of and seeks support for CTE.

She is an accomplished speaker, having presented in all 50 states and is considered a national expert in CTE. With the support of Pell Grants and the federal work study program, she is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. A native of Buffalo, New York, Kimberly and her husband, Todd, reside in Rockville, Maryland.

Nance V. Harris
Solutions Manager, Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR)
Scottsdale, AZ

Nance V. Harris has served as Director of Corporate Training with GateWay Community College for seven years, certified in contract training by LERN. She has added community partnerships and expanded the department by serving more students and clients.

Formerly an international speaker, teacher and seminar leader, Harris’ dynamic, informative and highly-participative seminars received high praise from business, government, and volunteer groups. Harris holds a Master's degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University and a Bachelor's degree in Business from Arizona State University.

Tina Huff
Vice President, Human Resources, Empereon Marketing
Phoenix, AZ

Tina Huff brings over 20 years of Human Resources and Organizational Development senior management experience behind a focus of helping each employee to be successful at work. Her experience across multiple industries has focused on developing organizational structure, systems, and culture to support company growth and success. Huff is SPHR certified, with an MBA from Arizona State University, and a BA in Human Resources. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in General Psychology, with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Michael Lawrence
President, Community Workforce Advancements
Washington, DC

Michael Lawrence has over 35 years of diverse experience in the Workforce, Education, and Economic Development field. Lawrence has experience with workforce development in leading two Local Workforce Investment Boards, engaging workforce development within higher education, and in various consulting capacities.

With the National Association of Workforce Boards and Rutgers University Center for Women and Work, assisted in a Lumina funded project to align Adult College Completion with the public workforce system. Lawrence also has developed integrated human services programs, assisted with US Department of Labor H1B and ReXO projects, and assisted numerous Local Workforce Investment Boards in aligning their personnel and resources.

Fred Lockhart
Executive Director, Arizona Private School Association
Phoenix, AZ

Fred Lockhart has served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Private School Association for the past 16 years. APSA has been the recognized voice of Private Postsecondary Education in our state since 1967. Lockhart has served the Private Sector in various capacities from Classroom Instructor to College President. His lifelong commitment to Higher Education in the Private Sector, and his passion for learning, has been a key to his list of accomplishments.

A partial list of Mr. Lockhart’s professional affiliations include the Workforce Arizona Council, Governor’s Council on Workforce Policy, Maricopa County Workforce and the Investment Board, AMEPAC (Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center), and the Strategic Initiatives Workforce Arizona Council.

Michael McCarthy
Vice President of National Initiatives, The WorkPlace
Bridgeport, CT

Michael McCarthy is the Vice President of National Initiatives at The WorkPlace and oversees the national expansion of the Platform to Employment (P2E) project. The WorkPlace is a company of ideas and actions, resources and initiatives — all of which are designed to strengthen the American workforce.

Based on an overwhelming need to address the long-term unemployed in the US, P2E was created as a strategy to respond to the social challenges, emotional needs, and skill deficiencies of the population and to provide a means to effectively get them back to work. Since its launch, P2E has proven to be a beacon of hope for thousands of the long-term unemployed across the nation.

Carla Monterroso
Senior Manager of Learning Delivery, Marriott International
Phoenix, AZ

As a proud associate of Marriott International for 18 years, Carla Monterroso’s many positions with Marriott include work with a variety of brands, and in a variety of disciplines including sales, rooms, human resources, and multi-property work. Monterroso’s current role is a corporate trainer focusing on executive and mid-level management leadership classes. She currently leads the learning efforts in the West Region (AZ/CO/CA) with a team of ten learning professionals. Monterroso also facilitates Marriott’s core leadership training programs and team building sessions throughout the US.

Linda O’Connor
Assistant Director, Career Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education
Columbus, OH

Linda O’Connor has worked with the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and Ohio Department of Development in various workforce development capacities for over 20 years and is now the Assistant Director for Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeships within Career and Technical Education.

She has provided direction and support for the trade and industrial career paths, Information Technology, Law and Public Safety, Health Science, including SkillsUSA, and NCCER for the construction industry. She is also a member of the National Consortium for Health Science Education.

Steve Partridge
President/CEO, Charlotte Works
Charlotte, NC

Steve Partridge is a nationally recognized workforce development expert. Currently, he serves as president/ CEO of Charlotte Works, the workforce development board for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, NC In this role, he helped launch its successful transformation from a traditional board into a demand-driven economic development organization that last year served nearly 825 businesses and hosted more than 91,000 jobseeker visits.

Through collaborations with business, government, education and nonprofit leaders, Charlotte Works has developed innovative solutions such as a unique volunteer service-delivery model to increase job-market efficiency, connected workforce resources to the K-12 system, provided local talent with the tools and resources to successfully gain employment and worked with businesses to help create local jobs.