Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! promotes and addresses the needs of businesses for current and future work-ready talent, in support of a strong and resilient economy.
Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! envisions a healthy, resilient, and globally competitive regional economy, with a workforce that has the knowledge and skills to strengthen and support business success.
Bill Raymond is Chief Executive Officer of Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! Prior to this position he was Executive Director of Ottawa County Michigan Works/Community Action Agency in Holland, MI. He is especially interested in the intersection of workforce/economic development and developing nimble and creative talent for the 21st century economy.
Bill holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN.
Michelle Viau is Chief Financial Officer. A graduate of Northern Michigan University, Michelle is a Certified Public Accountant and has been with UP Michigan Works! for more than eighteen years. The employee with the longest tenure, Michelle leads financial stewardship and lends her expertise to ensure UPMW’s responsible and impactful use of resources.
Debb Brunell is Chief Strategy Officer. In the field since 2005, Debb has significant experience and training. Her credentials include a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Communication, Certified Program Planner (CPP), Certified Instructor, former Administrator at Macomb Community College, and member of the National Association of Workforce Boards.
Debb is leading UPMW’s teams to new heights with integrity, innovation and collaborative relationships. She is aligning UPMW solutions to meet employer demand and the changing needs of the UP workforce.
Our Directors and Managers
Business Services Director
Employed with Michigan Works since 1998, Holly is a certified Business Solutions Professional and a certified Workforce Development Professional. Holly has expertise in business services, customized training, registered apprenticeships, employer hiring incentives, targeted populations, the Going Pro Talent fund, grant writing and management and much more.
Talent Services Director
Hanna holds a B.A. in English from Northern Michigan University and an M.P.A. with a concentration in Public Management from Western Michigan University. She developed an interest in dynamic training solutions as a Peace Corp Volunteer.
Policy and Programs Manager
Administrative Services Manager
Betsy holds a B.S degree in Marketing from Northern Michigan University. Betsy is the primary support person for the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Strategy Officer, along with our Boards of Directors. Betsy also leads the Grants Committee and has significant responsibility for official communications.
Talent Services Manager – Alger, Baraga, and Marquette Counties
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Talent Services Manager – Delta, Dickinson, Iron, and Menominee Counties
Megan holds a B.S. in Business Administration from LSSU, is a certified Business Solutions Professional and a certified facilitator for Workplace Stability. Megan’s responsibilities include managing daily operations in our American Job Centers, building local relationships, and the administration of State and Federal workforce development initiatives.
Talent Services Manager – Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac, and Schoolcraft Counties
Mari holds a B.S. in Mediation and Advocacy from Lake Superior State University and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Western Governor’s University. Mari’s responsibilities include managing the daily operations in our American Job Centers, building partnerships with local businesses and training institutions and the administration of State and Federal workforce development programs.
Talent Services Manager – Houghton, Keweenaw, Gogebic, and Ontonagon Counties
Trisha holds the exemplary distinction of becoming a professional in Workforce Development through UPMW’s internal career pathway. Her previous experience includes supporting roles in healthcare and finance, and she practices a servant leadership style. Trisha’s responsibilities include managing the daily operations in our American Job Centers, building partnerships with local businesses and training institutions and the administration of State and Federal workforce development programs.
Our Board Members
Dave Anthony – Northern Sun Winery
Melanie Bicigo – Upper Peninsula Health Plan
Samantha Cameron – Bay Mills Community College
Travis Cary – I.U.P.A.T. District Council 7
Roy Del Valle – MLEO – Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Joe Esbrook – Hiawatha Log Homes
David Goudreau – Northern Wings Repair, Inc.
John Hamm – UPRLF
Jeff Holt – SSM Economic Development Corporation
Bridget Kennedy – Systems Control
George Kinsella – EcoMarine
Michelle LaJoie – Community Action (Alger/Marquette)
Dave Lord – OSF St. Francis Hospital
Mark Massicotte – L’Anse Manufacturing
Jonathan Mead – UPCAP
Meagen Morrison – Eagle Mine
Suzanne Pazdernik – Jacquart Fabric Products
Mike Smith – UP Construction Council
Chad Rowe – Aspirus Health Services
Julie Wonders – Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools
Jerry Doucette – Alger
Gale Eilola – Baraga
Scott Shackleton – Chippewa
Patrick Johnson – Delta
Joe Stevens – Dickinson
Joe Bonovetz – Gogebic
Tom Tikkanen – Houghton
Mark Stauber – Iron
Bob DeMarois – Keweenaw
Phyllis French – Luce
Paul Krause – Mackinac
Gerald O. Corkin – Marquette
Bernie Lang – Menominee
Carl R. Nykanen – Ontonagon
Alan Kilar – Schoolcraft