Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.

Our Leadership

Bill Raymond

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

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

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

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Holly Peoples

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.

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Hanna Duckwall

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. 

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Darren Widder

Policy and Programs Manager

Darren holds a B.S. in Economics, Political Science/Pre-Law, and Philosophy and an M.P.A. in Public Management from NMU. Darren’s passion is for helping others, first in higher education, then in K-12 education, and now in workforce development. Darren leads the planning and policy implementation of our job seeker programs across the U.P.
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Betsy Erkkila

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.

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Talent Services Manager – Alger, Baraga, and Marquette Counties

More information coming soon.

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Megan Boddy

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.

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Mari Schupp

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.

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Trisha Todd

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