Youth Council Members

The Youth Council is established as a sub-committee of the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, Inc. and includes representatives of youth service agencies, public housing authority, Job Corps, and former youth program participants. The purpose of the Youth Council is to assist in the development of youth employment and training policy, bring a youth development perspective to the establishment of such policy, establish linkages with other local youth services organizations and take into account a range of issues that can have an impact on the success of our youth in the labor market.

The Youth Council consists of the following members:

Ms. Angela Bates

Executive Director
Greene Lamp, Inc.

Greene County
Represents: Community Based Organization
Term Ends: Jun, 30th, 2020
Member Since: 2011
Committee: NCWorks Business Business Services and Youth Council

Mr. Anthony M. Cruz

International Machinist & Aerospace Workers Union

Craven County
Represents: Labor
Term Ends: Jun, 30th, 2021
Member Since: 2015
Committee: Youth Council

Mr. Frank Emory

Owner
Emory Construction

Jones County
Represents: Private Sector (Business)
Term Ends: Jun, 30th, 2021
Member Since: 2002
Committee: Executive and Youth Council

Dr. Jim Ross

President
Pamlico Community College

Pamlico County
Represents: Education
Term Ends: Jun, 30th, 2021
Member Since: 2017

Melanie Sanders

Director of Human Resources
Caswell Development Center

Wayne County
Represents: Private Sector (Business)
Term Ends: Jun, 30th, 2021
Member Since: 2015
Committee: Executive, NCWorks Business Services, and Youth Council

Mr. Al Searles

Senior Director, Transportation/Logistics
Smithfield Hog Production

Duplin County
Chair
Represents: Private Sector (Business)
Term Ends: Jun, 30th, 2021
Member Since: 2011
Committee: Executive and Youth Council

Dr. Norma Sermon-Boyd

Executive Director
Jones Co. Partnership for Children

Jones County
Represents: Community Based Organization
Term Ends: Jun, 30th, 2021
Member Since: 2006
Committee: Youth Council

Bruce Simmon

President
Uptown Business & Professionals Association, Inc.

Craven County

Ms. Shannon Vitak

Manager
Vocational Rehabilitation Office

Onslow County
Represents: Vocational Rehabilitation
Term Ends: Jun, 30th, 2021
Member Since: 2014
Committee: Youth Council

Dustin Walston

Basic Skills Director
Lenoir Community College

Lenoir County
Term Ends: Jun, 30th, 2020

Mr. John Wilson

HR Manager
BSH Home Appliances Corp.

Craven County
Represents: Private Sector (Business)
Term Ends: Jun, 30th, 2021
Member Since: 2014
Committee: NCWorks Business Services, Youth Council