Leadership at LWIA 23
Staff to the Board
Entrusted with the management of daily operations and activities, the Board Chair and Board Staff implement the directives of the Board and advance progress to the mission.
Gareld Bilyew serves as the President of Pump Repair Specialist, Inc., a company he started in 1989. Gareld started serving as an LWIA CEO back in 2011, when he was appointed by the County Board Chairman to be the Crawford County Representative. He later served dually as an LWIA CEO and on the LWIA Board until his departure from the Crawford County Board in 2018. Since that time he has continued serving on the LWIA Board in addition to being the Vice-Chairman of the LWIA Board for the past few years. He remains involved in his community by serving on the Crawford County Development Association (CCDA) as its Treasurer as well as serving on the CCDA Revolving Loan Committee. Last, but definitely not the least, Gareld is a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, were he has various duties. “Although I grew up in Oblong, and I like to see business stability and growth, along with new businesses in my home town, it’s important that all the communities in Crawford County grows. The same principal applies to Counties in the LWIA/WIOA Region. Growth in one County, is good for the whole. So we’ll continue to work with all our partners to get the good citizens of Area 23 trained and employed.” -Gareld Bilyew
Jamie Corda Hadjaoui
Jamie joined the staff in May 2020. Coming from a background in the private business sector as well as post-secondary Career and Technical Education, Jamie recognizes the value and possesses the dedication to strengthening the local economy through workforce development.
Tony has worked in workforce development through WIA and now WIOA since 2003. He began in compliance with regulations, and since has become a jack-of-all-trades as it relates to WIOA. Helping people to become self-sufficient and reach their goals is incredibly fulfilling and Tony is happy to be part of an impactful service.
Debbie Whitacre previously worked under the Workforce Investment Act from 2007-2013 as a Fiscal Assistant. The knowledge gained during those years has helped build a solid foundation for her current position, which she started in 2019, as WIOA Financial Operations Coordinator for LWIA 23 at Lake Land College. Debbie strives daily to maintain superior fiscal responsibility, allowing our programs to help serve as many people and businesses in our area as possible.