Dan started with the Workforce Initiative Association in 1999, coming from the Youngstown workforce system. He is a WIOA performance expert. Dan transitioned to the Board in 2016 and has served on many state-level workgroups over the years. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University. Dan’s innovations include utilizing state resources to support a more coordinated outreach to unemployed individuals receiving UI benefits. He is also well-versed in state reporting systems and policy applications.
What was your first job?
My first job was mowing grass in my neighborhood. My first real employment was washing dishes at Ponderosa. I resigned from that position to go back to self-employment. I made considerably more money cutting grass.
Is workforce the career you envisioned in college or high school? Why or why not?
It was not. My career aspirations went from pilot to doctor to a lawyer, and then I went to work with my accounting degree (which was chosen because it was a good pre-law major). I believe I’m where I should be.
Why did you choose to live in your community?
My family and friends are here. Even though it’s easier than ever to connect virtually, being in person with those you care about is best.