Serving Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, & Saginaw Counties

About Us

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! is more than a funding source, a spare pair of hands to post jobs and sort resumes, or an innovative partner at the economic development table.

Because of our direct interaction with our employer customers, we are:


to partner with employers and training providers to create on-demand solutions for high-demand skills


to a network of resources throughout the region and state


to adapt, respond and customize solutions for challenging recruitment projects


to convene employers within specific industries like health care and manufacturing to tackle long-term hiring issues

Best equipped

with resources, knowledge, experience and manpower

We pilot programs. We partner like none other.

We are the pulse of the job market.

History of the organization

Michigan Works! is the first unified workforce development system in the country and is an instrumental partner for developing Michigan’s economic future.

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! is one of 16 Michigan Works! agencies across the state. Each is locally responsive and demand driven.

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! is a consortium of Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties, established to operate workforce development programs to strengthen this region.

Our mission is two-fold:

  • Assisting employers in finding and retaining qualified employees and
  • Assuring that the labor force meets the needs of employers

Administrative Team

Kristen Wenzel, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Equal Opportunity Officer

Ray Ogden, Chief Administration Officer


Thomas Luck, Director of IT

Craig Clark, Sr. Policy Director, Employment Services/ WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker

Esther Sanders, Sr. Policy Director, Special Programs

Lisa Kleekamp, Sr. Policy Director, WIOA Youth


Wonzella Doyal, Director of Facilities

Amy PringleAccountant II

Ashley Fry, Accountant I

Sarah Babcock, Board Coordinator/Office Administrator

Board Leadership

Vaughn Begick, Commissioner (Chairman)
Bay County

Tom Herek, Commissioner
Bay County

Dennis Poirier, Commissioner
Bay County

Jan Bunting, Commissioner
Gratiot County

Christopher Embrey, Commissioner
Isabella County

Nicole F. Frost, Administrator/Controller
Isabella County

James Geisler, Commissioner
Midland County

Alaynah SmithCommissioner           Midland County

Richard Spitzer, Commissioner
Saginaw County

Sheldon Matthews, Commissioner
Saginaw County

Jack Tany, Commissioner
Saginaw County

Gerald Little, Commissioner
Saginaw County

Michael Webster, Commissioner
Saginaw County


Erik RodriguezPublic Relations Director (Chairman)                     Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Trevor Keyes, President & CEO (Vice-Chairman)
Bay Future, Inc.

Mary Ellen JohnsonPresident/CEO      Youth Protection Council

John KaczynskiDirector of Governmental Affairs                                            Saginaw Valley State University

Brian Klele, Director of Membership Development
IBEW Local 692

Colleen Markel, Manager of Workforce Development
MidMichigan Health

Brian McBrideCareer Center Assistant Principal
Bay-Arenac ISD


Raquel Perez, Diversity & Community Liaison
Hemlock Semiconductor

Carrie Prosowski, District Manager
Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Toby Roth, Jr.Associate Vice President of Governmental & External Affairs
Central Michigan University

Greg Schmidt, MiOps Site Learning & Labor Contract Implementation Leader
The Dow Chemical Company

Eva Szelesi, Global Engineering HR Director
Nexteer Automotive

Chris Taylor, Marketing Representative