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

Lisa Kleekamp, Sr. Policy Director, WIOA Youth


Wonzella Doyal, Director of Facilities

Amy PringleAccountant II

Ashley Fry, Accountant I

Earlene Bohlen, Board Coordinator/Office Administrator

Board Leadership

Erik RodriguezPublic Relations Director (Chairman) 
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Mary Ellen JohnsonPresident/CEO      Youth Protection Council

Brian Klele, Director of Membership Development
IBEW Local 692




Brian McBrideCareer Center Assistant Principal
Bay-Arenac ISD

Raquel Perez, Diversity & Community Liaison
Hemlock Semiconductor

Carrie Prosowski, District Manager
Michigan Rehabilitation Services

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

Chris Taylor, Marketing Representative






Dr. Marica Mastracci Ditmyer, Dean, College of Health and Human Services
Saginaw Valley State University

Seth Godley, Human Capital Manager
Alma Tire Company

Cheryl Krieger, Executive Director, Corporation Communications, Global Talent Management and Corporate HR
Nexteer Automotive

Jody Thompson, Human Resources Director
Bandit Industries, Inc.

Chad Wurtzel, International Representative
UAW Region 1-D