NTRPDC Youth Committee

What is the Youth Committee?
A standing committee established by the local workforce development board to:

  • Coordinate local youth activities and policies
  • Recommend eligible youth providers
  • Oversee the Youth Program
  • Develop the portion of the WDB's Local Plan related to youth
  • Assist to identify gaps in services to eligible youth
  • Guarantee quality services
  • Leverage financial and programmatic resources

The Youth Committee links educational institutions such as high schools, alternative schools, childcare agencies, vocational programs, and two and four-year post-secondary institutions and other youth service providers in the community.

How are Youth Committee members selected?
The Youth Committee must include a WDB member, members of community-based organizations with a demonstrated record of success in serving eligible youth and young adults, and other individuals with appropriate expertise and experience from

  • Education
  • Training
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Health, including mental health
  • Local public housing authorities
  • Public assistance 
  • Justice and local law enforcement
  • Philanthropic organizations
  • Economic and community development organizations
  • Employers 
  • Parents of eligible youth
  • Participants
  • Youth

Youth Committee Members

Brooke Beiter
Coordinator of Design & Development
BLaST IU17-Williamsport

Krista Davidson
Intellectual Disabilities Quality Manager, 
Bradford County Human Services
Alice Davis Ph.D
Executive Director,
Susquehanna County Career &
Technology Center
Annette Donovan
Former WIA Youth Participant
Charity Field
Branch Executive Director,
Bradford County Branch YMCA
Jackie Johnson
Business and Community Liaison,
Red Rock Job Corps.

Youth Committee Chair  
Tara LaFrance
Guidance Counselor,
Towanda Area High School

Kim Mapes
Center Director,
Lackawanna College
Gary Martell
 Northern Tier Career Center
Lori Rahn
Juvenile Probation Officer,
Bradford County

Kelly Silver
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, 
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Phil Smiley
Workforce Development Director,
The Trehab Center
Theresa Steele
Parent of WIA Youth Participant

Penne Watkins
Executive Director,
Bradford County Action

Debra Wivell
UPMC Susquehanna