Benjie Williams, HLS President/CEO is a Job Corps Career professional. Mr. Williams has been employed by five (5) major Prime Job Corps Contractors throughout a career in the Job Corps industry which spans more than twenty-nine (29) years. Within Job Corps, he has served in almost every position from Residential Advisor to Vice President of Job Corps Operations, where he was responsible for oversight of four (4) center prime contracts and two subcontracts with a small business prime contractor. He has also served as Director of Job Corps Operations, Corporate Manager of Job Corps Operations, Center Director (at the Flint and Treasure Island Job CorpsCenters), Deputy Director (Brunswick JCC), Residential Living Manager ( North Texas JCC), Residential Living Manager and Counselor ( Atlanta JCC) and Center Standards Officer (CSO) (Hawaii Job Corps Center).
Mr. Williams has served on Workforce Development Boards in the states of Michigan and California. As a result of his work on the Workforce Development Board in Michigan, he was appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan to serve as a member of the State’s Council of Labor and Economic Growth. Mr. Williams has also held positions in the field of adult corrections, where he served as a Programs Warden, providing oversight for academic and vocational programs, substance abuse treatment, and chaplaincy services for 2,000 inmates at a privately operated State Jail Facility in Texas. Mr. Williams has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Bethune-Cookman College and a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Hawaii at Chaminade.
Mike Rose, Chief Financial Officer, coordinates the finance and administration services for HLS. Mr. Rose has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with over 34 years of accounting experience, including over over 22 years of direct Job Corps financial and operations experience. He is involved in all phases of Job Corps Finance and Administration at the corporate and center operations level to include cost analysis, budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning, vouchering, 2110 submission and analysis, and financial preparation/review. He is responsible for working with the center staff to achieve goals; verifying center compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations; ensuring that centers are in compliance with the PRH, WIOA and the Department of Labor’s policies and procedures including acquisition, accountability and control, physical inventory and reconciliation, utilization, maintenance and disposal of personal property.
Victor Abadia, Director, Job Corps Operations – Mr.Abadia has over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of education and business services. He joined the Job Corps community in 2012, when he became the Administrative Services Division (ASD) Director at the Los Angeles Job Corps Center. He has also served in the positions of Interim, Center Director and Director, Corporate Compliance for YWCA/GLA. In his various roles, Victor ensured compliance on all contract, PRH, and PAG issues and guaranteed Corporate Office alignment with all regulations and guidelines dictated by the DOL, YWCA/GLA Board of Directors and contractual obligations. Mr. Abadia has also worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he served in multiple capacities, including teacher, Assistant Principal and Central Office Administrator. As HLS’ Director of Job Corps Operations, Victor provides corporate oversight and direct technical assistance to center staff in all areas of center operations. Victor holds a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership.
Ann Towles, Corporate Manager, Safety and Administration-Ms. Towles has more than 28 years of experience, which includes working as a Safety and Security Director in the Job Corps Program, and experience as a Safety Engineer, a Safety and Health Manager, and a Safety Consultant. As HLS’ Safety and Administration Manager, Ann provides technical support to center staff in the areas of Facilities Standards, Food Services, Property, Safety, Security and Wellness. Develops corporate safety and health programs and objectives and coordinates safety training programs. Monitors safety and health regulations and provides technical support to ensure compliance with federal, state and local safety and health regulations. In her role as Manager, Safety and Administration, Ann also provides guidance and direction to staff to ensure all employees are properly trained in compliance with all company specific requirements as well as all safety-related regulatory requirements, including state safety standards, and OSHA standards and develops and provides technical and administrative direction on all safety policies and programs to meet corporate and DOL Safety objectives. Ms. Towles is recognized as an Authorized Instructor for OSHA Outreach Construction Programs, an Authorized Instructor for OSHA Outreach General Industry Program, a NCCER Master Trainer, a NCCER Construction Site Safety Master and is certified as a ServSafe Food Protection Manager. She possesses a Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety Management from Indiana state University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Safety and Security from Eastern Kentucky University.
Stephanie J. Williams, Manager, Job Corps Operations-Staff Resources and Teaching and Learning, has over 26 years of experience in the fields of education and human services. Her employment experience includes: Project Coordinator at a Mental Health Center, Job Corps Career Counselor, Human Resources Manager, Special Education Teacher, Autism Specialist, Behavior Analyst, and member of a Positive Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Team for a large metropolitan school district. She has an extensive background in effective education and training for all students, including those with intellectual disabilities, emotional- behavior disabilities, specific learning disabilities, and those on the autism spectrum. Ms. Williams trains teachers and other staff to utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports in order to increase academic, vocational, independent living skills and to provide effective behavior intervention to their students. Ms. Williams received her formal training at Lincoln University (PA), where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English/Education, and at Penn State University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She holds teacher certification in both English and in special education. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and holds an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) in Instructional Design & Technology from Valdosta State University. Ms. Williams provides corporate support in the areas of human resources, staff development/training, proposal development, positive behavioral interventions, utilizing best practices in education, product development and instructional technology integration.
Monique Hampton, Manager, Job Corps Operations-Contract Compliance and Performance – Ms. Hampton began her career in the Job Corps industry as an Executive Assistant to the Center Director. She has also held the positions of Student Records Manager, Career Preparation Period (CPP) Manager, and Outreach, Admissions, and Career Transition Services (OA/CTS) Manager. Ms. Hampton has also served HLS in the capacity of Career Training Director where she provided oversight for the management of the Academics, Career Technical Training (CTT) and Career Transition Readiness (CTR) Departments, ensured cooperation and coordination between center training programs and OA and CTS contractors, and managed the Career Training Budget. Ms. Hampton has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Counseling, Higher Education Administration from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Grand Valley State University.
Jack Harrington, Corporate Student Support Manager – Mr. Harrington’s work in the Job Corps program for over 10 years has been marked by excellence. He has served in the positions of Career Transition Services Manager (CTS), Career Development Services Area Manager (CDSS), and served as a Career Pathway Area Manager. In these roles, he provided staff leadership, directed the academic and CTT programs, coordinated scheduling, conducted case note audits, evaluated CTT performance, and coordinated the center’s CTST program. As Career Pathway Area Manager, Jack supervised seven Career monitoring staff, students and career technical performance in the areas of Facilities Maintenance, Plastering, Carpentry, Cement and Painting. Prior to assuming the role as HLS’s Corporate, Student Support Manager, he served in the position of Center Standards and Incentives Officer (CSIO), where he provided leadership and direction of all CSIO programs to include CSS and Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS). Mr. Harrington holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s of Science from Grand Canyon State University.
Brad McCormick, Center Director (Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center)-Mr. McCormick has over 10 years of experience in Job Corps. In his many roles as a Job Corps professional, he has worked as Director of Administration, Director of Career Readiness, and Career Development Services Director. His achievements are numerous. He is an experienced, educated professional with expert knowledge of all levels of Job Corps operations: career technical training, academic management, community relations, budget development, fiscal management and control, financial development, program development and operations, volunteer leadership development, strategic planning, personnel administration, staff development, and risk management.
James Jones, Project Director, Career Transition Services (Phoenix Job Corps Center)-Mr. Jones has over 12 years of experience in workforce development, case management and job placement. He previously worked in Oregon as a Career Transition Specialist and at the Phoenix Job Corps Center as a Career Transition Specialist.
Liz Cintron, Human Resources – Ms. Cintron has an extensive Human Resources background. She has more than 15 years of experience in employee recruitment and retention, staff development, employee relations, benefits and compensation, HR records management and HR policy development and compliance. She has served as an HR Generalist and CTT Administrative Assistant in the Job Corps industry. Ms. Cintron has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ms. Cintron provides HR support for all HLS employees.
Juan Vinageras, Accounting, Finance and Accountability– Mr. Vinageras has over 11 years experience within the Job Corps industry. He has operated key departments including finance, purchasing, property, facility maintenance, student records, food service and computer operations. Mr. Vinageras holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He ensures contract compliance through extensive knowledge of the FAR and PRH, and has primary responsibility for contractual budget management.
Charles H. Geyer, Corporate Business Assistant – Mr. Geyer brings a diverse set of skills to the HLS Corporate Office Manager position. His technical experience includes the ability to: maintain a central library of required documents, handbooks, directives, and center operating procedures; to engage in extensive correspondence on behalf of the President/CEO; to act as a liaison between HLS, the DOL, and the wider community of Job Corps contractors; to coordinate conferences, organize meetings, maintain calendars, and prepare presentations, spreadsheets and agendas; to provide general administrative support; and to maintain the HLS Quality Assurance system. Mr. Geyer possesses a Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University in English/Creative Writing.
Human Learning Systems, LLC, also receives guidance and support from a 12 member Advisory Committee, representing various sectors (i.e., education, finance, workforce development, employers, government, etc.) that are crucial to advancing the growth and relevance of the company’s core mission.