Next Generation Sector Partnership Community of Practice




The Next Gen Sector Partnership Academy & Community of Practice uses the real experience of practitioners in the field to train emerging leaders on the steps and strategies of Next Gen Sector Partnership-building. 


Shea Cheatham Practitioner Faculty

Shae Cheatham is the Health Professional Opportunity Grant Project Director for Workforce Development Board 83, a ten-parish region around Monroe, Louisiana. She has played a key role in launching and sustaining the first sector partnership in the State of Louisiana the Northeast Louisiana Health Alliance. Shae works closely with healthcare industry partners and education providers to ensure the healthcare workforce needs of northeast Louisiana are met.

Paul Harter Business Faculty

Paul Harter, owner of Aqua-Hot Heating Systems, is a founding member and vice chair for the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership. This partnership started in 2013 and has grown to over seven hundred individual members, representing approximately two hundred and fifty manufacturing companies. The partnership’s annual trade show, NOCOM, has become the premier showcase for Colorado’s manufacturing community. As a member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, Paul also serves as the steering committee chairperson for all of Colorado’s sector partnership activities. Working with Next Gen Sector Partnerships, he has become a frequent speaker and mentor on lessons learned in Next Generation Sector Partnership development.

Meagan Lannan, Practitioner Faculty

Meagan Lannan is a Workforce Strategist with the MT Department of Labor & Industry, providing research and technical assistance at the intersection of workforce, education, and industry. She travels to Montana communities to share the Next Gen Sector Partnership approach and if suitable, works with those communities to launch a partnership. Meagan has had the opportunity to be a part of several partnerships and never tires of the inspired ideas that industry moves to action!

Terri Mitchell, Practitioner Faculty

Terri Mitchell is the Executive Director for Workforce Development Board 83, a ten-parish rural workforce area in northeast Louisiana.  She serves as the convener and lead support for the NELA Healthcare Alliance, a Next Gen healthcare sector partnership, launched in August 2016.   The Alliance has had several remarkable WINs in its short history; from proposed and passed state legislation, designed and hosted a Nursing Symposium to up skill incumbent nurses in the region, to the development of a $600,000, 3-year NELA Nursing Adjunct Faculty Project with successful grant funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana Foundation/Living Well Foundation to address the RN shortage.

Yvonne Myers, Business Faculty

Yvonne Myers has been employed in various roles at Columbine Health Systems over the past twenty-eight years, since 1998, as the Health Systems Director. In that time Columbine grew from 5 businesses to twenty-three. They currently employ over 1,650 people. Over the past thirty-four years, Yvonne has been involved in numerous boards and committees regarding workforce development.  These include – the Larimer County Workforce Investment Board, Workforce Committee of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership. As a key leader in the sector partnerships, she has found it to be the single table where she can come together with her competitors to take collective action for their industry and community. Columbine Health Systems has led innovative community and workforce issues under her leadership. This fall, 9 students started in a federal apprenticeship program at Columbine. This is the first health care business registered apprenticeship in Colorado.

Michael Malone, Practitioner Faculty

Michael Malone is the President and CEO of Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce with thirty+ years of experience with Chambers of Commerce, workforce and economic development in 6 states.  Mike is nationally certified and holds 2 state certifications in Chamber leadership.  He is a former business owner and has provided service on workforce investment boards and as a continuing educator.  Mike is also a public speaker, writer, consultant, teacher, photographer and community service volunteer. Mike is the facilitator and host of the Texarkana Manufacturers Regional Partnership. This partnership crosses 2 states. Multiple counties and cities of each state united with the common goal of regional development and economic growth.

 Kristina Payne, Practitioner Faculty

Kristina Payne is the Executive Director of the Lane Workforce Partnership, a position she has held since 2014. Prior, she worked for LWP as the Workforce Investment Manager. Her eighteen-year experience includes high-level management, program development, change management, and system design for both governmental and non-profit organizations. Lane Workforce Partnership receives funding under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to invest in aligning economic, education, and training systems based on the needs of businesses and communities.

Upon becoming the Executive Director of LWP, Kristina moved the organization out from the County government structure and set it up as an independent private non-profit. With board assistance, she created the Lane County Sector Strategy Team, made up of high-level government and private sector leadership from across Lane County. The LC Sector Strategy Team has launched initiatives that have drawn local and national attention for the growing both the Tech and the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Sector. Kristina is part of a small team of national experts who serve as faculty for the Next Generation Sector Partnership organization.  

Lynn Vosler, Practitioner Faculty

Lynn Vosler is Director of Workforce Solutions for Front Range Community College in Northern Colorado.  She helped to convene the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership, the NoCo Health Sector Partnership and the Boulder/Broomfield Tech Sector Partnership.  She has also helped to convene and launch the Albany County Manufacturing Partnership in Laramie, Wyoming.  In her partnerships with the NoCo groups – she has worked to provide students with more information about the industries by helping to design “NoCo High School Manufacturing Rocks Tours” to more than two thousand students and “Get into the Guts of Health Care Careers” for middle schoolers in 4 different school districts.

Katie Weaver, Faculty & Facilitator

Katie Weaver joined Montana State University Extension as the Park County Economic & Community Development Agent in 2013 and has over thirteen years of experience in rural communities throughout the West. She has led efforts in business and entrepreneurship, downtown redevelopment, leadership, workforce development, infrastructure, and local food. Katie’s deep understanding of capacity building and her expertise in bringing communities together is integral to the sustainability of these efforts. Katie previously served as the convener of the Gallatin Valley Manufacturing Partnership and Gardiner Tourism Partnership, and is currently supporting the launch of 2 partnerships in Wyoming.

Leslie Wilkins, Practitioner Faculty

Leslie Wilkins is the President and CEP of the Maui Economic Development Board and convening partner in The Maui County Healthcare Partnership (MCHP) which launched in March 2017. Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), a private non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen and diversify the county’s economy, was tapped by community leaders to facilitate the partnership’s formation. Leslie Wilkins currently serves as MEDB’s President & CEO and also chairs the Hawaii State Workforce Development Council. Her work in integrating economic development strategies with the needed workforce development to fuel targeted sector development has been instrumental in the Partnership’s progress.  Maui County includes the islands of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. Its tri-island configuration poses unique coordinating challenges, however, the Partnership’s current membership is one hundred and thirty-five strong with active leadership from all three islands. The Partnership has compiled a visual map of medical services offered county-wide and is adding a self-updating and interactive feature for consumers. It is also developing industry supported education-to-workforce pathways to expand the current talent pool of medical professionals.