Board Members

William Sterling

William Sterling

WDB Chair
Executive Board

William Sterling currently serves as the Chair of the Workforce Development Board.  He previously served as Vice Chair, Second Vice-Chair and was a member of various committees.  He is the President/CEO of Sterling Synergy Systems, Inc. providing technical and business consulting services to business throughout the United States. He is also the co-founder and President/CEO of BCM Group, Inc., which provides program and construction management services. He has over 25 years of executive management, leadership, and consulting experience with for-profit and non-profit corporations.

Scott Kuethen

Scott Kuethen

WDB Vice Chair
Executive Board

Scott Kuethen is the CEO at Amtec Human Capital, a professional recruiting organization with 61 years of experience, nationwide operations, with offices in Southern California, Oregon, Arizona, and the Philippines Islands. Amtec specializes in placing professionals in a variety of disciplines, industries, and companies ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups to fortune 100. Scott has spent his career helping clients build high performing teams and helping people find meaningful work. He brings over three decades of team building focused on leadership, organizations, and individuals’ contributions to organizational and personal success. Scott received his undergraduate degree from the University of Redlands and his Executive MBA from the Drucker School of Business in Claremont. Scott enjoys speaking, consulting, teaching, and writing in the areas of selection, hiring, retention, performance management, succession and organizational planning and business management.

Shannon Shannon

Shannon Shannon

WDB Treasurer
Executive Board
Chair, Youth Committee

Shannon Shannon is the President of SaddleRock Reverse Mortgage.  During her 17-years in the reverse mortgage industry, Shannon has managed teams for some of the largest companies in the nation from Wells Fargo to MetLife.  Before this role, Shannon and her husband Rory owned Directors Residential Lending with an annual lending pipeline of $250,000,000 and sold it to American Home Mortgage in 2007. 

Phillip Cothran

Phillip Cothran

WDB Past Immediate Chair
Executive Board

Phillip Cothran has served for over 24 years on the WDB, serving as chair three times and committee chair of numerous committees. As a small businessman and President of the Fontana Chamber of Commerce, he understands the needs of the business community and what it means to have a trained and qualified workforce.

Cinnamon Alvarez

Cinnamon Alvarez

Executive Board
Chair, Economic Development and Business Resource Committee

Cinnamon Alvarez is an entrepreneur, a life coach, and the author of the best-selling book Generating Your Own Happiness. As the multi-talented entrepreneur behind the artisanal lighting company A19, Cinnamon uses her design skills to create ceramic lighting fixtures that complement modern decor. Having been in the ceramic lighting business over 20 years, Cinnamon has also founded an art gallery, run a fitness franchise, and coached others to start their own businesses and generate their own happiness.

Cinnamon brings energy, vision, and the business acumen gained from two decades of business ownership to all her projects. She has served as President of the Los Angeles Founding Chapter of NEWH, awarding scholarships while promoting a high standard of achievement in hospitality design industry. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the San Bernardino Workforce Development Board. She enjoys defying odds and supporting others in accomplishing their wildest dreams.

Jonathan Weldy

Jonathan Weldy

Executive Board
Chair, Special Populations Committee

Jonathan Weldy has served on the WDB since 2012 and is involved in the different Standing Committees.
As a general contractor, land developer and advocate of the building industry, he is interested in improving relationships between the WDB and the building industry trades. He believes that the building industry offers unique opportunities to provide employment to under-educated or re-entry populations.

Orlando Acevedo

Orlando Acevedo

Orlando Acevedo is the Director of Business Development and Communications for the Town of Apple Valley, where he champions small businesses and entrepreneurs and strives to recruit new business investment and jobs to the community. As a seasoned public servant with an MBA, he embraces his role to help bridge the gap and broker relationships between local government and business, and between residents desiring closer-to-home, better-paying jobs with companies seeking talented people and the right place to do business.

William Blankenship

William Blankenship

Bill Blankenship is a strategic consultant with over 30 years of experience in Federal, State and local government affairs. His primary focus is providing businesses, municipalities, regional government agencies, associations and local non-profits the winning strategies of navigating the complex political and regulatory environment. He is well versed in the impediments that impact the Development Industry with a focus on the supply of housing. He has developed niche in the local legislative process of the Inland Empire. Bill joined the Building Industry Association-Riverside County Chapter as the Director of Governmental Affairs in 2000. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Director and in 2011 he was appointed the Chief Executive Officer. Bill was responsible for the day-to-day management duties and the strategic direction of the association, with offices in downtown Riverside and the Coachella Valley. The Chapter is a non-profit trade association representing 400 member companies involved in all aspects of the building industry. Bill’s representation of the Industry spanned the greatest housing growth period and its largest decline. Through these tumultuous times Riverside County was the West Coast’s largest housing market. Bill’s extensive experience in the legislative affairs arena includes being both the District Director and Campaign Manager for Congressman Gary Miller. Bill also served as the Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Gary Miller. Other professional activities include serving as the Field Representative for California State Senator Cathie Wright and Assemblyman Paul Woodruff. In addition, Bill has worked in numerous political campaigns throughout his career. He resides in Redlands with his wife Tonja, his daughter Caroline and their King Charles Spaniel, Bailey. He is a cycling enthusiast, antique collector and enjoys trap shooting.

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Ricardo Cisneros

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Tawnya Rhoades-Hensley

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Mauricio Arellano

Mauricio Arellano

On April 17, 2023, Mauricio Arellano became
Superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District. He was selected by the SBCUSD Board of Education in February 2023
in a unanimous vote following a comprehensive community engagement process and national search. His appointment as Superintendent is a homecoming for Arellano, who grew up in San Bernardino attending SBCUSD schools as a child. Superintendent Arellano graduated from San
Bernardino High School and started his career in education as a bilingual elementary school teacher in the District more than 30 years ago. He is the son of immigrant parents from Mexico who also worked in SBCUSD schools. Superintendent Arellano was a first generation college student when he pursued his
undergraduate degrees in sociology and Spanish at the University of California, Riverside. He later earned a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino. During his tenure as Superintendent of the Redlands Unified School District, he garnered
local, state, and national honors and was personally recognized many times for his
leadership, most recently being named as U.C. Davis C-STEM Superintendent of the Year in 2020. Superintendent Arellano served for 14 years as the assistant superintendent of human resources in the Palm Springs Unified School District.

Cherilyn Greenlee

Cherilyn Greenlee

Cherilyn Greenlee has over 29 years’ experience working for the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) including Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Services Branches. She is currently the Deputy Division Chief for the Inland Empire Region of the Workforce Services Branch. She provides leadership for EDD and partner staff in an Integrated Service Delivery Model environment within the America’s Job Centers of California in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Lowell King

Lowell King

Lowell King has been a part of the Goodwill Southern California (GSC) team for 27 years. In 2001, King was appointed the Regional Operations Officer for the Goodwill Industries Inland Counties (GIIC) an organization that was facing bankruptcy and closure. Within 18 months the organization was out of debt and as a result in 2003 Lowell played an instrumental role of merging the two Goodwill’s, GSC and GIIC. This created what is now the largest Goodwill service territory in North America, spanning 31,000 square miles including Los Angeles (North of Rosecrans), Riverside and San Bernardino counties. This merger has allowed GSC to dramatically increase its impact in mission services, social enterprise and the ability to serve its communities in the Inland Empire in a way that was once thought not possible. Lowell oversees the daily operations of the Inland Empire campus and works to maximize the agency’s Workforce and Career Development programs, supports its social enterprise and green business lines by developing and maintaining key relationships with community leaders and governmental agencies, Local, State and Federal legislators and service groups.
Lowell has a strong commitment to the community, and has a heartfelt desire to help those around him succeed. Lowell believes that given the opportunity everyone in our community can contribute and demonstrates this through his heart, passion, and desire to enrich the lives of those in our community.

As a matter of background, Lowell serves on the boards for the San Bernardino County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), was appointed to the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) (2011-2016, 2020), appointed to the WDB Executive committee (2013-2016), chaired the WDB Youth Council (2013-2016); appointed to San Bernardino County Homeless Advisory Board, St. Bernadine’s Hospital Community Benefits Initiative Committee Member (2006-2017), Non-Profit Executive Network (NEN), Chair of the board of Inland Action (IA) (2021-2023), Board member of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP); member of IEEP’s Business Council and Workforce Council, and board member of the Greater Ontario Business Council. Lowell received the Terrific 20 for Senate District 20 award 2018, Finalist Man of the Year Assembly District 47 2018, finalist for the California State University San Bernardino – Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award 2017, Unforgettables Heart award 2015, Providing Help, Creating Hope award from Catholic Charities 2010, was named the Community Leader of the Year by America’s Charity in 2009 and has been recognized with various other awards and proclamations from Federal, State and local officials.

Robert Loeun

Robert Loeun

Robert Loeun has over 16 years’ experience assisting individuals with disabilities seeking employment that has resulted in many successes for the job seekers and employers. The Department of Rehabilitation collaborates with the WDB to increase disability awareness in the community. As the Inland Empire District Administrator for the California Department of Rehabilitation, he works in partnership with the WDB to provide services resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.

Louie Lopez

Louie Lopez

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Dale Marsden

Dale Marsden

Dr. Dale Marsden recently served as Superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD), California’s 10th largest urban public school district, which serves a diverse student population of 73 percent Latino and 14 percent African-American, in an area with a 91% poverty rate. The District serves over 50,000 students, 8,000 staff in 73 schools across a 98-square-mile radius.  During Dr. Marsden’s tenure, the SBCUSD team experienced a historic increase in graduation rates from 66.8% to 93.6% (surpassing county, state, and national graduation rates), doubled the number of students eligible to attend 4-year universities, and increased from 5 to 53 high-growth, high-demand pathway experiences, ensuring equity and access for all students to high-wage careers in local and world industries.  Dr. Marsden is a veteran of the United States Air Force and has nearly 30 years of experience in public education. He earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino in Liberal Studies with a minor in mathematics, a master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a doctorate of education in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy from Pepperdine University, where he was named the 2016 Superintendent of the Year. In 2018, he was named a National Leader to Learn From by Education Week. Dr. Marsden currently supports the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, a host of state-wide and regional education reform and work-based learning initiatives, and is founder/CEO of Tomorrow’s Talent ©, a company focused on Bridging young adults (16-24) to
work-based learning experiences: Local Talent, Local Employers, Local Economy.

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Lina Montes

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Henry Shannon

Henry Shannon

Dr. Henry D. Shannon is the Superintendent/President of Chaffey College, which has campuses in Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana and Chino.

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