Local Board & State System

Florida's CareerSource System

CareerSource Gulf Coast is part of the statewide CareerSource Florida network. Each individual Board is given great freedom to structure partnerships and programs that are responsive to their local community needs. The system was created by Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida Legislature with the passage of the Workforce Investment Act of 2000, Chapter 445, Florida Statutes. A 45-member board appointed by the Governor oversees and monitors the administration of the state’s workforce policy, programs and services carried out by the 24 CareerSource Boards and the Department of Economic Opportunity. Direct services are provided at nearly 90 One-Stop Centers with locations throughout the state.

Local Leadership

Kimberly Bodine serves as Executive Director of CareerSource Gulf Coast, which is governed by a local Board of Directors. CareerSource Gulf Coast is part of a network of local CareerSource Boards and is overseen by the state through CareerSource Florida.

CareerSource Gulf Coast is one of 24 regional workforce boards around the state of Florida. It is chartered to serve the workforce and training needs of Bay, Gulf, and Franklin Counties. Our board members represent a broad cross-section of industry, economic development, government, and education partners. They bring an industry focus as well as management and policy development expertise to the provision of workforce services in our community and administer federal funds in a way that reflects the values of private business. The vehicle for providing employer and job seeker services is the CareerSource Gulf Coast Job Center on Highway 231 in Panama City. The Board creates the vision and the focus of workforce services in our region and selects service providers who are best suited for ensuring that our workforce meets the employment needs of our community.















CareerSource Gulf Coast Board of Directors

Chair: Dr. Patricia Hardman, Gulf 2 Bay Construction & Development (January 2021-2024)
Vice Chair: Elinor Mount-Simmons, Mount-Up Consulting/Franklin's Promise (July 2020-2023)
Aaron Little, Capital City Bank (February 2021-2024)
Becca Hardin, Bay County Economic Development Alliance (July 2020-2023)
Christian Johnson, Uptown Raw Bar & Grill (March 2021-2024)
Christy Smith, Resort Collection (June 2019-2022)
Dr. John Holdnak, Gulf Coast State College (July 2020-2023)
Fred Croon, Central Labor Council (July 2020-2023)
Jim McKnight, Gulf County Economic Development Alliance (September 2019-2022)
John Deegins, Bay County Veteran’s Services (July 2020-2023)
Lisa Barnes, PanCare of Florida (August 2019-2022)
Rebekah Vassar, Hancock Whitney Bank (February 2021-2024)
Roderick Pearson, Vocational Rehabilitation (July 2020-2023)
Shelley Scarborough, Gulf Power (April 2021-2024)
Stephen Jordan, IAMAW District Lodge No. 75 (July 2020-2023)
Jim Norton, Gulf County School District (July 2021-2022)
Ted Mosteller, Apalachee Electronics (July 2019-2022)

Executive / Finance Committee

Chair: Dr. Patricia Hardman, Gulf 2 Bay Construction & Development (January 2021-2024)
Vice Chair: Elinor Mount-Simmons, Mount-Up Consulting/Franklin's Promise (July 2020-2023)
Christy Smith, Resort Collection (June 2019-2022)
Ted Mosteller, Apalachee Electronics (July 2019-2022)
John Deegins, Bay County Veteran’s Services (July 2020-2023)




Partners

To provide workforce development services, leadership of CareerSource Gulf Coast relies on a strong network of community, economic development, and governmental partners.

Governmental Partners

The CareerSource Gulf Coast Board is the custodian of federal monies and is rigorously evaluated by the state. CareerSource Florida measures us on many outcomes quarterly and yearly. In Florida, these core measures are used to determine performance incentives with the possibility of adding to local funds and support. We partner with several state agencies to provide a seamless system of programs for our community.