AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has appointed Kevin Healey, currently vice president of human resources at St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, as vice chairman of the State Workforce Investment Board.
Healey has been a member of the workforce investment board since LePage created it last December, two months after discovering that in recent years the four regional workforce development boards had used roughly 20 percent of federal workforce training funds for job training, while the rest was used for administration and overhead. Those four regional workforce boards were eliminated and the new State Workforce Investment Board officially replaced the Maine Jobs Council last month, according to the jobs council’s website.
When asked what his priority would be in his new role, Healey said it was to make sure federal money flowing into Maine for workforce training is used effectively.
“I want to see those dollars used as efficiently as possible so more people have the skills they need to get a job,” he said. “Not to say it hasn’t been done in the past, but I think we can do it in a more targeted and more collaborative manner.”
The workforce investment board’s new strategic plan involves collaborating with the state’s chambers of commerce to better understand the workforce needs of businesses.
The board consists of 35 members from the business, economic development and education fields, as well as a few legislators, according to the state website. It is tasked with advising the administration and Legislature on workforce development issues, as well as managing the effort to improve Maine’s workforce development system so it is able to meet the future needs of Maine employers.
In his current position at St. Mary’s, Healey is responsible for all aspects of human resources management for both the health system and St. Joseph hospital. Previously, he served as a human resources division director at Unum in Portland and as the executive director of the Unum Foundation.
Healey’s “background in human resources and management will serve the board and Mainers well,” Fred Webber, chairman of the workforce investment board, said in a statement.