Board Executive Team

Board Chair
Prasad Karunakaran
Board Chair
Robert Hooten, Board Vice Chair
Robert Hooten
Vice Chair
Stephanie Adibe
Executive Director

Board Information


Board Members


Business Members:

Prasad Karunakaran, Zenyon, Inc. (Board Chair)

Robert Hooten, Hooten Construction (Vice Chair)

Dwight Carr, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Paul Pappas, Pete Pappas and Sons

Chris Moyer, Howard County Economic Development Authority

Chuck Chandler, Residence Inn by Marriott Fulton at Maple Lawn

Business Member Vacancy

Business Member Vacancy

Partner Members:

Stephanie Discepolo, Howard County Public Schools

Geneva Rieu, Howard County Department of Social Services

Julie Givens, Division of Workforce Development & Adult Learning, Maryland Department of Labor

Matt Jackson, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services

Dean Turner, Community Action Council of Howard County

Rosie Verratti, Howard Community College


Labor/Apprenticeship/Community Organization

Kenn Hamm- Apprenticeship- Howard County Government

Gary Griffin, IBEW, Fourth District

Heather Naviasky, The Y in Central Maryland


Meeting Schedule


Board Meeting Dates:

June 7, 2024
September 6, 2024
November 1, 2024
December 13, 2024

Time & Location:
(9:30 AM-11:30 AM)
7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Ste. D.
Columbia, MD 21046






Meeting Documents & Minutes


Workforce Area Plan & MOU/RSA


The Howard County Workforce Development Board has updated its Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Local Plan for PY20-PY24, pursuant to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. The updated plan is now available for public comment from April 28, 2023, to May 13, 2023. Proposed changes are highlighted in yellow.

If you wish to provide feedback on the updated plan, you can send an email to or submit your comments in person or by mail to Howard County Office of Workforce Development located at 7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Ste. D. Columbia, MD  21076-- Attention Stephanie Hill. 

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Resource Sharing Agreement (RSA)


Board By-Laws


Click to view a copy of the board's by-laws.



Howard County Local Workforce Area Policies




Solicitation No.:  There are no open solicitations at this time.


Meeting Cancellation Policy


Inclement weather policy: In the event Howard County Public Schools are closed or delayed, the WDB meeting will be CANCELLED.

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