Our Mission
To Champion Impactful Workforce Solutions

Our Vision
NOW is a catalyst in workforce development that provides leadership, creates connections, fosters partnerships, and makes investments to address the employment needs of individuals and the business community.

Meet Our Team

Heather Desart
Executive Director

Jason Swain
Chief Financial Officer

Karen Litvin
Program and Compliance Director

Jerry Hardman
Business Services Manager

Karen Litvin
Program and Compliance Director

Board of Directors & Workforce Consortium

The oversight and administration of workforce services in the Northwest Area is chartered to NOW’s Board of Directors in partnership with the Northwest Oregon Workforce Consortium (NOWC).

NOW’s Board of Directors is made up of representatives from business, education, economic development, organized labor, community-based organization, and state agencies as required by federal workforce legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

The NOWC, also referred to as the Consortium, is an intergovernmental jurisdiction represented by a county commissioner from each of the five counties. Northwest Oregon Works works on behalf of and in coordination with the Consortium.

Board of Directors

Workforce Consortium

Tony Erickson, Chair
Oregon Aero

Zach Poole, Vice Chair/Secretary
Pig ‘N Pancake

Henry Balensifer III

Whitey Forsman
Pacific Oyster

Josh Kvidt

Amanda Morris
Samaritan Health Services

​Heather Clark
Alterations by Heather

Mario Calderon
Laborers Local 737

Linda Dugan, Treasurer 
​Linda Dugan Insurance Agency

Todd Simmons
Tillamook People’s Utility District

John Hawkins
Linn-Benton, Lincoln County Service Labors International Union

Rod Belisle
NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center

Terre Cooper
Tillamook County Economic Development Office

Cami Aufdermauer
Tillamook County Habitat for Humanity

Birgitte Ryslinge
Oregon Coast Community College

Stephanie Hurliman
Oregon Employment Department

Ann Buchele
Linn-Benton Community College

Lauren Smith
​Vocational Rehabilitation
Oregon Dept. of Human Services

Doug Hunt, Chair
Lincoln County Commissioner

Pat Malone
Benton County Commissioner

Mary Faith Bell
Tillamook County Commissioner

Henry Heimuller
Columbia County Commissioner

Pamela Wev
Clatsop County Commissioner


Jobs and Training Opportunites Through our Partners

Jobs at NOW

Job Title Location
BWLCP Project Manager Lincoln City, OR

Download the application here and email it to info@onwib.org