Dr. Charisse Childers, director of the state’s Division of Workforce Services, has been named to the state board of Junior Achievement of Arkansas, the nonprofit announced.
Junior Achievement also named Andrew Faulkner, Dr. Allison Roberts, Joe Quinn and Tim Skinner to its state board and Jason Parker, Josh Hallenbeck and Laura Monteverdi to its Central Arkansas board.
Founded in 1987, Junior Achievement of Arkansas is dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Childers, a Blytheville native, was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and served as the director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education from January 2015 to July 2019. She currently directs the state’s workforce system which includes all of DWS’s federal programs and grants along with adult education, rehabilitation services and services for the blind. She leads a team of approximately 1,200 employees.
“Each of these men and women are a well-respected member of their communities, both professionally and socially,” JA President Tonya Villines said in a statement. “I’m excited for what they will bring to the organization as we work to prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.”