MEET OUR BOARD

 

MATT GIOIA – President

Matt Gioia is a community-centric public health professional with a decade experience serving adults covered by AHCCCS in Maricopa County. With an emphasis on workforce development for underemployed populations, Matt has served in various capacities under Psychosocial Vocational models, ranging from Rehabilitation Counselor within a “Villages” model to Program Coordinator for Employment Programs within integrated care environements. Matt is a proponent of the SAMHSA Supported Employment Model and the transformative impact employment plays upon social determinants of health within a community. 

Prior to dedicating his career to workforce development for public health populations, Matt worked as a Trainer and Consultant for fundraising firm RuffaloCODY where he served higher education institutions, 501(C)3s and healthcare providers with development campaigns and major-gift stewardship.

Matt currently works as a Senior Project Manager for Aetna Inc. where he supports network oversight functions and provider relations for clinics and providers serving over 20,000 acute public health plan members. Areas of personal and professional interest include health disparate outcomes, workforce development for the re-entry population, value-based healthcare reimbursement models, and public health administration.

Alumni from Eastern Illinois University, Matt graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology in 2007 and completed his Masters of Business Administration from Benedictine University in Fall of 2017. He intends to continue working within and transforming public health sectors guided by a commitment to outcomes-based, healthcare systems.

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-gioia-1599a524/

 

 

 

VERILY KEENAN – Vice President

Verily hails from the United Kingdom and holds UK, United States and Irish citizenships. Her career has spanned economic, business and workforce/training development. Verily has held positions as Assistant Commercial Officer (Trade) with the British–General San Francisco, Business Development Manager with Invest Northern Ireland, San Jose, and Business Attraction Manager with the Arizona Department of Commerce. Prior to relocating to the United States, Verily held the position of Executive Officer (Human Resources) with the British Government’s Department of Work and Pensions.

For the last 4 years, Verily has enjoyed working at Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW), a Non-Profit Agency with Programs designed to help vulnerable members of the community:  www.lss-sw.org

Formerly Employment Coordinator with the Refugee Program, Verily now works in Human Resources at our Corporate Office. In addition to assisting staff with their Human Resources needs, Verily is responsible for developing and presenting trainings and workshops.

Verily especially enjoys representing LSS-SW at NETPA events and is honored to serve as the Vice-President of the NETPA Board.

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verilyjkeenan/

 

 

 

BILL MANSON – Treasurer

Bill has been involved with the NETPA organization for many years and was a member during the initial inception of the group in 1992 when Manny Silvera of Circle K Corporation initiated the first meetings with HR professionals, staffing agencies, private sector companies and government agencies. Bill was the previous President of NETPA for over four years and has recently returned to the board.  He is a proven leader in non-profit management, workforce development, board development, events management, marketing and business development with over 25 years of combined experience. Bill’s personal passion to serve the community is driven by his desire to connect employers from growing and progressive companies to qualified human capital who come from all populations representing the future as an inclusive workforce.    

Professionally, Bill is a non-profit executive and fulfils the role of Employment Program Manager for a Phoenix based agency named GOMPERS. Gompers is celebrating its 70th Anniversary serving the community of Greater Phoenix region this year, providing training and supportive services to people living with disabilities.  The Employment Program he manages, heads up the efforts to serve individuals who desire to be part of an inclusive workforce in the Valley.  Bill has extensive experience providing services to both the private and public sectors in non-profit and for-profit management, fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, staffing and training. His Track record of taking organizations to the next level through innovative strategies and implementation is an asset that NETPA will utilize as we grow the organization to better serve employment professionals from a variety of business sectors.

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-manson-8aa1b38/

 

 

 

MAGGIE KASPAREK – Secretary

Maggie Kasparek, has worked as Economic Development and Employment Manager with Mercy Maricopa to assist individuals who are either unemployed and underemployed find job opportunities and sustainable careers. Maggie has also worked with United States Chamber of Commerce as Executive Director where the focus was employment.  Maggie also had a 27 year career with AT&T.

Maggie became involved with NETPA in 2014 and has been a member of the NETPA Board of Directors since 2016. One of Maggie’s passions is to connect qualified human capital that come from all diverse populations to employers who are seeking a diverse, inclusive employee base. Her focus is on creating partnerships with employers to collaborate with employers to identify job opportunities within Maricopa County for the individuals she serves. Her collaborative efforts are within the community at local, state and federal levels. Maggie fulfilled the role of Economic Development and Employment serving people living with disabilities. Maggie has a broad range of experience working with private and public sectors. She is honored to serve on the NETPA board.

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maggie-kasparek-43a93911/

 

 

 

GEORGE THORNE

George is a retired 27-year U.S. Army combat veteran having served in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps and attained the rank of senior Sergeant Major / E9. Subsequent to his retirement in 1990, he served four years as a Veterans’ Representative for the State of Arizona before becoming the State Business Relations Coordinator for 11 years (in that capacity he also served as the U.S. Department of Labor Business Relations Group’s National Business Partnership Initiative State Coordinator).

In 2006, he joined Jobing.com as Director of Community Relations / Marketing where his focus was centered on establishing, strengthening, and expanding working partnerships between Jobing.com and the wide spectrum of public and private sector entities throughout Jobing’s local and national markets.

George is a two-term Past President of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce where he served on the Board of Directors for 17 years until 2014. He is currently a member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee.George was a member of the Arizona Employers’ Advisory Council Board of Directors (AZEAC) for 20 years; and is a charter member of the Arizona Networking Employment and Training Professionals Association (NETPA) where he has been a member of the Board for over 20 years.

George has served on the Peoria Unified School District Career Technical Education (CTE) Business Advisory Council, as well as the Business Advisory Councils for Brown Mackie College, Brookline College, Mesa Community College, and Paradise Valley Community College.

He is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America; a charter member of the Kiwanis International – Westgate Chapter where he has served as First Vice-President and President-Elect, and currently as a member of the Board of Directors. He also serves as a Club Counselor and Key Club Advisor on behalf of the Southwest District of Kiwanis & Kiwanis International and the Westgate Chapter.

George was a charter member of NETPA in 1992 and in 2009, was appointed to NETPA’s Board of Directors and to the Director of Workforce Development for Operation American Patriot (OAP), a non-profit organization inspired by Senator John McCain and the US Senate Armed Forces Coalition Committee…he served in that capacity until 2016.

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-thorne-1321404/