Job Skills Training & Employment Assistance


"We provide better prepared, better qualified candidates for our employers!"

Rick Wegmann, Executive Director, Miami Valley Works

Our Team - Dedicated People Make the Difference

The Miami Valley Works Team is a dedicated group of people with passion and a belief in the fundamental resiliency of people. Often we have to believe in our Members before they believe in themselves. Our Team works one-on-one with our Members helping them to overcome their obstacles to employment as well as monitoring their progress after they are employed.

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Rick Wegmann, Executive Director

M.B.A. Finance, Wright State Unversity; B.B.A. Finance/Quantitative Analysis, University of Cincinnati; Over 30 years in Business & Information Technolgy

The Executive Director is responsible for the oversight of the vision and mission, strategic direction, finances, and implementation of the Cincinnati Works model for the benefit of our Miami Valley region.  With a clear understanding of the big picture, Rick acts as a servant-leader for the entire team to ensure focus is placed on the program's vision and mission.

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Michelle Feltz, Program Supervisor

B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Wright State University; A.A., Liberal Arts, University of Cincinnati; Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist (CVE); Over 15 years in Human Services.

The Program Supervisor is responsible for the direct supervision of the Team and program operations. Michelle's enthusiastic attitude and exuberance provides a perfect professional role model for the Team as they work with our members to remove barriers and mentor them in returning to gainful employment and moving to self-sufficiency.  She is amazingly awesome!

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Dan Owens, Skills Training Facilitator

M.Ed., Harvard University Graduate School of Education; B.A., English, University of Massachuetts, Boston; Over 30 years experience education related activities

The Skills Training Facilitator develops, monitors, and adjusts curriculum materials and activities to ensure marketplace relevancy and successful preparation of Job Readiness Workshop participants. Dan recently moved to Dayton, OH from Seattle, WA.  The vast majority of his work life has been spent in the public sector.   Dan worked for 22 years for the WA State Department of Social and Health Services, the last several years in managerial positions.  He has also been an adjunct instructor in both community colleges and four year college in the states of Washington, New York and Massachusetts.  Dan feels that Miami Valley Works is a “perfect” fit for it allows him to use all his skills and experience to empower people in poverty and help them achieve self-sufficiency.

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Bristen Wells, Employment Coach

B.A., Psychology, Wittenberg University; B.A., Spanish, Wittenberg University; Over five years Case Management.

The Employment Coach provides support for Miami Valley Works Members in the processes of job readiness, job acquisition, and retention with the ultimate goal of promoting self-sufficiency. They proactively assist in problem solving with Members to manage plans to eliminate barriers to successful employment. Bristen comes from a diverse background of employment training and guidance services and is very excited to bring those skills to this population. Always motivated by the desire to help others better their lives, she is thrilled to be in a position that will allow her to fulfill her personal passion of seeing every citizen working and sustaining themselves.

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Adrian McLemore, Employment Coach

B.S., Political Science, Wright State University; Over 4 years in working with underprivledged individuals.

The Employment Coach provides support for Miami Valley Works Members in the processes of job readiness, job acquisition, and retention with the ultimate goal of promoting self-sufficiency. They proactively assist in problem solving with Members to manage plans to eliminate barriers to successful employment. A foster care alum; Adrian gives back to the community that raised him. He serves on the Ohio Supreme Court Committee on Children & Families and Foster Care Alumni of America-Ohio. Adrian states “I am pleased to be a part of such a wonderful team at MVW. Everyone is truly passionate about making a difference in the lives of the members we serve.”  Adrian is also a certified trainer with the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program and a National Speaker.

Malcom Keith

Malcom Keith, Recruiter

Private Pilot VFR, IFR; PTA President, 4 years working with parents; Freshman Transition Coordinator; Young Life Christian Youth Mentor

The Recruiter increases enrollment in Miami Valley Works' (MVW) by developing and strengthening strategic relationships with community, faith-based, government, and community outreach organizations and individuals. The Recruiter also markets Miami Valley Works to current and potential Members and Community Organizations to cultivate relationships and increase the overall number of individuals that can move to self-sufficiency. Originally from Gary Indiana, Malcom relocated to the “Birthplace of Aviation” to pursue the dream of becoming a pilot. He then moved to California to attend Sierra Academy of Aeronautics a flight training school. He returned to Dayton to bring aviation into the lives of kids and became a volunteer with Dayton Public Schools as the PTA President and was hired as the Freshmen Transition Coordinator. In his work with the Dayton Public Schools, Malcom worked extensively with both high school teens and their parents. He truly understands the "two-generational" approach to break the generational poverty cycle.

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Pastor Jimmy Mann, Chaplain

Over 25 years providing spiritual guidance and support.

As the Chaplain, Pastor Jimmy Mann has over 25 years in ministerial relations and spiritual counseling. Jimmy assists those who seek his guidance by offering a safe, peaceful place to share fears as well as successes.

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Candace Merriman, Administrative Assistant

B.A., English, Wright State University; Over 15 years experience in administrative technologies.

The Administrative Assistant provides administrative support to executive management and day-to-day office management. Candace assists with and is involved in the preparation of the Job Readiness Workshop. When Candace is not in the office, she spends her time volunteering as a Health and Wellness Instructor with various groups within her community.  Her careful, systematic approach, comfort in working independently and respect for confidentiality are valuable qualities in the various roles she plays.

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Chris Hotz-Steward, Program Services Social Worker

M.S.W., LISW-S, University of Cincinnati

The Program Services Social Worker provides direct service to Miami Valley Works members. Chris facilitates workshop curriculum on topics such as Attitudes, Conflict Resolution, Change, Fear and Self-Empowerment. 1:1 consultation is also available to Miami Valley participants. Chris, a longtime resident of Dayton, is also an advocate of Mental Health Services.