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Our business development managers are your one-stop resource, whether you need help recruiting qualified job candidates, disability awareness training, job accommodation solutions or information on Virginia's economic and workforce development.

Commonwealth Workforce Network groups meet at various locations throughout Virginia. The mission is to enhance partnerships between workforce development professionals and the business community to promote business, share job leads and enhance job development. Organizations can present at a meeting to showcase their business and share job openings.

Find your business development manager and/or Commonwealth Workforce Network contact by clicking on your region on the map or selecting your locality from the dropdown list.

Find your business development manager and/or Commonwealth Workforce Network contact by selecting your locality from the dropdown list.

EASTERN CENTRAL NOVA BLUE RIDGE SOUTH CENTRAL SOUTHWEST

Our business development managers are your one-stop resource, whether you need help recruiting qualified job candidates, disability awareness training, job accommodation solutions or information on Virginia's economic and workforce development.

Commonwealth Workforce Network groups meet at various locations throughout Virginia. The mission is to enhance partnerships between workforce development professionals and the business community to promote business, share job leads and enhance job development. Organizations can present at a meeting to showcase their business and share job openings.

Find your business development manager and/or Commonwealth Workforce Network contact by clicking on your region on the map or selecting your locality from the dropdown list.

Find your business development manager and/or Commonwealth Workforce Network contact by selecting your locality from the dropdown list.

EASTERN CENTRAL NOVA BLUE RIDGE SOUTH CENTRAL SOUTHWEST


Director Workforce Programs


Dale Batten

David Leon
 E-mail
(804) 662-7151
(804) 662-7151

David Leon is the Director of Workforce Programs and Ticket to Work Manager. He has worked for DARS since 2011 and has more than 20 years of experience in helping adults with disabilities go to work.

David is also the Projector Director for the 5-year, $9.2 million dollar RSA PATHWAYS to Careers Using Partnerships, Apprenticeships and Equity grant as well as the co-principal investigator for the NIDILRR ABLEnow research grant. David provides technical assistance on Ticket to Work and SSA work incentives statewide and nationally. He received the Corbett Reedy Award for Excellence for dramatically growing the Ticket to Work program in Virginia.

He also serves on the board of directors for the National Employment Network Association and has served as a subject matter expert for the Department of Labor.



Northern Virginia


Business Development Manager:

Jackie Kanupp

Jackie Kanupp
 E-mail
 (571) 766-0566  (571) 766-0566

Jackie Kanupp serves Northern Virginia including Leesburg, Fairfax, Alexandria, Manassas, and Culpeper areas. With a master’s degree in business administration and vocational rehabilitation, she is knowledgeable about individuals with disabilities in the workforce.

Jackie serves as the business liaison between the business and community partners and the diversified workforce. She is available to assist with pre-screening candidates, education of employers and potential candidates on disability etiquette and workplace expectations.

With over seven years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, she is used to thinking outside the box and coming up with creative solutions to workforce issues.

Commonwealth Workforce Network:

Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and City of Falls Church Areas

Greater Fredericksburg Workforce Network

Loudoun Information Network for Employment (LINE)

Northern Shenandoah Valley

Prince William Area


Blue Ridge Virginia


Business Development Manager:

Nycole Fox

Nycole Fox
 E-mail
(434) 515-1892  (434) 515-1892 

Nycole Fox serves the Shenandoah Valley, working with DARS offices in Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Fishersville, Harrisonburg and Winchester and surrounding communities.

She has over 15 years combined experience in workforce development, human services, vocational rehabilitation services and business administration and development. Nycole has served in multiple capacities at DARS including as a job placement counselor and vocational rehabilitation counselor with multiple, specialized caseloads.

Nycole is your connecting agent to advance local workforce development with collaborative and solution-driven solutions that focus to engage businesses and support the ability and skill-sets of our candidates.

Commonwealth Workforce Network:

Resource Access Network for Employers (RANE)

PD-9 Workforce Resource Network


Southwest Virginia


South Central Virginia


Business Development Manager:

Beth Groff

Beth Groff
 E-mail
 (804) 895-1696  (804) 895-1696

Beth Groff serves the Roanoke, Martinsville, Danville and South Boston areas. She provides businesses with assistance in recruitment, meeting diversity initiatives and serves as a liaison with local workforce partners.

With more than 25 years of experience, Beth strives to learn the unique needs of individual businesses and educates job seekers on the demands of current work environments. She provides business services including recruiting qualified candidates, assisting with job retention and educating about workplace accommodations.

As a recipient of the 2016 State Rehabilitation Council Employee Leadership Award, Beth finds fulfillment in assisting people in achieving their own personal career goals and businesses achieve their recruitment and retention goals.


Commonwealth Workforce Network:

South Central Workforce Network


Eastern Virginia


Business Development Manager:

Melissa Edmonds

Melissa Edmonds
 E-mail
 (757) 358-2488  (757) 358-2488

Melissa Edmonds has over 30 years of workforce development experience and has cultivated excellent business partnerships in the Hampton Roads region. Known as Missie, she joined the DARS team in 2005.

Missie served as vice president and president on the Governor’s Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. Through that experience, she developed great collaborations with other state and community agencies.

Cari Fessler, Director of Human Resources and Administration at Professional Risk Associates said, “Melissa is caring, outgoing, knowledgeable member of the DARS team. This shines through her work through the Commonwealth Workforce Networks and Business Solutions Teams.”


Commonwealth Workforce Network:

Peninsula Workforce Network
(Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg)

Southside Workforce Network
(Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Isle of Wight)


Central Virginia


Business Development Manager:

William E. Seaton

William E. Seaton
 E-mail
 (804) 652-7706  (804) 652-7706

Wes Seaton partners with local businesses in the Central Virginia district – covering 28 counties from Metro Richmond to Fredericksburg and the Northern Neck.

Wes has worked in workforce development and programming for more than 25 years and understands that skilled, dependable and productive employees are important to business success.

He serves as a vital link in connecting businesses with skilled and talented workers with disabilities actively seeking employment through staffing and recruiting, workplace accommodations, disability awareness training, incumbent worker training and financial tax incentives.


Commonwealth Workforce Network:

Commonwealth Workforce Network of Greater Richmond



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