Four new members appointed to county workforce board



Over the past year, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation from the Workforce Development Board to appoint four new board members. Each will serve a three-year term.

New member Shaffiq Rahim is president/owner of Hi-Tech Engineering in Camarillo. His focus as a board member is the growth and economic development of local small businesses.

Jeremey Shumaker is regional director of operations for American Medical Response in Moorpark and Gold Coast Ambulance in Oxnard. He is a U.S. Army veteran and business leader with more than 20 years of emergency medical services experience. He is responsible for ensuring his EMTs and paramedics are prepared to care for the community at a moment’s notice.

Bill Werner is the owner of Leadership Made Clear in Simi Valley. He has over 15 years of experience in healthcare management. As a board member, he wants to make sure that the Ventura County healthcare industry has trained staff to serve the community.

Sandy Smith is a project manager for Sespe Consulting Inc. in Ventura. He is responsible for providing strategic analysis and counseling in land use planning and project planning.

He is a former mayor for the City of Ventura, past chair and current policy chair for the Ventura County Economic Development Association, and a senior adjunct instructor in the Cal Lutheran University Masters Program in Public Policy and Administration.

“During these challenging times, WDB is committed to providing the necessary resources for workers and businesses to recover from the pandemic and keep our local economy and communities strong,” said Rebecca Evans, executive director of the Workforce Development Board.

Board members include leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, government and community based organizations.