Workforce Development Board
Our membership and their representation on the Workforce Development Board. As directed by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, a majority of the membership represents business and the WDB is also a business representative.
Herman Gray, Jr., Chair
Herman is a retired automotive metallurgist and quality assurance manager. He now runs Gray Consulting. Prior to our area's restructuring, he served on the State of Ohio Workforce Board.
Herman is a past president of the Noble County Chamber and actively volunteers in many community, civic and economic development organizations benefitting Noble and surrounding counties: Noble County Community Improvement Corp, Noble County Coordinated Council, Buckeye Hills - Hocking Valley Regional Development District's Council on Aging and other committees.
Herman and his wife, Ronnie, are active in the church and enjoy spoiling the grandkids with frequent trips to Disney.
Prior - WDB Board outreach
Ann Block, Vice Chair
Having a lifelong fondness for ice cream, it was only natural for Ann Block to be a partner/owner of The Woodsfield Grill and Chill Dairy Queen! In addition to managing the financial operations of this 4 year old business, Ann is in her second elected term as the Monroe County Recorder.
She is a member of the Ohio Area 15 Workforce Development Board, the Ohio Recorders’ Association, the Ohio Women’s Caucus and the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and she is currently serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Area 15 WDB and as Secretary of the Ohio Recorders’ Association. She also serves as Treasurer of the Ohio State Women’s Caucus.
Before her election as County Recorder, Ann represented the Office of the Ohio Secretary of State in 11 Southeastern Counties as a Regional Liaison. Besides working with County Boards of Elections as a resource, her primary focus was to promote community partnerships and facilitate stronger working relationships between the key stakeholders throughout her region by marketing the services and programs offered by the Secretary of State’s office. Interestingly, all of the Area 15 WDB counties are also counties she served for the Secretary of State’s office.
Prior to that Ann worked as the Deputy Director of the Monroe County Board of Elections for 11 years. In addition, her many years of experience as a small business owner, office manager and staff supervisor provide Ann with a unique perspective for high quality customer service. During her administration Ann initiated a detailed Customer Service Standard policy for the County Recorder’s office.
Ann studied at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City and Eastland Community College, Columbus and completed several certification courses with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and the Ohio Recorders’ Association.
Ann has called Monroe County home for more than 40 years. She is strongly committed to her community and supports every effort working for its improvement. She has two adult children that also make their homes in Southeastern Ohio. Her pride and joy are her two grandchildren.