Meeting Workforce Demands through Alignment of Workforce and Education

Who is Workforce Partnership?

The Workforce Partnership of Shelby County’s mission is to align our workforce and education systems to respond to the skills needs of business and industry in Shelby County. Schools and industry will work together to build workforce training and 21st-century skills development programs that will prepare students and employees for current and future local jobs.

Our Team



Deb is the Executive Director of Workforce Partnership of Shelby County. She has a background in business, manufacturing and quality systems. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, children and granddaughter. When she’s not busy with family, Deb enjoys reading, walking or watching a good movie. Fun fact: Deb completed a zip-line excursion to conquer her fear of heights. While she found the experience exhilarating, she isn’t quite ready to skydive!


Kelly is the Career Coach, who is co-funded through Shelby County United Way.  Kelly 15+ years teaching experience in secondary education (history, government, economics, and student government).  She is a life-long Shelby County resident who is passionate about seeing students succeed….especially in Shelby County!  Kelly and her husband, Aaron, have three school age children that keep them very active. She enjoys reading about history/politics, shopping, Winans coffee, and spending time with family, friends, and her French bulldog. Kelly also serves on the New Choices Board of Directors.  Interesting fact:  As newlyweds, Aaron (owner of Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home) and Kelly lived in the basement of a funeral home.

Board of Directors

Mick Given
Ferguson Construction

John Campbell
Vice President
Lincoln Electric-Wayne Trail

John Bertsch
Detailed Machining Inc.

Don Baird

Tony Arnold
Freshway Foods

Deb Hovestreydt
Kirk NationaLease

Linda Carpenter
Sidney Middle School
Workforce Academy Teacher

Britton Devier
Upper Valley Career Center   Sidney High School Career Tech Instructor


Doug Barhorst
Founding Member/Emeritus