September 25, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2012 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009
AUGUSTA—Gov. Paul LePage has appointed Kevin Healey of Greene, the current vice president of human resources for St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine, to serve as the vice chair of the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB).
The SWIB leads, advises and manages the effort to create a world-class workforce development system in Maine. The SWIB focuses on the big picture, setting a tone of collaboration and educating policy makers and the public. It makes recommendations to the Governor and legislature and identifies jobs in demand in the current and future workforces.
Members and officers of the SWIB are appointed by the Governor and represent the many facets of workforce development—employers, public education, higher education, labor, economic development, youth activities, employment and training, and the Legislature. Membership must reflect a 51 percent majority of businesses. The SWIB meets on a regular basis and the public is encouraged to attend the meetings.
Fred Webber, chairman of the SWIB is “delighted that Kevin has agreed to serve as vice chairman. His background in human resources and management will serve the board and Mainers well.” Webber added, “Kevin, like his fellow board members, wants to improve training and retraining programs for those who are seeking meaningful employment. The board's mission is critically important, and Kevin's dedication to its goals will pave the way for reforms that are being recommended.”
Healey stated, “I’m pleased to step up to serve as the SWIB vice chair, supporting Chairman Webber and the entire board as we work to improve the Maine Workforce.” In his position with St. Mary’s health system, he is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources management for both St. Mary’s Health system and St. Joseph’s hospital. His areas of responsibility also include employee safety, workers compensation, interpreter services, occupational health, employee education/training and volunteer services.
Immediately prior to his service at St. Mary’s, Healey worked for 15 years at UNUM Corporation in Portland, Maine, serving as a human resources division director and as the executive director of the UNUM Foundation. Prior to UNUM he was employed as a human resources professional in the dairy and food-manufacturing sector.
Healey is a current and past member of numerous Maine non-profit boards. He is a 1975 graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, with a BA in Business Administration and holds certifications as a senior professional in human resources and as a certified compensation professional.