NWRC Advisory Council

The NWRC Advisory Council is a convener of research, ideas, and perspectives from education, workforce development, economic development, business and industry, and other foundational career readiness champions nationwide.

Dr. Allen Pratt

Karen Coleman

Karen Coleman is a founding partner of the National Work Readiness Council. After 14 years of service on the NWRC Board of Directors, she transitioned to the Advisory Council in 2020. As New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development and Governor's Office Advisor on Workforce Policy and Innovation, Ms. Coleman brings state workforce development experience and perspective to the NWRC. At the NYSDOL, Ms. Coleman supervises the development of policy and the delivery of training and employment services to hundreds of thousands of New York jobseekers. She has oversight responsibility for more than $250 million in state and federally funded training and employment programs, notably the newly authorized Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Wagner-Peyser. Under her leadership direction, the NYSDOL collaborates with public, private, nonprofit, and academic organizations to create jobs, build careers, match workers with business needs, and stimulate economic development in New York State. Among her top priorities is developing stronger partnerships and coordination at the federal, state, and local levels, thus brokering additional resources and services for jobseekers and business customers. Ms. Coleman is also executive staff to the State Workforce Investment Board and Apprenticeship Training Council. Ms. Coleman has a master’s degree in educational administration from the University at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in education from the College of Saint Rose.

Dr. Allen Pratt

Dr. Allen Pratt

Joining the Advisory Council in 2021, Dr. Allen Pratt brings a unified voice for rural schools and communities to the NWRC. A former high school science teacher and coach, high school principal, and assistant superintendent/curriculum director, Dr. Pratt serves as Executive Director of the National Rural Education Association and Executive Director Tennessee Rural Education Association, where he is focused on achieving high quality rural education at all levels and advancing instructional and leadership capacity at both the school district and building levels. Dr. Pratt also serves as Executive Director of the East Tennessee Center of Regional Excellence for the Tennessee Department of Education and Rural Outreach Liaison for Lincoln Memorial University.

Reecie Stagnolia

Reecie Stagnolia

Reecie Stagnolia joined the Advisory Council in 2021 as the NWRC voice for adult education. Mr. Stagnolia was elected by his peers to two different terms as Chairman of the National Association of State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE), four two-year terms on the Board of Directors, and 18 years on the Policy and Strategic Partnerships Committee. During his tenure, NASDAE launched a new Leadership Institute and partnered with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) on several national campaigns highlighting the importance and value of adult education including Educate & Elevate: Adult Education, an Investment in America’s Future and Success Files, hosted by actor and adult education advocate Rob Lowe. Mr. Stagnolia simultaneously served 27 years in leadership roles with the Kentucky Adult Education System. He led the rebranding of the system as Kentucky Skills U and supervised an annual budget of $25 million in state and federal funding, 600 adult educators, and the delivery of education and career readiness services to more than 22,300 adult students statewide. Mr. Stagnolia is credited with dramatically reducing the number of Kentuckians without a high school diploma/GED® by 39 percent. Retiring in 2020 as Executive Director of Kentucky Skills U, Mr. Stagnolia continues to network and consult nationally on adult education policy, programs, and funding.

Emeritus Advisors

Dr. Allen Pratt

Dr. Lansing (Lanse) Davis

A founding partner of the National Work Readiness Council and member of the Board of Directors for 15 years, Dr. Lanse Davis was recognized in 2021 as a NWRC Emeritus Advisor. With more than 40 years experience in education, training, and workforce development, Dr. Davis is a career readiness icon. During his career, Dr. Davis served as Director of the State Council for Adult Literacy and Education Services under the New Jersey State Workforce Investment Board. He was a teacher and administrator within the New Jersey adult education, higher education, and K-12 systems. He also led the American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service, a national initiative facilitating the articulation of work experience toward academic degree attainment. Dr. Davis earned his doctorate degree in adult education and administration from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Now retired, Dr. Davis continues to make an impact, teaching career awareness in local schools.

Joe Mizereck

Michael (Mike) Hudson

A founding partner of the National Work Readiness Council, Mike Hudson served on the Board of Directors for 15 years including two terms as President. In 2021, Mr. Hudson was honored as a NWRC Emeritus Advisor. Mr. Hudson currently works with the Skagit Valley REACH Center in Mount Vernon, Washington, a long-term recovery program focusing on self-reliance, life skills, education, and employment for persons with mental health challenges and substance use disorders. Mr. Hudson previously served as the Executive Director of the Association of Washington Business (AWB) Institute, a nonprofit organization championing workforce and economic development policy and programs. In this role, he was the state-level business liaison and advisor for the Washington State Board of Community & Technical Colleges and the 34 individual colleges. He has served as a governor-appointee on the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, State Rehabilitation Council, and Disability Employment Task Force in the state of Washington. He led the collaborative development of a new employability skills training program for persons with disabilities and an employer-focused multi-media education campaign called Great Minds @ Work to counteract the stigma associated with mental health challenges in the workplace. He started his career in credit union marketing and administration and was inducted into the Credit Union National Association Hall of Fame in 1997. Mr. Hudson has a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from Bethel University in Mishawaka, Indiana, and Project Management Certification from the University of Washington, Tacoma.