Joseph (Joe) Mizereck, Interim President and Executive Director
As Interim President and Executive Director, Joe Mizereck is the visionary, the energy, and the voice of the National Work Readiness Council. A graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan, Joe began his career readiness journey teaching high school in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he was named Pinellas County Teacher of the Year. He eventually moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where he served as Executive Director of the Southern Scholarship Foundation, Executive Director of the Florida Community College System Foundation, and Director for Grants Development for the Florida Department of Education. After spearheading the fundraising effort in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to create the National Work Readiness Council, Joe became the first NWRC Executive Director in 2007 and continues to serve in that role today. In 2020, Joe assumed dual responsibility as the NWRC Interim President to champion the reimaging and resurgence of the organization as the nation's leading foundational career readiness convener and advocate. Joe works remotely from his home office in Port St. Joe, Florida, where he lives with his wife Kathy and two dogs, Murphy and Tiger.
Rebecca Matthews, Secretary and Treasurer
Rebecca Matthews has served as the NWRC Secretary and Treasurer since 2021, bringing 20 years of public policy development, financing, advocacy, and programming expertise to the Council. As vice president of Automated Health Systems (AHS), a national health management services and technology company, she is a strategic business development expert, representing AHS before policymakers, government officials, trade organizations, corporate entities, and other national, state, and local stakeholders. Prior to joining AHS, she was Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, a $430 million nonprofit, public-private partnership created by the Florida Legislature to expand access to comprehensive and affordable health insurance for all Florida children. She also led marketing, customer services, eligibility, enrollment and other core administrative services for Florida Kid Care, the umbrella brand for the four government-sponsored health insurance programs in Florida. Rebecca served seven years in executive leadership and ultimately as Chief of Staff for the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, a Cabinet agency charged with regulating Florida’s complex insurance marketplace. Early in her career, she served in senior governmental affairs and communications roles with the Florida Lottery, Department of Management Services, Florida Bankers Association, and Florida Medical Association. In 2021, she was appointed as Treasurer of the Florida Education Foundation, the direct support organization for the Florida Department of Education. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and a minor in political science from Florida State University. She works and plays in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband John and two busy teenagers.