Leadership

HIRED is managed by a highly experienced group of leaders. A brief summary of the background, experience and current responsibilities of each member of our leadership team follows.

Jane SamargiaJane Samargia

…Executive Director since 1983. She is currently responsible for a staff of 140 and an annual budget of more than $11 million. Jane specializes in the design of service delivery systems, program management and governmental relations. She is responsible for the operation of workforce development programs in three counties in the Twin Cities metropolitan area that annually assist more than 11,000 at-risk youth, refugees, single parents, school dropouts, ex-offenders, dislocated workers, and others lacking adequate education, training and work experience.

During Jane’s tenure, HIRED became a leader in the use of technology to link employers and job seekers at community-based organizations. HIRED’s Job Link, a workforce development information management system, has been cited nationally as a model for more efficient gathering, organizing and communicating of job-opening information. Jane also spearheaded the development of HIRED’s Integrated Client Information System (ICIS) — a secure, proprietary database that interacts seamlessly with the state’s Workforce One structure. ICIS has received the attention of government officials and agencies across the state for its design and the significant efficiencies created for HIRED counselors. In addition, Jane has served on a number of local and state-level committees to advise on workforce development issues, including the Minnesota FastTRAC initiative to assist lower-income workers to advance in the workplace.

She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines.

Amy Barwick

…Human Resources Director, manages HIRED’s human resources functions including recruitment, benefits, compensation, staff training and employee relations. She has over 25 years of human resources management experience in public and private sectors. Amy graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder School Of Business and received her Bachelor of Science degree with her area of emphasis in personnel.

Nancy James

…Director of Workforce Services, manages HIRED’s full range of programs for job seekers and employers throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In 2005, she was instrumental in creating a partnership with Hennepin Technical College (HTC) that led to their successful bid for receiving funding from the National Association of Manufacturers Center for Workforce Success Manufacturing Institute. Together, HIRED and HTC created a model training program for the precision metalforming manufacturing industry that won a Recognition of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2008. She has consulted on sector-based job training projects throughout Minnesota, the country and in the nation of South Africa.  Nancy has more than 20 years’ experience in workforce development and has completed management certification at the University of Minnesota.

Jim Thibodeau

…Director of IT since 2008, is responsible for leading a team of six technology professionals in the maintenance and expansion of the organization’s technology services across more than 15 office locations. Charged with supporting HIRED’s internal network, database, in-house client information, IP phone and staff computer systems, Jim and his team also provide help-desk support to the organization’s 140 staff members. Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and brings over 40 years of executive experience in the computer industry and IT-related fields to his work at HIRED.