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.

Patricia Corbett

Director of Finance and Administration, manages HIRED’s financial functions including financial statements, budgets and forecasts, internal controls, audits and related tax filings, property management, payroll and purchasing. She has over 25 years of financial management experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Pat graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BA in Finance.

Dinah Dale

…Director of Development and Communications, ensures achievement of fundraising and communication goals of HIRED. She has over 17 years of experience in working and consulting with political and nonprofit groups. Dinah adds value by using her extensive director-level experience on national political campaigns to develop strategies to better fund and promote the programs and mission of HIRED. In addition to her development experience, she practiced law in Arkansas for seven years. She earned her JD from Washington University School of Law and holds a BA from William Woods University.

Connie Ginsbach

…Director of Human Resources, is responsible for all HR functions at HIRED including recruitment, benefits, compensation, HRIS, staff training and employee relations.  She has more than 15 years of experience in human resources management with privately held companies.  Connie has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas with a human resources concentration as well as a BS in Human Resources Management, and a Certificate from the University of MN in Organizational Development.  She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer for MN Society for Human Resource Management.

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.