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Mark Butler, President

Georgia Department of Labor, Commissioner
148 Andrew Young International Blvd., NE | Atlanta, GA  30303-1751 | Phone: (404) 232-3001 | FAX: (404) 656-2683

Mark Butler became Georgia's ninth Commissioner of Labor on January 10, 2011. As the first Republican to head the Georgia Department of Labor, Commissioner Butler is committed to reshaping the operations of a labor department.

Commissioner Butler's goal is to create valuable workforce solutions through strategic alliances and community relationships. The programs at the Georgia Department of Labor reflect Butler's dedication to improving the agency's relationships with employers, job seekers and Georgia's future workforce.

Commissioner Butler formed the Regional Coordinator Program in 2011 and, subsequently, the Business Service Unit in 2013. These programs serve to foster mutually beneficial relationships with Georgia's employers and economic developers. Both programs reflect Commissioner Butler's dedication to the business community and employer-driven service delivery.

In order to better serve Georgia's job seekers, Commissioner Butler created the Special Workforce Assistance Team. This team has designed a job readiness program to help unemployed and underemployed people better market themselves to employers.

In 2014, Commissioner Butler developed the Labor Department's newest program, Customized Recruitment, in order to bridge the gap between employers and job seekers. This program is currently only available to newly located businesses and streamlines the recruiting process.

Commissioner Butler understands that a prepared workforce is a key to Georgia's economic future. As such, he developed the GeorgiaBEST program. GeorgiaBEST is a high school based program that certifies students as "work ready" based on their understanding of soft skills and vital work habits. GeorgiaBEST has become so popular that the Georgia Department of Labor has recently expanded the program to include middle school students. 

Prior to taking office, Commissioner Butler served eight years in the Georgia General Assembly, representing House District 18. During that time, he served as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Human Resources Sub-Committee, which oversees all operations of the budget for several of the largest state agencies. 

For more than 20 years, Commissioner Butler worked with his family's small business in Carrollton. As a former business owner he understands that people want government agencies to offer ways to help, rather than obstruct, economic growth. 

Commissioner Butler, a native of Carrollton, graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Public Administration. He and his wife, Chantell, have three children: Blake, Sydney, and Katie. Commissioner Butler and his family are members of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton.

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Eric Strauss
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Eric Strauss, Second Vice President

Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Employment Relations Division, Administrator
1805 Prospect P.O. Box 8011 | Helena, MT 59604 | Phone: (406) 444-6543

Eric Strauss is the Administrator for the Employment Relations Division in the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. The Division provides a wide variety of service and regulation related to the employer – employee relationship. This includes issues involving workers' compensation coverage and claims, human rights claims, workplace safety and health, wage and hour claims, prevailing wage claims, and public sector collective bargaining. Eric works directly for the Commissioner of Labor and Industry, Pam Bucy. The Department of Labor and Industry also consists of the Business Standards Division, Unemployment Insurance Division and Workforce Services Division.

The Employment Relations Division provides education and technical assistance to employers in understanding and complying with state labor laws. The division works with both employers and employees to resolve disputes that do arise in the employment relationship through informal investigations and mediation. It is their goal to help resolve disputes at the lowest level possible in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner. The division is also administratively associated with the Human Rights Commission, Board of Personal Appeals, and the Labor Management Advisory Council.

Eric’s background includes an array of experiences ranging from operations management consulting to healthcare administration. He has worked in a variety of industries from food processing, to steel fabrication, to natural gas production all over North America. He holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication, from the University of Montana – Missoula (Go Griz). He is certified in Lean Manufacturing and Lean Healthcare. His primary goal as Administrator is to develop efficient processes that positively impact work in the State of Montana, focusing primarily on establishing fair, equitable and safe work practices.

Eric lives in Clancy, MT, a “suburb” of the state capital, Helena. He is married with two children. In his free time he enjoys golfing, playing in the outdoors, and spending time with his kids.

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Pamela Megathlin, Secretary/Treasurer

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, Director
45 State House Station | Augusta, ME  047333 | Phone: (207) 623-7932 | Fax: (207) 623-7934

Pamela Megathlin is the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards of the Maine Department of Labor. She served as the bureau's Deputy Director beginning in 2012 prior to accepting her appointment as the Director in January 2013. As Director, Pamela leads the agency tasked with providing oversight and enforcement of Maine's labor laws, including laws on minimum wage, youth employment, family medical leave, prevailing wage contracts, drug testing, severance pay, and workplace safety and health for public sector employers. Her bureau also oversees SafetyWorks!, the department’s on-site health and safety consultation and training program for both the public and private sectors. She works extensively with various committees of the Maine Legislature that oversee Maine’s labor laws, providing guidance on the legal and economic impacts of proposed legislation.

In addition to her role as the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards, Pamela serves on a number of legislative and industry panels including the Board of Occupational Safety and Health and the Citizen Trade Policy Commission.

Pamela has dedicated her career to help protect the lives of America’s workforce and partners with employers in education and outreach. Prior to her role as director, she worked for the United States Department of Labor in the Southwest region, including working in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Through hard work and dedication with the agency, she earned numerous awards and recognition.

Pamela holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and an MBA. She and her husband reside in Topsham, Maine and have seven children and two grandchildren.

William McKinney
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William McKinney, Eastern Regional Coordinator

Massachussetts Department of Labor Standards, Director
19 Staniford Street, 2nd floor | Boston, MA 02114 | Phone: (617) 626-6975  | Fax: (617) 626-6944

Eastern Region
Representing: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia

Bill McKinney was appointed Director of the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) on June 2015 as part of the Administration of Governor Charlie Baker. DLS is tasked with providing oversight of many Massachusetts labor laws, including minimum wage, prevailing wage, public sector employee health and safety, registered apprenticeship, lead and asbestos licensing, and registering employment and staffing agencies. Prior to joining the Baker Administration, Bill was the CFO for the Town of Weymouth, MA.  He also served in the Administration of Mitt Romney as Commissioner of the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), which is now known as the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Bill also worked at State Street Corporation for many years prior to joining the public sector. 

He is an Eagle Scout and a long-time Boy Scout leader and youth baseball coach. Bill has a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.  He and his wife reside in Dedham, MA.


Ray Davenport
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Ray Davenport, Southern Regional Coordinator

Virginia Department of Labor, Commissioner
600 East Main Street, Suite 207 | Richmond, Virginia  23219 | Phone: (804) 371-2327 | FAX: (804) 371-6524

Southern Region

Representing: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia

Mr. C. Ray Davenport was appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry by Governor Terry McAuliffe in April 2014. Mr. Davenport previously served as Commissioner of the Department from 2002-2009 in Governor Mark Warner and Governor Tim Kaine’s administrations.  He has most recently served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Virginia AFL-CIO, one of two executive officers of the organization. 

Ray is a product of Virginia’s registered apprenticeship program graduating as a journeyman crane operator, and was later elected as Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 147. He served 13 years as Principal Officer of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 147 as well as seven years as President of the Virginia State Building and Construction Trades prior to being appointed as Virginia’s Commissioner of Labor and Industry. Ray holds a B.A. in Labor Studies from George Meany Center for Labor Studies/Antioch University and a M.S. from University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Vacant, Midwestern Regional Coordinator

Mid-Western Region
Representing:  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin


Ellen Golombek
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Ellen Golombek, Western Regional Coordinator

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Executive Director
633 17th St., Suite 1200 | Denver, CO  80202 | Phone: (303) 318-8017 | Fax: (303) 318-8047

Western Region
Representing: Alaska, America Samoa Trust Territories, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

In January 2011, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Ellen Golombek as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, an 1,100-person agency which houses the Division of Labor, Workers’ Compensation, Oil and Public Safety, Unemployment Insurance and Employment and Training Division.

Ellen brings more than 18 years of leadership and management to the Department of Labor and Employment. In her career, she has worked with statewide and national organizations to develop public policy through grassroots, legislative and electoral networks.

Ellen has a history of accomplishments through coalition building. Prior to joining the Hickenlooper Administration, she served as the state director for America Votes in Colorado, a nonprofit organization that coordinates voter education with more than 30 partners.

Prior to that, Ellen served as Planned Parenthood’s National Political and Field Director in the Washington, D.C. office and as the organization’s Vice President for External Affairs in the New York office. In these roles, she worked with the national staff and state affiliates to build strong grassroots legislative and electoral programs, expanded PPFA’s working relationships with community-based partners and provided strategic leadership to the board and president.

Ellen’s career highlights include being the first woman elected as president of the Colorado AFL-CIO and a decade of successful lobbying and legislative efforts for the Colorado labor movement.

She spent four years with the 1.8 million-member Service Employees International Union, where she served as the assistant to the secretary-treasurer and director of government affairs. In that role, she managed a $65 million budget and led a nationwide team in more than 14 states.

Ellen serves on the Executive Board of the National Association of Government Labor Officials, is a member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, serves on the Lieutenant Governor’s Education Leadership Council and is the Colorado alternate regional representative for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.