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challenge BethMielbrechtBeth MielbrechtChallenge Workforce Solutions has announced the members who will serve as its Board of Directors for 2017. The company is a non-profit committed to creating pathways to employment for people with disabilities or barriers.

Challenge announced that Beth Mielbrecht, Partner and Senior Engineer at Taitem Engineering in Ithaca, will serve as the Chairperson of the Board. Steve Savage, Associate Vice President in Ithaca College's Office of Institutional Advancement, will serve as the Board's Vice Chair. Kelley Yeomans, Senior Director of Finance & IT in Facilities Services at Cornell University, will serve in the role of Treasurer. Jacob Yale, a teacher in the Ithaca City School District, will serve as the Board's Secretary.

Challenge also welcomed the following members to its Board of Directors for 2017: Todd Baker, Principal, Empowerment Ergonomics; Derek Burrows, General Counsel, GrammaTech, Inc.; David Filiberto, Research Associate, Employment & Disability Institute, Cornell University; Sheila McEnery, Director of Special Education, Ithaca City School District; Kellie Page, Associate Vice President, Student and Campus Life, Cornell University; Matthew Valaik, Vice President and Branch Manager, Tompkins Trust Company.

"We are so pleased to have such an incredible mix of talents, skills, and experience on our Board of Directors at such a crucial time in the history of Challenge," said Joe Sammons, Executive Director at Challenge. "Challenge served over 1,200 individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment in 2016, and we couldn't do that work without the leadership and service of our Board."

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