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Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

Board Staff

Meet our Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area leadership team.

Paul Fletcher

Paul Fletcher

Chief Executive Officer

Diane Tackett

Diane Tackett

Chief Operating Officer

Jenna Akridge

Jenna Akridge

Chief Contracts Officer

Janie Kohl

Janie Kohl

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Stanfield

Eric Stanfield

Chief Information Officer

Cara DiMattina-Ryan

Cara DiMattina-Ryan

Chief Strategy Officer

Brian Hernandez

Brian Hernandez

Communications Director

Eugene Ratliff

Eugene Ratliff

Planning and Projects Specialist

Angie Stout

Angie Stout

Accountant

Carla Gonzales

Carla Gonzales

Accounting Specialist

Gina Hyde

Gina Hyde

Executive Office Manager

Michael Sartain

Michael Sartain

System Administrator

Paul Fletcher

Sector: Public Sector
Home County: Williamson County

Paul Fletcher

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Fletcher is the Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area. He has been in this role since July 2017, after spending the previous 20 years as the workforce center operator for the 9-county Rural Capital Area. 

Paul graduated high school in Sugar Land, Texas and is a Business Administration graduate of Abilene Christian University. 

Paul has been married for 24 years with 2 grown/married children and two grandkids.

Diane Tackett

Sector: Public Sector
Home County: Williamson County

Diane Tackett

Chief Operating Officer

Jenna Akridge

Sector: Public Sector

Jenna Akridge

Chief Contracts Officer

Jenna Akridge is the Chief Contracts Officer for Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA). Prior to employment at Rural Capital, she taught in Austin Independent School District, worked with federally funded youth employment programs and developed curriculum for at risk youth programs. Over the years, she has held various positions in the areas of education & training, contract management, implementation of new programs, procurement, and serving as a liaison for Rural Capital’s public and private partners. Jenna received Bachelor of Science degree from the of the University of Texas in Social Sciences.

Janie Kohl

Sector: Public Sector
Home County: Williamson County

Janie Kohl

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Stanfield

Office Phone: (512) 244-2207 ext. 1046
Sector: Public Sector
Home County: Williamson County

Eric Stanfield

Chief Information Officer

Cara DiMattina-Ryan

Sector: Public Sector
Home County: Williamson County

Cara DiMattina-Ryan

Chief Strategy Officer

In my current role, I lay out the objectives that will support economic growth for all of the counties in our region through workforce development. This means that we support our region’s current businesses, industry development, career pathway development, respond to the needs of our economic development agencies and chambers of commerce, and the goals of our elected public officials that are related to the growth of talent development and workforce development.

My start in this field began as an electrical apprentice for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. I realized that particular opportunity was not for me, but I valued the lessons it gave me. I learned a valuable set of skills and was able to see the importance of earning a family-sustaining wage.

I graduated from college with my bachelor’s in Communications and Political Science and moved to DC to work in the Communications Department of the Association for Career and Technical Education. I started working with teachers in career and technical education (CTE) programs in high schools across the country to celebrate their work. These efforts were part of a greater mission to advocate for the Carl Perkins Act, the federal legislation that funds a great deal of the workforce related programs that we experience in our ISDs.

From this opportunity, I went to work for the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) at the University of Louisville. It was the largest research grant dedicated to understanding and improving the value and applications of career and technical education in the United States. The NRCCTE gave me the opportunity to look in-depth at the impact that CTE could have on students. I earned my doctorate in Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development. My dissertation focused on the organizational dynamics that help a community college and employers work together to improve the workforce pipeline.

Brian Hernandez

Sector: Public Sector
Home County: Williamson County

Brian Hernandez

Communications Director

Brian Hernandez is the first Communications Director for Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA), and is proud to be the chief storyteller for the organization. He is responsible for creating value for customers by leading brand awareness presence of WSRCA services, and cultivating effective media relationships, as well as building an outreach and influencer network by developing partnerships with community, industry and workforce leaders throughout the nine-county Rural Capital Area of central Texas.

Previously, Brian served as the first Digital Media Coordinator for the Texas Workforce Commission, developing creative marketing and communications solutions for the agency statewide, and leveraging these across all platforms, with a strong emphasis on digital innovation and value.

Prior to delivering workforce solutions for Texans, Brian served as an award-winning multimedia journalist and digital content leader for more than 14 years, with media organizations including Spectrum News, Scripps and Hearst, in more than a dozen top 50 markets, including Denver, San Diego, Austin and San Antonio. His expertise was in launching multi-platform strategic content plans, growing audiences through editorial quality and relevance, as well as leading diverse news teams through corporate, industry and consumer change. Brian helped spearhead the use of social media by newsrooms to cultivate referral traffic by building two-way relationships with audiences, and trained teams to utilize live metrics to target trends and audience behavior patterns, maximizing cross-platform content engagement.

Brian and his news teams have earned multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Website, Associated Press Awards for Website of the Year, and he was nominated for an Emmy Award for a special feature he produced on teachers training to take down active shooters.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Rollins College, as well as a Master of Liberal Studies in Creative Writing, and a Master of Organizational and Professional Communication in New Media and Internet Marketing from the University of Denver.

Eugene Ratliff

Sector: Public Sector
Home County: Williamson County

Eugene Ratliff

Planning and Projects Specialist

Angie Stout

Sector: Public Sector
Home County: Williamson County

Angie Stout

Accountant

Carla Gonzales

Sector: Public Sector

Carla Gonzales

Accounting Specialist

Gina Hyde

Sector: Public Sector
Home County: Williamson County

Gina Hyde

Executive Office Manager

Michael Sartain

Sector: Public Sector
Home County: Williamson County

Michael Sartain

System Administrator