Joanne Blevins Gannon is the Assistant Executive Director of the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board serving Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She has 30 years of experience with a Higher Education Institution with 20 years of experience in the employment and training industry during this time. One aspect of her position is to assist with the successful transition of workers impacted by large plant closings and layoffs in the Upper Shore Area. In addition, Ms. Gannon has been the presenter for numerous local, state, and national platforms in reference to the many ways the community has been assisted through our office. She is currently the Assistant Executive Assistant/Chief Operations Offices for the office. She is responsible for overseeing a current budget of 5 million dollars and a staff of 12. Ms. Gannon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Delaware State College and a Master of Science Degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University.