Chief Executive Officer
Rusty Skinner has served as the CEO of CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion since its formation in 1996 when the organization was known as Workforce Connection. He graduated from the University of Florida with Bachelor's and Master's degrees, and has worked in the workforce development arena since 1973. Rusty has more than 36 years of experience in workforce programs, 21 of those years in the Citrus, Levy and Marion counties region.
Prior to coming to the area, Rusty managed the City of Jacksonville’s Central Service Department, which comprised the support divisions of Jacksonville’s consolidated government, from 1987 until 1991.
He has served on the boards of a variety of community organizations, including local economic development organizations and early learning coalitions. Rusty has held leadership positions with the Florida Workforce Development Association (FWDA), the professional organization that represents Florida’s local workforce system, and served as its President in 2009 and 2010. In 2013, he was name the Florida Economic Development Council's Toni Jennings Workforce Development Professional of the Year and has received the Citrus County Economic Development Council's Award of Excellence in recognition of his leadership and support.
Rusty is a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the United States Army for two tours of duty in Vietnam. He and his wife, Susan, have two children, Bridget and Ian.
Executive Vice President
Kathleen Woodring has been involved in workforce development for more than 20 years, serving as an equal opportunity officer for an employment and training consortium in Pennsylvania and as placement and support services coordinator for the former Withlacoochee Workforce Development Authority in Ocala. She joined CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, then Workforce Connection, in 1997 and in 2005 became Chief Operating Officer managing program implementation and programming for the three-county region.
Prior to her career in workforce development, Kathleen was a manager for the US Bureau of the Census, Disney World, and a Child Care Center.
A native of Minnesota, she graduated from Bemidji State University and earned her Master’s in Management with honors from Webster University in 2006.
Since 2003, Kathleen’s department has been responsible for bringing more than $13 million in competitive grants to the region, and has earned numerous national awards and recognitions. She has presented Best Practices at numerous workshops and conferences throughout the nation.
In addition, Kathleen has served on civic and community boards, including the Ocala Marion County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Marion Technical Institute Task Force, Marion and Levy counties’ Transportation Disadvantaged boards, Florida Workforce Development Association’s Chief Operating Officers’ subgroup and the Florida Energy Workforce Consortium.
Kathleen and her husband Mac have lived in Ocala since 1995 and have one son and three dogs.
Career Centers and Business Services Officer
Brenda became the Career Center and Business Services Officer for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion in 2010, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in workforce development. Prior to coming to Ocala, Brenda served as a senior vice president in workforce development in the Central Florida region.
She has extensive operational experience from working with a private company as a Project Director to implementing and delivering career center operations in a large, multi-county project. Brenda currently oversees the operations of the career centers in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. She also works closely with each of the economic development agencies in the three counties to coordinate CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion services that support economic development opportunities.
Brenda’s prior experience includes working for the state as a program administrator, program manager and as an operations manager.
She currently sits on the Citrus County Economic Development Board, the Enterprise Zone Board for Marion County, and serves on a variety of economic development and business committees and task forces in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties.
Brenda has a BA in Business Management from Warner Southern College and has certifications in economic development, business development, and workforce development.
Brenda and her husband Bill have two daughters, Karen and Lauren.