Meet Your Team


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Gainesville Business Services Team*:                                              Starke Business Services Team*:
Ian Fletcher- Vice President of Workforce Development  Pam WhittlePresident / CEO
Joe Johnson-Director of Business Services DeAnna AdamsChief Financial Officer
Steve Van Hamersveld- Employer Services Rep Susan Brown Norman- Business Services Rep
Saskia Niekoop- Employer Services Rep.
Shareen Baptiste- Communications & Business Services Project Manager

*Click names for contact information. 

Vice President of Workforce Development – Ian Fletcher

352.334.7105 x304 Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

As Interim Senior Director of Workforce Development, Ian manages the Chamber's contract with FloridaWorks, as well as the Business Services team of five staff members. He addresses recruitment, placement and training issues for employers in Alachua County and facilitates FloridaWorks' business and community partnerships.

Ian has more than 20 years experience in service leadership and management with a focus on business/client relations. He is currently chair of the Gainesville Alachua County Regional Airport Authority, member of the Small Business Council and member of Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association. He is a former director of East Gainesville Development Corporation, chair of AMIKids, and board and dean of Leadership Gainesville Class 33.

Director of Business Services – Joe Johnson

352.334.7105 x311 Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

As the Director of Business Services, Joe develops relationships with human resources directors and area businesses, discussing FloridaWorks services, encouraging them to post their job openings on the Employ Florida Marketplace and educating them about available employee training grants. He participates in a weekly radio show, Job Talk, through the Florida Employers Advisory Council (FEAC), during which he promotes FloridaWorks, current job openings, and the resources available through the Employ Florida Marketplace.

Joe also serves on the FloridaWorks High Skills/High Wages Committee and is a member of the North Central Florida Society for Human Resource Management, the Business Leadership Network, FEAC, the Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network Board of Directors and Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association.

Employer Services Representative – Steve Van Hamersveld

352.244.5112 Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

As an Employer Services Representative, Steve assists employers who call or come into FloridaWorks Gainesville One-Stop Career Center. He provides information on FloridaWorks' services and the ease with which EmployFlorida can help fill job openings. He enters employers' job orders on the Employ Florida Marketplace and reviews all job orders entered directly by employers for completeness and any applicable regulations. Steve creates a weekly "Hot Jobs" list to assist employers in filling their immediate needs. Steve also helps manage targeted hiring events and job order follow-up, ensuring that all job order information on the Employ Florida Marketplace is accurate and up-to-date. Steve also works with the rest of the Business Services team to match qualified applicants with current job openings.

Employer Services Representative - Saskia Niekoop

352.244.5111 Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

As an Employer Services Representative, Saskia assists area business owners and human resources professionals with a variety of FloridaWorks' services. She maintains a database of referrals and job orders; reviews employer job order entries for quality assurance; and assists with coordinating job fairs, targeted hiring events and other job development activities. Saskia brings three years of Human Resources experience to the team. Her experience includes recruiting, career counseling, job development, job-coaching, marketing, public speaking and training/development.

Communications & Business Services Project Manager – Shareen Baptiste

352.334.7105 x302 Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

As the Communications & Business Services Project Manager for FloridaWorks Business Services, Shareen is responsible for all print and electronic materials, including the website, newsletter articles and marketing materials. She manages the design and content of all print, radio and television advertising, coordinates the FloridaWorks Communications Committee, and handles press releases and media inquiries.

President / CEO  - Pam Whittle

904.964.5278 x21 North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce

As the President / CEO of North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce, Pam serves as local businesses representatives for Bradford, Union and SW Clay Counties. She promotes, informs and educates local businesses on the services available to them through the Chamber and FloridaWorks. In doing so, Pam assists businesses with their employment needs. 

Pam has over 10 years experience working with the Chamber and workforce in a variety of different capacities.  She is executive assistant to the Bradford County Tourist Development Council, executive assistant to the Bradford County Development Authority, director on the Main Street Starke, Inc. board, supervisor on the Bradford County Soil and Water Conservation Board, a board member of the North Florida Economic Development Partnership and a member of several school advisor councils in Bradford County.

Chief Financial Officer – DeAnna Adams

904.964.5278 x23 North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce

As the North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce Chief Financial Officer, DeAnna oversees all aspects of the finances. This includes the financial accounts and records, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchases and human resources.  Other responsibilities include budget planning, preparation of all financial reports, compiling job orders requests for employers, registering and maintaining FBAT records, and assisting in the organization and planning of informational forums for employers.

DeAnna is a Notary Public and a Certified Grant Writer. She is also the Main Street Program Manager for Main Street Starke, Inc. She is assistant to the Chamber CEO Pam Whittle in the Bradford Co. Economic Development Board and the Bradford County Tourist Development Council meetings.

Business Services Representative - Susan Brown Norman

904.964.5278 x29 North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce

As an Employer Services Representative for North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce, Susan works directly with employers to provide quality job postings on and match qualified applicants to those jobs.  Through the orientation process, Susan develops relationships with employers, HR departments and business owners helping them to meet their hiring needs. In addition, she provides Correctional Officer/Police Exams and works with North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce to assist new businesses looking to come in to the area. Susan also works with MainStreet Starke during their annual events to provide additional exposure for FloridaWorks.


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