WRTP/BIG STEP’s Staff

Mark Kessenich – President & CEO
Rhandi Berth – Director of Industrial Initiatives
Tracey Griffith – Director of Construction Initiatives
Matt Waltz – Director of Administration
Joe Nicosia – Manufacturing Industry Coordinator
Roger Anclam – Manufacturing Field Representative
Otis Dunning – Manufacturing Program Coordinator
Rick Schabowski – Instructor
Carrie Geenen– Triada Coordinator
JoAnn Durrett – Triada Support Staff
Laura Heller – Construction Program Coordinator
Kyle Ashley – Youth Program Coordinator
Anna Molinaro – Youth Program Coordinator
Darron Suttle – Youth Case Manager
Doug Canady – Youth Outreach Coordinator
Bill Clingan – South Central Wisconsin Program Coordinator
Maria Dary – South Central Wisconsin Program Assistant
Jerome Balsimo – Minnesota Program Coordinator
John Anderson – Senior Programs and Partnership Coordinator
Leslie Spencer-Herrera – Senior Planner and Development Coordinator
Candace Seib – Financial Manager
Sherie Kubiak-Librizza – Accountant
Wanda Liddell – Executive Assistant
Maria Valencia – Data Entry Specialist


Mark Kessenich – President & CEO

Prior to WRTP/BIG STEP, Mr. Kessenich served as Director of Planning for the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board where he led fund development, public policy initiatives, and built strategic relationships between industry, community, and public partners. Mr. Kessenich is considered a national expert on workforce development policy and programs. He was recently elected to the Board of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.


Rhandi Berth – Director of Industrial Initiatives

Rhandi Berth has been the leading creative force behind the development of the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership into a nationally recognized model for economic and workforce development.

WRTP’s first full-time employee, Berth has been the primary architect of new projects, initiatives, and services that enhance the ability of private sector organizations to recruit, retain, and develop a more diverse, qualified workforce.  Her work includes:

  • Developing nationally recognized model for pre-employment training certificate programs in entry-level manufacturing skills, machining, and welding for the Milwaukee Jobs Initiative
  • Adapting pre-employment training certificate model to building and construction trades and joint apprenticeship committees, including utility line construction, heavy highway construction, and underground construction
  • Facilitating development of peer advisor guide, mentor training guide, shop floor training guide, essential workplace skills program, positive attendance workshop, and other recruitment and retention services