Local Board & State System

Florida's CareerSource System

CareerSource Gulf Coast is part of the statewide CareerSource Florida network. Each individual Board is given great freedom to structure partnerships and programs that are responsive to their local community needs. The system was created by Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida Legislature with the passage of the Workforce Investment Act of 2000, Chapter 445, Florida Statutes. A 45-member board appointed by the Governor oversees and monitors the administration of the state’s workforce policy, programs and services carried out by the 24 CareerSource Boards and the Department of Economic Opportunity. Direct services are provided at nearly 90 One-Stop Centers with locations throughout the state.

Local Leadership

Kimberly Bodine serves as Executive Director of CareerSource Gulf Coast, which is governed by a local Board of Directors. CareerSource Gulf Coast is part of a network of local CareerSource Boards and is overseen by the state through CareerSource Florida.

CareerSource Gulf Coast is one of 24 regional workforce boards around the state of Florida. It is chartered to serve the workforce and training needs of Bay, Gulf, and Franklin Counties. Our board members represent a broad cross-section of industry, economic development, government, and education partners. They bring an industry focus as well as management and policy development expertise to the provision of workforce services in our community and administer federal funds in a way that reflects the values of private business. The vehicle for providing employer and job seeker services is the CareerSource Gulf Coast Job Center on Highway 231 in Panama City. The Board creates the vision and the focus of workforce services in our region and selects service providers who are best suited for ensuring that our workforce meets the employment needs of our community.

CareerSource Gulf Coast Board of Directors

Chair: Elinor Mount-Simmons, Mount-Up Consulting (July 2021-2025)
Vice Chair: Joey Ginn, Centennial Bank (July 2021 - 2025)
Past Chair: Dr. Patricia Hardman, Gulf 2 Bay Construction & Development (January 2021 - 2024)
Fred Croon, Central Labor Council (July 2020-2023)
John Deegins, Bay County Veteran’s Services (July 2020-2023)
Becca Hardin, Bay County Economic Development Alliance (July 2020-2023)
Sheila Hauser, Century 21 Collins Realty/Collins Vacation Rentals (September 2021-2024)
Derrick Henderson, Vocational Rehabilitation (June 2022-July 2023)
Andrew Hicks, Borusan Berg Pipe
Christian Johnson, Uptown Raw Bar & Grill (March 2021-2024)
Steve Lanier, Franklin County School District (July 2023-2024)
Aaron Little, Capital City Bank (February 2021-2024)
Glen McDonald, Gulf Coast State College (August 2022-August 2024)
Jim McKnight, Gulf County Economic Development Alliance (September 2019-2022)
Ted Mosteller, Apalachee Electronics (June 2022-2025)
Rebekah Vassar, Hancock Whitney Bank (February 2021-2024)

Each member of the CareerSource Gulf Coast Board of Directors as well as the Executive Director and Finance Director, if not otherwise required to file a full and public disclosure of financial interests with the Commission of Ethics under s. 8, art. II of the State Constitution or s. 112.3144 FS, shall file a statement of financial interests under s. 112.3145 FS. Currently, all CareerSource Gulf Coast Board members, the Executive Director and the Finance Director are in compliance with this requirement. Disclosures or statements may be reviewed by contacting the Supervisor of Elections Office in the county of the members’ and Board staffs’ residence and submitting a public records request.

Executive / Finance Committee

Chair: Elinor Mount-Simmons, Mount-Up Consulting (July 2021-2025)
Vice Chair: Joey Ginn, Centennial Bank (July 2021-2025)
Past Chair: Dr. Patricia Hardman, Gulf 2 Bay Construction & Development (July 2021-2023)
John Deegins, Bay County Veteran’s Services (July 2020-2023)
Ted Mosteller, Apalachee Electronics (July 2019-2022)

Board Meeting Minutes


To provide workforce development services, leadership of CareerSource Gulf Coast relies on a strong network of community, economic development, and governmental partners.

Governmental Partners

The CareerSource Gulf Coast Board is the custodian of federal monies and is rigorously evaluated by the state. CareerSource Florida measures us on many outcomes quarterly and yearly. In Florida, these core measures are used to determine performance incentives with the possibility of adding to local funds and support. We partner with several state agencies to provide a seamless system of programs for our community.