Workforce Solutions / Lower RGV announced the new Officers of the 2011 Board of Directors during its annual Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Dalinda Guillen will serve as Chairwoman, Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez as Vice Chair, Rudy Salinas as Treasurer, and Jaime Ortiz as Secretary. Willacy County Judge John Gonzales will serve as the new Lead Chief Elected Official from Jan. 3, 2011 to Dec. 30, 2011.

Outgoing Chairman Sam F. Vale, who served from Jan. 5, 2004 to Dec. 31, 2010, and outgoing Lead Chief Elected Official Mayor Richard Cortez, who served from Jan. 4, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010, were also recognized at the annual meeting.

"We are so grateful to our former and newly elected Officers as well as our incoming and outgoing chief elected officials for their leadership, vision and passion," said Chief Executive Officer Yvonne "Bonnie" Gonzalez.

Outgoing Board Members Dr. Cynthia Bebon, Gracie Silva, and Gabriel Guzman were also presented with a plaque at the meeting to commemorate their service and commitment. Dr. Cynthia Bebon served from April 9, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2010. Gracie Silva served from April 27, 2004 to Dec. 31, 2010. Gabriel Guzman served from Feb. 1, 2005 to Dec. 31, 2010.

"Our Board Members bring a great deal of diverse experience and expertise to Workforce Solutions," said Yvonne "Bonnie" Gonzalez. "Words cannot begin to describe the amount of appreciation we have for our outgoing, incoming and returning Board Members for their dedication and service to the public they represent and the community we serve. ┬íMuch├-simas gracias!"

The Workforce Solutions / Lower RGV workforce board is governed and lead by an appointed board comprised of 25 community leaders from the tri-county region representing business, education, economic development, community organizations, and government.

Workforce Solutions / Lower RGV is one of 28 local workforce development boards located throughout the state. This Board serves Starr, Hidalgo and Willacy counties through a network of partners in the tricounty region. The primary goal of Workforce Solutions / Lower RGV is to respond to the needs of employers, workers and job seekers, and provide the resources needed to succeed in an ever-changing world. All eligible employers, workers and job seekers are encouraged to take advantage of these services.