President & CEO
Robin King became the President & CEO of CareerSource Flagler Volusia in 2013, after a 24-year tenure with the organization. Robin rose to the leadership role after holding a series of key positions, including Vice President for eight years. Her experience includes project management and analysis, grant writing, procurement, leadership and economic and community development.
Robin serves on many boards for local economic development organizations, child welfare agencies, the United Way of Volusia and Flagler, One Voice for Volusia, and the Commission on Homelessness. She participates regionally with Jax USA, the Orlando Economic Partnership and various Florida Chamber Foundation committees. The Daytona Regional Chamber recognized Robin for her community volunteer work with the prestigious Marvin Samuels Award and she was awarded the President’s Call to Service Award. In 2015 Robin was named one of the area’s most influential women in business.
She is committed to the development of a prosperous workforce and business community and holds a strong belief in the value of teamwork between economic development, education, and businesses.
Robin earned her Bachelors of Science in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse and a Masters in Mental Health at the University of Central Florida.
Chief Administrative Officer
Ann Lesizza became the Director of Administration of CareerSource Flagler Volusia in 2004 after serving 10 years as the Executive Administrative Assistant. She was promoted to her current leadership role as Chief Administrative Officer in 2016. In this role, Ann enhances the effective and efficient use of human, financial and material resources to meet the evolving needs of the organization. She serves as the staff liaison to the Board of Directors, including its executive committee members.
Before moving to Florida, Ann’s background included work with the Board of Directors of a large Wall Street bank and as the office manager for a New York maritime company located in the World Trade Center. It was in this role that Ann was required to work with Trade Center building management and several New York labor unions.
Managing Director of Operations
Velma has 28 years experience in workforce programs. She is the owner of Career Steps, Inc. and works as Center Operator for CareerSource Flagler Volusia. Previous experience includes Project Director for the Welfare Transition program, Supportive Services Manager for CareerSource Flagler Volusia and Case Management/Client Advocacy. Velma’s areas of expertise are program, contract and staff management, center operations and budgets. She has held almost every position in the Career Center.
Velma is very active in the community and has held a gubernatorial appointment to the Florida Local Advocacy Council serving on both the district and state boards. Velma attended Virginia Tech where she majored in Music Theory. She is a Certified Workforce Development Professional through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Velma is also certified by the Career Planning and Adult Development Network as a Job and Career Transition Coach.
Director of Business and Career Services
Kathy Spencer is the owner of Case Management, Inc and is contracted to provide career services for CareerSource Flagler Volusia. After working for the Florida’s Department of Children and Families for 14 years, Kathy became involved in workforce development in 2003 and in 2008 she created Case Management, Inc. She has experience in case management, supervision, contract and project management and quality assurance. Kathy serves on the Volusia County Human Services Board, the Community Services Advisory Board for Flagler Cares, the Flagler Homeless Coalition and the Daytona Beach Housing Authority Family Self-Sufficiency Program. She is committed to partnering with other agencies to assist individuals and families in reaching their goal of becoming self-sufficient.
Kathy earned her social work degree from Glenville State College.
Donna Runge has been in workforce development for more than ten years, beginning as a Career Planner and later accepting the position of Professional Resource Coordinator. It was in that role that Donna designed, from the ground up, a networking and job searching campaign for the professional job seekers in Volusia and Flagler Counties. The program was created with a Human Centered Design approach, looking at all aspects of job searching and the needs and barriers of the customers served within the program.
In 2015, Donna accepted the position of Department of Economic Opportunity Administrator. In this role she provides leadership for program initiatives for veteran’s services, tax incentive programs, the Trade Adjustment Act, ex-offender programs and Reemployment Assistance.
Donna earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Carroll University in Wisconsin and is a Certified Workforce Development Professional through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Donna is also certified by the Career Planning and Adult Development Network as a Job and Career Transition Coach.