WOMEN BEHIND THE SCENES by Jo Ann M. Colton
American Job Center
(Serving Jefferson, Clear Creek
and Gilpin Counties)
Assistant Director for the
Community and Workforce
Susan Rumley, a 35-year employee
of Jefferson County’s employ-ment/training programs, has
been assistant director for the Community and Workforce Development Division for five years. The Division, under the direction
of Jefferson County’s Human Services Department, administers the
American Job Center (AJC) program.
“One of the requirements for laid-off workers to receive unemploy-
ment insurance benefits is to register with their local workforce center
to begin the job search process,” said Rumley.
In her capacity, she wears many hats (as do many women), supervising the quality team to maintain accurate inputted data-file information, the administrative customer service staff, and the JeffCo Veterans Service Office, while tracking performance measures related to
federal funds for which the division is responsible.
To place candidates in diverse occupations, AJC partners with
local businesses/educational institutions and chambers of commerce
(including the Evergreen Chamber). As of 2013, AJC identified more
than 16,000 individuals looking for work or changing careers, helped
job seekers strengthen their skills through 700 free workshops, and
matched qualified workers to 7,000 employment opportunities.
LOCATED 35 MINUTES southwest of Denver within an unincorporated area of Jefferson
County, Evergreen, Colorado, with no specific governing body, has come up with its own
formula for maintaining its economic stability summed up in one word: partnerships.
Partnering with regional nonprofits, local enterprises, and Jefferson County organizations
enables the Chamber to support and sustain our area businesses, real estate market,
tourism and our extraordinary community’s cycle of life.
While featuring some of its ongoing partnerships below, The Evergreen Chamber
appreciates all of its partnerships and the many women behind the scenes.
Strategic Planning and
JILL FELLMAN Board Member/Member
Jill Fellman, a 30-year career veteran of JeffCo Schools (teacher: 18
years; administrator: 12 years), was elected in 2011 to the Jefferson
County School Board of Directors.
In her nonpaid/volunteer Board capacity, Fellman visits schools,
attends meetings and talks to people to learn if JeffCo’s School District is hitting its mark. In an area of half a million people, she knows
there will be differences of opinions, so feedback is critical in making
board decisions regarding the School District’s direction.
The value of Jefferson County’s School District lies in its popula-
tion’s diversity. Mountain area needs might differ from other county
areas; its perspective, though not the only perspective, is one of
which the School Board must be mindful.
“It is important that we listen and think about our representa-
tion of all county residents, especially the 85,000 children,” said
Fellman. “My passion is the learning process and to ensure JeffCo
schools provide a great daily educational experience to every district
EVERGREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S
Partnerships For Prosperity