Executive Director - Elizabeth Bernhard

Elizabeth Bernhard is the Executive Director of the Manufacturing Growth Alliance. With a life-long passion for partnership engagement and service to others, Elizabeth has a wealth of experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors ranging from higher education to business development and executive coaching. She has a Master of Arts in Communication from Western Michigan University and was honored as an “All-University Scholar” in 2009.  Elizabeth has demonstrated expertise in creating partnerships with business and industry and in fostering community collaborations with diverse stakeholders.


Elizabeth is a strategic and visionary leader with extensive experience supporting the workforce needs of Michigan’s most in-demand industries, including manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and construction. In a prior role at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Elizabeth worked with the Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium to create career academies in service of their entry-level talent needs; programs ranged from Computer Numerical Control, to Production Technician, and Warehouse Management and Inventory Control. She has successfully integrated her passions into her career, working with youth, veterans and justice-involved individuals from around the state to establish a pathway for their career success.  Elizabeth is coming to MGA from Youth Solutions, a subsidiary of Kinexus Group.


Chief Financial Officer Orrin Bailey

Orrin Bailey is the Chief Financial Officer at Kinexus Group. Orrin Bailey joined the Kinexus team as Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2017. Prior to Kinexus, Orrin served as the CEO of the UPWARD Talent Council – the Michigan Works! for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for two years and CEO of The Job Force Board/Six County Employment Alliance for 22 years.


Chief Information Officer - Josh Cosner

Josh Cosner is the Chief Information Officer.  He joined the team in 2010 and focuses on leading the technology, data, and strategy efforts within Kinexus Group. Josh’s primary responsibilities are to reduce the risk for the organization by protecting data, information, and users, as well as to provide access to robust tools, resources, and customer service so that Kinexus Group and its subsidiaries can achieve community impact.


Chief People Officer - Erin Wright

Erin Wright is the Chief People Officer. She joined the team in June 2018 and has focused on our People strategy. Erin spearheads our initiatives to create a fun, engaging environment where employees have the best possible tools, perks, and benefits.


Director of Risk Management - Gillian Korfmacher

Gillian Korfmacher serves as the Director of Risk Management at Kinexus Group, where she has been driving change in the workforce space for roughly 10 years and is directly responsible for the ensuring compliance among multiple subsidiary organizations.

Board of Directors


Steve Jackson

Board Chair​

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Vail Harding

Vice Chair

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Colleen Killeen-Roberts


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Karen Arondoski


Ellington Ellis


Todd Gustafson