The Workforce Development Foundation

The HVACR Workforce Development Foundation is dedicated to leading an industry effort to develop and promote educational projects, programs, and partnerships to attract committed and skilled employees to a career in HVACR.

Foundation Objectives
  • To raise the awareness of the HVACR industry and the importance it plays in daily lives.
  • Create interest in the HVACR industry as an attractive and profitable career choice.
  • To enhance the quality and quantity of available workforce for the HVACR industry.
Workforce Development Foundation Board Members (as of January, 2015)

Kari M. Arfstrom  |  Executive Director
Stephen Yurek, AHRI   |  Chairman
Paul Stalknech, ACCA  |  Secretary Treasurer
Bryan Albrecht, Gateway Technical College
Thomas Applegate, Ohio Association of Career and Technical Superintendents
Janet Bray, Bray Strategies
Michael Copp, PHCC
Talbot Gee, HARDI
Warren Heeley, HRAI
Harlan “Skip” Krepcik, RSES
John Lanier, NATE
Jeff Littleton, ASHRAE
Rosemary Sparks, BuildForce Canada


Foundation Sustaining Members
HVACR Industry Supporters