About the Office of Veteran Employment Services


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Our Mission

Advance Veterans into the workforce through targeted business engagement and effective employment services.

Our Vision

Establish networks with employers who understand the value of Veterans and are committed to hiring those who have served our nation, and with Veterans who are prepared to enter the workforce.


Success Stories of Veterans - September 2017

Every month the Office of Veteran Employment Services (OVES) will be sharing stories of individuals that have successfully found careers through our services. Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Representative (DVOP) provide the intensive services necessary to meet the employment needs of Veterans who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, disabled, homeless, or facing other significant barriers to employment. Visit often to see how Wisconsin is putting our Veterans back to work!


Management's Biographies




Gary Meyer, Director of OVES

Photo of Gary Meyer, Region 2 Supervisor of OVES As the Director of the Office of Veteran Employment Services, Gary M. Meyer leads a group of 41 dedicated professionally trained, Local Veteran Employment Representatives and Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialists. These dedicated individuals, understand through their own military experience, the valuable work ethic, skills and abilities a Veteran brings to Wisconsin's Workforce. The Director Meyer, along with the assistance of a team of three OVES supervisors, ensures LVER and DVOP staff are integrated within the Wisconsin Workforce Development System and strives to improve overall coordination with partners agencies and implementation of services.

Mr. Meyer has 30 years of experience in the employment and training field. He is a Past Wisconsin State Commander of the Disabled American Veterans and worked for two years as the DAV Administrative Director. He currently serves as the DAV Department of Wisconsin, Employment Chairman. He earned a Bachelor degree in Management and Communications from Concordia University and completed the State of Wisconsin's Enterprise Management Academy. He has been certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator. In addition, he's completed numerous training courses provided by the US Department of Labor National Veterans Training Institute. Gary is a veteran and served in the United States Air Force.

Jessica Maple, Region 1 Supervisor

Photo of Jessica Maple, Region 1 Supervisor of OVES As the Region 1 Supervisor for the Office of Veteran Employment Services (OVES), Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Jessica Maple plans, coordinates and supervises the Veteran service delivery system for employment and training programs for the region; develops and implements new initiatives in accordance with the department/division strategic plans. She supervises work performance of Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veteran Program Specialists (DVOPS) to ensure full achievement of program goals and objectives throughout Three of the office's eleven Workforce Development Areas (WDAs).

Jessica brings to the office over 20 years of military experience. She has served in the 440th Air Force Reserve in Milwaukee, 113th Washington D.C. Air National Guard, 128th Air Control Squadron in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin and currently serving as a Chief Master Sergeant at the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison. During her military career, she has served two joint Noble Eagle tours and three joint tours supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Management in 2009 through the University of Phoenix, an Associate Degree in Air and Space Operations in 2008 and Professional Manager's Certification through Community College of the Air Force in 2012.

Charles Jones, Region 2 Supervisor

Photo of Charles Jones, Region 2 Supervisor of OVES Charles Jones was born in February of 1957 to Earlene and Billy Jones in Dermott, Arkansas. He is the Oldest Son, second oldest child of 13 siblings. Raised on a farm in Dermott, Charles attended Dermott High School where he graduated in May of 1975, but joined the Army's delayed entry program in February 1974 and went Active Duty in June of 1975 upon his graduating from high school.

He spent 20 plus years in the U.S. Army where he worked as a Logistics Manager. Charles spent time in the U.S. and abroad in such places as Germany, Korea, Belgium, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. He has numerous Military awards to his credit: three Meritorious Service medals, six Army Commendation Medals, Southwest Asia Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, and six Good Conduct Medals. Charles attended the University of Maryland and Virginia where he has continued to work on his bachelor's degree in business management. He retired from the Army in September of 1995 and then moved to Beloit, Wisconsin to be close to his mother and siblings.

In February of 1996, he gained employment with the State of Wisconsin as a Veteran's Employment Representative. He serves on the Rock County Job Center Management Team and Business Services Team. Charles has recently been promoted to Employment and Training Supervisor Region 2.

He is a Lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and has served on the Board of Directors for Hands of Faith (which assist in the placement of homeless families). Charles currently serves as a member of the Rock/Walworth County Homeless Intervention Taskforce, Rock Valley Community Programs Homeless Veteran Advisory Committee and Rock County Behavior Heath Redesign Committee. He was honored by the state of Wisconsin as Veteran's Representative of the Year in 2000 and for the American Legion's National Veteran Representative of the Year Award in July 2012. Charles was also awarded the, “"Above and Beyond" award for his work as Volunteer Chaplin at Rock Valley Community Programs providing spiritual counseling to Homeless Veterans and persons leaving the jail and prison systems.

Charles confessed to Christ in 1969 in Dermott, Arkansas. He joined Bethel AME Church in October 2000 and has served as chairperson of the Men's Ministry, Vice President of the Male Chorus as well as working with the Youth of Bethel A.M.E. Church.

He met and married the former Anita G. Rhea at Bethel A.M.E. Church on November 27, 2003. He has 4 children: Angela Jones Crockett, Darius Jones, Sha-Mona Jones and Sha-Nita Rhea; two grandsons and two granddaughters.

At times you may hear him read Psalm 121. This Psalm is special to Charles because when he was departing for the Army his great-grandmother set him down and gave him the Word. She had written Psalm 121 down on paper and told him to keep it in his wallet, but take it out and read it. Until most recently, Charles had continued to carry it in his wallet. Charles biggest endeavor has been in the ministry and on Saturday, October 20, 2007 was ordained as a local deacon at the Chicago Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Church. He currently serves as Assistant Pastor at Kingdom Faith Center in Beloit and Head Chaplin at Rock valley Community Programs, Veterans Transitional Housing Program.

Ron Stigler, Region 3 Supervisor

As the Region 3 Supervisor for the Office of Veteran Employment Services (OVES), Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Ron Stigler plans, coordinates and supervises the Veteran service delivery system for employment and training programs for the region; develops and implements new initiatives in accordance with the department/division strategic plans. He supervises work performance of Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veteran Program Specialists (DVOPS) to ensure full achievement of program goals and objectives throughout five of the office's eleven Workforce Development Areas (WDAs).

Ron brings to the program over 24 years of military experience. He has served in the numerous assignments worldwide and in combat environments. He has been awarded numerous awards and decoration throughout his military career. He retired from active duty as a Chief Warrant Officer 3, United States Army. After retirement, he joined the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development first as a Disable Veterans Outreach Programs Specialist (DVOP) and then as a Local Veterans Employment Representative and finally as a Regional Supervisor in the Office of Veterans Service. He has as of this time worked in the veterans' employment field with the State of Wisconsin for over 23 years.

In the above capacity Ron has been recognized for his achievements by a number of veteran's organizations as DVOP and LVER of the Year from the Disable American Veterans and American Legion, culminating in the Distinguished Service Award from the DAV.

He holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Saint Leo University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lakeland College in Business Administration and Economics.



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