RETAINWORKS: How the public workforce system can support Return to Work (RTW) and Stay at Work (SAW) programs

Thursday 9:10 – 10:10 am

Session Description

Medical system and workforce system partners will explain the RETAINWORKS program model; when to connect employees who have become injured/ill on or off the job to the program, and how these added services can compliment your Return to Work (RTW) and Stay at Work (SAW) programs.

Learning Objectives

  1. To spread awareness of the RETAINWORKS SAW/RTW program design.
  2. To communicate the benefits of RETAINWORS for employers and employees
  3. To identify how the RETAINWORKS program can compliment employer SAW/RTW programs.


Amanda Ramsey

Amanda is a member of the Kansas Department of Commerce Workforce Services Division. She has over 20 year of experience working the field of adult education and workforce development and is currently supporting the RETAINWORKS program to implement effective stay-at-work and return-to-work (SAW/RTW) strategies that can keep people in the labor force following illness or injury.






Dale Tower

Dale has worked for the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDC) since 2013, providing leadership to a variety of initiatives focused on improving employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. He is currently the State Lead for the RETAINWORKS program. Prior to joining the KDC team, Tower worked in Non-Profit Executive Leadership for seventeen years with a focus on independence and self-sufficiency for people living in poverty and individuals with disabilities. Dale is a graduate of Pittsburg State University (PSU).






Amanda Duncan

Amanda Duncan joined the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas in 2007 and has held several positions in the organization; she was promoted to her current position of Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer in 2012. Amanda serves as a liaison to the US Department of Labor, the Kansas Department of Commerce, local Economic Development Organizations, and business groups throughout the region. She also responsible for oversight of the WA’s Communications Department, Youth Services and Employment Programs, Return to Work Programs, and Adult Re-Entry Programs. In addition, Amanda oversees fund development and manages multiple grant programs for the WA, including serving as the Site Director of the PACES Project, a local collaborative site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. She has also served as a subject matter expert, consultant, and contributor to technical assistance guides for the US Department of Labor.

A native of Garden City, Amanda holds degrees from Wichita State and Washburn University. She also holds certifications from the Society of Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Certification Institute. Amanda is active in the workforce development and human resource professional communities, as well many local professional, civic, and service organizations. Amanda and her husband Chris live in Wichita and have three children.



Travis Francis

Travis has 24 years of progressively responsible experience in healthcare, both clinically and administratively. He has worked on the field of play as an Certified Athletic Trainer, as a physician extender in outpatient clinics to include sports medicine, primary care and orthopedics and administratively as director of occupational health and the orthopedic service line focused on programmatic growth, business development and promotion of healthy lifestyles to the community abroad. All Travis’ 24 years of experience have been with Ascension Via Christi Health.