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Board of Directors
Nancy Scirocco - Chair
Vice President, Government & Institutional Banking
Nancy Scirocco has been with Webster Bank since 2004, and works primarily with Not For Profit organizations, with a special focus on all their array of banking and investment needs. Prior to Webster, Nancy worked in non-profit management for over 6 years, with a strong focus in economic development. Previously, Nancy spent over 15 years developing commercial real estate on behalf of developers and major retailers, covering territories in New England and Northern California.
Ms. Scirocco holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Nancy currently serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Connecticut (was Chair of the Development Committee for 2006 and 2007), the WALKS Foundation, the Connecticut Women’s Council (current President), the Advisory Board for the University of Connecticut’s Program on Nonprofit Leadership and Strategic Networks, and the Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership’s Steering Committee. She has previously served on the Capital Workforce Partners Board of Directors and the Hartford area 1999 United Way Campaign as a Loaned Executive.
Judy Greiman - Vice Chair
Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
Ms. Greiman was appointed President of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges in May 1998. At CCIC, she conducts public relations, research, public policy development, government relations and purchasing coordination work on behalf of the sixteen member colleges and universities. She spends a great deal of time on strengthening financial aid programs for students and working to bring about a greater understanding of the impact and contributions of independent colleges and universities in Connecticut. She also manages administrative and academic collaboration efforts on behalf of the sector.
She previously served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Connecticut State University System Office, worked at the State Office of Policy and Management where she served in a variety of positions that ranged from Counsel to Deputy Secretary and was Counsel for the Connecticut House of Representatives, Majority Office. Ms. Greiman received her BA degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her Juris Doctor from DePaul University-College of Law.
John Kniering - Treasurer
Director, Career Services
University of Hartford
John Kniering has been Director of Career Services at the University of Hartford since 1994. A former naval officer who served aboard aircraft carriers and destroyers, he joined the staff of the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI as a Leadership and Management Instructor for five years. Subsequently, he was a human resource professional in the Information Technology industry for eight years before coming to the University of Hartford as a career counselor in 1986. He earned a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling from Providence College and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois.
Economic Development Council of Western MA
Ann McFarland Burke, has over 25 years experience in planning and economic development. Ms. Burke holds a BA from Miami University, Oxford OH and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has served as the Vice President of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts since 1997 and specializes in downtown revitalization and strategic planning including Business Improvement District (BID) development and management, economic development planning and community facilitation, business retention and recruitment, and project management. Ms. Burke co- authored enabling legislation to create BIDs in Massachusetts, authored a Guidebook for forming Business Improvement Districts in Massachusetts, and led the successful development of BIDS in Springfield, Westfield, and Northampton, MA. Prior to her involvement with the EDC, Ms. Burke served as President of Greater Holyoke Inc, a downtown development corporation based in Holyoke. At GHI, Ms. Burke managed the downtown master planning, established the Greater Holyoke Inc Mortgage Pool for downtown real estate projects, and oversaw other master planning and real estate initiatives. She was also Associate Director of Springfield Central, a nonprofit downtown development entity spearheading downtown Springfield’s revitalization effort. Her experience also includes work with the Department of the Interior, in Washington DC, Clairmont, NH, and Butte, MT to develop revitalization strategies for historic downtowns. Mrs. Burke has also worked as a consultant in various communities on downtown and economic development projects.
Associated Industries of MA
Dawn Creighton is the Regional Director of Member Relations for Western Massachusetts of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), a nonpartisan, nonprofit employer association of 6,000 Bay State businesses and institutions whose mission is to promote the well-being of its members and their employees and the prosperity of the Commonwealth by maintaining and improving the region’s economic climate, proactively advocating fair and equitable public policy, and by providing relevant, reliable information and excellent services.
VP Business & Community Services
Holyoke Community College
Jeff Hayden is the Vice President for Business & Community Services at the Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center for Business & Workforce Development. Jeff is a Holyoke resident who worked for Holyoke in Economic Development and Planning from 1993 to 2006. Jeff has a passion for urban planning & economic development, and everything Holyoke. The Kittredge Center for Business & Workforce Development serves over 14,000 businesses and individuals providing skills training and a variety of business development services. The Picknelly Family and Adult Education Center, a Holyoke Community College project, recently opened offering ABE, ESOL and a variety of education and training resources.
Dr. Theresa D. Howard
Dean of Cooperative Education and Career Services
Holyoke Community College
Dr. Howard oversees the Cooperative Education Program that places students in jobs related to their majors, for which they earn credits in their majors. She also oversees the Career Center on the Campus and off site at the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center in downtown Holyoke. Dr. Howard also works with a number of area school districts in providing transitional services from high school to post-secondary education. Her Department is part of the Division of Business and Community Services at the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College. She has been with the College for 35 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts Degree, both from American International College, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Youth Employment Coordinator
Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.
Kathryn Kirby comes to the Internhere.com Board of Directors with 20 years of media experience including television, radio and print journalism. In July 2010 Kathryn was named Top 5 Business Women in Western Massachusetts by Western Mass Women’s Magazine. Kathryn has a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy and a degree in Journalism. She blends her media experience with the nonprofit world in the areas of marketing, program management, employer outreach, grant writing and fundraising. In her spare time Kathryn enjoys, writing, exercising, decorating her Victorian home and singing 1st Soprano with the Springfield Symphony Chorus.
Manager - Business & Youth Services
FutureWorks Career Center
Kevin Lynn is the Manager of Employer Services and Youth Services at FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield, MA. His responsibilities include working with employers to help satisfy their staffing needs. Kevin has 20-years media experience, most recently as News Bureau Chief for Metro Networks’ radio news division in Hartford where he was responsible for the operation of offices in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.
George E. Mullin
Principle of Cambridge Management Associates
I have served or currently serve as Secretary of the Board of Bridgton Academy; a consultant to Museum of Fine Arts College and Lesley College, 16 years as a college instructor at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, seminar leader and in-house trainer in organizations throughout Massachusetts and the United States, SHRM State Council President of Massachusetts, President of the MetroWest Human Resource Management Association, member of the board of advisors of Worthen Industries, Nashua, New Hampshire, advisor to Framingham State University in the development of the school’s Masters Degree Program in Human Resource Management Program and a passionate advocate for using, developing and instructing in the experiential model in training in a classroom and worker related environment. I have 40 plus years in the areas stated above and with Human Resource generalist consulting working with all levels of leaders from Board’s of Directors to group leaders throughout the United States and Canada as the past vice president of human resources for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
Senior Communications Specialist
Liz Adams is a Senior Communications Specialist at Travelers in Hartford, Conn. where she provides communications service and expertise in support of Talent Acquisition. Prior to joining Travelers, Liz worked in Economic Development and Community Relations at Northeast Utilities, primarily supporting the Team New England initiative. Prior to this, she worked in various communications and marketing roles at companies throughout Connecticut including Fiserv and Ingenix. Liz has a bachelor’s degree in corporate communication from Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in organizational communication from Central Connecticut State University.
Charter Oak State College and CT State Council, SHRM
John M Whitcomb has had diverse experience as an entrepreneur, senior human resource officer, chief operating officer and division president. He is currently a trustee of the Board for State Academic Awards which oversees Charter Oak State College and the CT Distance Learning Consortium, and is a board director for both InternHere.com and the Connecticut HR Council (affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management). He also works as Chief Examiner for the City of Danbury and is active in entrepreneurial ventures. Prior assignments included: Director of Employee and Labor Relations for a $1 billion group in drugs and pharmaceuticals; Vice President Human Resources for a scientific equipment manufacturer and a stainless steel manufacturer; COO for a non-emergency healthcare transportation firm; and President of a corporate division for claims processing and call center operations. Focus has included team building, organization development and change management.
Director, Office of Career Services
Eastern Connecticut State University
Nancy DeCrescenzo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She joined the Division of Student Affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University in June of 2005.
She is president-elect of the CT Counseling Association, past-president of the CT Career Counseling & Development Association, past-president of the Connecticut Cooperative Education & Internship Association, and is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society.
Director of Workforce and Knowledge Economy Programs
The Office for Workforce Competitiveness (OWC)
Rob has been with OWC since its inception on April 15, 1999. The Governor established OWC to focus on developing, guiding and coordinating the public policy necessary to prepare Connecticut’s workforce for the rapidly changing and competitive economy of the 21st Century. The context for this work is articulated in OWC’s Talent-Based Strategy for Economic Growth which places an emphasis on building a 21st century talent pipeline that will keep Connecticut competitive in the global economy. As an example, OWC was responsible for completing the state’s first Information Technology Workforce Strategic Plan, completing the first statewide Tech-Based Core Competency Plan and creating a model technology pipeline program called Connecticut Career Choices which is a key part of the state’s Talent-Based Strategy for growing skilled talent in Connecticut. The Office also created the Connecticut Office for Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and has led the planning and development of public policy promoting the application of nanoscience and nanotechnology in the state. OWC is headed by Mary Ann Hanley, who is appointed by and reports directly to the Governor and serves as her principal policy advisor on workforce investment matters as well as co-chairing (along with the Governor) the JOBS Cabinet, also established under Executive Order No. 14A and reconstituted under Executive Order No. 1 issued by Governor M. Jodi Rell. The OWC also provides staff support to the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission (CETC) and the Governor’s JOBS Cabinet.
Connecticut Technology Council
The Office for Workforce Competitiveness (OWC)
Matthew has long been interested in helping build the economy in Connecticut. Since 2003 he has led the CTC , helping to represent the 2,500 tech firms in the state. Before that he ran a high tech software company as COO of NetKey, which was eventually acquired by NCR. He was president of the Greater New Haven Chamber for 13 years and helped found Science Park in New Haven in the mid 1980s. A graduate of Yale (MBA) and Columbia (BA) he lives in New Haven with his wife, who teaches at Yale and two daughters. Matthew is on many boards including a role as Chairman of the New Haven Parking Authority, the State Transportation Strategy Board, Connstep and United Way of Connecticut.