Staff Directory

Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board Staff

Catherine Awwad, Executive Director
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 426

Michael Hayden, Deputy Director
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 437

Jim Amis, TechHire ITXpress Project Manager
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 441

Gina Beechinor, Cost Accounting Clerk
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 447

Sharon Casey, Contract Monitor
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 433

Cheryl Chasse, Contract & Grant Manager
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 428

Joe Diorio, WCCI Compliance Officer
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 434

Michele Donahue, Staff Accountant
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 429

Amy Fellows, Administrative Aide
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 448

Genny Fonseca, Director of Strategic Planning
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 432

Steve Gray, JFES Coordinator
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 464

Gary Madison, Manager of Workforce Programs
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 442

Cheryl Olmstead, Subsidized Employment Coordinator
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 459

Angelo Santamaria, TechHire ITXpress Career Navigator
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 465

Alexander Taddeo, Staff Accountant
Phone: (203) 574-6971 ext. 466

For a list of our Board of Directors, please click here.

The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board (NRWIB) is the administrative entity that oversees and administers WIOA and CT-DOL funded programs in the Northwest Region Service Delivery Area (SDA). It was established by the Governor to promote effective delivery of job training services throughout the Region that includes the forty-one municipalities.


The forty-one municipalities that make up the Region are: Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Canaan, Cheshire, Colebrook, Cornwall, Danbury, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, New Hartford, Naugatuck, Norfolk, North Canaan, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Sherman, Southbury, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Winchester, Winsted, Wolcott and Woodbury