The Workforce Connection Board

The Workforce Connection Board

Board of Directors



Michelle Cassaro
Chicago-Rockford International Airport


Todd Wells
Bourn & Koch, Inc.


Karen C. Brown
Highland Community College

Immediate Past Chair

Amy Ott
Boylan Catholic High School


Frank Rotello
Alpha Controls

Chief Elected Officials


Mayor Thomas P. McNamara
City of Rockford

Winnebago County

Joseph Chiarelli
Board Chairman

Boone County

Karl Johnson
Board Chairman

Stephenson County

William Hadley
Board Chairman

Board Members

Ben Bernsten
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois

Scott Bloomquist
Boone/Winnebago Regional Office of Education

Todd Cagnoni
City of Rockford

Len Carter

Kathy Crandall
Crandall Stats & Sensors

Pamela Lopez-Fettes
Growth Dimensions of Belvidere and Boone County

Suzanne K. Fischer
OSF HealthCare St. Anthony Medical Center – Ambulatory and Procedural Services

Einar Forsman
Greater Rockford Growth Partnership

Alan Golden
NW IL Building & Construction Trades

Dr. Daniel Grohens
IL DHS – Division of Rehabilitation Services

Bob Guirl
Community Member

Jennifer Greenberg
First National Bank

Greg Harle
UA Local 23 Plumbers & Pipefitters

Vanessa Hughes
Hughes Resources

Eva Kretschmar
RBG Janitorial LLC

Kimberly Kuborn
Danfoss Drives

James Pirages, Attorney at Law
Allen Galluzzo Hervin Leake (AGHL), LLC

Dan Ross
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

Dr. Howard J. Spearman
Rock Valley College

Mark Williams
Greater Freeport Partnership

Jeff Zeal
Illinois Department of Employment Security

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The Workforce Connection– an Illinois WorkNet Center and partner in the American Job Center network. This program is funded by The Workforce Connection, Inc., Il Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and the U.S. Department of Labor. The Workforce Connection is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment by calling TTY (800) 526-0844 or 711. Contact the Equal Opportunity Officer at 815-395-6626. This program is subject to the provisions of the “Jobs for Veteran’s Act” Public Law 107-288, which provides priority of services to veterans and spouses of certain veterans. To view additional information related to the U.S. Department of Labor funding of this program, please visit

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