The Workforce Connection Board

The Workforce Connection Board

Board of Directors



Michelle Cassaro
Chicago-Rockford International Airport


Todd Wells
Bourn & Koch LLC


Karen C. Brown
Highland Community College

Immediate Past Chair

Frank Rotello
Alpha Controls & Services LLC


Amy Ott
Boylan Catholic High School

Chief Elected Officials


Mayor Thomas P. McNamara
City of Rockford

Winnebago County

Joseph Chiarelli
Board Chairman

Boone County

Rodney Riley
Board Chairman

Stephenson County

Scott Helms
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

Michael Dunn
Region 1 Planning Council

Jeff Fahrenwald

Pamela Fettes
Growth Dimensions of Belvidere and Boone County

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

Geoge Gaulrapp
ComEd, An Excelon Company

Jeremy Grayewski
Berner Food & Beverage, LLC

Bob Guirl
Community Member

Greg Harle
UA Local 23 Plumbers & Pipefitters

Dr. Sheila Hill
Hill & Hill Enterprises

Dr. Brant Hulsebus
Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic

Mark Krupke
Illinois Department of Human Services-Division of Rehabilitation Services

Kris Machajewski
YWCA Northwestern Illinois-Literacy Council

Matt Montalbano
RBC Wealth Management

Paul Nolley
Project First Rate

Amy Nord
Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce

James Pirages, Attorney at Law
Allen Galluzzo Hevrin Leake, LLC

Troy Primus
AAR Corp.

Jamie Proctor
Americold Logistics, LLC

Dan Ross
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

Max Salazar 
Collins Aerospace

Casey Schwebke
Swebco Manufacturing Inc.

Dr. Howard J. Spearman
Rock Valley College

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 815-395-6638. 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