The Workforce Connection is pleased to welcome 11 New Board Members

Friday, December 2, 2022
Contact: Gabrielle Torina
815-893-9801 (text)

The Workforce Connection Welcomes 11 New Board Members
Rockford, IL – The Workforce Connection (TWC) announces its appointment of eleven new board members. New board members bring a regional understanding of the workforce and will help set priorities and develop innovative strategic planning. These new members will serve a term of three years.

TWC’s Board of Directors and Chief Elected Officials are made up of regional employers, educational institutions, economic development experts, public partners, and publicly elected officials: which guides the efforts of the organization and system. “The Workforce Connection Board represents a wide cross-section of our region’s leaders in business, education, and not-for-profit organizations. The newest members to our Board have track records of success in their industries and pledge to help craft innovative solutions for workforce needs. They join the rest of our Board with a commitment to supporting The Workforce Connection’s mission of providing a workforce that meets the needs of the business community now and in the future” said Gina Caronna, Executive Director, The Workforce Connection.

“We are pleased to welcome our newest Board members. These successful and visionary leaders will help strengthen The Workforce Connection’s commitment to provide a fully integrated and accessible workforce development system in our region” explained Board Chair Michelle Cassaro, Chief Financial Officer, Chicago Rockford International Airport. A list of new board members with their prospective organizations are listed below. Additionally, a full listing of all board members and officers can be found on the Workforce Connection website.

Michael Dunn, Executive Director, Region 1 Planning Council
Jeff Fahrenwald, VP of Strategic Dev. & Execution, SupplyCore
Jeremy Grayewski, Talent Acquisition Manager, Berner Food & Beverage, LLC
George Gaulrapp, External Affairs Manager, ComEd An Exelon Company
Dr. Sheila Hill, President/CEO, Hill & Hill Enterprises
Dr. Brant Hulsebus, DC LCP CCWP FICA, Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic Clinic
Jim Knutson, Risk Manager & HR Director, Aircraft Gear Corporation
Kris Machajewski, President & CEO, YWCA Northwestern Illinois
Matt Montalbano, Senior Vice President-Branch Manager, RBG Wealth Management
Jamie Proctor, General Manager, Americold Logistics LLC
Casey Schwebke, Operations Manager, Swebco Manufacturing Inc. and President of the Rock River Valley Tooling & Machining Association (RRVTMA)