OUR TEAM

No matter where we come from, we believe in working toward positive, sustainable, and system-wide change.

To empower people striving to improve their lives, Forge City Work’s staff, and volunteers bring passion, drive, and commitment to our work.

OUR STAFF

JOHANY BEDON
Development & Communications Manager
johany@forgecityworks.org
LUZ CONDE
Office Manager
luz@forgecityworks.org
CARLA DOMINGO
Workforce Development Specialist
carla@forgecityworks.org
BECKY McGUIGAN
Associate Director & Director of Training Programs
becky@forgecityworks.org
ALBA ORTEGA
Cafe Supervisor
alba@kitchencafe.org
ANDREW PERRI
Executive Chef
andy@kitchencafe.org

MAYRA RIVERA
Catering Sales Manager

mayra@kitchencafe.org

RUBY VANGUILDER
Junior Sous Chef

ruby@kitchencafe.org

CARY WHEATON
Founder, 2008 – 2021

BOARD AND ADVISORY COUNCIL

Chair

Jahn Marie Surette
JMSurette Advisors

Secretary and Treasurer
Aimee Hendrigan
Melville Charitable Trust

Sara Batchelder
Retired Clinical Social Worker

Whitney Bundy
Hartford HealthCare

Josh Durand
Emeritus Board Member, Lincoln Financial

Carlos Espinosa
Trinity College

Jermaine Frazer-Phillips
Big Up Brew

Leslie Gomez
LMG Photography

Jennifer Hockenhull
Adult Congential Heart Association

Michael Johnson
Sullivan & LeShane

Ruth Melville
Melville Charitable Trust

Ojala Naeem
Travelers

Bob Pliney
The Hartford

John Price
Hartford Healthcare/Compass One

Tasha Roberts
Hartford Healthcare

Jason Rojas
Emeritus Board Member, Trinity College

Kenya Rutland
KJR Consulting

Maggie Willard
Retired, Hartford Foundation Grants Officer

Nancy Wheeler
Emeritus Board Member, WheelerConnect