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
Manager of Annual Giving
johany@forgecityworks.org
VIANCA CACERES
Cafe Supervisor
vianca@kitchencafe.org
LUZ CONDE
Office Manager
luz@forgecityworks.org
CARLA DOMINGO
Workforce Development Trainee Support and Employment Navigator
carla@forgecityworks.org
BECKY McGUIGAN
Interim Executive Director
Culinary Business and Training Manager
becky@forgecityworks.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

Chairs

Jahn Marie Surette
The Hartford

Vice Chair
Michaela Mitchell
State of Connecticut

Secretary and Treasurer
Aimee Hendrigan
Melville Charitable Trust

Arunan Arulampalam
State of Connecticut

Sara Batchelder
Retired Clinical Social Worker

Whitney Bundy
Hartford HealthCare

Carlos Espinosa
Trinity College

Josh Durand
Emeritus Board Member, Lincoln Financial

Michael Johnson
Sullivan & LeShane

Ruth Melville
Melville Charitable Trust

Ojala Naeem
Travelers

Jason Rojas
Emeritus Board Member, Trinity College

Kenya Rutland
KJR Consulting

Maggie Willard
Retired, Hartford Foundation Grants Officer

Nancy Wheeler
Emeritus Board Member, WheelerConnect