Our Team

Tracye Whitfield

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Director of Contract Sales for Manufacturing, IT & General Business

tlwhitfield@stcc.edu

413.755.4103


Tracye assists employers in developing custom training to strengthen employee skills and maximize potential. During a 20-year career Tracye has managed Springfield City budgets totaling over $50 million, and guided youth in advocacy and community service work. She owns TW Accounting, an individual and business tax preparation service. 


A lifelong resident of the City of Springfield, she is co-chair of the Mason Square C-3 Initiative, working closely with Mason Square residents and police officers to improve quality of life. She serves on the boards of Sabis International Charter School, Wellspring, and the Association of Black Business & Professionals.


Tracye has worked on community projects such as the "Walking School Bus" at Rebecca Johnson Elementary School, the District Attorney's Hoop Hall Basketball Tournament/Job Fair, the Community Family Day at Hennessey Park, MLK’s Safe Summer Resource Fair/Community Resource Block Party, the Historically Black College Tour Committee, and Martin Luther King Day Celebration held at the MassMutual Center.


An active member of Zion Community Baptist Church, Tracye is proud to have raised two outstanding adult children in a wonderful church community.


She graduated from High School of Commerce in 1992, earned an Administrative Assistant Certificate from Salter Schools of in 1993, and holds a BA with concentration in Finance (Magna Cum Laude) and a MS in Accounting and Taxation from American International College. She has taken courses in non-profit management at Bay Path University and is a proud 2013 graduate of Leadership Pioneer Valley.

Sharon Grundel

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Director of Contract Sales for Health, Non-Profits, & Government

sagrundel@stcc.edu

413.755.4396


Sharon has nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare workforce development, serving adults and youth, primarily within medically underserved communities in the Commonwealth. She is well versed in the operations of the one-stop career centers and workforce investment boards. While at UMass Medical School she founded and served as state advisor for HOSA–Future Health Professionals, a national student organization. Most recently, Sharon has worked closely with employers in the long-term care industry, specifically home care, to revise and develop new curriculum that boosts the skill set of direct healthcare workers.


Sharon earned her BA in Speech Pathology from the University at Buffalo and a M.Ed. from Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA in Counseling. When she isn’t working you may find her rowing crew on the Connecticut River, pedaling the bike trails near her home, or puttering in the garden. 

Michele Cabral

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Director

mcabral@hcc.edu

413.552.2257


The director of Training & Workforce options and the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute (a gaming school run jointly with STCC and MGM Springfield), Michele Cabral started her career as a certified public accountant for KPMG Peat Marwick. She graduated from the Leadership Development Program while working for CIGNA Insurance Companies and joined Farm Credit Financial Partners Inc. as the chief financial and operating officer while the company was in its start-up phase.

Previously an accounting professor and dean of Business and Technology at Holyoke Community College, Michele was a key member of the project team that helped establish the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute in downtown Holyoke.

A successful business consultant, she holds a bachelor's degree from Westfield State University and an MBA from Elms College. Michele is the founder of Care For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization serving military personnel in western Massachusetts, and currently serves on the board of directors for Friends of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke.

Jeff Hayden

VP Business & Community Services, HCC

Executive Director of the Kittredge Center for Business & Workforce Development

jhayden@hcc.edu

413.552.2587


Jeff Hayden has over 25 years' experience in workforce and economic development in western Massachusetts. Jeff has lead Holyoke Community College’s Business & Community Services Division for the last 11 years, overseeing workforce development, adult education, community service, and a variety of transition to college and career programs. Prior to HCC, Jeff served in the City of Holyoke’s Office of Planning & Development for 12 years, spending six years as the director. Jeff is recognized in the region as a leader in the process of helping people find a job, get a better job, or to do their job better.

Jeff has been engaged in a variety of projects and initiatives throughout the years, including the planning and development of the Holyoke Transportation Center including the establishment of the Picknelly Adult & Family Education Center; the establishment of Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a joint workforce development initiative of Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College providing customized contract training to area businesses; the creation of the Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Institute (MCCTI) a statewide initiative of the Commonwealth’s community colleges to provide entry level training for jobs to be created by the new-to-Massachusetts casino industry; the planning and development of Holyoke’s Crossroad Business Development park; and the merging of the Holyoke Office of Economic & Industrial Development department, the Holyoke Economic Development & Industrial Corporation, the Holyoke Planning Department, and the Holyoke Board of Appeals into the Holyoke Office for Planning and Development.


Jeff lives in Holyoke. He serves on a number of local community and human service boards.   

Gerardo Zayas

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Asst. VP for Workforce Development/Co-Director

gzayas@stcc.edu

413.755.5419


Gerardo Zayas Jr. has mentored individuals and led organizations in producing quality services for over 20 years. He is an enthusiastic professional with the ability to create, implement, and monitor performance improvement efforts that are results-driven, possessing a natural ability to promote professional and organizational awareness creating a client-centered approach to services in healthcare, community-based, government services and in higher education. 


While completing his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice, he gained a clear understanding of community engagement through need assessments to targeted populations.  While pursuing his Masters degree in Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare, he learned and coached organizational leaders on providing best standards of care practices in a culturally competent manner, while making sure an organization operates as a business with a soul.


Zayas mentors leadership teams to achieve professional development and enhance operations management practice resulting in lower staffing turnover rates, and higher client satisfaction survey rates. He prides himself on his ability to work effectively with professionals with diverse educational and experience backgrounds to achieve realistic and necessary outcome measures.