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.
VP Business & Community Services, HCC
Executive Director of the Kittredge Center for Business & Workforce Development
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.
Assistant Vice President of Workforce Development, Springfield Technical Community College
Dr. Dave Buonora has served as assistant vice president for the Workforce Development Center at Springfield Technical Community College since February 2020. Prior to joining STCC, he served as chief operating officer at WorkSource Montgomery, the workforce development board in suburban Washington, DC.
Dave has extensive experience working with community colleges. He was a senior legislative associate for the American Association of Community Colleges for six years, where he advocated before Congress on behalf of the nation’s community colleges during reauthorization of federal career technical education and workforce laws. As director of government affairs and resource development at Howard Community College for eight years, he helped secure millions of federal, state, and local dollars to construct three new buildings on campus and to develop new academic and workforce programs. Buonora also worked at Prince George’s Community College for seven years as an assistant vice president for workforce development where he spearheaded strategic initiatives within the division as well as led organizational development and efficiency efforts. He began his career working as a legislative aid on Capitol Hill.
Buonora holds an Ed.D. in higher education administration from Northeastern University, a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University, and a bachelor of arts degree from American University