Synopsis Broad working knowledge of federal and state Grant Management• Excellent management skills • Remarkable problem solving and conflict resolution skills • Sound consulting skills and decision-making skills
Department of Workforce Development - Commonwealth of Massachusetts
January 2007 to Present - Adjudicator for Division of Unemployment Assistance – Springfield, MA
• Certified Adjudicator who understands and applies provisions of MGL Chapter 151 A policy guidelines governing the Division of Unemployment Assistance operations. Extensive knowledge of investigative and interview techniques and knowledge of administrative and criminal law practices. In addition, apply relevant laws to formulate legal conclusions concerning eligibility for unemployment benefits.
JM Grant Administrative Services
February 07 to February 11 - Grant Writer and Consultant – Belchertown, MA
• An established program administrator and grant writer who has successfully applied her skills in the fields of, policy, public relations, criminal justice, workforce development, recreation, and education. Research and write grants for manufacturers seeking training, career centers, police departments, sheriff departments, schools and nonprofit organizations, worked in all phases of grant procurement and development. Achievements include: developing programs with town administrators, after-care plans with criminal justice departments, designed educational work-force training skills for low-income individuals, established relationships with state and federal funding personnel.
January 2001 to January 2007 - Associate Director of the Massachusetts State Workforce Investment Board – Boston, MA
• Developed and implemented 20 staff positions in One-Stop Career Centers across the state to provide workforce guidance to non-violent ex-offenders. Managed 61 Workforce Investment Board members consisting of legislators, private sector CEO’s, labor representatives, state agency Commissioners, educators, and non-profit associates. Key participant that aided with implementing awarded $1.7 million federal grant program which increased occupational job skills training for ex-offenders. Worked closely with the Department of Corrections, Parole, and Probation staff implementing “employment and training” programs for ex-offenders. Spokes person for private sector employers advocating skills trainings programs and promoting strategic partnerships that would advance low income residents in the Massachusetts workforce.
Executive Office of Public Safety – Commonwealth of Massachusetts
September 1996 to January 2001 - Law Enforcement Program Coordinator – Boston, MA
• Managed the Residential Substance Abuse grant and Violent Offender Incarceration and Truth in Sentencing Incentive (VOITIS) program. Advised Police Chiefs across the state with educational and career training programs to enhance their workforce skills. Managed state-wide Community Policing grant programs, and conducted on-site training concerning basic program evaluation concepts. Initiated the development of a statewide strategy which evaluated performance measures for Drug and Gang Task Force programs. Administered state –wide programmatic reviews of residential substance abuse programs in county, state, and federal prisons. Participated in the conceptualization and distribution of state and federal Response for Requests applications. Developed and tracked financial data in computerized spreadsheets for federal and state grants in excess of $30 million. Provided statewide technical and financial assistance to municipalities, County Sheriffs’ Offices, Police, and Fire Departments, Courts, District Attorney Offices, and Drug and Gang Task Forces, regarding management of state and federal grant programs.
April 1995 to September 1996 - Grants Monitor – Boston, MA
• Provided programmatic and fiscal oversight of state and federal grant programs in Western and Central Massachusetts. Assessed and developed program policies which addressed law enforcement personnel, youth, elderly, and domestic violence victims. Increased law enforcement state grant applicants by 15%. Coordinated and conducted meetings between municipalities and law enforcement agencies. Gained insight by accompanying officers on police investigations.
• 1992 – 1994 Mount Holyoke College - Bachelor of Arts – Major: Public Policy - Frances Perkins Scholar
• 1989 – 1992 Holyoke Community College - Associate Degree of Arts and Science - Green Key Honors Society
• MS Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher; DUA automated systems, MOSES
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