Working to level the playing field—and give you a head-start advantage!
Lisa L. McHatton — Executive Director
Lisa is the Executive Director of the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc. (NETAAC). She joined NETAAC in 1987 as the Administrative Coordinator after obtaining her degree in business administration. She was promoted to Financial Officer in 1994 and to Director in 2006. Lisa has an extensive background in accounting and finance, and over 20 years of experience in assisting manufacturers affected by foreign competition.
Melissa L. Hawley — Client Development Manager
Melissa L. Hawley is the Client Development Manager at New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc. (NETAAC). She began her career at NETAAC as the Financial/Administrative Assistant, and is passionate in her commitment to providing excellence to clients and consultants of NETAAC affected by foreign trade. Melissa has over 15 years of administrative and managerial experience, including 12 years in the legal industry. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Organizational Communications from Northeastern University.
Joseph A. Thomas — Business Recovery Specialist
Joe is a Business Recovery Specialist for the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc. (NETAAC). He holds a degree in mechanical engineering and has many years experience in manufacturing, advising companies on operational, product development, business development and strategic planning issues. Joe has helped build success in a vast range of companies. He also has expertise in assisting companies with major restructuring and cost reduction initiatives.
Board of Directors
NETAAC has a Board of Directors comprised of key leaders from both private and public sector companies representing the six New England states. Members have strong ties to the New England community and believe that NETAAC’s assistance helps U.S. manufacturers compete and succeed in the global marketplace.
President & Chairman: David A. Darlington – The Gildea-Darlington Group
Vice President: Sidney J. Holbrook – SJH & Associates
Treasurer: Richard E. Dragon – Certified Public Accountant
Secretary: James Carroll
Charles (Chuck) Bunnell – Mohegan Tribal Nation
Robert B. Field, Jr., Esq. – Law Offices of Robert B. Field, Jr., PLLC
William A. Gildea – ECAP, LLC
John S. Johnson – Thames River Properties, LLC
Jan Marinelli – Lake Champlain Islands Economic Development Corporation
Lawrence Robinson – Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership
James Stewart – Central Economic Development Corporation
Christopher Way – Department of Resources and Economic Development
John P. Weigold – Hartland Technology Partners, LLC