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 the late 80’s after obtaining her degree in business administration. She quickly advanced through the contract and finance departments thanks to her aptitude to work with numbers and excellent work ethic. Lisa was the Chief Financial Officer for 10 years and named Executive Director in 2006.
Her empowering leadership style and commitment to seeing this manufacturing program succeed has turned NETAAC into one of the best performing centers in the nation. Her passion and genuine concern for U.S. manufacturers is undeniable. Lisa has dedicated 25 years to working with manufacturers, helping them to compete in both domestic and global markets. She has initiated 100’s of successful projects that have resulted in sales growth and profitability. She continues to believe today that a strong manufacturing region creates economic success!
Melissa L. Hawley — Financial/Certification Assistant
Melissa is the Financial/Certification Assistant at New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc. (NETAAC). She 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