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Dr. James Nardozzi, Interim CEO

Lifelong Waterbury resident. Graduate of St. Margaret-McTernan School. Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Northeastern University. Master of Public Administration, University of New Haven. Doctor of Public Administration, Nova Southeastern University. FBI National Academy, 206th session. Board of Directors, Wellmore Behavioral Health 2008-present. Board of Directors, Christopher D. Corbett Memorial Scholarship Fund 2015-2017. Board of Trustees, Chase Collegiate School 2013-2017. Board of Managers, The Waterbury Club 2004-2009. Board of Directors and Past President, Waterbury Police Federal Credit Union 2000-2002. Board of Directors, Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Main Street Program, 2012-2013.

Michael T. Gilmore, Re-Investment Manager & Fair Housing Manager

Michael Gilmore is a lifelong resident of Waterbury. He is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and Mattatuck Community College. Mike began working for the City of Waterbury in 1991 as a Community Liaison under Mayor Edward Bergin. He then moved to the Office of Community Development as a Community Development Specialist. Mike currently works as a Re-Investment Manager Fair Housing Officer at the Waterbury Development Corporation. In that role he is responsible for the securing or demolition of unsafe structures, enforcement of the city's Anti-Blight Ordinance, and relocation of displaced tenants. As the city's Fair Housing Officer, Mike organizes and implements public programs and distributes informational material pertaining to fair housing laws and rights. He is also a member of the City's Tax Auction Committee and Property Reuse Committee. Mike is currently a member of the City of Waterbury Blight Task Force. He is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Waterbury. He is also an affiliate and supporter of the Greater Waterbury YMCA and former member of the Board of Directors. Mike resides in the Bunker Hill neighborhood with his wife Jackie and their three daughters, Taylor, Jordan, and Hayley.

Walter Murray, Manager of Accounting & Finance

Walter Murray currently resides in Waterbury. His education includes Southern Connecticut State University, 092 certificate in Administration; State University of NY, College at Old Westbury, B.S. in Accounting; State University of NY, College at Stony Brook, MAT in History; Fisk University, B.A. in History. Previous work experience includes Ulster ARC, Kingston, NY; Lee Lighting America, New York, NY; Agency Construction, Mamaroneck, NY; Powermoore Accounting Services, Waterbury, CT; Bridgeport Public Schools, Business Education Teacher. Walter has also served as a women's softball coach and sponsor for Dutchess County Browns Softball Team, Brooklyn Browns Softball Team, NY Knights Softball Team, and Pitching Coach for windmill and slingshot pitching for Bushwick High School.

JoAnn Genovese, Finance & Administrative Specialist

JoAnn Genovese specializes in working closely with the Department of Economic and Community Development in financial matters relevant to various projects managed by Waterbury Development Corporation. She processes loan activity for funds such as the Regional Business Investment Fund, Downtown Development Funds and the State Small Business Express Fund. JoAnn is also the Finance and Administrative Specialist for the Naugatuck Valley Development Corporation and Brass Center Limited. She is the point person for the WDC Board of Directors and Loan Committee meetings. JoAnn is a graduate of Mattatuck Community College with an Associate Degree in Accounting. She is an avid UCONN Husky fan and resides in Wolcott. A proud mom of four children and four grandchildren, JoAnn enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Robert Mulhall, Project Manager

Bob Mulhall has been a Project Manager with Waterbury Development Corporation for over a year. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. Prior to Waterbury Development Corporation, Bob worked for RAB Associates for 15 years. He currently resides in Waterbury.

Santiago Bolanos, Civil & Environmental Engineer, Project Manager

Civil and Environmental Engineer from the University of Tennessee. Santiago has experience in project management for construction of large infrastructure projects and also managed multiple construction projects in the water and wastewater treatment sector. He enjoys composing music, traveling, and the outdoors.

Zachary Keith, Urban Historian, Project Manager

Zachary Keith received his dual Bachelor's Degree in History and in Urban and Community Studies from the University of Connecticut. He received his Master's Degree in Public History from Central Connecticut State University. Zachary's previous work history includes 5 years at Ideal Jewelers as Assistant Manager, and the Veteran's History Project. Besides Project Management, Zachary also serves as the Enterprise Zone Coordinator for WDC. He serves as the Secretary for the Waterbury Chapter of UNICO and has been a member since 2011. Zachary volunteers with the Main Street Waterbury's Design Committee and joined their Board of Directors in 2017. He also volunteers with Connecticut Community Foundation Sponsorship Committee. Zachary lives in Oakville with his wife Ashley who is a clinical therapist at Wellmore Behavioral Health in Waterbury.

Jessica Levay, Project Administrator & Internship Coordinator

Jessica Levay was born in Waterbury and has resided in the city on and off throughout her life. She is a graduate of Watertown High School and Western Connecticut State University. In her role at the Waterbury Development Corporation, she is primarily responsible for day-to-day office function and providing support to WDC's Project Management staff. Jessica spends her time outside of work as a member of Waterbury's UNICO chapter, and as a member of Main Street Waterbury's Promotion Committee. Her volunteer experience includes the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, YMCA Escape to the Arts Program, Maplewood Senior Living, and Families Network of Western CT. Jessica is an avid reader and Philadelphia sports fan.


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The Waterbury Development Corporation (WDC) is the City of Waterbury's designated economic and community development agency. Recognizing the realities of the marketplace, WDC is moving with the times as it transforms Waterbury from a center of heavy industrial activity into a multifaceted area for Brownfield Development, advanced technology, niche manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, and cultural values.

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