Management Colleagues

"You can count on our management team to put their heart and soul into bringing out your best today and every day of the year! That's a guarantee I'm proud to make."
Tom Connors, President & CEO

Tom Connors President/CEO

Tom Connors | EmailPresident/CEO

Tom co-founded American Training in 1979 and has made his WOW! Magic the company's unique trademark. Spending time with family, and focusing on spiritual growth are very important to him. During those rare days with downtime, Tom, a former professional ski instructor, loves to garden, sneak in a round of golf, or settle in a local coffee shop to read a good book or tell stories that would make your sides ache. Tom's favorite vacation destinations are the Caribbean as well as north of the border.

Rose Cleveland Comptroller

Rose Cleveland | EmailComptroller

Rose is one of the most loyal, constant members of the American Training family. She started here at the very beginning as a bookkeeper and has been with us through every growth opportunity. Rose holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with concentration in accounting from Merrimack College, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Salem State College. Now residing in New Hampshire, Rose loves spending time with her husband and cat. They enjoy motorcycle rides, reading, the beach, HGTV, and Masterpiece Mystery Theater. Rose is a member of St. Matthews Church in Sandown.

Steven Pellerin VP, Director of Day Services

Steven Pellerin | EmailVP, Director of Day Services

During his tenure of over 23 years at American Training, Steve has served in many capacities for numerous divisions, and has made an impact on the lives of Guests and Residents alike. Having previously been responsible for secure treatment programs for chronic juvenile offenders in another organization, Steve came with experience. When not at work, Steve enjoys running, biking, kayaking, and is an avid reader and devout political junkie. He enjoys traveling to tropical destinations and, most importantly, spending time with his family. Steve has a Bachelor's degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from University of Lowell. As his personal motto, Steve has adopted, "The standard you walk by, is the standard you accept."

Sheryl Scannell VP, Director of LARE Institute

Sheryl Scannell | EmailVP, Director of LARE Institute

Sheryl has been with American Training for over 30 years and has loved every second of it! She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Lowell. Her favorite part of her job is that she has the privilege of supervising the BEST Teachers, the BEST Counselors, and the BEST Job Placement Specialists, all of whom truly believe that our students’ lives matter. What makes Sheryl happy? Knowing that thousands of students have obtained jobs because of the education, skills, and industry-recognized certifications they receive at LARE. Sheryl uses a “family approach” management style and is always asking, “What is best for our students.”

Loraine McLarney VP of Clinical Services, Director of Quality Assurance

Loraine McLarney | EmailVP of Clinical Services, Director of Quality Assurance

In the interest of helping others, Lorraine earned an undergraduate degree from Merrimack College, a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rivier College, and Certification as a Licensed and Clinical Mental Health Counselor. In her twelve years with American Training, her natural gifts and incredible knowledge have benefited countless Guests and Residents. Outside of business, Lorraine enjoys music, running, yoga, travel, the beach and, most of all, her family.

Gina Jones Director of Day Habilitation Services

Gina Jones | EmailDirector of Day Habilitation Services

Gina joined the American Training Family in 2016, bringing more than 24 years of experience in the human services field to our team. She is passionate about her work and creating innovative programs and systems to ensure quality services that meet the ever-changing needs of those we serve. In her spare time, you can find Gina enjoying music, her two cats, exercise, the great outdoors, traveling, and, her favorite of all, spending time with her daughter!

Jodi Howshan Director of People & Culture

Jodi Howshan | EmailDirector of People & Culture

With more than 20 years’ experience, Jodi has the expertise, leadership, and passion to creatively design and implement innovative training programs, while engaging colleagues and having fun along the way. She puts that passion, with a smile, in everything she does and embraces every opportunity to encourage and facilitate the learning and development of others. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Leadership at Northeastern University and has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification. In her spare time, Jodi enjoys relaxing with her husband and cheering on her children at basketball and football games and cheering competitions. She loves skiing, hiking and looks forward to her annual family camping trip in the White Mountains.

Michael Milczarek Director of Administration & Finance

Michael Milczarek | EmailDirector of Administration & Finance

Michael has over 30 years’ experience working with organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults living with intellectual disabilities, behavioral health issues, and autism spectrum disorders. Michael is experienced in the financial and organization management of many programs operated by American Training and enjoys learning about and supporting new program designs. He joined the American Training family in a part time capacity in June 2015. His goal is to help build the financial and structural framework which will support program staff who work every day with American Training’s Guests.

Robin Gazelian Director of Vanway

Robin Gazelian | EmailDirector of Vanway

Robin has been a part of the American Training family for years and recently joined the Vanway team in 2014. She brings to the team her expertise in business management and an unmatched wit. She studied business management at Southern New Hampshire University and enjoys learning new things every day. Robin loves soccer, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, reading, cooking and so much more. But she is most passionate about spending time with her family and friends, and cheering on her New England sports teams!

Donny Hernandez Facilities Manager

Donny Hernandez | EmailFacilities Manager

Donny's career at American Training began more than eighteen years ago and he has served in both Vanway and Facilities Maintenance. He daily oversees the maintenance needs of American Training's sites while keeping in mind the welfare of Guests, Students, and Residents. When Donny removes his professional hat at the close of each day, he enjoys adventures that include visiting new places and trying different foods. Most importantly, Donny takes time to remain close to his family and friends.

Mikaela Reynolds Director of Marketing

Mikaela Reynolds | EmailDirector of Marketing

After working for area nonprofits and, most recently, as a reporter for a newspaper out of NH, Mikaela brought her reporting and public relations experience to American Training. Here, she finds and shares the great stories of our Guests, Residents, and Students, while forming lasting relationships with Partners. She earned her bachelor's degree in Communications and Media Studies from Sacred Heart University. When Mikaela is not sharing stories of the accomplishments of our Guests and Students, she enjoys boating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. She recently ran her first marathon and is working towards her next one now.

Ralph Fillipon Director of Business Development

Ralph Fillipon | EmailDirector of Business Development

Ralph holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College. In addition, he holds certificates from the University of Connecticut and the University of Richmond in Time and Motion Studies, Contract Sales and Procurement, and Contract Negotiations. Ralph has spent sixteen years procuring work for our Guests and providing exceptional service to the Partners who supply it. This is not just work for Ralph; it is his passion. With this passion, he cultivates partnerships into relationships, and involves Partners with our signature WOW! events. In Ralph's free time, he enjoys traveling, golfing, skiing, cheering on Boston's sports teams, and, most importantly, spending time with his family.

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