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Principal Staff

Michael J. McCarthy

Michael McCarthy is the Director of the bluegreenResearch Institute, a fee-for-service division of The WorkPlace, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Mr. McCarthy oversees several key divisions aimed at  improving the capacity of non-profit organizations,  measuring and evaluating program success, creating in-house innovation, increasing competitiveness of business and industries and creating new programs and partnerships that increase the WorkPlace’s position to strengthen revenue from non-federal sources.

In October 2002, the WorkPlace launched the Center for Capacity Development, a program aimed at building the financial, programmatic and organizational capacity of businesses, not-for-profit organizations, community-based organizations, and governmental agencies to identify, secure, and manage funding from a variety of sources. Based on an innovative business model, the Center is able to effectively rendered high-quality consultative services to organizations at reasonable costs.To date, the Center has assisted over 300 small to medium sized non-profit organizations from across the nation and has secured over $57 million in competitive grant funding on the behalf of clients. In 2009, the Center was branded, the bluegreen Research Institute to focus on the growing need to address sustainability and the green economy.

Prior to joining The WorkPlace, Mr. McCarthy worked for the City of Bridgeport where he was involved in both economic and community development initiatives. Mr. McCarthy is a frequent presenter at conferences and seminars on economic and workforce development topics. Mr. McCarthy holds a Master's of Science in Urban Management from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from Albertus Magnus College.

Contact Mike at 203-610-8554 (Direct) or via email at

Kevin C. Klemme, Ph.D. 

Dr. Kevin Klemme serves as Grant Development & Research Specialist at bluegreen Research Institute, a fee-for-service division of The WorkPlace, Inc., located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Kevin Klemme holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He has been a writer, project manager and consultant for over 15 years, with Thomas P. Miller and Associates, Yale University, and Cooperative Educational Services, as well as running his own freelance writing and research company. Dr. Klemme has secured over $100 million in grant funds for his clients, including $27 million for the Southwest Indiana Network for Education, $3 million for the Indianapolis Public Schools, and hundreds of smaller grants ranging from $1,000 to $2 million for organizations in Connecticut and Indiana. Additionally, he has been project manager for the launch of a new, regional, non-profit organization and several statewide initiatives.


Contact Kevin at 203-610-6550 (Direct) or via email at


Supporting Resources

Joseph M. Carbone, President/CEO, The WorkPlace

Joe Carbone has been President and Chief Executive Officer of The WorkPlace since 1996. During Joe’s tenure, The WorkPlace has evolved into a nationally recognized leader in creating innovative workforce programs. The WorkPlace’s entrepreneurial approach to workforce development has expanded the agency’s capacity to assist underserved populations, including workers with disabilities, at risk youth, veterans, and the LGBT community. Most recently, The WorkPlace launched a unique program for “99ers,” the growing ranks of unemployed persons who have exhausted their state and federal unemployment compensation benefits.

Joe has branded The WorkPlace as a competitive business rather than a traditional nonprofit. The WorkPlace’s aggressive pursuit of competitive grants from both government and private foundations enables the organization to provide life-changing assistance to thousands of people each year in Southwestern Connecticut.  The WorkPlace functions as a think-tank for workforce solutions.  Joe often initiates projects that address developing issues, such as the plight of “99ers,” before they receive national attention.

Joe is the driving force behind the Institute’s success in developing winning programs and proposals both local and across the United States.  As trusted advisor, Joe provides counsel and strategic direction to the Institute and its clients to promote effective workforce development.

Adrienne Parkmond, Esq., Chief Operating Officer, The WorkPlace

As Chief Operating Officer for The WorkPlace, Inc., Adrienne builds upon her wealth of knowledge in the employment and training arena.  Adrienne has over ten years experience in workforce development as the former Regional Director for the Connecticut Department of Labor.  Adrienne has experience administering the State of Connecticut’s unemployment insurance program, job training programs and welfare to work programs.  Adrienne is responsible for all program operations at The WorkPlace including: Welfare to Work, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Workforce Investment Activities, Youth Programs and all competitively procured grants.  Adrienne teaches legal specialty courses at Naugatuck Valley Community College and Teikyo Post University.  She has a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University and a Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University.  Adrienne is Chairperson of the National Congress of Black Women, President of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. and Commissioner for the City of Waterbury Human Rights Commission, Charter Revision Commission and Board of Assessment Appeals. Adrienne is an adjunct professor at Post University in Waterbury where she lectures on law and employment related topics.

Adrienne lends her expertise in workforce development, program design and project implementation skills with the Institute and its clients.

Gino Venditti, Chief Administrative Officer, The WorkPlace

Mr. Venditti serves as The WorkPlace’s Chief Administrative Officer. In that role, he manages the organization’s finances, human resources and Information Technology (IT) infrastructure. Mr. Venditti’s responsibilities encompass all aspects of fiscal management for an annual budget in excess of $20 million, including budgeting, auditing, accounting and contracting. Gino oversee the implementation of HR policies and leads the hiring and evaluation processes. Mr. Venditti also directs The WorkPlace’s IT team and the procurement of hardware and software. Working with the Board of Directors, he provides fiduciary oversight and stewardship, as well as driving and monitoring organizational evolution. Mr. Venditti earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Sacred Heart University and brings over 15 years’ experience in management of financial, human resources, and IT policies to The WorkPlace.

Gino lends his experience in financial management, human resource management  and  administrative oversight to the Institute and its clients.


Nestor Leon, Vice President of Operations 

As Vice President of Operations, Nestor oversees operations in the three CTWorks Centers in Southwestern Connecticut for The WorkPlace.  More than 20,000 people and 500 businesses use the centers yearly for job search assistance, training, and job candidate referrals.  Since joining The WorkPlace, Inc. in November, 2000, Mr. Leon has played a central role in developing the CTWorks Centers into a leading system linking jobseekers and employers. Mr. Leon also coordinates our Youth programs as well as the Jobs First Employment Services programs. Before employment at The WorkPlace, Mr. Leon worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Labor providing services to jobseekers in the Hartford CTWorks Center. Mr. Leon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Charter Oak State College and holds an Masters of Business Administration from Albertus Magnus College.

Nestor lends his expertise in the area of youth and adult workforce development programs to the Institute and is a content expert in WIA services.

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