Hamden Economic Development Corporation

Board Members

The Board of Directors is comprised of eleven members, including business, banking, utility and institutional partners.

Dale Kroop  »

Executive Director

Dale Kroop has worked in the economic development and community development field for 33 years. He has written and/or administered more than $99 million in grants funded by state and federal programs throughout Connecticut. He has planned for and has managed projects far in excess of $120 million in total funding.

Joseph Aceto  »

Vice President

Joe Aceto is a lifelong resident of Hamden. He is a Yale College and Boston Law School graduate with wide-ranging business and legal experience. He currently serves as general counsel for a Connecticut-based business.

Tony Rossely  »


Tony Rossley is Vice President, Business Banking Officer with Liberty Bank in New Haven. A 30+ year banking veteran, he has a diverse background in commercial & small business lending, SBA lending, business development, and relationship management.

Thomas Cariglio  »


Tom Cariiglio is a Sr. Strategic Account Manager at UIL Holding Corporation, and has more than 30 years of experience working in the electric utility industry.

Cathy DeFrances-Vittorio  »


In her role as an Associate and Business Line Manager, Community Development, Cathy DeFrances-Vittorio leads the growth of new business and supports existing opportunities and clients for Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., a multi-disciplined engineering firm.

David Golebiewski  »


David Golebiewski is a licensed landscape architect and president of TPA Design Group in New Haven. For more than 37 years, he has been involved with analysis, investigation and site design for public and private development projects throughout Connecticut.

Rob Leighton  »


Rob Leighton has more than 30 years of experience managing, consulting and serving on boards of start-ups as well as established entities in both turnaround and growth stages.

John Nutcher  »


An active community member and a lifelong resident of Hamden, John Nutcher spent 39 years with United Illuminating.

Steven R. Rolnick  »


Attorney Steven R. Rolnick has practiced law in Hamden for more than thirty-five years. Until 2015 he was a partner in the law firm of Rolnick and Reger and since then has been counsel to the firm of Shapiro and Epstein.

Jon Terry  »


Jon Terry has been with Quinnipiac University's Facilities Department for seventeen years, serving as Assistant Director of Facilities for the last seven years.

Eric West  »


Dr. Eric West holds a Ph.D. and is an associate professor in the Department of the Environment, Geography, and Marine Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).