Leadership

Executive Management

James H. Gatling, Ph.D. | President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Gatling is a highly influential and respected leader in the community based organization field and has been a strong voice for change in his own organization and at the state, regional and national levels. He has served as President & CEO of New Opportunities, Inc., a community action agency serving the Waterbury, Meriden and Torrington, Connecticut areas since 1979.

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Toni Hirst | Chief Administrative Officer

Toni Hirst is the Chief Administrative Officer at New Opportunities. Her background includes over thirty years of experience of serving the community, and over two decades of senior leadership experience.
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Michael Gurecka | Chief Financial Officer

Michael Gurecka is the Chief Financial Officer at New Opportunities.
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Division Leaders

Joanne Balaschak | Director of energy services

Joanne Balaschak is the Director of Energy programs at New Opportunities. Her background includes over thirty years of experience working in the energy services field.
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Dona Ditrio | Director of Regional & Employment Programs

Dona Ditrio is the Director of Employment and Regional Programs at New Opportunities. Her background includes over thirty-five years of experience in human services, and over two decades experience in senior leadership positions for human services organizations.
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Patricia Donavan | Director of Human Resources

Patricia Donavan is the Director of Human Resources at New Opportunities.
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Mary-Kate Gill | Director of Elder Services

Mary-Kate Gill is the Director of Elder Services programs at New Opportunities. Her background includes over thirty-five years of experience, and nearly two decades of senior leadership experience in providing services the for elderly.
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Etta Royster | Director of Community Services

Etta Royster is the Director of Community Services at New Opportunities. Her background includes over forty-six years experience in human services, and over two decades of senior leadership experience.
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William Rybczyk | Director of Research, Development & Planning

William Rybczyk is the Director of Research, Development and Planning at New Opportunities. His background includes over a decade of experience in serving the community.
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