The MassHire Merrimack Valley Workforce Board is composed of knowledgeable and influential business and community leaders who are appointed by the Mayor of Lawrence on behalf of the fifteen communities that make up the region. As a regional entity, we work closely with our local municipalities to bolster economic development and employment and to provide businesses in our region with the best trained workforce possible.  The region is comprised of the following cities and towns: Andover, Amesbury, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury.

The board serves as the oversight and policy-making body for federally funded employment and training services in the region. The board also has the broader role of addressing critical labor market issues and developing strategic partnerships with local leaders in economic development, the K-12 and higher education system, government agencies, chambers of commerce, community-based and labor organizations.

MassHire Programs & Services are funded in full by US Department of Labor (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration grants. Additional details furnished upon request.


The Merrimack Valley is home to over 346,521 residents throughout 15 diverse cities and towns in Northeastern Massachusetts that range from urban and traditionally industrial to rural and traditionally agricultural.

Today, the Merrimack Valley region is growing, experiencing dynamic and exciting change in its demographic composition. The greatest resource of the Merrimack Valley remains its skilled workforce.

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Beverly Cahoon

Financial Accountant

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Call Beverly 978-722-7006

Varsha Gandhi

Accounting, Procurement, Contracts Administrator

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Beverly Stopyra

Human Resources Manager

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Brian Norris

Executive Director

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Cristy Gomez

Youth Workforce Program Manager

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Rosangela Amaro

Youth Counselor

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Corina Ruiz

Deputy Director

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Tracy Myszkowski

Fiscal Director

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Mike Paglia

Manager of Grant Dev., Programs & Monitoring

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Robin DelNegro

Youth Program Coordinator

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Lynda Buote

Office Manager

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Joe Eid

IT Director

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Valerie Luque

Grants Accountant

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Call Valerie 978-722-7020