Town of West Hartford Recognizes Employee Milestone Anniversaries

Karen Thomson (second from right) was recognized for 30 years of service with the West Hartford Library. She is pictured with Town Manager Rick Ledwith (from left), Library Director Laura Irmscher, and Mayor Shari Cantor. Photo credit: Roszena Haskins

The Town of West Hartford held a recognition ceremony for employees who have reached significant milestones, as long as 35 years of service.

Brian Mitchell (second from right) was recognized for his 25 years with the Department of Public Works. Also pictured are Town Manager Rick Ledwith (from left), Public Works Director John Phillips, and Mayor Shari Cantor. Photo credit: Roszena Haskins

By Ronni Newton

The Town of West Hartford recognized 74 employees at a luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 7, celebrating milestone anniversaries of employment with the town ranging from five years to as much 35 years.

Town Manager Rick Ledwith, Mayor Shari Cantor, and Acting Director of Human Resources Cathy Lombardi, as well as departmental directors, marked the anniversaries.

Assistant Chief Rob Riccobon (right) has 20 years of service. Pictured with Tianna Jackson, who is celebrating her five-year anniversary. Photo credit: Roszena Haskins

In addition to those celebrating anniversaries, 78 employees who began their service with the Town of West Hartford in 2022 were also recognized.

Victoria Gerent, who works in Library Services, has the longest tenure of the group celebrated Wednesday, with 35 years. While she was unable to attend, her colleague Karen Thomson, who has 30 years of service, was at the luncheon and is pictured above. Donna Allen, who works for the police department, is also a 30-year employee but was not at the event.

The following employees, many of whom were present at the luncheon, were recognized. The PDF below lists the employees by department.

35 years of service

  • Victoria Gerent

30 years of service

  • Karen Thomson
  • Donna Allen

25 years of service

  • Brian Mitchell
  • Jeremy Clark

Suzanne Oslander (center) with Town Manager Rick Ledwith and Mayor Shari Cantor. Photo credit: Roszena Haskins

20 years of service

  • Robert Riccobon
  • Peter Juda
  • Suzanne Oslander
  • Joseph Dakers, Sr. and  Lori Kipperman
  • Brenda Roggeveen

From left: Town Manager Rick Ledwith, Joseph Dakers, Sr., Lori Kipperman, and Mayor Shari Cantor. Photo credit: Roszena Haskins

15 years of service

  • Bob Palmer
  • Ann Marie Salerno
  • Dan Bedford
  • Jeff Reynolds
  • Jeffrey Swank
  • Brooke Nelson
  • John Colon
  • Karl Rauhauser
  • David Michael
  • Aaron Vafiades
  • Richard Hyman
  • Kevin Harrison
  • Andrew Teeter

Town Manager Rick Ledwith (from left) with employees celebrating 15 years with the town including Bob Palmer, Ann Marie Salerno, Dan Bedford, Jeff Reynolds, Jeffrey Swank, Brooke Nelson, and John Colon. At far right is Mayor Shari Cantor. Photo credit: Roszena Haskins

10 years of service

  • Greg Sommer
  • Patricia Depasquale
  • Timothy Camerl
  • Christopher Squillante
  • Desiree Meyer
  • Jason Preuss
  • Lucas Jaccheo
  • Brian Marren
  • Anthony Leca
  • Christopher Lyth
  • Anthony Miele
  • Ross Friedman
  • David Skau
  • Daniel Syme
  • Neal Sinatro
  • John Bigham
  • Brendon Coen
  • Shu Yu
  • Jose Madeira
  • Ryan Dudzinski
  • Tory Lukas
  • Christopher Leonard

Town Manager Rick Ledwith (left) with employees celebrating 10 years of service (from left) Greg Sommer, Patricia Depasquale, Timothy Camerl, Christopher Squillante, and Desiree Meyer. At right is Mayor Shari Cantor. Photo credit: Roszena Haskins

5 years of service

  • Maura Beaudreault
  • Genevieve Francis
  • Tianna Jackson
  • Ian Ranaldi
  • Alex Artemie
  • Dan Killoran
  • Chad LeMire
  • Astrid Calderon
  • Keren Paquette
  • Jamesha Redding
  • Merrick Forader
  • Kristin Fillian
  • David Noyes
  • William Schappert
  • Matthew Traber
  • Kristine Ball
  • Zachariah Viereck
  • James Robidoux
  • Aprill Parker
  • Vince Avarista
  • Lizzie Manson
  • Doreen Farina
  • Maria Albini
  • Generoso Coscarelli
  • Blake Zimmerman

From left: Maura Beaudreault, Genevieve Francis, Tianna Jackson, Ian Ranaldi, Alex Artemie, Town Manager Rick Ledwith, Dan Killoran, Chad LeMire, Astrid Calderon, Keren Paquette, Jamesha Redding, Mayor Shari Cantor. Photo credit: Roszena Haskins

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