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Warden

Daniel Martin began his career at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility as the Chief of Security (Major) in November 2013.  In June, 2015, he was appointed as the Interim Warden and ultimately named the permanent Warden in July, 2015.

Warden Martin has over 27  years of experience in the field of Corrections.  He retired from the Connecticut Department of Correction where he began his career as a Correctional Officer and worked his way through the supervisory ranks until he was appointed Warden. Warden Martin managed medium and maximum security facilities in Connecticut including male and female institutions until his retirement in 2008. 

Warden Martin has done consulting work for the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in the areas of Leadership Training and Managing Female Offenders.  He spent two years as a Compliance Inspector (CI) and Subject Matter Expert (SME) conducting inspections of facilities throughout the country that housed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees.

Warden Martin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the Eastern Connecticut State University.

Chief of Support Services (Major):

Gregory Richard has been employed at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility since 2006.  He began his career as a Correctional Officer and worked in numerous other positions during his tenure to include that of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. Mr. Richard was appointed to the position of Chief of Security (Major) in July 2015 and currently hold the position of Chief of Support Services (Major).

Major Richard is recognized among his peers and subordinates for the leadership role that he takes at the Facility with the CERT Team, the Honor Guard and as a trainer for both Pre-Service and In-Service Training programs.  Major Richard proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Chief of Security (Major):

Michael Nessinger began his career at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility as Chief of Security (Major) in September 2017.  Major Nessinger has over 21 years of correctional experience.  He retired from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department in Massachusetts where he began his career as a Correctional Officer and worked his way through the ranks where he held various positions including Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Deputy Superintendent.

During his career, Major Nessinger provided working solutions that met civil and criminal detention management needs and was instrumental in developing various programs that were beneficial to the public, staff and detainees. Major Nessinger holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Springfield College.

Director of Human Resources:

Dennis Sidoti started employment at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility as Human Resources Director in October, 2019. With hands-on experience and expertise in Human Resources generalist responsibilities, including Staffing, Employee Relations, Benefits Administration, and Supervisory Training & Development, Mr. Sidoti is positioned to help assist Wyatt’s team of senior management and management professionals to utilize best practices when working with the Wyatt’s most important asset – its employees.

Mr. Sidoti has served as an expert Human Resources professional, mentor and advisor throughout his career to numerous leadership and management teams and as a capable and responsive resource to all staff. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the City College of New York and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and Development from the New School for Social Research – both colleges in NYC, where Mr. Sidoti grew up.

Programs Director:

Kristen Damaso began her career at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility as a Corrections Counselor in November 2007.  She became a Unit Manager in 2011 and was promoted to Programs Director in 2019. Prior to joining the Wyatt team, she began he career in the juvenile justice system working as a Program Director for a 22 bed .co-ed facility for adjudicated youth.

While at the Wyatt, Kristen coordinated the Project Aware Program that targets teenage children between the ages of 14-18. The program is designed to dissuade the youth population from criminal behaviors.  Kristen has also been actively involved in SRG (Security Risk Group) Programming.

Kristen Damaso holds a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University.

Director of Facilities/Procurement:

Frederic Clifford has been employed at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility since January 2011. Mr. Clifford began his career as the Maintenance Supervisor and was promoted to  Director of Facilities and Procurement in May 2015. Mr. Clifford’s career in the private sector includes 30 years in the facilities engineering field.

Prior to joining the Wyatt team, he served as the Facilities Operations Director for Care New England Women & Infants Hospital and as the Director of Operations for the Flatley Company.

Director of Professional Standards:

David Tomasso has been employed at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility as the Director of Professional Standards since September 2015. Mr. Tomasso is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and brings with him over twenty-two (22) years of law enforcement experience. Mr. Tomasso served twenty (20) years with the Coventry Police Department, retiring in 2013 as Detective Captain. During his career, Mr. Tomasso earned many commendations including the Medal of Valor, Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service and Law Enforcement Officer of The Year 2006. He also acted as the department’s Agency Representative to NICB, NW3C, NESPIN and a member of S.O.L.E.M.N. the U.S. Marshals Task Force that monitors, investigates and apprehends sex offenders.

Prior to joining the Wyatt Team, Mr. Tomasso worked for the CCRI College Police Department as a Lieutenant in charge of the Liston Campus located in Providence.

Health Services Administrator

Ronald LaBonte has been employed at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility since August, 2019.  As the Health Services Administrator (HSA), Mr. LaBonte is the responsible health authority for all the health care provided to the detainee population.  He comes to us with more than 30 years of health care and correctional experience in both private and public sectors.  Mr. LaBonte served as a Health Services Administrator within the Connecticut correctional system for 20 years, he had oversight responsibilities of 15 different facilities during his career in Connecticut with a concentration on care of the pre-sentenced and female populations. 

Mr. LaBonte is a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) and a member of the CCHP Academy since 2001.  He served in the Air Force medical service for more than 25 years and has extensive experience as a first responder, firefighter/EMT.

Director of Finance

Nunzio Vuono began his career at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility as a financial contractor in April 2019, and was appointed as the Director of Finance in October 2019. Mr. Vuono is an experienced Financial Executive with fifteen (15) years of financial management experience in Corporate Finance, Accounting, Treasury, Audit and Consolidations. He has extensive experience in Budget Preparation, Process Analysis, System Improvement, Cash flow Reporting, Financial Analysis, US GAAP, US GASB Compliance, Accounting Policies & Procedures Documentation. Mr. Vuono believes in a comprehensive leadership approach with ability to balance multiple responsibilities simultaneously. He is a proud graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Rhode Island.