Staff

Meet the team behind WhenPeopleWork

Frank Zarro

Frank Zarro is creator and Project Director of  WhenPeopleWork.com, which is part of his portfolio as Social Impact Project Manager at the social enterprise firm First Fairfield Associates. At First Fairfield, he also helps to direct online employment sites for military veterans and new college graduates. Frank helped to create and serves as civic learning coordinator of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College, and he has developed and taught college-level courses and legal assistance programs for incarcerated men in New York State prisons.  He has held various management and planning positions in the New York State Unified Court System and has served as Director of Development and Special Projects for the New York State Defenders Association, where he helped to create the Veterans Defense Program. He received a master’s degree in public administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a juris doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Laura Manning

Laura Manning is Chief Financial Officer of When People Work; she is responsible for the  financial administration of the company. Laura’s professional experience encompasses a variety of industries, including real estate, accounting, and investments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business computer science from Barrington College.

Sheila Rule

Sheila Rule is Chief Operating Officer of When People Work. She is also co-founder of the Think Outside the Cell Foundation, which works to end the stigma of incarceration and discriminatory barriers that prevent millions of people with criminal convictions from fully reintegrating into society. Sheila was a journalist at The New York Times for more than 30 years, including a seven-year stint as a foreign correspondent in Africa and Europe; she was a senior editor when she retired to fully embrace her passion for criminal justice reform.

Scott Lydiard

Scott Lydiard is Chief Technical Officer for When People Work. He is also on the faculty of the Marist College School of Graduate Studies, where he teaches software development. Scott was previously Chief Technology Officer for several companies, and consulted for the US Navy on communications technology. With a passion for equipping incarcerated people with the social and technical skills needed to have successful careers, he has taught technology courses in New York State prisons. Among them have been computer science courses with the Bard Prison Initiative and a unique class called “Agile Software Development,” which taught programming in a commercial team environment.  

Anthony Dixon

Anthony Dixon is National Employment Manager for When People Work, helping businesses,  nonprofits and governments to hire  skilled, loyal and hardworking job seekers registered with WhenPeopleWork.com. Experienced in data collection, desktop publishing, and website usability, he is also a parole-release journey person certified by the New York State Department of Labor.  Working in that capacity for 20 years, he helped hundreds of people to successfully make the transition from prison to the larger society. The founder of Breaking Free from Criminal Thinking, a program that has had a zero recidivism rate since its inception six years ago, he is a 2015 recipient of the Community-Minded Organization's RISE Award for extraordinary efforts on behalf of marginalized groups. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Nyack College.

Want to Learn More?

Contact Anthony Dixon, National Employment Manager, at anthony@whenpeoplework.com to learn more about what we do. We’ll help you with all the questions you have.