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Our Board, Team & Committees

The Community Foundation's 2019 Board of Trustees outing at the Mystic Seaport.

Expertise & Experience

They say an organization is only as good as the people who are involved with it.  We have been blessed with an abundance of Board members, volunteers, professional counsel, and staff who not only possess intelligence and integrity but also, caring hearts and compassion. They are vital to our continued good governance, regional growth and meaningful community impact.

  • Board members are selected for their professional expertise, integrity, sound judgment and knowledge of community issues. They serve without compensation and are appointed to three-year terms (renewable only once) to help ensure a continuous flow of new ideas, as well as promote public accountability.
  • Staff members are selected for their extensive experience and expertise in the nonprofit sector.
  • Committee members, who include both board members as well as other members of the community, are selected for their expertise, integrity, dedication, judgment and understanding of community issues.

Meet the members of our Board, team and committees:

Our Board

Board Officers (L to R): Lynn Malerba, Chair; Edwin Higgins III, Vice Chair; Nicholas Fortson, Treasurer; and Margaret O'Shea, Secretary.


Cathy Bokoff
Human Resources Consultant
Joined board in 2016

Mary Broderick
Education Advocate
Joined board in 2018

Lee-Ann Gomes
Director of Norwich Human Services 
Joined board in 2021

Patrick Green
President & CEO of L+M Hospital
Joined board in 2021

Harry Ferguson
Retired Attorney
Joined board in 2018

Nicholas Fortson 
President and CEO, CorePlus Federal Credit Union
Joined board in 2019

Edwin Higgins III
Vice Chair
Attorney with Bachand, Longo & Higgins
Joined board in 2017

Lynn Malerba
Chief of the Mohegan Tribe
Joined the board in 2018

Margaret O'Shea
Joined board in 2019

John Pritchard
Retired Corporate Litigator
Joined board in 2017

Anne Rash
Retired School Administrator & College Professor
Joined board in 2016

Sandra Rueb
Retired Real Estate Professional
Joined board in 2016

Barbara Sahagan
Retired Scientist, Pfizer Inc.
Joined board in 2020

David Schulz
Retired, Executive Director, Neurosciences Drug Discovery Group, Pfizer Inc.
Joined board in 2016

Carol Williams
Retired Associate Dean at Eastern CT State University 
Joined board in 2021

Maryam Elahi
President & CEO, Community Foundation of Connecticut
Ex Officio

Our Team


Maryam Elahi
President & CEO | Read Bio


Deb Battit
Program Officer | Read Bio



Claudia Beaulieu
Administrative Assistant | Read Bio


Stephanye R. Clarke
Program Officer | Read Bio


Janet Grant
Chief Financial Officer | Read Bio


Jackie Law
Finance Assistant | Read Bio


Pam Mola
Communications Officer | Read Bio


Jennifer O’Brien
Program Director | Read Bio


Lauren C. Parda
Senior Development Officer | Read Bio


Alison Woods
Vice President & Chief Development Officer | Read Bio


Our Committees

(An asterisk indicates a current board member.)

Executive Committee
Dave Schulz, Chair
Lynn Malerba, Vice Chair
Nicholas Fortson, Treasurer
Mary Broderick, Secretary
Anne Rash, At Large
Maryam Elahi, Ex Officio

Governance Committee
Anne Rash, Chair*
Mary Broderick*
Harry Ferguson*
Sandra Rueb*
David Zuckerbraun
Maryam Elahi, Ex Officio

Audit Committee
Harry Ferguson, Chair*
Jason Cote
Bill Mencer
Paul Vaida

Development Committee
Cathy Bokoff, Chair*
Rebecca Desjardins
Harry Ferguson*
Nicholas Fortson*
Lynn Malerba*
Laura Moorehead
Elsa Núñez
Peg O'Shea*
Dyanne Rafal
Lee Ellen Terry
Carol Williams

Finance Committee
Nicholas Fortson, Chair*
Edwin Higgins*
Susan K. Jones

Investment Committee
John Pritchard, Chair*
Leigh Bonney
Sam Childs
Harry Ferguson*
Nicholas Fortson*
Martha Gibson

Program Committee
Mary Broderick, Co-Chair*
Maryam Elahi, Co-Chair
Harry Ferguson*
Ranjit Mathews
John Pritchard*
Anne Rash*
Lisa Tepper Bates
David Addams, Advisor

Real Estate Gifts Committee
Sandra Rueb, Chair*
Brian Carey
Sam Childs
Harry Ferguson*
Marc Ginsberg
Stephen Larcen

Southeastern General Grants Committee
Kia Baird
Diane Barcelo
Brenda de los Santos
Tracee Reiser
Linda Sargent
Sandra Rueb*

Environmental Grants Committee
Larry Reiter
Emily Fisher
John Sargent
Andrea Fenton
John Pritchard*

Norwich Youth Grants Committee
Nicholas Fortson, Chair*
Cathy Bokoff*
Greg Boyd
Angelo Callis
James Chadic

Willimantic Welfare Bureau Fund Grants Committee
Ray Aramini
Rosie Hernandez
Barbara McGrath
Kim Silcox
Lee Ellen Terry
Carol Williams

Women & Girls Fund Public Policy Task Force Steering Committee
Peg O'Shea, Co-Chair*
Carol Williams, Co-Chair
Kia Baird
Shiela Hayes

Women & Girls Fund Committee - Northeast Area
Tina Lajoie, Co-Chair
Laura Moorehead, Co-Chair
Lisa Andrews
Kendra Bonnette
Tonya Brock
Linda Colangelo
Laura Crosetti
Michael Deyorio
Karyn DiBonaventura
Kristin Duethorn
Leia Faucher
Mae Flexer
Kerstin Forrester
Donna Grant
Fran Gustavesen
Sara Gustavesen
Erica Kesselman
Rebecca Lewis
Melissa Meyers
Anne Miller
Scott Moorehead
Jill Shamback
Linda Shaw
Rhonda Wishart
Larisa Zukic-Halilovic

Women & Girls Fund Committee - Southeast/Norwich Areas
Ruth Crocker, Co-Chair
Valerie Grimm, Co-Chair
Naima Gherbi
Christine Grady
Nancy Lathrop
Denise Lindell
Rashelle Litchmore
Adrianne Loweth
Theresa Madonna
Maria Miranda
Fawatih Mohamed-Abouh
Cindy Nickerson
Sandra Rueb*
Barbara Sahagan*
Annemarie Seifert
Jeanne Sigel
Barb Silver
Karen Stone
June Strunk

Women & Girls Fund Committee - Windham Area
Donna Snell, Co-Chair
Mary Weinland, Co-Chair
Leigh Duffy
Josephine Fox
Sandy Hale
Marsha Hilsenrad
M. Kathleen Krider
Cynthia Myers
Anne Rash*
Ilda Ray
Kimberly Silcox
Lee Ellen Terry
Joanne Todd
Carol Williams

Trustees Emeriti

Walter V. Baker*

Bridget Baird
Timothy Bates
Jane R. Bredeson
Laurel Butler
Ann den Tex*   
Mary A. Doherty
Anthony Enders
James English
Marcia H. Gardiner   
Marc Ginsberg   
Richard Gipstein
Albert Glassenberg*
Eleanor Harvey*   
Myron Hendel
Chester Kitchings, Jr.   
Lee Kneerim*   
Doris Levinson*   
Rosalind Mallove*
Robert Marrion
Ellen McGuire
Granville Morris
Francis J. Pavetti
Stephen Percy
Constance Pike*
Dyanne Rafal
Laurence P. “Jim” Smith*
William Blunt White
George Willauer
John Zimmerman*



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