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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 
Treasurer
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
Chair
Chief of the Mohegan Tribe
Joined the board in 2018

Margaret O'Shea
Secretary
Educator
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
maryam@cfect.org


 

Deb Battit
Program Officer | Read Bio
deb@cfect.org
 

 

 


Claudia Beaulieu
Administrative Assistant | Read Bio
claudia@cfect.org

 

Stephanye R. Clarke
Program Officer | Read Bio
stephanye@cfect.org

 

Janet Grant
Chief Financial Officer | Read Bio
janet@cfect.org

 

Jackie Law
Finance Assistant | Read Bio
jackie@cfect.org

 

Pam Mola
Communications Officer | Read Bio
pamela@cfect.org

 

Jennifer O’Brien
Program Director | Read Bio
JennOB@cfect.org

 

Lauren C. Parda
Senior Development Officer | Read Bio
lauren@cfect.org

 

Alison Woods
Vice President & Chief Development Officer | Read Bio
alison@cfect.org

 

Our Committees

(An asterisk indicates a current board member.)

Executive Committee
Lynn Malerba, Chair
Edwin Higgins, Vice Chair
Nicholas Fortson, Treasurer
Peg O'Shea, 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
Patrick Green*
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*
Lee-Ann Gomes*
Edwin Higgins*
Susan K. Jones

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

Program Committee
David Schulz, Co-Chair*
Maryam Elahi, Co-Chair
Mary Broderick*
John Pritchard*
Anne Rash*
Barbara Sahagan*
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
Andrea Fenton
John Pritchard*
John Sargent
Sybil Tetteh

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

Willimantic Welfare Bureau Fund Grants Committee
Carol Williams*
Ilda Ray
Kim Silcox
Bill Stover

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
Judy Blei
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*

Past Trustees

H. Fremont Alderson*
Jay Allen
Alcino M. Almeida
Frederic Anderson
Judith Anderson
Michelle Angelides
Angela Arnold
Timothy Ashburner
William Attridge
Deane Avery*
Virginia Bainbridge
Bridget Baird
Kent Baker
Walter V. Baker*
Timothy Bates
Marie Battles Smith*
Ruth Beckwith*
Andrew Bell
Kurt Bender
Grissel Benitez-Hodge
Marion Bigelow-Wolfe*
Robert A. Blankenship*
Jane Ann Bobbitt
Neal Bobruff
Sherman M. Bodner
Thomas Borner
Martin A. Botnick
Richard Bottorf*
Jane Bredeson
Elwin J. Bresette*
Helen Brewster*
Sandra Brindamour
Theresa Broach
Rheo A. Brouillard
Barbara E. Brown
Joseph Brustolon*
Richard Brvenik
John Budds
David G. Burnett
Laurel Butler
John N. Butler*
John A. Bysko
Mary Ellen Calchera*
Brian Carey
David G. Carter*
Fred A. Cazel*
Gerald Ceniglio
Kenneth Champagne
Kathleen L. Chartier
Paul Chase
Samuel Childs
Cathy Chinigo
Robert W. Christensen
Joseph Cipparone
Marylin C. Clarke
Anne Clement
Elaine Coletti
Pierce Connair
Emmet L. Cosgrove
Richard Creviston
Ruth Crocker
 James P. Cronin
Kevin Crosbie*
Mary Dangremond
Steven G. Daren
Ken J. DelaCruz
Ann den Tex*
Mildred Devine
Thomas DeVivo
Deborah A. Dierman
Mary A. Doherty
Roderick B. Dougherty
Richard Duda*
Sonia Dudas
Robert Duflocq
John Duggan
Lynn Duval
Susan S. Ebersole*
Richard Elwell
Anthony Enders
James English*
Lillian Erb*
Joan Evans-Hunter
Lauralee Field
Barton S. Finegan
Katherine Finney*
Bettye Fletcher
Jackie Forte
Rose Fowler*
Richard A. Friedrich
William Garcia*
Marcia Gardiner
Bruce Gardner
Robert Geary
Denison N. Gibbs
Robert Giffen
Katharine Gildersleeve
Robert Gillard
Marc Ginsberg
David Ginsberg*
Richard Gipstein
Albert Glassenberg*
Jane Glover*
Susan Goldman
Audrey Golub*
Dorothy C. Goodwin*
Glenn Gordon
Alva Greenberg
Beverly F. Gregory
Valerie Grimm
Royden A. Grimm
Joseph Grimmett
Roger Gross
Jack J. Guarnaccia
Louise Guarnaccia*
Marie Hakmiller
Anthony Halsey*
Judith Hamblen
Ulysses Hammond
Robert L. Hampton
Ken Harewood
Eleanor Harvey*
Michael Helfgott
Patricia Hendel
Myron Hendel*
Jeanette Hersey*
Kerry Hertenstein
Thomas M. Hinsch
David Holdridge
John P. Holstein
Bonnie Hong*
Robin Honiss
W. Mott Hupfel*
David Jainchill*
Philip G. James*
Bennie Jennings
Michael Johnson
Kenneth Johnson*
Penelope Johnston
Rosetta Jones
Kerri Jones-Clark
Manuel Kadish
Merrill Keeley
Dianne Kent
Dwight R. Ketelhut
Thomas Kiddy
Sakina King
Milton King*
Ellery G. Kington
Richard Kistner
Chester Kitchings, Jr.
Lee Kneerim*
Brenda Koblick
Elizabeth Kuszaj
James N. Ladd*
P. Michael Lahan
John LaMattina
Stephen Larcen
Pauline Lazzari*
Dorothy Levinson
Barry Levinson
Doris Levinson*
Benjamin Levinson*
Ralph Lewis
William Lieber
Richard Lightfoot
Julia Lindquist
Carl Lindquist
Leland D. Loose
Reid MacCluggage
Evelyn MacDougall*
Rosalind Mallove*
Harvey Mallove*
Marjorie Mandell*
Frank Manfredi
Marcia Marien
Robert Marrion
Eric Martin
Martha Maxim
Joseph A. Mazzola*
John C. McCann
Thomas McGarry
Ellen McGuire
Mary Jane McLaughlin
William P. McLeod
Joseph Medeiros*
Govind Menon
Denise Merrill
Andre J. Messier
Sylvia Miller
Katherine Miller
Alan Miller
Mark D. Miskiewicz
George Mitchell
Granville Morris
Richard F. Motasky
Frederick J. Mullen
Richard Nassiff*
Yolanda Negron
Thomas Nicolaou
Carolie Noble*
Dwight E. Norris*
Paul Nunes
Elsa Núñez
Brendan O'Donnell
Dale Okasha
Joyce Okonuk
Julie Olson
Jerry Olson*
Joyce Olson Resnikoff
Eileen Ossen
Norvald Oygard
Michael Pallein
Louis B. Palmer*
Lynne L. Pantalena
Beverly G. Park
Raymond Parlato
Stephen T. Patrizzi
Michael Paulhus
Francis J. Pavetti
Jane Pawelkiewicz
Walter Pawelkiewicz
Donna Pedace
William Pedace
Stephen Percy*
Kathleen M. Perkowski
William Pflugbeil
Constance Pike*
Stephen J. Plank
Susan Pochal
Earl Potter
Susan Potter Wood
Nancy Pritchard Weiss
Dyanne Rafal
John Rafal
Aida Ramirez
Julia S. Rankin*
Edward H. Regets*
Louis Reich
Rebecca Reno
Colin Rice
Bill Rivera
Kathleen Roan*
Kate Robins
James Rodriguez
Priscilla J. Root
Harold Ross*
Angelo Santaniello*
Ruth Saunders
Jean Sawicki
Edward Sawicki
Jane Schaefer
Peter J. Schultz
Lois Sculco*
Mary Seidner
Michael D. Shapiro
Martin Shapiro
Mildred Shapiro
Anne Sharpe
Jane Shea
Curtis B. Shellman*
David J. Shiling
Jerome Silverstein*
Beverly Sims
Jean Smith
Lynda Phillips Smith
Norval Smith
Laurence P. "Jim" Smith*
Daniel Spring
C. William Stamm
William Stanley, Jr.
Laura Stevenson-Flom
Martin J. Sullivan
Mary-Jane M. Sullivan
Robert Sullivan
Jackson Sumner
George Swift
Michael Talbot*
Michael Taylor
Lee Ellen Terry
Margaret Thach
Doreen Thomas
Janice Thompson
Diane Tripp
Kevin Tubridy
Robert S. Tuneski*
Adele Urban*
Faye Vathauer*
Aracelis Vazquez Haye
Albert Vertefeuille
Deborah Walsh Bellingham
Claire Warren
Michael G. Watt
Merrylyn Weaver
Antoinette Webster
Mary Weinland
Allen Welch
Jeanette Weldon
Robert C. Weller*
Thomas T. Wetmore*
G. W. Blunt White
Lee White
Roderick White
Henry White*
William Blunt White*
David A. Whitehead
George Willauer
Dianne Williams
Margaret S. Wilson*
Mark Yellin
John O. Zimmerman*
David Zuckerbraun

* Deceased

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