Board of Directors

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We step out boldly on a new path because we know our volunteer leadership has paved the way for lasting change. No matter the economic environment, we are positioned to produce very real results on some of our community’s most pressing issues.

Officers/ Executive Committee

Samuel B. Tingley - Chair
Vice President and Group Manager, M&T Bank

Stephen Vavrek - Vice Chair
Former First Selectman, Town of Monroe

Lucia Teixeira - Secretary
Vice President Administration, Aquarion Company

Anne O. McCrory, Esq. - Treasurer
Chief Legal and Real Estate Officer, Diocese of Bridgeport

Merle Berke-Schlessel, Esq.
President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County



Mark Barnhart
Director of Community and Economic Development, Town of Fairfield

Paul Broadie, II, Ph.D.
President, Gateway / Housatonic Community Colleges

George A. Coleman
Education Consultant, Cooperative Educational Services

Pablo Colón, III
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Radio Cumbre Broadcasting Inc.

Rosa J. Correa
Community Leader

Tracey Golden
Audit Partner, Deloitte

Robert V. Hendrick, Jr.
Vice President Corporate Responsibility, Bigelow Tea

Dr. Aresta Johnson
Superintendent of Schools, Bridgeport

Paul Lavoie
General Manager, Carey Manufacturing

Thomas C. McCarthy
President, Bridgeport City Council

Tameika G. Miller
Director of Marketing Strategy and Communications / Events, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

S. Giles Payne
Of Counsel, Brody Wilkinson PC - Southport, CT

Reverend Cass Shaw
President and CEO, The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeprot, Inc.

Valarie Shultz-Wilson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Urban League of Southern Connecticut

Eric Stone
Regional Vice President, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Paul Timpanelli
Retired, Bridgeport Regional Business Council

Robert Trefry
PathQuest Coaching and Consulting, LLC



Lynn Abramson
Program Director, Women’s Mentoring Initiative, A Program of Homes with Hope - Westport, CT

Christina Bodine-Aysseh
Vice President, Cash Management Officer, Fairfield County Bank

Barbara Butler
Director of Human Services, Town of Westport

Tom Green
Retired Educator, Westport

Carlos Mello
Chief Risk Officer, Finance Authority of Maine

August F. Serra
Retired, GE

Valarie Shultz-Wilson
Urban League of Southern Connecticut

Susan G. Weinberger, Ed.D.
President, Mentor Consulting Group