Community Involvement

Having been raised by a single parent Mother, I was imprinted at an early age about the value of education.  It took my Mother eleven years of night school to complete her college degree and then she went on to obtain her Masters Degree, in an era where this was not the norm (1960-1975).

As a direct result of this family experience, I have been involved for twenty years in community projects that focus on education, as follows:

• Guilford Fund For Education (GFFE), Co-Chair 2007 - 2013
• Guilford Foundation, Board of Directors 2004-2007
• University of New Haven, Board of Governors 2000-2006
o Investment Sub-Committee, Chair
• University of New Haven Center For Family Business, Board of Directors 2000-2015
• Shoreline Foundation, President 1995-2002
• Shoreline Alliance For The Arts 1991-1995

Guilford Fund For Education

In 2007, a group of citizens created a 501(C)3 entity whose purpose was to raise money to distribute education grants to the Guilford, CT, school system.  All communities are challenged by shrinking budgets and as Co-Chair of the GFFE, I  helped our Board to focus on how we can enhance INNOVATION & EXCELLENCE in education through the giving of grants to projects outside the scope of the standard school budget.

 
Guilford Foundation

As a Board member, I helped to initially create a dedicated Fund within the Foundation that ultimately became the GFFE (Guilford Fund For Education).

University of New Haven Board of Governors

Participating in a governing Board comprised predominantly of business owners throughout the New Haven area, helped me to develop a new perspective of the value and importance of education.

As Chairman of the Investment Sub-Committee, I worked to fine tune and ultimately enhance the University’s Endowment Program, reaching out to Alumni in new and different ways, resulting in new buildings on campus and improvement of existing facilities.

Shoreline Foundation, Inc.

This 501(c)3 began in 1991 with a mission to provide a summer camp for children, an aquatic therapy program for stroke victims and those with severe arthritis and ultimately to build a recreational facility including a pool.

We ran the camp at Deer Lake for over 1,000 children per season, giving away close to 100 scholarships to those who could not afford the fee.

The Aquadome pool facility was created in 1997 where aquatic therapy was administered, along with swimming lessons to hundreds of children every week from October to April. 

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