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The Board of Directors ensures that the Foundation is effectively fulfilling its mission by making certain that our initiatives, grantmaking, and investment activities all support and advance our mission.  Each individual member possesses unique talents and backgrounds that together contribute to the Foundation’s success.


Susan Boston
Kathleen Abbott
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Barb Achenbaum
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Susan Boston
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Carolyn Corcoran
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Tom Cronin
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Frank Fetchet
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Rob Fryer
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Majorie Furman
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Alan Haas

Leo Karl
Tom Gnuse
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Alan Haas
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Kelly Hanratty
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Leo Karl III
Chair
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John Knight
VP of Distributions
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Janet Lanaway
Treasurer
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Kay Linneman
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Sharon McClymonds
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Sharon Stevenson
Sheila Pettee
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Joe Prior
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Philip Sheibley
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Sharon Stevenson
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Jay Twombly
VP of Development
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Laura Walbert
Secretary
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Our professional staff has the expertise to help you with your charitable goals and planning.  We encourage you to take advantage of our philanthropic services. Tell us what you want to accomplish and what you are care about, and we’ll help you focus your charitable resources to make the most impact. 




Jennifer Casper
Program Manager
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Michelle Ernst
Development Manager
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Cynthia Gorey
Young Philanthropist
Program Advisor
Lauren Patterson
President & CEO
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Past Presidents of the Community Foundation serve as members of the Advisory Board:

  • Arthur S. Congdon
  • Joseph Dionne
  • Alan P. Donaldson
  • Julianne Grace
  • Dave Hunt
  • Morton E. Marvin
  • Thomas L. McLane
  • Edward G. Mellick
  • Sonsie Overlock
  • Arthur G. Potts, Jr.
  • Harry T. Rein
  • Tom Turrentine
  • Bill Walbert
  • Cindy Ziegler
  • Rob Fryer 
  • Tom Gnuse
  • Kelly Hanratty
  • Dave Hunt
  • Janet Lanaway, Treasurer and Chair
  • John Murphy
  • Sheila Pettee, CIO
  • Joe Prior
  • Tom Turrentine
Frank Fetchet
Frank Fetchet

Frank Fetchet is a full time volunteer at Voices of September 11th (VOICES) assisting with the non-profit’s strategy, business development and operations. He retired from IBM in 2005 after a career of over three decades.

Frank held a variety of sales, marketing and executive management positions while at IBM. He began as a sales trainee and advanced through numerous staff and line positions. In addition, he held a variety of executive positions with IBM in the New York tri-state area. Following his retirement from IBM, Frank established Fetchet Consulting LLC which helped firms with their route-to-market and distribution strategies.

Frank is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Aloysius Parish, established the Bradley J Fetchet Memorial Foundation and supports many local New Canaan charities. He holds a Business Administration degree from Youngstown State University and completed an IBM-sponsored Certified Client Director program through the Harvard University Business School

Lauren Patterson
Lauren Patterson

Lauren Patterson joined the New Canaan Community Foundation as President & CEO in October 2016. She has worked in community philanthropy for the last nine years, and is passionate about helping families and businesses meet their charitable goals. Most recently, she served as Director of Programs at Washington Area Women’s Foundation where she led the foundation’s grantmaking, advocacy, and research, which focused on the economic security of women and girls. Previously, Lauren managed grantmaking and donor engagement at The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. She has worked with or served on many coalitions, cross-sector efforts, and funders collaboratives, including the Early Care & Education Funders Collaborative, the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, and the Ascend Network of the Aspen Institute.

Lauren holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the College of the Holy Cross. She is also a graduate of Princeton AlumniCorps’ Emerging Leaders program.

She recently relocated with her husband to the New Canaan area from Washington, DC, and looks forward to building new, long-lasting ties in the community.

Joe Prior
Joe Prior

Joe Prior moved to New Canaan with his wife Laura who grew up in nearby Weston, and their three young children in 2009.  He spent the majority of his career at the investment management firm D. E. Shaw & Co. from where he retired in 2015 after managing the firm's U.S. convertible bond business.  He earned an A.B. in Government from Cornell University.  Joe is taking a break from the corporate world and is excited to take on a role at the NCCF.  Laura, also an active NCCF volunteer, has served on the East School PTC Board and is currently working to launch KidsCare, a program designed to introduce philanthropy to kids at an early age.

Carolyn Corcoran
Carolyn Corcoran

Carolyn Corcoran moved to New Canaan in 2011 after living in Switzerland for four years with her husband Andrew and their two children. She holds a BS in Finance and worked in the financial service industry for several years before having a family. Her commitments in New Canaan are many and varied: co-chair of the Fall Fair at East School, Treasurer of the Carriage Barn Arts Center, and Treasurer of the New Canaan Chapter of PEO International, where she also sits on the CT State Finance Committee. Carolyn has been a very active volunteer for the Foundation, serving on five panels, as well as both the Luncheon and the Annual Appeals committees.

Tom Gnuse
Tom Gnuse

Tom founded HTG Investment Advisors Inc. in 1993 and serves as CEO and Chief Investment Officer of the firm. Tom has extensive background in the theory and practice of portfolio design employing the principles of strategic asset allocation and diversification. Since founding HTG, Tom has worked with numerous clients to address a wide range of financial situations and goals. Tom brings planning and management experience from his earlier careers in the corporate world and the venture capital industry.

Prior to founding HTG, he was a general partner of three venture capital funds where he managed investments and served on the board of directors of several early-stage companies. Earlier, Tom was an executive at NCR Corporation where he directed product and strategic planning for the firm's worldwide business in the financial industry and was general manager of a major business unit. He also served for three years as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Tom earned an MBA degree with distinction at Harvard Business School. He obtained his MS degree in Engineering at UCLA; and graduated summa cum laude at Duke University, where he earned his BSEE degree.

Tom and his wife, Jeanne, moved to New Canaan in 1983. Jeanne co-founded and helps run HTG Investment Advisors Inc.. They have three children, two of whom attended Saxe and NCHS, and seven grandchildren. Tom's community activities include serving on the board of directors of the United Way of New Canaan and Staying Put in New Canaan, as well as membership in the Exchange Club of New Canaan and St. Mark's Church.

Sharon McClymonds
Sharon McClymonds

Sharon earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Economics and worked for ten years on Wall Street at Bankers Trust and then CS First Boston as a Vice-President in Institutional Municipal Bond Sales. Sharon and her husband, Alan, moved to New Canaan in 1994 to start their family. They now have two daughters, ages 20 and 17.

Sharon has been an active volunteer in the community since leaving Wall Street. She chaired the corporate underwriting for the Groundbreaking Celebration for the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk and has been an avid volunteer in the New Canaan public school system since her daughters began to attend.

Sharon has been a member of the local New Canaan Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. since 2007 and has served on her chapter's board for five years, culminating in her role as President. She has also held national and district leadership positions for National Charity League, Inc. over the last four years.

Sharon is a past Co-Chair of the Annual Appeal Campaign for the New Canaan Community Foundation and has been a member of the Appeal Committee and Touch a Life Luncheon Committee in previous years.

Phil Sheibley
Phil Sheibley

Phil is an experienced executive and venture capitalist. Phil spent 30 years as a management consultant with Accenture, where he focused on the Life Sciences area, holding a variety of leadership positions. His consulting work focused on defining and executing strategies to create leading-edge business capabilities, working with U.S. and internationally-headquartered pharmaceutical companies, biotech, and medical product producers, as well as contract research organizations.

Since retiring from Accenture in 2010, Phil has focused on venture capital investment and consulting, and is a founding member and principal of a venture capital investing group with holdings in renewable energy, health and life sciences, and advanced materials industries. He has served in interim leadership roles as well as chairing and/or participating on the board for a number of the companies involved.

Phil is active with higher education, having served on a number of advisory committees and the Board of Trustees for Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee for the board.

Phil has a B.S. in Engineering from Lehigh University. He and his wife, Kajsa, live in New Canaan, and have two college-age daughters, Morgan and Mallory.

Laura Walbert
Laura Walbert

Laura is co-founder and managing director of FraserWalbert Media LLC, which provides marketing and communications materials to professional services and financial services clients. Earlier in her career, Laura served as a staff writer for Forbes magazine, a columnist for Institutional Investor, and a freelance contributor to a range of publications.                  

Laura and her husband, Bill, have lived in New Canaan since 1990 and raised their three children here. During those years, Laura’s volunteer activities included active roles in school PFAs, Young Women’s League, National Charity League, United Way, Boys Scouts, the ABC (A Better Chance) program, and the veterans’ organization, Homes for the Brave. After serving as a Girl Scout leader for 12 years, including two as the New Canaan Service Unit Manager, Laura is currently on the board of operators for the Merrie Bee Girl Scout Cabin. Laura is also a longtime Trustee of the United Methodist Church of New Canaan. Laura is a graduate of the Syracuse University Newhouse School.

Sheila Pettee
Sheila Pettee

Sheila and her husband Tim and their four children, had lived in New Canaan since 1986, and moved to Rowayton in 2014. Sheila is President of Pettee Investors, Inc. , a SEC registered investment advisory firm she founded in 1989. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst who began her career as a securities analyst at Standard & Poor’s. Sheila is a graduate of Rollins College with a B.A. in Business Administration.

Sheila has been a volunteer at various schools over the years including West School, St. Luke’s, Clarkson University and is currently part of the Parent Ambassadors at Villanova University. She also volunteers at St. Aloysius Church and is on the Community Foundation’s Annual Appeal Committee. She is a current Board member of the Elaine and Rankin Peck Family Foundation and the Mary and George Herbert Zimmerman Foundation. Her son, Alexander, established a donor advised fund at NCCF that was setup while he was a member of the Young Philanthropists group. Her daughter, Katherine, was also a member of this group for four years, and Elizabeth, her youngest, is a current member.

Rob Fryer
Rob Fryer

Rob is a Certified Public Accountant and chartered accountant. He recently retired from Deloitte, where he was a partner for many years living in five countries and working all over the world. He came to New Canaan with his family from South Africa in 1988. His two children spent several years in New Canaan public schools until the family relocated to Europe for a number of years while spending summers at their home in New Canaan. Rob now has his own consulting practice focused on accounting and financial issues in the energy and resources industry.

Rob has served for a number of years as a grant making volunteer for the Foundation and more recently as a member of the Annual Appeals Committee. He and his wife Margie are also active in the New Canaan Beautification League.

Kelly Hanratty
Kelly Hanratty

Kelly is a self-employed certified public accountant specializing in personal financial planning. She has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to starting her practice, Kelly was Vice President at U.S. Trust Company of New York working in its family office group. She holds a Masters degree in Taxation from Bentley College.

A resident of New Canaan since 1995, Kelly is an active member of the community. She has served on the boards of the New Canaan Teen Center and National Charity League, and is a frequent volunteer at the New Canaan High School. She also volunteers her time at Reach Within, a non-profit based in New York City whose mission is to improve the lives of orphaned children in Grenada. For the past four years, Kelly has been involved with the Community Foundation in the grant review process. She is enthusiastic about continuing to work with NCCF in carrying out its mission and making our community a better place.

Kay Linneman
Kay Linneman

Kay Linneman and her husband Chris have 3 children and have lived in New Canaan since 1994. Since moving to Connecticut, Kay has been an active volunteer and fundraiser for the various schools attended by her children. Within the community, she has been an active supporter and volunteer with the Junior League of Greenwich, Lyme Research Alliance and most recently, New Canaan Community Foundation where she participated as a grant making and fundraising volunteer. In addition to being on the board, Kay is also a member of the Elon University Parents Council where she co-heads the Student Life Committee.

Kay’s professional experience includes 11 years in staff and supervisory nursing positions in Oncology, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics settings and 4 years working as a certified childbirth instructor in New York City. Kay earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Georgetown University. She also earned a Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University where she performed needs assessments and developed program models for New York non-profits including Phoenix House, The Door and the Broadway Soup Kitchen.

Kathleen Abbott
Kathleen Abbott

Kathleen earned a BS in Electrical Engineer from Stony Brook University and began her professional career as a software engineer for IBM working on the Processor Controller for the Mainframe computer. She then moved to Wall Street as a software designer for JP Morgan working with large databases.

In 1996, Kathleen and her husband Michael moved to New Canaan to raise their two children. Kathleen quickly became an active volunteer in their children’s schools and the local community. She volunteered at First Presbyterian, Congregational Church and the Young Women’s League of New Canaan, and went on to hold several Board positions for YWL including President. Kathleen has also been a Board Member for the Outback Teen Center and an active volunteer for Shakespeare on the Sound and Hopkins School. For the past several years, Kathleen has volunteered on a distribution panel for the Community Foundation.

Jay Twombly
Jay Twombly

Jay and Linda Twombly moved to New Canaan, from Charlotte, NC in 1992. Jay is an Operating Partner with the New York City based Private Equity Fund, the Snow Phipps Group, where he serves as Chairman of Boyd Corporation. Jay earned a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

When asked why he would agree to serve on the Board of NCCF, he replied “I feel The Foundation is the highest impact Charitable Organization in Fairfield County. I am extremely impressed with the significant impact the grants and awards have on the success of local nonprofit organization and individuals, while at the same time the Foundation fosters a wonderful philanthropic education effort to ensure future generations will participate in Philanthropy.”

John Knight
John Knight

John, his wife, Anne-Marie, and their two children moved to New Canaan in 2007. John is a retired corporate partner from Davis Polk & Wardwell where he worked for 23 years in New York, Paris and London. He received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Since retiring, John has been actively involved in the community, including as part of a volunteer group working to restructure a non-profit organization in Stamford and as a member of the Exchange Club of New Canaan, a service organization that raises funds for local charities. His son, a New Canaan High Shool student, is a participant in the Community Foundation’s innovative Young Philanthropist Program.

Michelle Ernst
Michelle Ernst

Michelle joined the New Canaan Community Foundation staff as Development Manager in April 2014. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis, and a Masters degree in Environmental Science from Yale University.

Michelle brings more than fifteen years of experience working at nonprofit environmental organizations, including most recently, the New Canaan Nature Center. Before moving to New Canaan, she worked in transportation policy and advocacy for twelve years, first at the DC-based Surface Transportation Policy Project, and then at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign in New York City. She served as director of research for both organizations, conducting data analysis and authoring reports on transportation safety, air quality, and social equity.

Michelle and her husband Dan have two children and have lived in New Canaan since 2010.

Janet Lanaway
Janet Lanaway

Janet is a Canadian CPA, CA (Chartered Accountant). She has owned her own professional practice since 1989, serving clients in Canada. Previous to that, she was Chief Financial Officer for a medium sized retail stock broker in Toronto. She spent the first 8 years of her career with Deloitte in Toronto. Janet and her family moved to New Canaan in 2001.

After moving to the United States, her community service has included board positions with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross, the New Canaan Red Cross, and the Carriage Barn Arts Center, the latter two where she also held the position of Treasurer. Janet has served as President of the New Canaan High School Parent Faculty Association, President of Encore Club and President of the Newcomer’s Club of New Canaan. She also volunteers with Meals on Wheels and has served on the Outreach committee for First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan. Janet is a past co-chair of the Annual Appeal Committee for the New Canaan Community Foundation (NCCF) and has served on distribution panels for the NCCF for the past several years.

Kathy Schulte
Kathy Schulte

Kathy has been a resident of New Canaan since 1995. She earned both her BA and JD degrees from Boston College and worked as a corporate transactional attorney for Chadbourne and Parke, a large international law firm and as corporate counsel to Fortune Brands, Inc., a fortune 500 company.

Kathy has also been a tireless volunteer. She currently provides pro bono legal services to a women’s shelter in Westchester County. She continues to volunteer at New Canaan High School currently co chairing the school’s Scholarship Drive. In addition, she has been a Girl Scout troop leader and has served on the board of both the New Canaan Soccer and Basketball Associations.

She is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bar Associations, and lives in New Canaan with her husband and two children.

Marjorie O’Connor Furman
Marjorie O’Connor Furman

Marjorie O’Connor Furman has been a New Canaan resident for 10 years. She lives with her husband Nat, who was raised in New Canaan, and their three children.

During her time in town Marjorie has been an active volunteer in both New Canaan and the surrounding community. Marjorie is a former board member of the New Canaan Nature Center and the New Canaan Newcomers Club. She has been a member of the Young Women’s League and a committed supporter and volunteer of Stamford Hospital.

Marjorie is also involved at West School in various capacities and at the First Presbyterian Nursery School, where she currently serves on the board.

Prior to moving to New Canaan, Marjorie worked in publishing in New York City. She received a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, as well as a Masters of Teaching English from Fordham University. She grew up in Bronxville, NY and spends her summers on Cape Cod with her extended family.

Thomas G. Cronin
Thomas G. Cronin

Mr. Cronin is a native of New Canaan and a retired marketing executive. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Tom has over 25 years of experience in consumer product marketing with multi-national companies including Nestle, Unilever and Remy Cointreau.

Tom has been an active volunteer in the community for several years. He currently serves as the Chairman of the New Canaan Public Tree Board and Treasurer of the Rotary Club of New Canaan. Tom is also a Board member of The New Canaan Land Trust and past president of The New Canaan Nature Center.

In addition to his involvement in the New Canaan community, Tom is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, VT, and a member of the Stowe Land Trust.

Barb Achenbaum
Barb Achenbaum

A native of Chicago, Barb moved to New Canaan with her family in 2003. She has been an active volunteer, serving as President of the New Canaan High School Parent-Faculty Association, President of the Encore Club, as a Panel member for the United Way and the New Canaan Community Foundation, and as a Trustee of the Carriage Barn Arts Center.

Since 2014, Barb has been the Executive Director of Staying Put in New Canaan, a volunteer-supported non-profit agency dedicated to helping seniors stay safely in their homes and actively engaged in the community as they age. Her past professional experience includes eight years in brand management and corporate communications at the Quaker Oats Company and five years in development in the non-profit arena. Barb earned a BA from Princeton University in Comparative Literature.

Jennifer Casper
Jennifer Casper

Jennifer joined the staff of the New Canaan Community Foundation in June of 2013 as the Office Manager. She is a graduate of Bucknell University and has completed numerous certifications and technical classes through Parsons School of Design in New York City and Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C.. Jennifer has a strong background in marketing, design and management and brings a wide range of skills to her role. Jennifer’s past professional experience includes creative and managerial roles in both corporate firms and non-profit organizations including Hallmark Entertainment/Crown Media, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and most recently Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Jennifer enjoys working locally and is grateful to be part of an organization that gives back to the community. Her family has resided in New Canaan since 1993 and she and her son have lived here since 2008.

Jeanette Chen
Jeanette Chen

Jeanette Chen joined the New Canaan Community Foundation on a part-time basis in January 2012 to lend her talents as an experienced internet professional. Jeanette is a seasoned financial services executive who turned her passion for cooking and helping others into her website and blog business at Jeanette's Healthy Living. She also works with Fortune 500 companies on health and wellness initiatives, and is actively engaged in a variety of social media platforms to stay abreast of the latest trends. She has four sons and has lived in New Canaan with her family since 1992.

Kevin Moynihan
Kevin Moynihan

Kevin and his wife Mim have been New Canaan residents since 1981. Kevin retired in 2009 after a 35-year career as a corporate attorney, the last 18 years with Merrill Lynch & Co. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Boston College Law School.

A former board member of United Way of New Canaan, Kevin is active in New Canaan as a member of the board of Getabout, Inc. (which provides transportation to New Canaan seniors and persons with disabilities), a member of the Exchange Club of New Canaan (a service organization that raises funds for local charities), a member of the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan, and Vice Chairman of the Republican Town Committee. He also provides pro bono legal services to non-profit organizations as an Attorney Emeritus member of the New York State bar.

Kathleen A. Corbet
Kathleen A. Corbet

Kathleen Corbet, a resident of New Canaan since 1996, is a principal and co-founder of Municipal Enterprise Solutions, LLC, a consulting services firm providing financial and operational best practices and solutions to municipalities and non-profit enterprises.  Previously, Kathleen has had over 25 years in global leadership experience in the financial services industry – as founder of Cross Ridge Capital, LLC, specializing in venture capital investing and consulting; as President of Standard & Poor’s (S&P); and in investment management as Executive Vice President at AllianceBernstein, LP.

Kathleen has served on the Town of New Canaan’s Board of Finance, the Senior Healthcare and Housing Policy Development Team and is a member of the Town Hall Building Committee.  In August 2012, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed Kathleen to the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.  She also serves as a Justice of the Peace for the State of Connecticut. 

In addition to serving on the board of the New Canaan Community Foundation, Kathleen serves as a member of the Board of Directors of MassMutual and Pro Mujer and the Board of Trustees of Boston College and The Jackson Laboratory, a non-profit bio-medical research organization.

Tom Stadler
Tom Stadler

Mr. Stadler and his wife Jan have lived in New Canaan for 22 years. Tom is a retired partner from Deloitte LLP where he worked for 40 years. Tom currently serves as the Administrative Officer as well as Risk Manager for the town of New Canaan.

Tom has held several positions on the board of New Canaan Baseball/Softball, Inc. including President and Treasurer. He has also serves as Chairman of the New Canaan Family Fourth Committee and has served as a Member of the New Canaan Park and Recreation Commission and was elected Chairman of the Commission in 2007.

Susan Boston
Susan Boston

Mrs. Boston is a native of New Canaan and has been active in the community for many years. After graduating from Bucknell University, Susan was a Mortgage Bond Trader, Municipal bond trader and Interest Rate Swaps Trader with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith.

In addition to serving on the NCCF Board, Susan is currently a Board member of the ABC (A Better Chance) program, the New Canaan Food Pantry, and the National Charity League, New Canaan Chapter. Ms. Boston spent 14 years serving the New Canaan Service Unit of Girl Scouts of America in many key roles. Girls Scouts of America have given her numerous awards, including Outstanding Leader, Youth Community Service Award, Outstanding Volunteer and the Council Award. Working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars for nearly 10 years she has coordinated the annual program of replacing the flags on the 800 graves of veterans in New Canaan, and was instrumental in initiating the Wreaths Across New Canaan project three years ago. In 2009 Susan received New Canaan’s Asset Builder Award “Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth” and the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) awarded her with their “Community Service Award” in 2012. She has been actively involved as a volunteer in the school system, in the National Charity League, New Canaan Soccer Association, Newcomers Club and Young Women’s League.

Sharon Stevenson
Sharon Stevenson

A resident of New Canaan since 2007, Sharon Stevenson’s professional career has spanned various positions in Sales, Sales Management, Marketing and Corporate Communications positions within the technology field in both international and domestic markets for over 25 years. While living abroad in Budapest, Hungary and later Warsaw, Poland, Sharon assumed several executive board positions within nonprofit expatriate organizations devoted to children’s charities including hospitals, orphanages and schools. These initiatives cultivated and shaped her passion for philanthropy and volunteerism and inspired her continued local non-profit service.

Since 2008, Ms. Stevenson has served as co-chair of both the New Canaan Women’s Platform Tennis League in Waveny Park as well as the New Canaan Women’s Competitive Tennis League in Mead Park. Together with a partner, she championed and established a non-profit – public/private partnership dedicated to renovating the Mead Park tennis facility in New Canaan. Over the course of two years and through the support of many organizations and fund raising efforts, the organization successfully raised more than $100,000 to complete the project. Throughout this process Stevenson saw first-hand the positive impact of the New Canaan Community Foundation, and joined the NCCF Board soon thereafter in 2011. She currently serves upon several New Canaan-based non-profit boards and committees.

Rich Townsend
Rich Townsend

Rich Townsend and his wife Catherine have been residents of New Canaan Since 1986, raising their three daughters here in town. Rich is a partner at Rangeley Capital, a boutique investment partnership located here in New Canaan. Prior to joining Rangeley Capital, Mr. Townsend served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Loral Space and Communications. He spent the majority of his career with IBM where he held various positions, including Controller of Europe, Middle East, and Africa in Paris and Assistant Controller responsible for financial planning and measurement for the corporation. He began his career as a mechanical design engineer at General Electric’s Nuclear Energy Division. Mr. Townsend earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Rich joins the NCCF as Treasurer for the Foundation and serves on the executive committee. Rich is actively involved with local and national charitable interests including the United Methodist Church of New Canaan, Habitat for Humanity, and the Rotary Club of New Canaan.

Lindsey Heron
Lindsey Heron

A native of California, Ms. Heron moved with her family to New Canaan in 2006. Lindsey quickly became involved in several organizations, including holding Board positions with Magical Music for Life Foundation and the South School PTC. Lindsey is involved with the Library and is a member of the Congregational Church. Before joining the NCC Board, Lindsey was a committee member for the 2008 and 2009 NCCF’s Philanthropy Luncheon held in November. Having worked for both Gap Inc. and Macy’s, Ms. Heron has over 14 years of experience in retail merchandising and financial planning. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with degrees in History and Political Science. Her family includes her husband John and two young boys Peter and Fletcher.

Leo Karl
Leo Karl

Leo joins the New Canaan Community Foundation board with a long history of local volunteering and an impeccable reputation for contributions to the community. Leo is currently the past President of the Rotary Club and member since 1985; a current Board Member, Executive Officer, and past President of the New York Chevrolet Dealer Association since 1996; and a current Board Member and Coach, as well as past Vice President, of the New Canaan Lacrosse Association since 2000.

Previous volunteer positions include past Board Member New Canaan Nature Center, past Board Member United Way of New Canaan, past Advisory Board Member Bank of New Canaan, past Advisory Board Member Stamford Hospital, past Board Member New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, past Board Member Stamford Chamber of Commerce, past Annual Appeal Board Chair for the New Canaan Community Foundation and past volunteer for Junior Achievement of Southwestern Connecticut.

Leo Karl is President of The Karl Chevrolet Company, a third generation family business located in New Canaan since 1927.

Karen Stevenson
Karen Stevenson

A resident of New Canaan for the past 9 years, Karen served as President of the New Canaan Library for three years and on the Executive Committee of the organization for seven. She is also a past board member of the League of Women Voters, Friends of New Canaan Public School Theater, and Kids Empowered by Your Support (KEYS), a non-profit program providing musical instruments and 1:1 music instruction to children in the Bridgeport Public Schools who would not otherwise have access to such opportunities. She has been an active volunteer in the community, including work with youth athletic programs and at NCHS in the College and Career Center and with the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Professionally, after earning a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University, Karen has held management roles at Accenture, Merck-Medco and WebMD. She currently leads Global Sales and Client Service Delivery for Vitech Systems Group, headquartered in New York. Karen has two daughters, both of whom attended the New Canaan Public Schools and are now in college.

John Murphy
John Murphy

Mr. Murphy and his family have lived in New Canaan since 1974. John is a Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager at the Boudreau Murphy Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Previously, he was Managing Director of Nortel Networks and Advisory Marketing for IBM. John received a B.A. from Hamilton College and a M.B.A from Columbia University Business School.

John is an active leader in the community with several Connecticut-based not-for-profit organizations including the Gridiron Club, First Presbyterian Church, Connecticut Challenge and Swim Across America. Previously, John served on the boards of A Better Chance, New Canaan Republican Town Committee and New Canaan Soccer Association.

Don Smith
Don Smith

Don Smith was a member of the senior management team of Odyssey Re Holdings Corp. and its reinsurance and insurance subsidiaries for 15 years. Upon his retirement in 2010, he had served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for 13 years. Prior to joining OdysseyRe, Don was an attorney in private practice in New York City.

A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Don earned his B.A. from Colgate University, and was a Graduate Fellow at Cornell University for three years. He and his wife, Sue, have resided in New Canaan since 1984, and their two children are graduates of New Canaan High School. In prior years, Don has served as a Deacon in the First Presbyterian Church, and as a member of the New Canaan Town Democratic Committee.

Diane Hanauer
Diane Hanauer

Diane Hanauer has been an active volunteer in the New Canaan community for many years, after having a distinguished professional career in international private banking. Diane attended Boston College and then attended Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, earning an MBA in Finance and Marketing. Diane was a Vice President at American Express Company and then VP, Director of Marketing for Private Bank Asset Management and Trust and Estate Planning at JP Morgan/Chase.

Diane and her husband John and family have lived in New Canaan since 1996. Diane is a past board member of New Canaan Cares, ABC (A Better Chance) of New Canaan, National Charity League and the Young Women’s League. She is also a member of the Country Club of New Canaan and the St. Andrews Society and has been an active volunteer and fund raiser in the West School PTC, St. Luke’s School and The Hotchkiss School. Diane also served on the Board of the former United Way of New Canaan.

Dave Hunt
Dave Hunt

Dave Hunt and wife Sara have been residents of New Canaan since 1976. Dave spent thirty-six years working as an actuary for Hewitt Associates, a management consulting firm. Earning a BA in Math from the University of Iowa, he is a past Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Dave joined NCCF from the Board of the former United Way of New Canaan. Asked what makes NCCF’s process different and unique to other organizations, Dave said, “I believe in its fund distribution system as being a very effective way for us to donate money to organizations in our broader community. I also believe the local impact we have as an organizer, catalyst, etc. is very valuable to New Canaan and the surrounding area.”

Cynthia Gorey
Cynthia Gorey

Cynthia Gorey is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the New Canaan Community Foundation (NCCF). She was hired in 2002 as Executive Director and the first employee. Mrs. Gorey has years of experience in both not-for-profit and for-profit management, and received an undergraduate degree from Brown University in Human Biology and a graduate degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, in Health Policy and Management. Mrs. Gorey worked as the Manager of Grants and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the nation’s largest home health agency. She authored grant proposals for health and social service programs to public and private funding sources, and was successful in obtaining significant resources to support the agency’s efforts. Ms. Gorey also worked at the New York Hospital in New York and for its affiliated organizations, in program development and planning, including seeking grants and other financial support for new program initiatives.

Mrs. Gorey subsequently worked in the health insurance field at Oxford Health Plans and IntelliClaim. At Oxford, she was responsible for management of programs that measured and rewarded quality physician performance, and oversaw data management activities. She worked in product and business development at IntelliClaim, a company that provides automated analysis of medical claims for insurers, to avoid overpayment, fraud, and claims errors.

Mrs. Gorey and her husband Steven have three children, and have lived in the area for 20 years. She is an active volunteer in her children’s schools, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and her family’s church, as well as in local community organizations.

Amy Wilkinson
Amy Wilkinson

Amy sees volunteering as a way to lend her talents to help nonprofits with missions that are important to her. While living in Rowayton, she served as Treasurer of the Rowayton Civic Association for four years and as Treasurer of the Greens Farms Academy Parents Association. She joined the Rotary Club in 1999 when working in New Canaan at the Bank of New York’s office on Elm Street and served as their President in the 2007-08 year. She continues on their Board and serves on their Allocations Committee. She served for three years on the United Way Board of Directors. She has been on the Advisory Board of the New Canaan Darien Magazine since its inception in 2002. She has been an Alumni Admissions Representative for Andover interviewing kids who want to go to Andover and serves on Andover Alumni Council. She and her husband Bruce moved to New Canaan in 2010.

In 2008, Amy began planning her transition from 28 years in banking into the nonprofit world. She wanted to help those less fortunate who need another voice advocating on their behalf. She joined the AmeriCares Development office where she worked for a short time before AmeriCares began a series of major workforce reductions due to the slowing economy. She joined Domus in 2009 as their grant writer and is now their Manager of Institutional Giving, writing grants for all of Domus’ programs, to foundations, corporations, City of Stamford and the State.

Alan Haas
Alan Haas

Alan graduated from Wesleyan University, served in the U.S. Navy, taught at Hotchkiss School, helped start the Peace Corps Program in Micronesia and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Alan and his family moved to New Canaan in 1971 when Alan was appointed as Principal of New Canaan High School. After four years as principal, Alan became Deputy Director General of the International School of Geneva in Switzerland. The family later moved back to New Canaan, and Alan took over as principal of Weston High School before Alan became the Corporate Director of Communications for TIE Communications. Alan then built on his experience with counseling and guidance and college admissions and formed an international advisory service for boarding school and college placement called Educational Futures. He works actively with local, domestic and international students out of his New Canaan office.

Alan’s volunteer experience includes serving as president of the board at Vitam Center in Norwalk, founding president of the Shelton Economic Development Corporation, member of the U.N. Committee of New Canaan, initiator of ABC in New Canaan and, recently, Vice President of Ethics and Professional Practice for the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Alan joined the Board of the N.C. Community Foundation in 2013.

Alan is married to Loni Elisabeth Sondergaard of Copenhagen, and they have two grown children and six grandchildren.