In addition to the Board and Staff of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, many people contribute to the work of The Foundation as volunteers. Serving on committees, giving feedback through focus groups, reviewing grant and scholarship applications and spreading the word as community Ambassadors, our volunteers strengthen the community in so many ways.
The Ambassador Committee of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven advances the mission of The Community Foundation through the exchange of information vital to and supportive of The Foundation.
By doing so, the Ambassadors keep friends informed of The Community Foundation's current activities as well as past and recent accomplishments, thereby providing valuable information and feedback about timely issues. The Committee provides opportunities for discussion, involvement and engagement.
The Ambassador Committee is composed of donors, current and former members of the Board of Directors and professional advisors. Members are invited to serve a 2-year renewable term.
- To create knowledgeable community leaders who are encouraged to share information with colleagues, peers and others reinforcing The Community Foundation mission, brand, trust and integrity within the Greater New Haven region.
- To create a group of highly-engaged people knowledgeable about The Community Foundation who can provide feedback, insight and advice.
- To foster relationships between committee members to create a network of philanthropically-minded professionals in our community.
The following individuals currently serve on the Ambassador Committee:
After graduating from Yale, Myles Alderman entered the family business, Alderman Furniture Company which then became the Bullard Furniture Company, and served as President until 1997. He subsequently joined the development staff of The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut and then was a consultant for land trusts. He is a former member of The Community Foundation’s finance and development committees and a founding member of New Haven’s Urban Resources Initiative Inc. (URI). After serving on its board for many years, Myles remains involved through the Friends of URI. To honor their parents, Myles and his sister, Jean Adnopoz, established the Abner A. & Hannah S. Alderman Fund at The Community Foundation. He joined the Ambassadors Committee in 2014; his current term expires in 2015.
Nancy Alexander is a transformation-inspiring consultant and certified coach to leadership teams and executives. An experienced board member and leader, she chaired the Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls and co-chaired a $76 million campaign for Emma Willard School. She is currently a vice-chair of Dwight Hall at Yale. Nancy began her career in marketing, strategic planning, and new ventures with Procter and Gamble and American Express. After serving as a Bank of America vice president, she founded one of the first green companies in Connecticut. Nancy’s BA (sociology) and MBA are from Yale; she holds an MA in women’s studies from SCSU and executive coaching certification from Columbia University. She is in process of receiving certification by INIFAC as a master facilitator, one of fewer than 30 in the world. Nancy’s term as Ambassador ends in 2015.
|Sheilah Rostow. Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal.
Steve August is a Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS with a 30-year business management and ownership background. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. Before joining UBS he spent 15 years at Smith Barney. Steve is interested in the arts and has served on the New Haven Symphony Orchestra(NHSO) Board of Directors as well as the NHSO Foundation Board of Directors. Steve has also been an officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven as well as a member of their Foundation Investment Committee. He and his wife Judy have a donor advised fund at The Community Foundation and also a donor advised fund with the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. A long-standing member of the Ambassadors Committee, Steve’s term expires in 2015.
Helene A. Augustine is a Vice President, Trust and Fiduciary Specialist at Wells Fargo Private Bank. She works with clients to implement and administer their trust and estate plans to help fulfill their philanthropic and wealth transfer goals. She is an active community volunteer, serving as a board member of ACES Education Foundation, Gateway Community College Foundation, and a trustee of Stoneleigh Burnham School in Greenfield, Mass. She serves on the Board and is a member of the Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council. Helene is a Past Chair of the Community Fund for Women and Girls at The Community Foundation and founder of the Ercolano Astorino Fund.
Khalilah Brown-Dean, PhD
Khalilah Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University. Her current research focuses on the political dynamics surrounding the American criminal justice system. Her book Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race, Punishment, and Governance explores how mass incarceration impairs both the strength and function of American governance. Her research on the criminal justice system and voting rights policy have garnered international attention, and she was recently appointed as a Director of the Prison Policy Initiative, a national nonprofit organization working to understand the impact of mass incarceration on local communities across America. She is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, CNN, Ebony.com, Fox News Radio, WNPR, AURN, CTV, and other outlets regarding issues such as American politics, mass political behavior, crime and punishment and political psychology. She received a BA in Political Science from the University of Virginia, and a Masters Degree and a PhD from The Ohio State University. Khalilah serves on the Board of Directors for The Community Foundation and on its Development, Finance, and Community Strategies and Knowledge committees. Her Ambassadors Committee term expires in 2015.
Mary Jane Burt
Mary Jane Burt is a realtor and licensed broker with Pearce Real Estate. Prior to Joining the H. Pearce Company in 2002, Mary Jane served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for The National Development Council in Washington D.C.; President of Burt Medical Laboratory, and she is a Principal and Partner of The Laurel Group. At The Community Foundation, she is a former member of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board alumna of the Community Fund for Women & Girls and founder of the Burt Family Fund. An active community member, she served on the boards of Schooner Inc. and Albertus Magnus College, was a member of The Progress Council for the State of Connecticut, and the Advisory Board at Quinnipiac College School of Business. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for The Foote School, former Chair of the Friends of the Children’s Hospital at YNHH, the American Association of Bioanalyst, and was the Founding Chair of the Council for Women’s Health Research at Yale. Mary Jane’s term expires in 2015.
|Dan Smith and Barbara Segaloff. Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal.
Alicia Caraballo is a member of the New Haven Board of Education and former City of New Haven Adult & Continuing Education Director. Alicia previously served as Principal at Hill Central Elementary School and as a Social Worker at Hillhouse High School, Betsy Ross Middle School and Truman School in New Haven. Alicia earned a B.S. in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University and M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University. She currently serves on the Boards of the Neighborhood Music School, Connecticut Association of Adult & Continuing Education and Literacy Volunteers. Alicia serves on the Board of Directors for The Community Foundation and on its Development, Finance and Scholarship committees. Her Ambassadors Committee term expires in 2015.
Karen Clute is a partner at the law firm Wiggin and Dana LLP, dividing her time between estate and tax planning, executive compensation and employee benefits. Karen also advises clients about tax and compliance matters affecting charitable and other tax exempt organizations, and heads up her firm’s interdisciplinary Philanthropy Practice Group. A graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton (B.A. and M. Mus.) and the New York University School of Law (J.D.), Karen is admitted to practice in Connecticut and is the immediate past Chair of the Tax Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of CAPA – Connecticut, which manages the historic Shubert Theater in New Haven, and, continuing a lifelong avocation, Karen sings with the Yale Camerata during the academic year. Karen’s term expires in 2015.
Kellyann Day has been the CEO of New Reach, Inc., formerly New Haven Home Recovery, Inc. since 1997. She received a BS in Psychology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Administration from The University of Connecticut. She has served as Chair to the Board of Directors of the South Central Behavioral Health Network, and the CT AIDS Residence Coalition. She has also served as the Chairperson of the Statewide Reaching Home Steering Committee and numerous boards throughout the state including: the New Haven Early Childhood Council, the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, New Haven Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS, City of New Haven’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, Supportive Housing Works, United Way of South Central Connecticut, and the Greater New Haven Opening Doors, Regional Alliance to End Homelessness. Kellyann serves on the Board of Directors for The Community Foundation and on its Development, Finance and Governance committees. Her Ambassadors Committee term expires in 2015.
Betsy Demir has been an active fundraiser and community volunteer all her adult life. She is a founding member and past president of the Friends of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. She is a founder of Bright Beginnings, a mentoring program for young pregnant women, and former chairperson of the Parenting Support Programs Advisory Board of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Betsy has served on the board of directors of the United Way of Greater New Haven and is a past chairperson of the board of directors of the Easter Seal Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center and past president of the Junior League of Greater New Haven. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Wheaton College and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Haven. She is a former executive director of the Volunteer Action Center and a former consultant for the National Executive Service Corps. Betsy was a founding member of The Community Foundation’s Community Fund for Women & Girls, founder of the Sara Elizabeth O’Connor Fund and member of the Nettie J. Dayton Circle. Betsy’s term expires in 2015.
Norman Forrester is a senior financial advisor and assistant vice president with Merrill Lynch, with over 20 years experience in the financial services industry. He earned his B.S. in Economics at Southern Connecticut State University and has received several honors such as The Network Journal’s Top 40 under 40 and the Connecticut Magazine’s Top Wealth Manager Award. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Norman has been living in New Haven, CT for the last 30 years, where he is a member of Varick AME Zion Church. He serves on numerous boards and committee, including Family Centered Services of CT, One World Progressive Institute and the Emergency Shelter Golf Committee. He was a board member and past Treasurer of Citizens Television, and the Visiting Nurses Association of South Central Connecticut. Norman is also a mentor to students in the New Haven school systems and the I Have a Dream New Haven Inc. His term expires in 2015.
|Ingi-Mai Loorand and Helene Augustine. Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal.
John Gordon is the tax partner at Donald L. Perlroth & Company with more than 30 years of experience as a tax professional including 7 years with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Boston College Law School. He was admitted to the Bar of Connecticut and Massachusetts although he has always practiced accounting. John is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Tower One/Tower East of New Haven and also serves as Vice Chair, Finance. He is an Emeritus board member and was Chairman of the Blood Services Committee for the South Central Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross. His term expires in 2015.
Carlton Highsmith was the founder of Specialized Packaging Group, recognized as the largest minority-owned firm in the State of Connecticut prior to its merger with PaperWorks Industries. He served as vice chair of the Board at SPG PaperWorks Inc. until his retirement in 2010. He is chairman of the Board of the Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology (ConnCAT) and also serves on the Boards of First Niagara Bank, Quinnipiac University and the Yale New Haven Hospital System. In 2014, he was the recipient of both the Greater New Haven Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the John H. Filer Award from the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. In 2011 Gov. Dannel Malloy appointed Mr. Highsmith to the Connecticut Employment & Training Commission (CETC), where he currently chairs its Career Advancement Committee. Carlton earned a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from Quinnipiac University and Albertus Magnus College. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Community Foundation and on its Development, Investment, and Community Strategies and Knowledge committees. His Ambassadors Committee term expires in 2015.
Colleen Hines is the Manager of Client Operations at Higher One. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Business and is active in the community. She serves as a member of Higher One CARES, a committee formed by employees to help identify opportunities for community involvement and engagement. Though CARES supports a variety of local not-for-profits, its mission is focused on education. Colleen is also the Parade Chairman, and former parade secretary and parade chief of staff for the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, and a member and banquet committee member for the Knights of St. Patrick and a member of the Irish American Community Center/New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club. Her term expires in 2015.
Ed Konowitz is a retired accountant and active community leader. He serves on the boards for the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut and the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, and the Planned Giving Committees of Gaylord Hospital. Ed formerly served on the boards of the Sleeping Giant Park Association, the Farmington Canal Rail to Trail Association and the Cheshire Public Library, and the Development Committee of Gaylord Hospital. An antiques collector, he has also served on the Board of the International Society of Antique Scale Collectors. In his spare time, he enjoys playing duplicate bridge. At The Community Foundation, Ed is the founder of the Konowitz Family Fund and a member of the Nettie J. Dayton Circle. His term expires in 2015.
Rob Leighton is a partner at iMission Partners working with management teams to design and implement relationship development strategies that move more online visitors to prospects, and then move more prospects to active donors, loyal clients or passionate customers. With over 30 year experience, Rob has managed, consulted and served on boards of start-ups as well as established entities in both turnaround and growth stages. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and a BA with high distinction from the University of Michigan. Rob serves on the Boards of Directors of the Connecticut Tobacco & Health Trust Fund, the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven and the Hamden Economic Development Corporation. Rob is also a member of The Community Foundation’s Development Committee. His term expires in 2015.
Michael Lenkowski, CPA
Michael Lenkowski, a Certified Public Accountant, is a Senior Manager in the Accounting and Tax Group at Meyers, Harrison & Pia, LLC. He has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting and specializes in audit, tax, and accounting services for privately-held businesses. Michael’s expertise in equity structure, equity awards, organizational planning and succession planning helps address businesses needs by providing innovative and feasible strategies focused on compliance and tax savings. Michael is and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fairfield University and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Abilities Without Boundaries Inc. Michael is also an instructor of the Becker Professional Education CPA exam review program. Michael’s term expires in 2015.
|Myles Alderman and John Gordon. Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal.
Ingi-Mai Loorand is a Principal with Neubert, Pepe and Monteith and a member of the firm’s Taxation, Trusts & Estates practice group. Attorney Loorand’s practice focuses in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration and estate settlement. Ingi graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a B.A. She earned an M.A. in World Music from Wesleyan University, and her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law, magna cum laude. Attorney Loorand is a board member of the Creative Arts Workshop, a member of the Gaylord Hospital Planned Giving Advisory Group and the CBA Estates and Probate Section Executive Committee.
Rev. Eldren Morrison
Rev. Eldren Morrison is the pastor of Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in New Haven, the second oldest congregation in the A.M.E. Zion Church. Varick is a vibrant and growing church with more than eleven hundred members. Pastor Morrison also envisioned the Booker T. Washington Academy, a pre-k through 8th grade charter school serving the growing number of children of Dixwell, Newhallville and the larger New Haven community, which will welcome its inaugural class of kindergarten and first-grade students in September 2014. He serves on many boards and holds membership with Christian and civic organizations including The Quarterly Review and Historical Society Board of the A.M.E. Zion Church, The Harriet Tubman Home Board Inc., Optimist Club International, NAACP, New Haven Fire Commission, Department of Evangelism for the New England Conference A.M.E. Zion Church and many others. His term expires in 2015.
Fernando Muñiz is the Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he moved to Bridgeport when he was seven years old. Fernando attended Fairfield University and earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management at New York University. In 2010, he was named by the Hartford Business Journal as one of the top 40 business professionals under 40. Fernando currently serves as the Advisory Committee Co-chair for the Progreso Latino Fund of The Community Foundation. His term expires in 2015.
Tom Perrone is the founder and president of the New England Consulting Group of Guilford Inc., where he assist clients in estate, financial and business succession planning, as well as Medicaid planning for retirees. He also provides investments, life insurance, and employee health benefits and pension plans. Tom received his CLU degree from the American College. He also teaches continuing education courses for planning professionals and bankers licensed in Connecticut. Tom was President of the New Haven Life Underwriters, serves as a board of trustee member of Blackstone Memorial Library, and is very active in community involvement. A member of this committee since 2009, Tom’s term expires in 2015.
Carol F. Ross
Carol Ross has taught Latin in secondary schools in the Boston and New Haven areas for over 30 years. She is a fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University and active community volunteer. She is chairman of the board of trustees of the National Guild for Community Arts Education; chairman of the Advisory Council of Women's Health Research at Yale; and a board member of the Center for Independent Study, the Neighborhood Music School; and the Garden Club of New Haven. Additionally, she serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Wheaton College (MA), is a member of the Greater New Haven Arts Stabilization Board and a founding member of the New Haven Women’s Forum. She formerly served on the board of the New Haven Historical Society & Museum; Rockywold-Deephaven Camps, Holderness, NH; and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. At The Community Foundation, Carol serves as the Advisory Board chair of the Community Fund for Women & Girls Fund, is a member of the Development Committee and is the founder of the Isadora Wyman Fund. Her term expires in 2015.
Sheilah B. Rostow
Sheilah Rostow is a retired fiduciary services executive and active community volunteer. She was the regional manager of the Philanthropic Services Group at Bank of America prior to retirement. She is the past chair of the Board of Directors for the Creative Arts Workshop; trustee of Dwight Hall and a fellow at Branford College at Yale; a founder and former Board member of Home Haven Inc. Sheilah formerly served on the board of The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, the Advisor Council for Women’s Health Research at Yale and the board of the Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council. She is a founder and past Advisory Board chair for the Community Fund for Women & Girls at The Community Foundation. A long-standing member of this committee, Sheilah’s term expires in 2015.
Shelly Saczynski, Chair
Shelly Saczynski, Director of Economic and Community Development for UIL Holdings Corp, has responsibility for UIL’s economic development, community, employee volunteer, foundation and corporate contribution programs. She is a past member of the AT&T National Accounts organization, former SNET loaned executive to the Department of Economic and Community Development and past Director of Community Affairs for SNET. Shelly chairs the Board of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), and serves on the boards of Connecticut Main Street Center and the New CT Foundation. She is a member of the Yale New-Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus Philanthropy Committee. Shelly serves on The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, chairs the Development Committee, is the Board Liaison for the Community Fund for Women & Girls and member of the Nettie J. Dayton Circle legacy society. Her term expires in 2015.
David Schaefer is the Managing Partner of the law firm Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman LLP and chair of its Litigation Practice Group. David practices before state and federal trial and appellate courts in matters involving commercial and contractual disputes, disputes among members of partnerships, professional entities and corporations, matrimonial disputes, securities law, real estate law issues, intellectual property law claims, constitutional law questions, municipal tax appeals, employment disputes, discrimination claims, and probate/trust disputes. David is an active member of the Federal Bar Council, a member of the National Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League and Chairman of the Town of Hamden Farmington Canal Commission. David is past President of the New Haven County Bar Association, past President of the Greater New Haven Jewish Federation and past President of Congregation Mishkan Israel. He is a former Director of The Community Foundation and a member of the Nettie J. Dayton Circle. David rejoined this committee in 2014 and his term expires in 2015.
Barbara B. Segaloff
Barbara Segaloff is a retired fund development professional, most recently with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation, and an active volunteer in civic and cultural organizations. She is a member of the City of New Haven’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Commission. Barbara is a former Advisory Board member of the Community Fund for Women & Girls of The Community Foundation and serves on its Governance Committee. Her term expires in December 2015.
Sandra Vigliotti Senich
Sandy Senich is Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. She has over 20 years experience in the wealth management sector of the financial services industry. Sandra received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Connecticut and her MBA from the University of New Haven. Sandy serves on the board of the Palace Theater in Waterbury, the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, the UCONN Club and is currently Chair of the Board of the United Way of Greater Waterbury. Sandra is also a member of the Regional Leadership Council in New Haven and serves as a member of the Trustees Committee for The Community Foundation. Her term expires in 2015.
|Betsy Demir. Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal.
Daniel M. Smith
Dan Smith is the founder of Daniel M. Smith & Associates specializing in estate planning, business succession planning, retirement planning, long-term care planning and special care planning. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University and his Juris Doctorate degree from The Delaware School of Law of Widener College. Dan is a Founding Sponsor and an Executive Board of Directors member of the University of New Haven Center For Family Business and co-chair of the Guilford Fund for. Previously, Dan had been President of the Shoreline Foundation, member of the Connecticut Tax Planning Council and member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Haven, serving as Chair of the Investment Sub-Committee. A long-standing member of this committee, Dan’s term expires in 2015.
John Wareck is the president of Wareck Real Estate LLC and co-owner/managing broker of Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio Realty. In 2005 he was awarded Business New Haven’s Rising Star award for his work on the Johnson Simons downtown revitalization project. In 2008 he was awarded The Charles L. Terrell Downtowner of the Year award by the Town Green District. He is the Chairman of the Commercial Investment Division of the New Haven Board of Realtors, serves on the Board of Directors for All Our Kin and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the New Haven Museum. John’s term expires in 2015.
Mary Lee Weber
Mary Lee Weber is the Director of Business Development and Content Innovation at Cashman & Katz Integrated Communications. Formerly, she spent 17 years the director of marketing, development and community projects at WTNH-TV and also has extensive experience in cause marketing. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Sacred Heart Academy and Gesell Institute. She is a former board member of the United Way of Greater New Haven, LEAP, American Red Cross, Connecticut Academy for Education and the Branford Education Foundation. She is currently working on a pilot television/web based show which merges manufacturing, STEM education and workforce development. A long-standing member of this committee, her term expires in 2015.