Heather Dinneen, Executive Director
Sally Greco, Friendly Visitor Coordinor
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lea Davies, President
Geoff Drury, Secretary
John Green, Treasurer
Heather Dinneen Executive Director, Cornwall, CT
Heather grew up in Cornwall and while in college worked with the Chore Service painting, gardening and visiting with clients throughout Northwest CT. Heathers background is in international social work -- working with children and families in Africa, Thailand, Mexico and various parts of the United States as a counselor. More recently, Heather shifted her career goals to focus on fundraising and worked with organizations about the globe writing grants and raising money. She joined the Chore Service in the Fall of 2008. Heather and her partner Nick have a baby daughter named Willa.
Sally Greco Coordinator, Friendly Visitor/Garden Angels, Canaan, CT
Sally had worked up until Dec. 2008 for the Chore Service, serving clients in Lakeville, Sharon, and Canaan. Wanting to ease back into the workplace after being a stay-at-home mom, the Chore Service seemed an excellent fit for someone looking for flexibility and who has had a life-long passion to serve the elderly in whatever capacity called upon. Prior to raising a family in Canaan, where she has lived for 20 years, she lived in Athens, GA. There she worked with the organization Action, helping the elderly maintain their homes to weather the seasons. (Yes, this included insulating attics in the August summer heat!) Prior to moving back north, she worked in the graphics field. While raising her family she served on the Falls Village Day Care Board, volunteered at Geer visiting patients, served on the Canaan Beautification. Her latest artistic endeavor was the completion, completely by hand, of a five circuit labyrinth. Sally holds a psychology degree from University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at Hartford Seminary. Sally is a Hospice volunteer and left her role as Chore Service board member to take the position of Friendly Visitor Coordinator.
Molly Ackerly, Norfolk, CT
Molly Ackerly has lived in Norfolk for over 40 years. She has a legal practice in Bantam, CT specializing in estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, elder law and real estate. Molly is currently on the board of the Norfolk Land Trust and served for 10 years on the board of the CT chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Molly is a member of the CT and American Bar Associations and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She has served as Probate Judge for the District of Norfolk and has been a member of the Probate Advisory Committee, CT Law Revision Commission and Council on Probate Judicial Conduct. Molly has a Grammy certificate for singing back-up on Pete Seegers Grammy award winning album Pete. She received her BA, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Barnard College in 1970 and her JD from Yale University in 1977.
Lea Davies, Sharon, CT
Lea Davies retired in April 2004 from Verizon Communications after a 27 year career in telecommunications. His last position was Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Verizon reporting to the Chairman. As EVP of Human Resources, Lea was accountable for providing all HR related services to over 230,000 employees and 190,000 retirees. His organization provided healthcare benefits to approximately one million employees and retirees and their dependents at a cost of approximately $2.5 billion dollars annually. During his years at Verizon, Lea served on the BACCI, Inc. Board (a subsidiary of Verizon) and the New York City Board of InRoads which arranged for corporate internships for minority students and employment upon college graduation. Lea is currently on the Sharon Historical Society Board of Trustees, Vice- Chair of both The Foundation for Community Health and Sharon Housing Authority boards and a member of the Town of Sharon Economic Development Study Group. Lea is a 1976 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. He has had a home in Sharon for over 20 years.
Geoffrey Drury,, Canaan, CT
Geoff Drury is an attorney with Drury & Patz, LLP in Canaan, specializing in estate and probate, real estate and elder law, with a substantial portion of his real estate practice devoted to work for The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon, and various local land trusts. Educated at St. Pauls School, Amherst College and Yale Law School, he practiced for ten years with Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City before coming to the Northwest Corner in 1978 to help develop AgrowNautics, Inc., a commercial hydroponics operation for which he worked as chief engineer and general counsel. He returned to the law 16 years ago, and finds the intensely personal nature of small-town law practice a gratifying change from the relatively impersonal corporate finance work he did in New York. He has served on the North Canaan and Region One Boards of Education, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Canaan Fire District.
John Green, West Cornwall, CT
John Green is a retired partner of KPMG LLP, where he spent 37 years in the field of accounting and auditing, specializing in international accounting (with four years spent in Europe and two in Canada) and accounting for the information, communications and entertainment industries. During his career, he served as managing partner of the Rome, Italy Office, partner-in-charge of the firms communications and entertainment specialty practice and as an SEC Reviewing Partner, one of the firms senior quality control compliance officials. Following his retirement in 2001, he was elected treasurer of the Town of Cornwall. He is a trustee and treasurer of the Cornwall Free Library and has served as a director and treasurer of the Cornwall Association. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and did post-graduate work at the Graduate School of Business of New York University. He has owned a home in Cornwall since 1977.
Louisa Mattoon LaFontan, Kent, CT
Louisa Mattoon LaFontan is currently coordinator of Hospice Volunteers of Northwest Connecticut, a program affiliated with Sharon Health Care Center. She has worked in the northwest corner since 1963, primarily at Sharon Hospital as head nurse of the Intensive Care Unit and director of Nursing Staff Development. She has also served as coordinator of the Primary Health Care Network, a program providing health care to medically uninsured people living in the area served by the hospital. She left health care for 10 years to work as Dean of Girls at the Kent School. She serves on the boards of Northwest CT Older Womens League (OWL), Kent Nursing Association and Kent Affordable Housing. She Graduated from Emma Willard School, Middlebury College and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in New York. She has lived in Kent for 64 years.
Phyllis Nauts, West Cornwall, CT
Phyllis Nauts was a psychotherapist for 25 years, doing individual, couples and family therapy in New York City, San Francisco, and the Northwest Corner. During that time she taught and supervised graduate students at the University of Connecticut Medical School, the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco, and gave numerous workshops in Northern California. She worked in the Inpatient Unit at Creedmore Hospital and the Psychiatric Walk-In Clinic and the Alcoholism Unit at Bellevue Hospital in New York. She has translated three books on Africa from French. Since moving full-time to Cornwall, she helped found the Cornwall Friends of the Library, and served on the Cornwall Library Board, the Library Building Committee, Cornwall Extras for Kids and the Zoning Board of Appeals for a number of years. She was the first President of the Chore Service Board. She graduated from the Brearley School, received her BA with honors from Smith College, attended the Institut dEtudes Politiques in Paris, and received her MSW from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She is currently a painter who has exhibited throughout the Northwest Corner.
Steve Szalewicz retired October 2000 after 32 years with IBM Corporation. His career at IBM covered various technical and management positions with a primary focus on the exploitation of Supercomputing for addressing Grand Challenge problems. This included World Wide responsibility for Performance Modeling of Super Computer software; site general manger for the IBM Super Computing Center at Cornell University Theory Center; and customer relationship manager for numerous Academic and Corporate research organizations. Steve is currently the Marketing Director for The National Society of Compliance Professionals located in Cornwall Bridge. Steve graduated from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa. in 1968. He completed IBM Systems Research Institute, a graduate technical program; has Project Management certification from The University of Pennsylvania; and completed The Babson College Executive Marketing Program. He is a veteran of the Army where he served in the Military Police Corps. Steve has been a resident of Sharon since 1998 and is on the Sharon Historical Society Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the Sharon Sewer and Water Commission.