Patricia Wright - executive director

Pat grew up in Ashley Falls and returned there with her family when her husband retired from the Coast Guard. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University. Pat’s experience in social work has been extensive, working with youth, young adults and seniors for over 25 years. Having worked in numerous states, Pat is happy to be working here in the Northwest Corner, putting her clinical and administrative skills to work to help local seniors be able to remain safely in their homes. Pat’s husband, Rick, now works for the local telephone company. 

Jane MacLaren - program director

Jane grew up in Ridgefield, CT but now calls the Northwest corner home where she resides with her family.  She began her experience working with non-profits while employed by IBM and supporting a program which granted equipment and monetary donations to requesting non-profit organizations. Her experience also includes volunteering as a certified domestic violence crisis hotline counselor for battered women and children within the community. Additionally, Jane has worked as a full-time in-house substitute teacher supporting both teachers and students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Jane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and continues to further her education in the field of social work with a focus on the elderly. Jane joined the Chore Service in January, 2015 and looks forward to continuing to support both Chore clients and members of the Chore team.

Stacey Marcin - accountant / bookkeeper

Stacey moved to Cornwall, CT with her husband and two children in 2004 after purchasing the Cornwall Inn.  Prior to her life as a New England innkeeper, Stacey was a CPA and worked for eleven years as the Controller and Director of Administration for The Pew Charitable Trusts.  Stacey also spent five years in public accounting with Ernst & Young where her interest in nonprofit organizations first began.  Stacey has served on many local boards as Treasurer and currently works with The Cornwall Foundation, as well as Chore Services, Inc.

Board of Directors

LEA DAVIES - president

Lea retired in April 2004 from Verizon Communications after a 27 year career in telecommunications.  His last position was Executive Vice President of Human Resources.  Lea has previously been on the boards of the Sharon Historical Society, The Foundation for Community Health and The Sharon Housing Authority. He is a 1976 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.  He has had a home in the Northwest Corner for over 35 years.

Ceely Ackerman

Ceely has lived in Salisbury for the past 10 years. She is a Connecticut native having grown up on the Connecticut coast.  She has over 30 years of work experience and expertise in the social services non-profit business world.  Her Director and Executive Director leadership positions have focused on programs including: family involvement in out-of-school learning opportunities in the greater New Haven area; a  community-wide early childhood collaboration that brought together families, corporations, public school systems and providers of health and human services; a nationally recognized substance abuse prevention and treatment coalition across 15 CT towns; coordinating volunteers to serve daily meals to 100 elderly and home-bound citizens through Meals on Wheels; and the direction of a large hospital volunteer program.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Women & Families in Bridgeport, CT and locally, the Amesville Association and the Northwest YMCA Canaan Branch Advisory Committee.  Through her initial involvement with the Big Brother Big Sister program, she has remained involved with a young girl, and now her entire family, for more than 25 years.  Ceely has a BA from the University of Connecticut and a MS from the University of Bridgeport.  She and her Dutch husband lived for five years in Amsterdam.  They have traveled extensively and now spend a month every winter in southeast Asia.


Michelle and her husband John have been residents of Canaan for 27 years.  Michelle has managed their business of owning and leasing residential and commercial properties for those 27 years and has been a fully licensed real estate agent at Best and Cavallaro for the past 8 years.  She and John have two children, both of whom have now graduated from college.

John green - treasurer

John 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 firm’s communications and entertainment specialty practice and as an SEC Reviewing Partner, one of the firm’s senior quality control compliance officials. Following his retirement in 2001, John was elected treasurer of the Town of Cornwall where he still serves in this capacity.  Previously, he has served on the boards of the Cornwall Library, Cornwall Association and Cornwall Historical Society.  John 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.

Diana (Dinny) Greene - secretary

Dinny, a Cornwall resident for over thirty years, practiced public interest law for many years in New York and Washington, D.C. before moving overseas to Japan and then England for eighteen years. In England, she was a member and vice-president of the board of the American School in London and volunteered with the British charity, Seeing Eyes for the Blind. Returning to the United States eight years ago, Dinny served on the board and was president of the Cornwall Historical Society and is a member of the boards of the Cornwall Foundation and Audubon Sharon. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Fordham University Law School. Cornwall and the Northwest Corner have been home to the Greene family wherever they have lived.

Carla Herman - vice president

Carla recently became a full-time Cornwall resident after being a weekender for many years. Carla has a Master’s of Public Health and Business Administration from Columbia, as well as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Registered Professional Nurse degrees from Lehman College. Her working career has included VP for Integrated Clinical Strategies at Westchester Medical Center, Sr. VP for Administration and Strategic Business Development at The Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare System, Director of Operations September 11 Recovery Program for the American Red Cross and COO, VP for Strategic Planning and Managed Care and Sr. VP for Clinical Resources at Catholic Health Care System. Carla is a board member of Children’s Rehab Center and the Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley and was the former Vice-Chair of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center board.

Priscilla McCord

Priscilla is well-known for her extraordinary fund development work at the Northwest Center for Family Services and Mental Health (Division of Community Mental Health Affiliates). Her seven year career at the Center focused on working closely with the President and Board of Directors to create long term marketing and development strategies and plans, including direct mail campaigns, special events, major gift planning and website development. Previous to working at the Northwest Center, Priscilla had been Assistant to the Headmaster of Town Hill Campus of Indian Mountain School, Assistant to the Director of Alumni and Community Relations for The Hotchkiss School, Director of Volunteer/Special Events for the Sharon Hospital and Executive Assistant to William vanden Heuvel, a former US Ambassador. Priscilla is an active community volunteer at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Geer Nursing and Women’s Support Services. She has been a member of the Salisbury Family Services and Sharon Country Club boards and is currently on the TriArts board.

dolores perotti

Dolores was born in Canaan and attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School.  She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Design and Horticulture.  She has operated a successful landscaping and garden business in Canaan for over 25 years.  Dolores has been on the North Canaan Board of Education for 14 years and Chair for the past 6 years.  In addition to being a soccer coach, she has served on various school committees including the PTO.  Dolores is a volunteer gardener at the North Canaan library and elementary school and at the rectory for St. Joseph's Catholic Church.  Dolores and her husband, Champ, built their home on land that Champ's great grandparents purchased in the 1920's.  Dolores and Champ have three children who are fifth generation Canaanites.


Judy, who has recently retired, moved to Kent in 1974 and was a founding member of the Kent Community Fund.  She was previously on the Chore Board, leaving in 2005 when she took a job in Fairfield County as Program Director working with the elderly homeless population.  Judy has a Masters in Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker.  Former positions include the Director of Social Service and Admissions at Noble Horizons and the Executive Director of Women’s Support Services.

Electra Tortorella

Electra is Director of The Salisbury Fund and Alumni Relations for the Salisbury School.  Previous to this position, she served as Director of The Hotchkiss Fund for The Hotchkiss School.  Electra has also been the Associate Director of Development for Indian Mountain School, as well as Vice President, Corporate Operations for the AmeriCares Foundation in New Canaan, CT.  Electra has been on the Sharon Board of Education for twelve years, ten as Chair.  In addition, she served on the All Board Chairs Committee, Region One for ten years, two as Chair.  Electra resides in Sharon with her husband Al and two children.   


Mike Voldstad, a lawyer for more than forty years, has lived and worked in New York,
San Francisco and London.  He has practiced primarily in the field of public finance.
Mike is a graduate of Holy Cross and the University of Virginia Law School.  Mike and his wife Kathy have had a home in Salisbury for more than twenty years.  He is a trustee
at the Salisbury Congregational Church.