Our board members feel a deep, personal commitment to the region. They lead Fairfield County’s Community Foundation through their expertise, community knowledge, and conviction that philanthropy and the power of many change lives.
Lizanne Galbreath, Chair
Lizanne Galbreath, joined the board in 2009 & serves as Board Chair and Chair of the Executive Committee. She is ex-offcio on Governance, Finance, Audit and Investment Committees.
Ms. Galbreath is the Managing Director of Galbreath & Company with real estate investments and private equity holdings in the US.
Prior to Galbreath & Co., Ms. Galbreath served on Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) Board of Directors and was Chairman of LaSalle Partners Management Services Group, which provided strategic management direction for the rm’s largest business entity. LaSalle Partners Management Services included Property Leasing & Management, Facility Management and LaSalle Development business unit capabilities.
Before LaSalle Partners, Ms. Galbreath served as Chairman and Chief Executive O cer of The Galbreath Company, a privately-owned, full-service real estate company that merged operations with LaSalle Partners in 1997. The Galbreath Company had 14 o ces throughout the US, over 2000 employees and 100 million square feet under management. The Company founded in 1920 by her Grandfather, John Galbreath, was a development rm of Class A, institutional quality commercial buildings in major downtown markets in the United States. Developments included headquarter projects for Mobil Oil, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Bank One, Union Bank, Swiss Bank, US Steel and Nationwide Insurance. During her tenure with Galbreath, she held operating responsibilities for the New York o ce from 1989 to 1993, during which time she played an instrumental role in evolving the company’s full-service capabilities. Ms. Galbreath’s real estate career began in 1979 with Chemical Bank in New York as a financial analyst in their real estate division.
Ms. Galbreath received a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. She currently serves on the boards of Interval Leisure Group (NASDAQ: IILG), Paramount Group (NYSE: PGRE), the Urban Land Institute. Ms. Galbreath formally served on the boards of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), Grosvenor, North America (The Duke of Westminster’s North American real estate investment company), Stew Leonard’s (a regional food and wine company in third generation of ownership) and was the past chair of The Wharton School’s Real Estate Advisory Board.
Martha Olson, Vice Chair
Martha Olson joined the Community Foundation’s rebranding efforts in 2013 and joined the board in 2014. Martha serves as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee. She also serves on the Executive Committee.
Martha has a 30+ year career spanning the consumer packaged goods and apparel industries. She is known as a consumer-focused strategist and has a track record of growing global, iconic brands and delivering top-line sales growth and superior shareholder returns. Following a transition role in the merger of Warnaco, Inc. into the VH, Inc. organization, Martha is now focused on board and advisory work. In addition to FCCF, Martha serves as a member of the Lawrence University Board of Trustees, Chair of the Marketing Advisory Council, Chair of Recruitment & Retention, Chair of Annual Giving, and member of Finance and Development Committees and the Underfashion Club board, Chair of both Strategic Planning and By-laws. Martha is also a Visiting Professor in Fashion and Fashion Business at the NYU Gallatin School.
Martha holds a BA from Lawrence University and an MBA in marketing and finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She lives in Darien.
Edwin L. Ford, Treasurer
Mr. Ford joined the board in 2016 and serves on the Audit Committee. He is a retired senior financial services professional with over thirty years of capital markets, derivative products, structured investments, risk management and regulatory experience. He served with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission monitoring large banks and broker dealers. Previously, Mr. Ford co-founded Harvest Global Partners (HGP), an advisory firm that provided risk management, portfolio and capital markets valuations to financial services and institutional clients.
Prior to HGP, Mr. Ford was a Director in the U.S. Capital Markets group at the Citi Private Bank, responsible for developing structured investments and portfolio strategies for high net worth clients. Prior to Citi, he was a Managing Director with Swiss Re Financial Services, responsible for structure and execution of asset-backed, credit enhanced, residual value and derivative linked transactions. Mr. Ford has held senior positions with TMG Financial Products, Merrill Lynch & Co., Sakura Global Capital, Chemical Bank and Citicorp Investment Bank. In various roles with these firms, he headed several marketing units, ran the Treasury Group and was responsible for the structure and execution of a variety of fixed income, equity, commodity, municipal and foreign currency derivative linked transactions.
He was a past Trustee of the New Canaan Country School and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Stamford Hospital System. Mr. Ford earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago. In addition, he held Series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.
Jacqueline R. Millan, Secretary
Jacqueline Millan joined the board in 2012 and currently serves as Board Secretary and Chair of the Education-Economic Opportunity committee and Vice-Chair of the Development Committee. She also serves on the Executive and Governance Committees, and Thrive by 25 Cabinet. Most recently, Jackie was Vice President, PepsiCo Foundation, and Senior Director, Corporate Contributions from 2000-2012. She oversaw PepsiCo Foundation’s development of and investment in groundbreaking multi-million dollar strategic initiatives in health, environment and education.
Under Ms. Millan’s 30+ years of leadership and working with five different CEO’s, PepsiCo Foundation’s annual disbursements increased from under $1 million to $30 million, and international giving increased to over one-third of the total Foundation portfolio.
She is a Smith College graduate and earned an MBA with honors from Pace University. She was Smith College Class President from 2012-17 and currently serves as Fund Team Coordinator for her class. She and her husband Doug have lived in Ridgefield for 44 years.
Vincencia Adusei was born in Ghana and fluent in the Akan/Twi language. She joined the board in 2016 and is a member of the Education-Economic Opportunity Program Committee. Self-motivated and transformative leader who founded and manages highly successful, diverse small business enterprise that provides an array of services ranging from construction management and general contracting services to consulting services, and designing/ providing a web-based bid portal for agencies and construction businesses. Successfully coordinated or participated in almost 100 developments or construction projects totaling over $75 million. Provided invaluable consulting services to more than 500 small or startup businesses. Her leadership, organizational, background, and project management capabilities give her a unique combination of skills that will enable her to transform an organization or community as well as develop and implement a long-term, sustainable and strategic plan.
John Bailey joined the board in 2013 and currently serves as Chair of the Investment Committee. As the Founder and CEO of Spruce Investment Advisors, LLC, Mr. Bailey manages Spruce on a day-to-day basis and leads the firm’s investment process with particular emphasis on global alternative investments. John is a member of Spruce’s board and investment committee, and is quoted in Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Financial Times.
Prior to founding Spruce, Mr. Bailey was CEO of investments for a private family office, advised wealthy families and institutional clients at Columbus Circle, then owned by PIMCO, and was an equity research analyst at Oppenheimer & Company. John also serves on the advisory board of the Family Office Association.
Mr. Bailey earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and is an avid sailor.
Annie Burleigh joined the board in 2014 and serves on the Executive and Governance Committees and previously served as Co-Chair of the Fund for Women and Girls Steering Committee. Annie graduated from St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, Middlebury College, received a Masters in Teaching from Columbia University and taught in New York City and Cambridge, MA.
She is on the boards of At Home in Darien, Horizons Student Enrichment Program, and is a Founding member of a new initiative, Culture of Respect, that creates solutions and brings awareness to issues surrounding sexual assaults on college campuses. She was the co-founder of the St. Thomas Moore Parish Women’s Circle and the Children’s Tag Sale. She is a former board member of Nativity Schools in New York City, The New Canaan Winter Club and was involved on many levels at the New Canaan Country School, St. Paul’s School, Williams College and Middlebury College.
Annie is the Executive Director of her family’s small private foundation. She and her family live in Darien.
Brandon L. Cardwell
Brandon Cardwell joined the board in 2014 and serves as a Co-Chair of the Marketing Council and a member of the Thrive by 25 initiative. He is currently a Business Consultant for the Stamford-based company, Indeed.com, a comprehensive internet search engine for jobs.
Prior to working at indeed.com, he was a Search Engine Marketing Analyst at the digital advertising agency, Publicis Modem. Brandon attended both the University of Connecticut’s Stamford branch and the main campus located in Storrs, CT. While at UCONN, Brandon served in various leadership roles for student organizations. He was both a Founding Member and President/CEO of a student-run record label (Husky Entertainment), Assistant Production Manager at the University’s radio station (WHUS), and Director of the University’s student-run television station’s (UCTV) Advertising Department.
Brandon’s true passion in life is coaching both youth basketball and little league baseball in his free time and he hopes to pursue coaching as a full-time career in the future.
Bob Eydt, Chair of Audit Committee
Bob Eydt joined the board in 2014 and currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Executive Committee.
He is a seasoned partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) with over 30 years of experience serving and advising large Global Fortune 500 multinational companies, mutual funds and Private Equity Firms on complex business transactions and accounting matters.
Bob currently advises Fortune 500 and private companies upon retiring from PwC in July 2012. Bob has been a resident of Norwalk since 1980 and an active leader in local community organizations for the past 30 years.
Clayton Fowler joined the board in 2015 and serves as a member on the Finance Committee. He is a Founding partner of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners.
Mr. Fowler has over 30 years of experience in acquisition, development, construction, and management of commercial and residential projects. He is also the managing development partner of several projects in Portland, OR, among them Hoyt Street Properties, a 3,000-unit urban development with 2,300 units completed, and Spinnaker St. Louis.
Mr. Fowler is a leading advocate of affordable housing and has served on affordable housing committees and study groups throughout Fairfield County. He has been the Chairman of the Planning Board for the Town of Pound Ridge, NY for almost 20 years. He currently serves on the Boards of the Housing Development Fund of Lower Fairfield County, the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, and the Maritime Aquarium. Mr. Fowler is a Founding Board Member of the Fairfield/Westchester Real Estate Finance Association and is a Member of the Urban Land Institute.
Gerald M. Fox, III
Gerald M. Fox, III joined the board in 2015 and serves on the Governance Committee, Thrive by 25 Cabinet. He has practiced law for over twenty years as a partner with the law firm Fox & Fox and is the newly elected Stamford Probate Judge.
Gerald served on the Connecticut General Assembly House of Representatives from 2005-2015, including four years as chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Formerly, Gerald was elected Chairman of the Stamford Board of Finance and served on Stamford’s Board of Representatives. He currently serves on the Boards for the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and St. Josephs Parenting Center.
Gerald is a 2012 recipient of the Stamford Hands for Life Outstanding Community Service Award and was recognized by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He has been repeatedly honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his work in passing legislation strengthening Connecticut’s drunk driving law. In 2010, he was recognized by the Connecticut Police Chiefs’ Association for his support of anti-crime measures.
Michelle K. Garvey
Michelle K. Garvey joined the board in 2015 and currently serves on the Audit Committee.
Ms. Garvey is currently the EVP/CIO of J Crew and has held CIO positions with Ann Inc., Warnaco, Brooks Brothers, Memberworks, and Sportmart. She has previous experience at retailers such as Crate and Barrel, the Registry Stores, and Ames Department Stores, after starting her career in consulting with Arthur Andersen.
Ms. Garvey holds a BS in Civil Engineering and an MBA in Finance from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Steven Goldstein joined the board in 2014 and serves as Co- chair of the Marketing Council. He previously chaired the Foundation’s Center for Non-profit Excellence (CNE). He is CEO of Amplifi Media, a company focused on digital audio strategies for corporations and podcasters which he founded in 2015. Steven previously was a co-founder and Executive VP of Saga communications, a public broadcasting company. He is also the co-founder of Sonic Ai, a company which develops “skills” and content for smart speaker devices including Amazon’s Echo.
Steven serves as a committee member for Autism Speaks of Westchester/Fairfield. He has also served as chairman of the Arbitron Advisory Council, and in various positions for the National Association of Broadcasters.
Steven earned his bachelor’s degree in television and radio from The Ithaca College School of Communications. He lives in Westport with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.
Joel Green joined the board in 2016 and is the Vice-chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Education-Economic Opportunity Program Committee.
For more than thirty years Joel has practiced law in Bridgeport concentrating on civil litigation and land use matters successfully representing countless individuals, neighborhood and community groups in an effort to promote responsible development throughout Fairfield County and New Haven County.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Sullivan McKinney Elder Housing in Fairfield and a member and Chair of the Board of Operation Hope of Fairfield where he currently remains on the Advisory Board. Joel presently serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District and the Board of Directors of the Bridgeport Field of Dreams Foundation. Additionally, he served as a five-term member of the Fairfield Representative Town Meeting including six years during which he was elected and served as the Moderator.
Joel received his bachelor’s degree from Clark University and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He lives in Fairfield with his wife Erica and two daughters.
Mr. Henrich joined the board in 2016 and serves as Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. Henrich is a partner at KSL Capital Partners LLC. Previously, Craig was a Senior Managing Director of CW Capital Investments, LLC, where he led their single asset group specializing in the acquisition and management of debt investments, including high yield and mortgage backed securities, and over saw a portfolio in excess of $4.6 billion.
Prior to joining CW Capital in 2006, Craig was an eleven-year veteran of Deutsche Bank/RREEF and its predecessor Bankers Trust serving as Managing Director and Partner in charge of Mezzanine Investments. His primary responsibilities included his role as Fund Manager of two high yield real estate funds investing over $2.5 billion in distressed debt, mezzanine and other high yielding investments. Craig serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rumsey Hall School. Craig began his real estate career in 1988 as an Acquisition Analyst for a real estate investment company based in San Francisco. Craig has a B.S. from the University of Pacific and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Don Kendall, Jr
Don Kendall joined the board in 2015 and serves on the Executive and Finance Committees. For most of his adult professional life, Don has been a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating startups as well as turnaround companies operating in new, or rapidly evolving market spaces. Following his tenure at McKinsey & Company, Don co-founded American Restaurants, which today has over $1 billion in sales and employs more than 20,000 people across seven Central and East European markets. An early pioneer in the e-commerce field, Don co-founded or was Founding Board member of six other companies including hotwire.com, now part of Expedia.
More recently, Don has devoted a significant portion of his time to philanthropy and socially-minded enterprise creation in the arena some people refer to as “Education 2.0”. Don was a catalyst and driving force in the creation of Social Venture Partners Connecticut, a Field of Interest Fund at the Community Foundation. SVP Connecticut is part of a global network of 3500+ partners in 39 cities. Under the SVP model of engaged venture philanthropy, members pool annual contributions and leverage their time, expertise, and resources to make strategic investments in nonprofits in their local community with proven potential for social change. SVP Connecticut helps nonprofits in our region strengthen their capacity and increase their impact.
Don currently serves on the boards of SVP Connecticut and the National Outdoor Leadership School. For 10 years, he was also an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). A graduate of Stanford University, Don lives with his wife and three children in Weston where he is a volunteer EMT and coach.
Elizabeth Lazarus, joined the Board in 2017 and serves as Vice Chair of the Fund for Women & Girls Steering Committee and Chair of the FWG Advisory Council. Liz has been involved with The Fund for Women & Girls since 2012, first as a member of the Program Committee and then a member of the Steering Committee.
Liz also serves on the NY Regional Board for UNICEF USA Fund. Prior to moving to Connecticut in 2011, Liz served on the Boards of Directors of Zoo Atlanta, Skyland Trail/George West Mental Health Foundation, The Schenck School and Camp Sunshine all in Atlanta, Georgia. Liz received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and is a graduate of the Villa Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis, Missouri, her native city. Her professional career experience includes 14 years in marketing and sales in the financial services industry in New York. She and her family live in Greenwich.
David L. Levinson, Ph.D
David Levinson joined the board in 2014 and serves on the Governance Committee and Thrive by 25 Cabinet. He has been President of Norwalk Community College (NCC) in Norwalk, Connecticut since August 2004. During his presidency, NCC completed a successful capital campaign for a new Science, Health and Wellness Center, became an Achieving the Dream Leader College, and was selected by MDC, Inc. as one of fifteen community colleges nationwide to receive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a developmental education project. NCC is a recipient of Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2010 Community Engagement Classification. In partnership with IBM and the Norwalk Public Schools, NCC created the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA), Connecticut’s first replication of the Pathways to Technology (P-Tech) High School in Brooklyn, New York. NCC was honored as a White House Healthy Campus in 2017. With the restructuring of higher education in the state of Connecticut, Dr. Levinson was appointed Vice President for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, in addition to his presidency at NCC.
Dr. Levinson serves on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Campus Compact; Connecticut Students for a Dream; Horizons at NCC; Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce; Norwalk Housing Authority Choice Neighborhood Initiative (Chair); Norwalk Children’s Foundation; U Thant Institute; and the Workplace, Inc., He serves on advisory boards to the Family and Children’s Agency of Greater Norwalk; Future 5; Norwalk ACTS; and Norwalk Maritime Aquarium; . Dr. Levinson is the recipient of many awards including the Shirley Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa in 2013; the Elizabeth Roberts Award for Excellence in Furthering United Way’s Education Work; 2016 Laurel House Norwalk/Stamford Town Champion in recognition of advocacy for accessible and affordable higher education for those with mental health challenges; the 2016 Friend of CONNTAC (Connecticut Talent Assistance Cooperative) Award; and a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Dr. Levinson holds a BA in Sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and an MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Jonathan Moffly joined the board in 2012 and serves as a member of the Marketing Council.
Jonathan is President and owner of Moffly Media, a publisher of six regional magazines focused on Fairfield County living. He is a past board member of Kids In Crisis; The United Way of Greenwich; The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, and the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce.
He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and an International MBA from the University of Sydney, Australia. Jonathan lives in Weston with his wife Elena and their five children.
Jennifer M. Pagnillo, Esq, Vice Chair of Development
Jennifer Pagnillo joined the board in 2016 and serves as Chair of the Development Committee and the Professional Advisory Council. She is the co-chair of the firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations and Charitable Giving practice group, helps families and individuals in Connecticut and New York with tax and estate planning and estate and trust administration with an emphasis on charitable giving and the creation and operation of nonprofit organizations, including family foundations. She advises clients on: income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, estate planning, including the preparation of wills and trusts, closely-held business planning and related issues to preserve and transmit wealth within families, and administration of trusts and estates, including probate proceedings, accounting and tax-related disputes.
Jennifer has represented nonprofit organizations from inception through attainment of tax-exempt status and has facilitated the development of charitable fund-raising programs. She was one of the New York City attorneys who volunteered in the citywide pro bono effort to aid families of the victims of the World Trade center attack.
Suzette Recinos, Esq.
Suzette Recinos joined the board in 2012 and serves on the Finance Committee as Vice Chair. She is a Legal Senior Director with the $25+ billion Global Procurement Group at PepsiCo in Purchase, New York. PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $66 billion, serving customers in more than 200 countries and territories and employs approximately 271,000 people worldwide. Ms. Recinos joined PepsiCo from Daymon Worldwide Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut where she led Daymon’s global legal team as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary and was a member of the executive leadership team. Prior to Daymon, Ms. Recinos was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Pitney Bowes Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut where she served as the lead attorney for several of its business units globally, as well as supporting numerous other areas of the corporate legal practice, including software licensing, transnational transactions and advising senior management on securities law matters. Ms. Recinos’ law firm experience was as an Associate at two different law firms: Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge LLP (now Locke Lord) in Palm Beach, Florida and Stamford, Connecticut and Kutak Rock LLP in Kansas City, Missouri. Ms. Recinos was named a “Top Lawyer Under 40” by the Hispanic National Bar Association in 2009, and is a regular speaker at both ABA and Hispanic National Bar Association events. She is a Corporator of First County Bank in Stamford, and serves on the board of directors of the Fairfield County Community Foundation and NAWL. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, and her B.M. in Music from the University of Iowa.
Preston Tisdale, joined the Foundation in 2017 and serves on the Education-Economic Opportunity Committee. He is an attorney at the law firm of Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider in Bridgeport. Previously, he spent 28 years practicing criminal defense law, directing the Fairfield Judicial District Public Defender’s Office and serving as the first director of special public defenders for the State of Connecticut. A 1973 Brown graduate and Brown parent, Tisdale concentrated in public policy and was a member of the Afro-American Society, Rites & Reasons Theatre, and the Pre-Law Society. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Tisdale is the immediate past resident of the Brown Alumni Association, and a Trustee of the Brown University Corporation. He is past president of Brown’s Inman Page Black Alumni Council. He served on the University’s advisory councils on admission and diversity, the President’s Leadership Council as well as on the Brown Club of Fairfield County and the Association of Class Leaders.
Tisdale received the first Joseph M. Fernandez ‘85 Award for bringing diverse alumni together to make a positive contribution to the University community. Beyond Brown, Tisdale is a member of the Public Justice Foundation board of directors. He serves on the Connecticut Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, and as chair of the Regional Youth/Adult Social Action Partnership. He has also served as Corporate Secretary of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Board, and he is the recipient of the NAACP Distinguished Service Award.
Maya Tichio, Chair of Fund for Women & Girls
Maya Tichio joined the board in 2015 and serves as Co-Chair of the Fund for Women & Girls Steering Committee.
Maya has extensive banking industry experience and was previously a Vice President of Global Principal Investments at Deutsche Bank Asset Management. She also held positions at AEW Capital Management and JPMorgan Chase.
Maya holds a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA from Bowdoin College.
Briggs Tobin, Chair of Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Briggs Tobin joined the board in 2015 and serves as Chair of the CNE Advisory Council, and also serves as member of the Executive and Governance Committees. Briggs has 25 years of global
M&A legal practice experience, including 15 years in a large, multi-national corporation.
Briggs is the Chief Financial Officer for Ridgefield Academy. His prior positions include Senior Counsel at GE Company and Partner at McKenna, Long & Aldridge. Briggs’s charitable activities include serving on the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, Emory School of Law Public Interest Committee and he is a guest lecturer at UPenn and Emory Law Schools.
He also serves on the Ridgefield Historic District Commission, works with Pro Bono Partnership, Habitat for Humanity and is a former Board member of the City of Atlanta Board of Zoning. Briggs holds a JD with distinction from Emory Law School and a BA from Yale University.
Johnna Torsone, joined the Board in 2017 and serves on the Development Committee. She is the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Pitney Bowes Inc. As a member of the senior management leadership team and staff liaison for several committees of the Board of Directors, she provides important strategic and operational guidance in the human resources area. The scope of her responsibilities include the development of HR business strategies, strategic talent management and succession planning, diversity, total rewards and analytics, employee relations and shared professional and transactional services. Over the course of her tenure, the company has received recognition for its cutting-edge work on HR transformation, talent development, diversity and employee health. Johnna originally joined the company in 1990 as the Senior Employment Relations Counsel. In addition to serving in her current role since 1993, she oversaw the HR Legal function until 2006. She has also served as interim General Counsel during periods of general counsel transition and currently serves as Chair of the Pitney Bowes Foundation.
Prior to joining Pitney Bowes, Johnna was a law partner in New York City where she practiced employment and labor law for 14 years. Johnna is a member of the National Academy of Human Resources and serves or has served in leadership positions on several non-profit boards including the Human Resources Policy Association, the Albany Law School, Westport Country Playhouse, INROADS, and Stamford Hospital. She also serves on the board of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and is a member of the Business Council of Fairfield County’s Health Care Policy Committee. She served as Co-Chair of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s Personnel Transition Team in 2010 and is a member of the Connecticut Commission on Judicial Compensation. Johnna graduated from both Vassar College and Albany Law School with honors, finishing in the top 5% of her class at Albany and serving as Managing Director of the Law Review in her last year.
Richard Wenning, Chair of Thrive by 25
Richard Wenning joined the board in 2016 and serves as Chair of Thrive by 25. He serves as executive director of BeFoundation, a family foundation devoted to dramatic improvement in the education of underserved children in Connecticut and the vitality of their communities.
Richard co-founded SpreadMusicNow, a donor advised fund that supports music education for underserved youth, and serves on the board of Social Venture Partners-CT. As an education leader and policy expert, Richard has worked with federal, state, and local agencies and nonprofits for more than 25 years. Richard’s role in launching BeFoundation fostered his return to Connecticut after stints in Washington, D.C. and Colorado. These included positions with the Colorado Department of Education as Associate Commissioner, the Denver Public Schools as executive on loan, and the Colorado League of Charter Schools as vice president. In Washington, D.C., Richard served as senior policy advisor to the CEO of DC Public Schools and as professional staff to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Rich has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ithaca College and an MPA from American University. He resides in Redding.
Bruce Winningham joined the board in 2015 and serves on the Development Committee. As a Co-Founding consultant and current partner at NorthStar Partners Inc., Bruce leads initiatives that are focused on the convergence of business model innovation, rapid technology discovery, disruptive demand creation and profitable path-to-market solutions.
Bruce has 35 years of experience in solving consumer-driven business challenges and introducing innovative new products. His prior experience spans marketing management positions in Sara Lee, Kraft and Tambrands, and includes executive positions as Division President and Vice President of Acquisitions.
Bruce holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. He received community awards for his role as Co-Founder and President of a nonprofit corporation that provides support to families of soldiers deployed to the Iraq/Afghanistan war zone.
Edwin A. Bescherer Jr.
Wilmot L. Harris Jr., Esq.
W. Michael Funck
Ann S. Mandel
Sheila A. Perrin