Valley Community Foundation Welcomes Office Manager

DERBY, CT (September 26, 2019) – The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) announces the addition of Sharon Fitzpatrick, Executive Assistant & Office Manager, effective September 9, 2019. Ms. Fitzpatrick was offered the position after an intensive regional search. She joins VCF staff members Sharon Closius, Valerie Knight-Di Gangi, John Ready, and Beth Colette, in building philanthropy in the Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton, and Oxford. 

“Sharon comes to the Valley Community Foundation with extensive experience in administrative and office management,” says Sharon Closius, VCF President & CEO. “We are very fortunate to have Sharon join us and look forward to her playing a key role as VCF continues to grow and diversify its impact in the community.” 

In her prior position, Sharon served as Office Manager and Executive Administrative Assistant, at a financial investment firm in New Canaan where she performed a wide variety of functions including: administrative support for the company’s executives, benefits administration, accounts payable and receivable, and serving as staff liaison to offices in multiple locations. She previously served as an Executive Administrative Assistant at Ryan Partnership in Wilton. 

Sharon grew up in Stratford, and received her Bachelor's degree in business management from Teikyo Post University. She and her husband have lived in Ansonia for more than 20 years. Sharon enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, going to Broadway shows, visiting local farmer markets, and spending time with family and friends. 

About The Valley Community Foundation

Established in 2004, the Valley Community Foundation distributes approximately $1.6 million in grants each year to support the local nonprofit sector and the people it serves. In addition to grantmaking, VCF works in strong partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF), to promote philanthropy in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton and receives funding from The Gates Fund and other preference funds at TCF that benefit the Valley. For more information, visit

John Ready
Communications Officer
Valley Community Foundation


253-A Elizabeth Street
Derby, Connecticut 06418


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