A volunteer group of Valley leaders serves as the Foundation's Board of Directors and the President implements the Board's objectives and carries out the daily operations.

Front Row Left to Right – Sharon Closius, Aleta Miner, Beth Colette, Thomas Sutnik, Alan Tyma, Jack Walsh ~ Back Row Left to Right – John Ready, Valerie Knight-Di Gangi, Nancy Valentine, Ray Oppel, Terry Jones, Donald Smith, Jr. ~ Not Pictured – Wendy Gamba, James Hodge, Jr., Jennifer Magri, Fred Ortoli, Angela Powers, Marianne Smythe, Diane Stroman

The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) is governed by knowledgeable, civic-minded citizens. VCF's affiliation with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven allows VCF's board to focus on leadership and development. The Board of Directors plays a major role in setting strategy, community leadership and awarding grants.

Staff

Sharon L. Closius

President and CEO

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Beth Colette

Administrative Assistant & Development Associate

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Valerie Knight-DiGangi

Program Officer

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John Ready

Donor Services & Communications Officer

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Wendy Gamba

Chief Financial Officer

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Current Board

Jack Walsh

Vice Chair

Raymond Oppel

Treasurer

Marianne Smythe

Secretary

Past Board

William C. Bassett

Dates of Board Memberships: (2004 – 2012)


Lynne Bassett Perry

Dates of Board Memberships: (2013 – 2019)


James E. Cohen

Dates of Board Memberships: (2004 – 2007)


Susan Coyle*

Dates of Board Memberships: (2011 – 2016)


Timothy P. Dillon, Esq.

Dates of Board Memberships: (2007– 2015)


Rick Dunne

Dates of Board Memberships: (2012 – 2015)


William W. Ginsberg

Dates of Board Memberships: (2011 – 2017)


David M. Grant

Dates of Board Memberships: (2004 – 2011)


James A. Hodge Jr.*

Dates of Board Memberships: (2018 - 2020)


M. Elizabeth Kennard

Dates of Board Memberships: (2004 – 2014)


Rob Lesko

Dates of Board Memberships: (2015 – 2019)


Ernestine Luise

Dates of Board Memberships: (2009 – 2011)


Francis H. Michaud Jr.*

Dates of Board Memberships: (2017 – 2019)


Bill Nimons

Dates of Board Memberships: (2010-2017)


Joseph A. Pagliaro Sr.*

Dates of Board Memberships: (2004)


Joseph A. Pagliaro Jr.

Dates of Board Memberships: (2005 – 2014)


Mary L. Pepe

Dates of Board Memberships: (2004 – 2013)


David M. Rifkin

Dates of Board Memberships: (2004 – 2005)


James E. Ryan

Dates of Board Memberships: (2004 – 2009) and (2012 – 2018)


Kenneth E. Schaible

Dates of Board Memberships: (2004 – 2011)


Gregory Stamos, Esq.

Dates of Board Memberships: (2006 – 2013)


Karen Stanek*

Dates of Board Memberships: (2013 – 2016)


Diane Stroman

Dates of Board Memberships: (2010 – 2017)


Thomas M. Sutnik Esq.

Dates of Board Memberships: 2019-2020


Leon Sylvester

Dates of Board Memberships: (2007 – 2015)


Alan J. Tyma

Dates of Board Memberships: (2004 – 2012)


James White*

Dates of Board Memberships: (2015)


John Zaprzalka, CPA

Dates of Board Memberships: (2007 – 2016)


*deceased
Italics indicates Member of the Founding VCF Board of Directors