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.

VCF President & CEO Sharon Closius and Board Chair Jack Walsh.

VCF President & CEO Sharon Closius and Board Chair Jack Walsh.

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

Beth Colette

Donor Services Associate

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Sharon L. Closius

President and CEO

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Valerie Knight-DiGangi

Program Officer

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Wendy Gamba

Chief Financial Officer

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Victoria Vilaysane

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

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David Rivera

Marketing and Communications Manager

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Board

Jack Walsh

Chair

Jennifer Magri

Vice Chair

Raymond Oppel

Treasurer

Aleta Miner

Secretary

Donald W. Smith, Jr. PE

Thomas M. Sutnik Esq.

William C. Bassett

Lynne Bassett Perry

James E. Cohen

Susan Coyle*

Timothy P. Dillon, Esq.

Rick Dunne

William W. Ginsberg

David M. Grant

M. Elizabeth Kennard

Rob Lesko

Ernestine Luise

Francis H. Michaud Jr.*

Bill Nimons

Joseph A. Pagliaro Sr.*

Joseph A. Pagliaro Jr.

Mary L. Pepe

James E. Ryan

David M. Rifkin

Kenneth E. Schaible

Karen Stanek*

Leon Sylvester

Alan J. Tyma

James White*

John Zaprzalka, CPA

Current Board

Jack Walsh

Chair

Jennifer Magri

Vice Chair

Raymond Oppel

Treasurer

Aleta Miner

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)


Donald W. Smith, Jr. PE

Dates of Board Memberships: (2014- 2021)


Karen Stanek*

Dates of Board Memberships: (2013 – 2016)


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) and (2014 – 2020)


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