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HomeHaven, Inc.
291 Whitney Avenue
Suite 103
New Haven, CT 06511

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Governance and Committees


HomeHaven, Inc.  is a nonprofit corporation in Connecticut operating with a 501(c)3 exemption from the Internal Revenue Service. 

A self-perpetuating volunteer Board of Directors, working with a full-time Executive Director appointed by the Board, sets policy and develops

resources for the organization.  

The Board meets monthly and works through Board Committees and Task Forces:  Finance, Governance, Fund Development, and Strategic

Planning.  The Executive Director is responsible for management of the organization.  She works with a number of Management Groups

and Task Forces, and with a small part-time staff and a number of volunteers.

Board Officers:

President: Peggy Atherton

Vice President: Bill Brainard

Secretary: Patty Langdon

Treasurer: Joe Dolan

Board Committees:  

Finance: Bill Brainard, Chair

Governance: Jane Jervis, Chair

Fund Development: Frank Estes, Chair

Strategic Planning Task Force: Hal Spitzer, Chair
Management Committees: 

Activities: Sophie Powell, Chair

Health: Robert Gifford, Chair

Household Services: Wayne Meeks, Chair

IT: Norman Chonacky, Chair

Leadership Council: Chair rotates among Village leaders

Visitors: Bitsie Clark, Chair

Board of Directors: 

Peggy Atherton, Director and President of the Board
Peggy is new to New Haven, having moved here in 2009  from Stamford, CT.  She was active in residential real estate in Westchester and Fairfield counties for 25 years.  She is currently a member of HomeHaven's visiting committee,  and is in the parish choir and on the altar guild of Trinity Episcopal Church. She is also the membership chairman of the Yale University Women’s Organization.
William Brainard, Director  and Vice-President of the Board
Bill Brainard is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at Yale. He continues to be active in the Economics Department, attending seminars and on occasion serving as  an advisor on graduate student research. He chairs our finance committee and taskforce on continuing care facilities. He has a consuming interest in the "Cooking in Different Languages" group. 
  Patricia Langdon, Director and Secretary of the Board
Patty has a background in academic administration and an inherited love of antiques. She is co-leader of the Hamden Village, a member of the strategic planning task force, and an occasional contributor to the HomeHaven Newsletter.  She has been surprised and delighted by the life enhancing richness afforded by membership in HomeHaven.
Joseph Dolan, Director and Treasurer of the Board
Joseph Dolan lives in New Haven and holds degrees in philosophy, urban studies, and accounting. He served for many years in he City of New Haven's controller's office and from 1990 to 2009 as the chief financial officer of the Town of Wilton. He joined HomeHaven in 2012 and has served on the finance committee since then.
Cecilia Berner, Director
Originally from New Jersey, Cecilia attended the University of Iowa and earned a JD degree at the University of Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac). She has been involved with administration within the corporate arena and the Federal Government.  Cecilia is co-leader of the Westville Village and has also been on the activities committee since joining HomeHaven in 2011.
John Bett, Director
John was born in India of Scottish parents and raised in Scotland.  After degrees in chemistry he had a career as a research scientist retiring after many years with United Technologies. For the last twenty years he has been a docent first at the Yale Art Gallery and latterly at the Yale Center for British Art. He lives in Hamden with wife Emily, an artist.
  Renee Drell, Director
Renee relocated to CT from NJ where she had been the Executive Director of an agency that alleviated homelessness by creating shared affordable housing arrangements. A master's level social worker with training in group work and community development, she also holds a certificate in not-for-profit management from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. She is a member of the Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement and serves on HomeHaven's Governance Committee.
Jane Jervis, Director

Jane is a founding member of East Rock Village, the predecessor organization to HomeHaven. Since 2008 she has served alternatively as president, vice president and secretary of the board, as well as governance committee chair. She is again chairing governance and during the past year chaired the search for our new executive director. She is an editor for the HomeHaven newsletter and writes occasional profiles of our members called “HomeHaven Helps!” Jane has served on the Connecticut Legislative task force on Aging in Place, and is a member of the board of Whitney Center, where she serves as secretary to the board. She is a former Dean of Davenport College at Yale, and former President of Evergreen College in Olympia, WA.

 Kaye Maggart  
Kaye Maggart, Director
Info coming soon.

   Sheilah Rostow, Director
Sheilah enjoyed a long career in fiduciary administration for individual and not for profit organizations.  She is now happily retired leading a rich and varied life, including the arts.  She 
has been actively involved with East Rock Village and HomeHaven since their inception, and is now in her second term on the Board.

   Jane Wisialowski, Director
Jane is Director of Business Development for the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut and has 7 years of experience working in the home-care industry.  She has extensive experience developing and implementing marketing plans, sales strategies, new product development, and revenue forecasting.  Jane lives in Old Saybrook with her husband and their two sons and volunteers with her sons’ school and sporting teams. 

Lauri J. Lowell, Executive Director 
Lauri Lowell graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has a JD Degree from Rutgers Law School and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. A native of New York, Lauri has lived in Hamden for over 20 years. She has worked as Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, the community relations department of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. She also has used her social work and life-coaching skills as a geriatric care manager. Lauri has two children – her older son, a comedy performer, lives in Chicago and her younger son is a freshman at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Kate Hay, Administrative Assistant

Lydia Bornick, Membership Coordinator

Shannon McKane & Susie Burnett, Bookkeeper