Skip to main content

HomeBoard of Directors 3/23

Board of Directors


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 bi-monthly and works through Board Committees and Task Forces:  Finance, Governance, and Fund Development. The Executive Director is responsible for management of the organization. She works with a number of Management Committees and Task Forces, with a small part-time staff and many volunteers.

Board of Directors: 
Kerry Triffin, President

Kerry has lived most of his life in New Haven, attending Worthington Hooker, Foote, Hopkins, and Yale ‘67, ’70. He was a staff member at the New Haven Food Coop, one of the founders of Down to Earth vegetarian restaurant, and a founder/owner of Fairhaven Woodworks/Fairhaven Furniture. Kerry lives in Bethany with his wife, Liz Orsini. They travel frequently to Vermont and Florida, where their daughters and grandchildren live.

Rick Allen, Vice President

Rick's education centered around driving a taxi in NYC while earning a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. Both experiences opened his mind and eyes. Rick has had a variety of careers including photographer, film editor, carpenter, professional organizer, management coach, and Apple Certified consultant. He is now retired and lives in Woodbridge with his wife, Pat, busy with home, yard, seven children, and travel. Rick easily converses with complete strangers around the worldeven if he doesn’t share the same language. Rick is Co-Leader of Amity Village and co-chair of the Visitors Committee. He is amazed at the vast experience and life stories of HomeHaven members.  

Celeste Markle, Secretary

Celeste taught English and Language Arts in Bridgeport high schools for nearly 40 years. She has an MA in Education from Fairfield University. Born in the Bronx, she moved to New Haven in 1968. Her daughter, Jennifer, whom she visits frequently, lives in New York. Celeste volunteered at a drug rehab storefront in the late 60s, served as a volunteer in the Israeli Defense Forces in 1984, and now volunteers at Massaro Farm. She also serves on the executive board of the Bridge Academy, a charter high school. Celeste is Co-Leader for the Westville Village and coordinates food and beverages for major HH events. She enjoys entertaining, cooking, reading, travel, and writing poetry.

Allan Atherton, Treasurer
Allan was an executive with IBM from 1959-1996, and then a Senior Consultant with Keane, Inc. until 2002. For the past 20 years, he has been employed as a tax advisor for H&R Block. He was Director of the Southwest Connecticut Region of the National Executive Service Corps (NESC) from 2003-2006.
 Al served as President of the state’s National Alliance on Mental Illness organization (NAMI-CT) from 2008-2010. He is a former Treasurer of St John’s Episcopal Church in Stamford, Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven, the Yale Glee Club Associates, the Yale Spizzwinks(?) Alumni Assoc., the Yale Whiffenpoof Alumni Assoc., and the Elm City National Alliance on Mental Illness affiliate. Al enjoys quartet singing as a member of the Elm City Four. He lives in ERV with his wife Peggy.


Diane Ariker, Director

Diane retired from Yale where she was formerly the Manager of Training and Development and Director of Student Services at the School of Organization and Management. She spent many years as a management consultant specializing in human resources and organization development and has served on numerous boards and committees in the New Haven community. She is a member of Amity Village and serves on the Governance Committee. Diane lives in Orange and has three children and five grandchildren. Travel was an abiding passion for and her late husband, Walter, and they traveled throughout the world. Diane is a serious amateur pianist and enjoys the cultural offerings in both New Haven and New York. 

Hans Bergmann, Director 

Hans and his wife Harriet are founding members of East Rock Village, the predecessor of HomeHaven. Hans was born in New Haven, attended Hopkins School, and then Amherst College.  A Professor of American Literature for 40 years, he was also Dean of Arts and Sciences at George Mason University and Quinnipiac University.  He is President and Board member of the Mount Washington (Mass.) Historical Society and also sits on the Board of Digital Commonwealth (Mass.). He chairs the Governance Committee of HomeHaven.


Judith Colton, Director

Judith is Professor Emerita in History of Art and taught at Yale from 1973 until her retirement in 2006. She offered courses on 17th and 18th century art in Italy and France. She and her late husband Wayne Meeks were founding members of HomeHaven. She is Co-Leader of the Hamden Village, co-chair of the Visitors Committee, and serves on the Membership Committee.

  Bob Dannies, Director
Bio & picture coming soon!
  Harvey Feinberg, Director

Harvey is a long-time New Haven resident. Since the early 1980s, he has served on several New Haven commissions, most recently as chairman of the Commission for Equal Opportunities. During the 1990s, he was president of the New Haven Block Watch Association and, currently, is a volunteer for the United Way of Greater New Haven. He is a member of the Emergency Food and Shelter Committee for the Greater New Haven area. He has been a member of the 25th Ward Democratic Committee for over 30 years. Harvey is on the board of the New Haven Museum. He is Professor Emeritus of History at Southern Connecticut State University. Harvey graduated from Yale (1960) and earned a Ph.D. at Boston University (1969). He serves on HomeHaven's Household Services Committee and he and his wife Susan are members of Westville Village.

  Andrew McLaren, Director

Andrew is an educator with a degree in History from Cambridge University. He has worked as a teacher and headmaster at numerous private schools and worked for the Association of Independent Schools of New York. He was the former managing director of Horizons National, serving low income children with enrichment programs at 60 affiliates nationwide, including the Foote School. He also serves on the Board of Fellowship Place. Andrew and his wife Francie Irvine moved to New Haven upon retirement and live in East Rock. They have three children and three grandchildren. Andrew is a woodworker and furniture designer and builder. He is active on HomeHaven's Fund Development Committee and has spearheaded the Tenth Anniversary Campaign. 

Fred O'Brien, Director 

Fred has been a defense attorney in both criminal and civil courts since 1990. Originally from rural upstate New York, Fred graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCBerkeley, where he also attended graduate school.  He worked as a professional musician for many years, until the demands of family life inspired him to enter law school at UConn. Fred has been involved with the Orange Inland Wetlands Commission and the Memorial Day Committee.  He and his wife Kate are enthusiastic members of the Amity Village.


Harold (Hal) Spitzer, Director
Hal is an architect who had his own firm in NYC where he lived for 40 years. He moved to Hamden in 2005 to live with his life partner and now spouse, Tom Martin. He is still practicing as the building architect for 14 coops and condos in NYC. While living in New York, he was a member and ultimately chair of his coop board, the Professional Children’s School, and the Alpha Workshops (an organization that trains people with HIV to do decorative Arts). In CT, he joined the following boards: Mary Wade Home (trustee, 17 years; chair, 6 years). the Creative Arts Workshop (8 years), and the board of HomeHaven in 2010, when it was transitioning from East Rock Village. He served on the Strategic Plan Task Force twice, the Search for a new ED in 2017, and as chair of Governance. Currently he is chair of the Household Services Committee.


Pam Stanton, Director
Pam has lived in New Haven for 50 years and still has the same landline phone number! She has an EdD from Boston University and has enjoyed a 37-year career as an educator. Pam is currently a co-facilitator of a FamilyRead educational program through the YNHH HOPE program at St. Raphael's and serves on the Parenting Support Program advisory board there. She is also a member of the Mary Wade Home Board of Trustees. Pam serves on HomeHaven’s Governance committee and is active in the Amity and Westville Villages.