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

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Governance, Committees, and Staff


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 Officers:

President: Fred O'Brien

Vice President: Patty Langdon

Secretary: Hans Bergmann

Treasurer: Joe Dolan

Board Committees:   (Click Here to see members)

Finance: Bill Brainard, Chair

Fund Development: Frank Estes, Chair
Governance: Hans Bergmann, Chair

Management Committees:  (Click Here to see members)


Health & Wellness: Pat Allen, Chair

Household Services: Dick Resch, Chair

IT: Jim Maggart, Chair

Leadership Council: Chair rotates among Village Leaders
Recruitment: Fred O'Brien, Chair

Visitors: Co-chairs, Rick Allen, Judith Colton

Board of Directors: 
Fred O'Brien, Director and President of the Board

Fred O’Brien is a 28-year resident of Orange; he and his wife, Kate, were early members of Amity Village.  Fred has been a practicing attorney in criminal and civil courts since 1990.  Originally from upstateNew York, he is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and UConn Law School.  He has over 40 jury verdicts and has defended individuals, corporations, municipalities, and those accused of crimes in thousands of cases. He spent his youthful years as a rock and roll musician.

Patricia Langdon, Director and Vice President of the Board
Patty has a background in academic administration and an inherited love of antiques. She is Co-Leader of the Hamden Village and an occasional contributor to the HomeHaven Newsletter.  She has been surprised and delighted by the life-enhancing richness afforded by membership in HomeHaven.
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 has been an enthusiastic member of the Activities Committee since joining HomeHaven in 2011.

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 the 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.

Rick Allen, Director

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.  


Hans Bergmann, Director and Secretary of the Board
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 HomeHaven's Governance Committee.

Frank Estes, Director  

Frank was last gainfully employed as a Gift Planning Officer for the American Red Cross, a post he arrived at by a somewhat circuitous route. After earning a B.A. from Yale and a law degree from Stanford, he sojourned with the U.S. Army in California and Vietnam before entering private law practice in Connecticut. He moved on to the banking industry, where he served as General Counsel for two Connecticut regional banks that eventually succumbed to industry consolidation. This spurred Frank to return to his estate planning roots by entering the development field as a planned giving specialist, serving in positions with Trinity College in Hartford and Yale-New Haven Hospital before ending up with the Red Cross. Having always preferred singing to working or studying, he continues his vocal exploits with whomever will have him – currently The Fairfield County Chorale, The Yale Alumni Chorus, and, of course, the HomeHaven Mud Follies. Frank chairs HomeHaven's Fund Development Committee.

 Kaye Maggart Board Pic Kaye Maggart, Director
Kaye is active in the Hamden Village and a member of the Marketing and Recruitment  Committees.  After living and teaching for two decades in Turkey and Texas, she coordinated ESL programs for New Haven Public Schools, taught ESL, and has written several textbooks for new speakers of English.  She is on the Board of the International Association of New Haven and sings with the Greater New Haven Community Chorus.
  Celeste Markle, Director

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.

  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. Andrew serves on the Fund Development committee and the Sponsorship Task Force. He also serves on the Board of Fellowship Place. He 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. Andrew is active on the Fund Development Committee and has spearheaded the Tenth Anniversary Campaign. 

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.


Lauri J. Lowell, Executive Director 
Lauri Lowell graduated from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She has a JD from Rutgers Law School and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. She was Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and brings social work, life-coaching and community relations skills to her work at HomeHaven. Lauri has lived in Hamden for 26 years. She has two grown children, Jonah and Daniel.

Kate Hay, Office Administrator

Ann Drinan, Bookkeeper