The Newtown Scholarship Association is staffed by a Board of Governors of up to 19 volunteer members. The full board meets monthly, and various committees meet on an as-needed basis.

Committees include Awards, Governance, Finance, and Development & Fundraising Events. Board members are required to participate on committees and, over time, serve as officers.


Patrick Kelley, President
John W. Morlock, Vice President
Glenn Nanavaty, Treasurer
Margaret McCarthy, Assistant Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary
Dawn A. Bogdan D.D.S., Recording Secretary

Board Bios

Ellen Aho
Ellen Aho has lived in Newtown since 1999.  Ellen has been active with many groups in the Newtown schools, including the Newtown International Center for Education, where she served as board secretary of its Parent Community Organization, and the Newtown High School Choral Parents and Principal's Advisory Council. Ellen also volunteers with the LVA School in Danbury, helping adults improve their English language skills, and she has worked with local performing arts organizations as a musician, board member, and costume maker. Ellen holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Ellen and her husband, Tim Shearin, have three children.

Kristen Angell
Kristen has lived in Sandy Hook since 2015. She is the Associate Director of Advocacy for the National Organization for Rare Disorders. She has been actively involved with many local non-profits including Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Help Our Military Heroes, American Cancer Society and Masonicare Hospice in Newtown. She has been a freelance graphic designer for over 15 years and regularly lends her design expertise to non-profit organizations within her community.  She is devoted to empowering others to serve their communities and advocate for change on many social issues.

Sherri S. Baggett
Sherri is Business Manager at The Bee Publishing - publishers of The Newtown Bee, The Bee Extra and Antiques, and The Arts Weekly. She was raised in Newtown, attended our local schools, and returned after college to plant her roots in her hometown. Sherri holds a B.A. in Communications from Hood College.

Dawn A. Bogdan D.D.S.
Dawn has been practicing dentistry in Newtown since 2000, and established her own dental practice, Dr. Dawn A. Bogden DDS, in 2008. She is actively involved with Saint Rose School as Chair of the school's Script Program, and works with Mission of Mercy to provide dental care for those who can't afford it. Dawn is the mother of two girls, and has lived in Newtown since 2003. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Union College, and a D.D.S. from New York University School of Dentistry. Dawn joined the NSA Board in 2013, serves as the Recording Secretary, and is a member of the Awards Committee.

Cindy Carlson 
Cindy and her family have lived in Sandy Hook since 2000.  She worked in Library Media Center at Sandy Hook School from 2011 to 2017 and is a past Vice President of the SHS PTA. Cindy also writes and does project work for WMNR Fine Arts Radio in Monroe, CT. She and her husband Tim are the parents of three children.  They are active in many ways around Newtown and at their church, Good Shepherd Lutheran. Her favorite place in town is Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet, where she has been a student since 2000. Cindy holds a B. A. in Communication Arts from Villanova University and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. 

David Deschenes
David is a consultant at Danosky & Associates, where he advises nonprofit organizations on Marketing & Communications. Prior to joining Danosky & Associates, he was Director of Brand Management at United Way of Western Connecticut. Within the corporate sector, David was Press Liaison and Editorial Manager at the financial services consultancy, Greenwich Associates, and Director of a corporate research center at Altria Inc in New York City. David also owns Spectrum Video Productions LLC and has worked with a variety of nonprofits and small businesses to develop specialized content and promotional videos. His volunteer experience has included roles on social services committees such as the Danbury Housing Partnership and Project Homeless Connect. David and his family moved to Newtown in 2008.

Patrick Kelley
Patrick is Senior Vice President - Senior Commercial Lender at Savings Bank of Danbury where he is responsible for management of the commercial lending division. Prior to that he served as First Vice President - Commercial Lending Team Leader at Liberty Bank where he had oversight of the Connecticut market commercial lending team. Patrick’s other nonprofit involvement has included City Center Danbury, Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), United Way of Naugatuck/Beacon Falls (Campaign Chair), and the Newtown Rotary Club. He holds degrees in Finance and Spanish from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, and graduated with honors from ABA Stonier National Graduate School of Banking, University of Pennsylvania. Patrick has lived in Newtown for over 30 years and attended Newtown public schools.  He joined the NSA Board in 2015.

Ted Kohler
Ted is Membership Director at Bull's Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, CT where he leads the sales and marketing efforts for this private, member-owned golf club. Prior to that, he was Director of Sales and Marketing at Matthews Hospitality Group where he headed marketing for two real estate and private club development projects on Nantucket and in Palm Beach. Ted joined the NSA Board in 2013. He has also been involved with the Nantucket Walk Committee, Autism Speaks. Ted holds a B.B.A. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Margaret McCarthy
Margaret is a stay-at-home mom who was previously an IT Project Leader at Pepsi Cola Company. Prior to Pepsi, she was a Senior Consultant at Andersen Consulting. Margaret joined the NSA Board in 2014, and serves as Assistant Treasurer. She has also served Newtown Congregational Cooperative Pre-School as Vice President of the Board. Margaret is involved in local school and church activities, volunteering with the PTA of Newtown schools, and teaching religious education at Saint Rose for more than 10 years. She is also a lector and eucharistic minister. Margaret holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Fairfield University.

John W. Morlock
John has been the Chief Financial Officer of Total Team Solutions since February 2004. Previously, he was the Controller for Zanett Inc., a publicly traded IT consulting and outsourcing company headquartered in New York City with operations in multiple cities across the United States. Prior to that, John held positions of increasing responsibility managing the internal audit and corporate financial reporting functions at Texaco and then as Director of Merger and Acquisition Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked on more than 40 transactions ranging in value from $20 million to $4 billion. He has been a Newtown resident since 1992. John graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in accounting and earned his Masters of Business Administration in finance from the Leonard Stern School of Business at New York University.

Glenn Nanavaty
Glenn is a Partner at Nanavaty, Nanavaty & Davenport LLP in Newtown, CT where he oversees audit practice, quality control and compliance with professional standards and ethics, as well as corporate income taxes. Prior to that, he held various positions at Ernst & Young LLP throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Glenn joined the Newtown Scholarship Association Board in 2011, and currently serves as President and Treasurer. He is also President of the Newtown-Bethel Unit of the Salvation Army, and past Board President and Treasurer of Family Counseling Center, Inc. (subsequently merged with Newtown Youth Services, Inc.). Glenn has been a member of the Newtown Lions Club since 2011. He holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Western Connecticut State University.

Rebecca Osborne
Rebecca is currently self employed. Prior to starting her own business, she was the Physical Education Teacher and Coach at New York City's Brearley School for 13 years, where she specialized in Lower School PE and coached soccer, swimming, and track & field. She attended Newtown schools through high school, and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Education concentrating on Physical Education. Rebecca joined the NSA Board in 2015 as a 3rd generation board member.

Valerie Principi
Valerie joined the Board of the Newtown Scholarship Association in 2012 and serves as a Co-Chair for the annual fundraising dinner and is a member of the Awards Committee. She is the owner of an Interior Design firm that she started in 2004 focusing on residential design. In addition to NSA, Valerie has served on the Advisory Board for the Henderson Cultural Center and has volunteered for Women In Newtown, Literacy Volunteers and Reading to the Blind. She is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.S. in Health and Human Services. She also holds a U.S. Patent and U.S. Trademark in product design. Valerie has been a resident of Newtown since 1995 and along with her husband Mark, loves to travel and spend time with their two dogs.

Julie B. Savino
Julie is the Executive Director of University Financial Assistance at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT, a position she has held since 1987. She has been employed in financial assistance with SHU since 1979. Julie has been a board member of the Newtown Scholarship Association since 2004 and has served as Assistant Treasurer, Vice President, and President. She is currently Chair of the Awards Committee. Julie is involved in a number of professional associations and boards including Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA), Connecticut Student Loan Foundation (CSLF), Connecticut Planning Commission for Higher Education, Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC), The College Board, and Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET). She has served on the nonprofit Boards of Newtown Memorial Fund, and the Vincent J. Maiocco Scholarship Foundation. Julie holds a B.S. in Accounting, and a Master of Arts in Education Administration, both from Sacred Heart University. 

Rance Thompson

Linda Trentacosta
Linda joined the NSA Board in 2010. She serves as Co-Chair for the annual fundraising dinner. Linda has served as a board member of Regional Hospice (Newtown Chapter Annual Breakfast Committee), and has volunteered regularly for The Women's Center of Greater Danbury.


Barbara Borst
The Honorable William J. Lavery
Betty Lou Osborne (1925-2013)


Dr. Kimberly Longobucco
Principal, Newtown High School

Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue
Superintendent of Newtown Public Schools