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.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2015-2016
Ted Kohler, President
Glenn Nanavaty, Treasurer
Margaret McCarthy, Assistant Treasurer
Dawn A. Bogdan D.D.S., Recording Secretary
Linda Trentacosta, Corresponding Secretary
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.
Mark A. Fries
Mark is a Senior Vice President at People’s United Insurance Agency where his responsibilities include sales and service functions on behalf of large multi-state, complex commercial accounts. He has been with People’s for more than 30 years and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation. In addition to the more than 24 years Mark has served on the NSA board, he is a Board of Trustee member for the University of Bridgeport. He is actively involved as a volunteer supporting community organizations ranging from inner city youth, human services, education and healthcare. Mark graduated from the University of Bridgeport. He and his family has lived in Sandy Hook since 1978.
Chad is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner who began his career in financial services in 2005 and joined MetLife in 2008. Chad is committed to forming long-lasting relationships with clients and developing customized strategies to prepare for any or all of life’s milestones. He demonstrates the skills and knowledge you would expect from your financial professional but takes pride in his efforts to deliver each message with a personal touch. Chad focuses on retirement planning, investment planning, legacy planning, and protection planning. Chad is a strong believer in education and being a student of the business. He currently holds the designations of: Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Chartered Advisor for Senior Living, and Chartered Financial Consultant.Chad resides in Newtown, CT with his wife Gabrielle and their three children: Coleman, Chayla and Chasen. Chad serves on the Board of Rock Ridge Country Club and The Newtown Memorial Fund.
Patrick is First Vice President, Commercial Lending Team Leader, at Liberty Bank where he is responsible for management of the Connecticut market commercial lending team. Prior to that, he served as First Vice President, Senior Commercial Lender, at Naugatuck Valley Savings & Loan where he was responsible for management of the Commercial Lending Division. Patrick has also been involved with other nonprofits, including Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), United Way of Naugatuck/Beacon Falls, and the Newtown Rotary Club. He holds degrees in Finance and Spanish from Canisius College, Wehle School of Business, and graduated with honors from ABA Stonier National Graduate School of Banking, University of Pennsylvania. Patrick joined the NSA Board in 2015.
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 and currently serves as President. He has also been involved with the Nantucket Walk Committee, Autism Speaks, and as Chair, Trinity Day School. Ted holds a B.B.A. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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.
James T. Morley, Jr.
James was a founding partner of NewCity Communications, a radio broadcasting group based in Bridgeport, CT. He retired from Cox Radio, Inc. in 1999 and, until 2015 was involved with several regional radio and media initiatives in the New York area. James is past President of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association, former Director of the New York Market Radio Association, and continues to serve as a Trustee for the Library of American Broadcasting. He is a Director of the Newtown Savings Bank, a Trustee of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, and continues his long association as board member of Newtown Scholarship Association. James recently stepped down as Chairman of the Board at Sacred Heart University, where he continues service as trustee, and he serves as Treasurer of the Ausable Club Preservation Foundation in St. Huberts, NY. A graduate of Boston College, James and his wife, Marcia, have two children and live in Newtown, CT.
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 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 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 founded Chicks That Can Shop in 2004, offering interior design services across Connecticut and New York to residential and commercial clients, and catering to "those with a passion for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of a Great Shoe!" She has been featured on television as a guest designer on Extreme Makeover, Home Edition, and holds a trademark/patent for UmbreLight. Valerie has served on the board of the Henderson Cultural Center, and has volunteered for Women in Newtown, Literacy Volunteers and Reading to the Blind. She is a member of the Interior Design Association, and holds a B.S. in Health Services and Human Performance from Ithaca College. Valerie joined the NSA Board in 2012.
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.
Linda joined the NSA Board in 2010. She serves as the Corresponding Secretary, Co-Chair for the annual fundraising dinner, and is a member of the Awards Committee. 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.
The Honorable William J. Lavery
Betty Lou Osborne (1925-2013)
Dr. Lorrie Rodrique
Principal, Newtown High School
Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.
Superintendent of Newtown Public Schools