Board

Foundation Board Members

Gayle Moraski, Chairperson

A lifelong resident of Winchester, Ms. Moraski is vice president of Northwest Community Bank, where she was instrumental in establishing a nationally recognized academic branch program at Northwestern Regional High School. She has served on boards of the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, Wisdom House and Winchester Historical Society.

Currently treasurer of the American Mural Project, Ms. Moraski helped found the highly successful Tour of Litchfield Hills, an annual bike rally that benefits the Center for Cancer Care Fund.

Anne Sutherland Fuchs , Vice Chairperson

Ms. Sutherland Fuchs is an accomplished executive. She has held senior positions at the Hearst Corporation, Condé Nast, Hachette and CBS. She oversaw the business-side launches of "O", the Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire and Elle Magazine and managed Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook and Town & Country. She also has served as Global CEO of Phillips, de Pury and Luxembourg, then owned by LVMH Moêt Hennessy - Louis Vuitton.

As Group President of the Growth Brands Division of the JCPenney Company, she was responsible for the launch of two wholly owned start-up digital retail websites: GiftingGrace.com and Clad.com. She is a past board member of NYDJ Apparel and currently sits on the Board of Pitney Bowes Inc. serving on the executive compensation and audit committees and on the Board of Gartner Inc. as chair of executive compensation and serves on governance committees.

A graduate of New York University and having studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Mexico City, Ms. Fuchs was Founder, President, then Chair of the Madison Boys and Girls Club Women's Board, Trustee of the Whitney Museum, and Chair of the USIA's Magazine and Print Committee. She is a past Board member of the Berkshire School and also chaired the New York City Commission on Women's Issues from 2002-2013. She is a current Board member of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals.

Ms. Fuchs has received multiple awards, including Advertising Women of the Year by Advertising Women of New York, the Woman of the Year Award by the NY Police Athletic League. She has been named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women eNews.

Victoria Patrick, Treasurer

With more than 30 years of experience in business and public accounting, Mrs. Patrick is the managing partner of Petrovits, Patrick, Smith & Company, LLC, a Torrington-based public accounting firm. Long active in community affairs, she currently serves on the board of Litchfield Bancorp and on advisory boards for the Connecticut Mutual Holding Company and the Susan B. Anthony Project.

Mrs. Patrick is a past director of numerous organizations, including the Torrington Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, the Susan B. Anthony Project and Northwest Connecticut Economic Development. She resides in New Hartford.

Christopher G. Wall, Secretary

A Harwinton resident, Mr. Wall graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a managing partner with Wall, Wall & Frauenhofer, LLP.

Mr. Wall is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He is a tireless advocate for the underserved, often representing individuals and families in our community who suffer social and economic injustice.

Anita Baxter

​A resident of New Hartford, Ms. Baxter is a skilled corporate trainer and process improvement facilitator. Through her business, Baxter Communications, she worked with business and government organizations in process improvement, improving customer satisfaction, lowering costs and increasing profitability.

She is a graduate of Ohio University. Ms. Baxter is currently president of the Arnolda Improvement Corporation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Community Bank.

Ms. Baxter is well-known in her community having served as First Selectman for three terms in the 1980s. She has held board posts and volunteer positions with numerous local organizations, including serving on the Advisory Board of the Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and on the Boards of the Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library and the New Hartford Board of Education. She has served as president of the New Hartford Business Council, and as an EMT with the New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance Association.

Tom Bechtle

Mr. Bechtle is a West Cornwall resident who has been active in community affairs for many years. Currently a member of the Cornwall Board of Finance, he has held board posts with the Cornwall Free Library, the Cornwall Historical Society, the Cornwall Association and the Cornwall Chronicle.

Mr. Bechtle retired as owner and publisher of Locust Hill Press, a firm specializing in academic texts for the international college and university library market.

James Blackketter

A resident of Kent, Mr. Blackketter is an accomplished businessperson having served as vice president and director of strategic planning of Inmont Corporation of New York, vice president and general manager of Inmont’s RBH division in New Jersey, and director of the printing ink division of BASF in Canada.

An involved community member, Mr. Blackketter was a founding board member of the Kent Village District Committee. He served as senior deacon of the First Congregational Church of Kent, President of the Kent Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Kent Zoning Board of Appeals.

Mr. Blackketter and his wife, Gini, owned Kent’s House of Books shop for 23 years. He is a Board member for the Kent Community Fund and the Kent Library Association, a member of the Kent Board of Finance, and a volunteer at Quality Thrift shop and the Kent Food Bank.

Jeffrey Lalonde

A resident of Goshen, Mr. Lalonde is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Western New England College. He served as president and CEO of Torrington Savings Bank from 1993 until his retirement in 2014.

Mr. Lalonde has served as chairman of the Investment Committee and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Northwest Connecticut YMCA, corporator of The Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial, a member of the CT Junior Republic Advisory Committee, vice president and board member of the Torrington Library, past president and board member of the Torrington Country Club, and board member of the Hillside Cemetery, and the Ebersol Scholarship Committee.

He previously served as a board member for the Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, the Community Health & Wellness Center, Goshen Housing Trust and the Torrington Development Corporation, and as a member of the Torrington Winsted Rotary Club and the Mayor’s Insurance Committee.

Donald K. Mayland

A graduate of the University of Vermont and American International College, Mr. Mayland designed and developed the Economics Department curriculum at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, where he was a teacher of Advanced Placement Macro and Micro Economics for more than four decades. Under his tutelage, the economics program grew to one of the largest enrolled elective courses with more than 70 students participating per year.

Mr. Mayland is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Marine Study Program, Inc. In this role, he works as a subcontractor to lake management firms for the installation of water quality control systems, an expert consultant on lake-management issues and a retailer of marine and diving equipment. He is also a Certified Open Water Scuba Instructor.

He previously has served as Production Manager at Mayland Chime Company in Lakeville, where he managed the manufacturing operations and shipment of more than 150 instruments (Cathedral Chimes) per year.

Mr. Mayland serves on the boards of several local organizations, including the Town of Salisbury Board of Finance, the Market Place of Salisbury and Sharon Hospital, where he is a past board director and treasurer. He holds the title of Chairman of the Board and Board director at both Litchfield Bancorp and Connecticut Mutual Holding Company. He is President of the Board of the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service and Chairman of the Salisbury Water Pollution Control Authority. He is a past Chairman of the Stewardship Board at Sharon Audubon, a past President of the Lake Wononscopomuc Association in Lakeville and a former board member of Audubon Connecticut.

Mr. Mayland served three years of active duty in the Navy, studying at the Naval Officer Candidate School and the Naval Communications Officer School, both in Newport, RI and the Naval Cryptographic School in Little Creek, VA. He left service as a Navy Lieutenant.

Douglas K. O'Connell

Mr. O'Connell is a partner at the Winsted law firm of Howd, Lavieri & Finch, LLP. His practice focuses on estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate matters and tax planning for the principals of closely held businesses. He has served on the boards of the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, the Torrington Board of Education, the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, the Winsted Area Child Care Center, and the Winsted Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2007.

Mr. O'Connell currently serves as a member of the Northwest Connecticut YMCA Investment Review Committee, the Community Foundation's Professional Advisors' Committee and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation. He is also a member the American, Connecticut and Litchfield County Bar Associations.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Douglas received his law degree from Western New England College School of Law and holds a master of law degree in taxation from New York University School of Law.

F. Robert Petricone

Mr. Petricone is a widely known and well-respected community leader whose extensive civic involvement includes executive board posts with Connecticut Junior Republic and the Seherr-Thoss Charitable Foundations. A corporator of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and a Litchfield Community Service Fund trustee, he currently serves as president of both the Litchfield Housing Trust, the Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust and the Litchfield High School Scholarship Association.

A resident of Litchfield, Mr. Petricone retired as co-owner and executive officer of the Windsor, CT-based Stowe Machine Company, Inc.

Norman “Skip” Rogers

An attorney based in New Hartford, Mr. Rogers served two decades as probate judge for the District of New Hartford. He was a member of New Hartford’s Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and Water Pollution Control Authority and has held board posts with numerous charitable organizations, including the New Hartford Historical Society and Northwestern Connecticut YMCA.

Well known throughout the region for his community leadership, Mr. Rogers currently serves on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, New Hartford Community Connections and the Northwestern Connecticut Community College Foundation.

Ronald S. Rosenstein

A private attorney and community leader in Winsted for 37 years, Mr. Rosenstein serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for Northwest Community Bank. He is a co-founder and past president of the Winsted Area Child Care Center and a past president of the United Way of Northwest Connecticut.

Mr. Rosenstein served as a chairman on the Winchester Ethics Commission and director of Connecticut Mutual Holding Co. and Greenwoods Scholarship Foundation. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Winsted and a recipient of the Paul Harris Award.

Adrian Selby

A resident of Litchfield and a successful communications executive, Mr. Selby served as managing director of TASCO, a major global production supplier to the live concert industry working with musicians that included Elton John, The Who, Diana Ross, The Jacksons and Ozzy Osbourne.

After fifteen years in entertainment production, Mr. Selby launched his own production company, Aquila Productions. He serves as CEO of the company, which specializes in creating events and media strategies for clients, including General Motors, AIMIA, Exelon and Subaru.

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