Foundation Board Members
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.
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.
Mr. Muschell is an attorney who engages in the general practice of law with emphasis on labor and employment and municipal law. He is labor counsel for the City of Torrington and has recently been appointed its Interim Corporation Counsel. He is an alternate member of the Connecticut State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and a former President of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, which is the main funding source of legal aid to underserved residents of Connecticut.
Long an advocate of a revitalized downtown, he is Co-President of the Torrington Development Corporation, which is responsible for the completion of Torrington’s Municipal Development Plan, providing the outlines of major infrastructure improvements to the downtown area. He currently serves as Corporate Secretary and board member of the Warner Theatre, a director of Five Points Center for the Visual Arts, Torrington-Winsted Area Rotary Club, the United Way, the Torrington Area Parkinson’s Support Group, a director Emeritus of the NW Connecticut YMCA and Trustee of Center Congregational Church.
Mr. Muschell is a Corporator of the Torrington Historical Society and the Brooker Memorial and was a recipient of the NW Chamber’s Business Leader Award, Rotary’s Paul Harris award, the YMCA’s Legacy award, the Wisdom House Promoter of Community Progress award, and the Boy Scout’s Good Scout award.
Ms. Riiska, owner, Lori Riiska CPA, LLC is a life-long resident of Connecticut and a graduate of the University of Connecticut. She is a member of UConn Foundation Board of Directors and is a part of several committees, including the Alumni Committee and Audit Committee. She is also a founding member of “Women in Philanthropy” group.
A resident of Winsted, she is immediate past Chair of the Connecticut Society of CPAs Peer Review Committee, a trustee of both the Northwest Connecticut YMCA and the Draper Foundation Fund, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is a director of the Northwest Community Bank.
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.
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.
Liz Brayboy has extensive experience with corporate facilitation and process redesign. Having worked in the insurance industry, she transitioned to consulting and spent 10 years with Deloitte Consulting before starting her own business, LBVentures LLC, where she provided services to Fortune 50 companies. Her primary focus was financial process improvement and management facilitation driving strategic change.
She is a graduate of Yale College, with an MBA from Columbia University. Recently retired, Ms. Brayboy plays multiple roles with the United States Polo Association (USPA), including serving as an At Large Governor, head of the Intercollegiate/Interscholastic Committee, a member of the Finance Committee and the Board and Staff Development Committee. In addition, she leads the Yale Polo and Equestrian Center Board and plays an active role in the coaching and management of the facility in Bethany. She is also involved with the Yale Club of Northwestern Connecticut
Emily Dalton is co-founder of Jack Black LLC, ranked as the #1 prestige men’s grooming brand in the U.S, outselling competitors by maintaining a clear focus on simple to use, multi-functional products and a unique, masculine brand personality that resonates with men. Jack Black is sold at retailers throughout the U.S. including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Ulta and Bloomingdale’s.
After graduating with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Dalton spent her early career in finance, followed by a decade in brand marketing and product development at companies such as Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal and Mary Kay. Having retired from Jack Black in 2019, Ms. Dalton lives in Litchfield, with her husband and two daughters.
She has served on the Board of Trustees and Advisory Council for Susan B. Anthony Project, as well as the Board of Trustees for the Oliver Wolcott Library where she served as President from 2016-2018, and Chair of the Festival of Trees fundraising event for 2011-2013 and 2015-2016. Emily was the first recipient of the OWL Exceptional Leadership Award in 2018.
Born in Saint Andrews, Jamaica, Patrique Fearon immigrated to the United States in 1995 at the age of 8. He lived and attended school in Hartford and West Hartford. Upon graduating from Conard High School in 2006, Patrique enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served for more than11 years and did three combat tours overseas: one to Iraq and two to Afghanistan.
Patrique retired from the Marines in 2016 and relocated back to Connecticut. He is a single father of two, and works as a Personal Trainer at a local gym, Energy Fitness. He volunteered as a soccer coach in Burlington for four years and is now a Board Member with the role of Micro Director for the Burlington Junior Soccer Association (BJSA). Patrique has taken on multiple roles in the community. He is Co-Lead for the Torrington Public Schools Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. He serves as the Program Director for the B.E.R.E.A.D.Y Project and the Network Manager for the Northwest Regional Parent Advisory Committee (NW RP AC) which advises the Northwest Regional Early Childhood Alliance.
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.
Mr. Inconiglios’s fine art has been recognized in regional and national exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University, where he was an undergraduate fellow. After completing graduate studies with artist Richard Anuszkiewicz, he was artist-in-residence at the Dayton Art Institute, where he opened his studio for dialogue with students and faculty.
Mr. Inconiglios’s first solo exhibition in New York was held in SoHo in 1972. He was a featured artist of “10 Downtown” in the 1970s. Noted by Barbara Rose in New York Magazine, reviewed in Art Forum and seen in the New York Times, his work is in private and public collections, including Chase Manhattan Bank, The Norton Simon Collection and AT&T.
Throughout his career, Mr. Inconiglios has produced work in a broad range of mediums. Recent exhibitions include “Paintings from the Donut Series” and a show of major collage works, “The Gansevoort Girls.”
In addition to his fine art practice, Mr. Inconiglios has had a parallel career in creative design and communications. He is president of Apptex International, a creative consultancy firm whose clients have included The Nielsen Company, Esteé Lauder Companies, Philips Electronics, The National Audubon Society, ISG, Avon, JP Morgan and Fairchild Publications. In the 1980s he served as president and COO of Bobbin International that produced one of the world’s largest technology trade shows serving the apparel and textile industries. He was also president and publisher of American Fabrics & Fashion magazine and the creator of several publications for Women’s Wear Daily. In 2005, Mr. Inconiglios worked with the president of MGM on Stage to develop an award winning coffee table book about Hollywood and Broadway.
Passionate about education, Mr. Inconiglios has taught and lectured in fine art studio classes and creative teaching engagements. He currently is working with the Winchendon School (located in Massachusetts) on the development of an innovative micro school in Brooklyn for high school students.
Mr. Inconiglios serves on the board of Wave Hill, New York’s 28 acre world-class public garden, education and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades. He is also active in his home communities of Falls Village, CT and the Meatpacking District in New York City.
Rod Pleasants is president of McIver Morgan Interior Design, a full service firm specializing in all areas and facets of high-end interior design. The firm, based in New York City, focuses on Manhattan Interior design, including brownstone, and townhouse renovation.
As a patron of culture and the arts, Mr. Pleasants has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Theater Workshop and the Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of the British National Trust. He currently serves on the boards of Hollister House and the Gunn Memorial Library, serving twice as President of the Library’s Board of Trustees. He is also active in the Washington Art Association.
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.
Ms. Spiegel, of Norfolk, served as the executive director of the Susan B. Anthony Project for more than two decades, tirelessly advocating for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Prior to that, she practiced law; taught at Northwestern Connecticut Community College; and led outdoor adventure programming at Minnesota Outward bound and the Connecticut Wilderness School. Ms. Spiegel was awarded the Rotary Paul Harris award and the Litchfield County Liberty Bell Award. She was named Woman of the Year by both the Register Citizen Person and the United Way Women’s Initiative.
Ms. Spiegel is a past president of the Torrington Rotary and led a Rotary Group Study Exchange to Nepal. She currently serves as president of the Norfolk Library Board of Trustees and is an Emergency Medical Responder with the Norfolk Volunteer Ambulance. She holds a BA in Psychology, an MA in Counseling, and a JD.