Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation Board Welcomes Two New Members

Vic Muschell of Torrington and Lori Riiska of Winsted have been named to the board of directors of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to 20 towns in Litchfield County.

Vic 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.

Vic 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.

Lori Riiska, CPA, 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.

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.

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