Staff and Governance

Office of the President
Guy Rovezzi, President and CEO
Guy Rovezzi, President and CEO

Foundation President since 2003, Guy is a devoted, hands-on executive with a vision. He believes that many of the principles that made him a successful business owner can be applied to the operation of a community foundation.

Under his leadership, the Foundation’s assets have grown from $7 million to more than $140 million, the Foundation has broadened its reach to include all 20 towns of Connecticut’s Northwest Corner and increased its annual grantmaking to more than $4 million.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Guy is a Torrington native who currently resides in Falls Village.

(860) 626 1245 Ext. 105

Lorraine Haddock, Assistant to the President
Lorraine Haddock, Assistant to the President

Lorraine assists the President and CEO and serves as the Board liaison at the Foundation. She supports all aspects of fund management and grantmaking initiatives. She manages internal communications for fund trustees, the Investment Committee, the Grants Committee, and the Women & Girls Fund Executive Committee.

Lorraine directs daily office management. She administers fund statements and coordinates administrative fee functions, processes sponsorship-related grants, and field-of-interest, designated, and donor-advised pursuits. She manages emergency funding and year-end critical needs grant requests and all aspects of scholarship awards.

Lorraine brings years of nonprofit and corporate business experience to her position with the Foundation. She attended Western Connecticut State University, participated in the Advanced Writer’s Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and completed course work at the Silvermine School of Art, and the School of Visual Arts. She and her husband have lived in Litchfield County since 1985.

(860) 626 1245 Ext. 101

Development and Donor Relations
Brad Hoar, Vice President of Philanthropic Services
Brad Hoar, Vice President of Philanthropic Services

Brad works with current and future fundholders to help them create a greater impact through their philanthropy. He provides charitable advice, guidance, and assistance to individuals, nonprofits, and professional advisors throughout the Northwest Corner. Having grown up in Kent, he draws upon his knowledge of the area to assist those seeking to make a positive impact in the lives of those living in Northwest Connecticut.

Before returning to the Northwest Corner, Brad provided philanthropic services for several private schools in Pennsylvania and served as organizational development consultant to the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in New York.  Prior to that, Brad led international fundraising at a leading civil society organization based in Prague, Czech Republic for nearly six years.  While there, he ran one of the first successful endowment-building efforts in the Czech Republic and served as a fundraising and development consultant to nonprofits in other recently-democratized nations of Central and Eastern Europe.

Brad is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He resides in Warren with his wife, Satomi, and their two children.

(860) 626 1245 Ext. 104

Non-profit Relations
Julia Scharnberg, Vice President of Community Engagement
Julia Scharnberg, Vice President of Community Engagement

Julia manages the grant-making process for the Foundation. She provides pre-application counsel and assistance to nonprofits, and support and due diligence to the Board members and Trustees entrusted to award grants.  She is also an active participant in a number of community collaboratives centered on region-wide issues such as homelessness and affordable housing, food insecurity, substance use disorders, and the Community Foundation’s Regional Early Childhood Alliance.  

Julie earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, and a B.A. in International Relations & Political Science from Canisius College. She has worked extensively in the field of loan administration and legal affairs. Before taking on the role of Vice President of Community Engagement, she wrote a number of the Community Foundation’s publications, including The Plan to End Homelessness in Northwest Connecticut, From Challange to Opportunity, a Summary of the Economic Status and Other Indicators of Well-Being of Women and Girls in the Northwest Corner, Starved for Attention: Food Insecurity in Northwest CT and Beneath the Surface: The Opioid Epidemic in Northwest Connecticut.

Julie is very involved in the community of her hometown of Norfolk, serving as a board member of the Norfolk Connecticut Children’s Foundation and The Foundation for Norfolk Living, as a commission member of the Norfolk Historic District Commission, and as a participant in the collaborative Norfolk N.E.T. (Networking Everyone Together), a poverty alleviation and community building initiative. 


(860) 626 1245 Ext. 113

Nicole Carlson Easley, Vice President of Communications and Digital Media
Nicole Carlson Easley, Vice President of Communications and Digital Media

Nicole directs communications, including print and electronic publications,, public relations and social media. She interviews charitable people about their philanthropic goals for feature stories in print and electronic publications.

A native of Washington, Conn., Nicole is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the Foundation, Nicole directed communications and marketing efforts for nonprofit organizations in Florida for more than 13 years, including managing communications for financial-related services provided to Hurricane Katrina victims by the members of the Florida Institute of CPAs; public relations and promotion of the American Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile outreach program; and a nationwide electric utility disaster preparation and response program managed by the Florida Municipal Electric Association. She taught writing at Western Connecticut State University for two years and has published several historical-themed books.

Her philanthropic efforts include serving as a founding member of Capitol ARK/ECAH Animals, a successful grassroots effort to create a no-kill environment for domestic animals in Florida’s capital.

(860) 626 1245 Ext. 103

Christina Tranquillo, Communications Officer
Christina Tranquillo, Communications Officer

Christina works with the Vice President of Communications and Digital Media to support the communications needs of the Foundation. This includes assembling and organizing data for publications and communications, maintaining the Foundation’s web site and social media presence and assisting with planning and orchestrating Foundation events and educational seminars.

A graduate of Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., Christina has always enjoyed working for organizations that enrich lives. Before joining the Community Foundation, Christina worked in public relations at her college alma mater, at the Glenholme School in Washington, Conn., and for a Celtic record label based in Danbury, Conn.

(860) 626 1245 Ext. 114

Financial Services
Leslie Friscia, Chief Financial Officer
 Leslie Friscia, Chief Financial Officer

Leslie receives and acknowledges donations. She coordinates accounts payable, the general ledger and audit responsibilities and special projects. Leslie earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and has more than 18 years of accounting experience.

(860) 626 1245 Ext. 102

Daniel Hare, Data and Program Officer
Daniel Hare, Data and Program Officer

Daniel works with the Chief Financial Officer to process individual donations and generate donor acknowledgement letters. He is responsible for the maintenance of the Community Foundation’s donor and grantee database. This includes examining ways to improve the Foundations systems of data entry, data retention and archiving of information. He also works with the Vice President of Community Engagement to support the program and development needs of the Foundation. This includes maintaining grant applications files and correspondence with nonprofit applicants and grantees.

Daniel is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University and holds a BA in Sociology. Before joining the Community Foundation, Daniel worked with various organizations in New York City across the nonprofit field including serving two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Daniel grew up in Cornwall.

(860) 626 1245 Ext. 109

The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation
Sandra Monterose, Program Officer
Sandra Monterose, Program Officer, John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation

Sandra is the Program Officer for The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, a supporting organization of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation.

A native of Oakville, Conn., Sandy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Quinnipiac University. Her career has included working as a Veterinary Technologist, serving as a Regional Canine Officer for the CT Department of Agriculture, Senior Director at the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and as Executive Director of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation.

During her time with the ASPCA she was deployed to assist in the rescue and sheltering of animals for Hurricane Katrina. She is currently a member of the CT State Animal Response Team, and the Animal Population Control Program Advisory Group to the CT Department of Agriculture. 

(860) 626 1245 Ext. 110

Regional Early Childhood Alliance
Heather Black LPCA, IMH-E, Community Engagement Officer

Heather is responsible for developing and refining the Alliance processes and implementation strategies. She will work closely with regional organizations as a partner to build the Alliance, and will foster information and best practice sharing among the Alliance members and community partners. Most crucially, she works to strengthen partnerships and alliances and build greater alignment across the region’s stakeholders.

Heather 's certifications include: Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA), Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, CT,  Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E), Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health, New Haven, CT, and 068 School Counselor Certification, Connecticut State Department of Education, Hartford, CT.

(860) 626 1245

Richard Sussman, PhD., Lead Facilitator

Richard Sussman, PhD. will facilitate and lead the formation of the Alliance. Dr. Sussman was the leader and driving force behind the Hartford Foundation’s 25-year, $35 million early childhood initiative.Dr. Sussman has worked in community philanthropy for more than 30 years. 

As part of a local planning team, Dr. Sussman helped create the first municipal blueprint for early childhood services in Hartford and assisted in the development of both the Hartford Office for Young Children and the establishment of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. He also developed, in partnership with Hartford parents, six neighborhood based Family Centers that serve as local neighborhood community hubs for parent education and training, child development, and resident mobilization on family issues. He was holds a PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology from Yale. 

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.