Staff and Governance

Office of the President
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 $100 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
grovezzi@northwestcf.org

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
lhaddock@northwestcf.org

Development and Donor Relations
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
bhoar@northwestcf.org

Non-profit Relations
Julia Scharnberg, Grants and Program Director

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 also manages the post-grant process for the Community Foundation.

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 Grants and Program Director, she wrote a number of the Community Foundation’s publications, including The Plan to End Homelessness in Northwest Connecticut, A Summary of the Economic Status and Other Indicators of Well-Being of Women and Girls in the Northwest CornerStarved 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 Chairman 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. She also serves on the boards of the Coalition for Sound Growth, the Norfolk Connecticut Children’s Foundation, and The Foundation for Norfolk Living.

(860) 626 1245 Ext. 113
jscharnberg@northwestcf.org

Christina Tranquillo, Program and Communications Associate

Christina works with the Communications Director and the Grants and Program Director to support the program, communications, development and general office needs of the Foundation. This includes assembling and organizing data for publications and communications, maintaining the Foundation’s web site and social media presence, maintaining grant applications files and correspondence with nonprofit applicants and grantees, 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, CT.

(860) 626 1245
ctranquillo@northwestcf.org

Communications
Nicole Carlson Easley, Communications Director

Nicole directs communications, including print and electronic publications, northwestcf.org, 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
neasley@northwestcf.org

Financial Services
Leslie Friscia, Finance Director

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
lfriscia@northwestcf.org

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