Board photo courtesy of Fred Ortoli


Jennifer S. Bull, an Accounting and Audit Principal of DHL&S in Shelton was elected as Chair of the Board of Directors at Valley United Way’s at the 48th Annual meeting on April 26, 2016. She succeeds Janice Sheehy of Webster Bank who  served two terms as president and will remain on the Board. 

Jen has served as the Vice Chair of the Board and has also been a member of the Executive, Finance and Audit Committees. She has also been a member of the Campaign Task Force. At DHL&S, she also coordinated the very successful United Way employee campaigns.

In her work at DHL&S, she is responsible for the planning, supervision and evaluation of engagements in various industries comprising manufacturing, financial services, charter schools, retail and not-for-profit, including college foundations.

Ms. Bull graduated Cum Laude in 1994 from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1997. As part of her annual continuing education, Ms. Bull attends all relevant updates sponsored by the State Board of Accountancy, and is an active participant in the Firm’s training programs for new accounting staff.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is active in many community activities.

Ms. Bull serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce as their Treasurer and the Vice-Chairwoman, and the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is actively involved with The Leads Group Women in Networking, sponsored by the Valley Chamber of Commerce, and is a twice past President, during which time she was instrumental in the establishment of the Women in Networking Entrepreneurial Grant with the Valley Community Foundation. This grant provides financial assistance to women in the Naugatuck Valley area who own their own businesses or are trying to start their own businesses.

An avid runner, she is also a frequent participant in road races that benefit various charities. Ms. Bull resides in Milford with her husband, Michael Simon, and their two sons, Tyler and Matthew.


Board Of Directors Elected

At the annual meeting Michael Wilson, Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Ansonia was elected to the Board and Freeman Burr (retired Shelton Superintendent of Schools), John DeGray (Point Energy Solutions), Bill Purcell (Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce), Janice Sheehy (Webster Bank), Dominick Thomas (Cohen & Thomas), Mary Ann Miskowicz (Better Packages) and Joe Pagliaro, Jr. (Riverview & Adzima Funeral Homes) were all re-elected to three year terms.


The slate of officers for the Board elected at the meeting are Chair, Jen Bull,  Vice Chair, Joe Pagliaro, Jr, Treasurer, Greg DeStefano, and  Secretary, Jimmy Tickey.

Click here for a listing of all those who have served as volunteer heads of Valley United Way.

Click here for a listing of all those who have chaired Valley United Way Community Campaigns.

Valley United Way is governed by an independent Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for making all policies and decisions for Valley United Way. Board members are chosen from a cross section of community members, who are Members of the Corporation (Corporators).

Valley United Way’s Board of Directors is composed of up to 32 members including immediate Past Chairman as an ex-officio member. Board Members are elected to serve a maximum of two, four year terms.  The election of Board members and officers takes place each year at our Annual Meeting.

Board members meet monthly, serving without compensation, to set policy and review performance of the organization. The current Board consists of the following members:


Jennifer Bull

Dworken Hillman LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C.

Jennifer Bull is responsible for the planning, supervision, and evaluation of engagements in various industries. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Patrick Charmel

Griffin Health Services Corporation
President and Chief Executive Officer

Patrick A. Charmel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Griffin Hospital and its parent organization, Griffin Health Services Corporation, has been associated with Griffin since 1979, when he served as a student intern while attending Quinnipiac University. After serving in a number of administrative positions, he became President in 1998. As President of Griffin Health Services Corporation, he is also the Chief Executive Officer of Planetree Inc., a subsidiary corporation


 John DeGray

Point Energy Solutions

John DeGray is the former president of The Kerite Company and spent 21 years with the company. He received his Bachelors of Science from Bryant University before completing a Masters at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Peter Dagostine

Robinson & Cole, LLP

Peter Dagostine is an attorney at Robinson & Cole, LLP who represents employers in labor and employment law and related litigation.  A lifelong resident of Shelton, Pete served on the Board of the Parent Child Resource Center, currently is a Corporator with the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, and regularly provides legal seminars to local businesses through the Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Gregory P. DeStefano

Cherubino & Company, P.C.

Gregory P. DeStefano, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Greg earned his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Connecticut State University. He has been practicing accounting for more than 20 years and serves clients in many industries.
Active in several community outreach initiatives, Greg is a member of the Shelton-Derby Lions Club, treasurer for the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation (CLERF), and a finance committee member for the Valley United Way in Shelton, Connecticut.


Michael M. Gnibus

GE Global Patent Operation

Mike has been with GE since 2002 and has been the Director of the company’s Global Patent Operation since 2007. Mike earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and earned his JD from the Widener University School of Law.


Johanne Henderson

BIC Corporation
Manager, Training & Organizational Development

Johanne Henderson has been employed with BIC Corporation for 15 years. In her role as Manager for Training and Organizational Development, she has broad responsibilities in organizational effectiveness including training design and delivery. Her professional affiliations include the Human Capital Institute, American Society of Training & Development, and Society for Human Resource Management. Johanne has chaired and/or participated in the United Way Fund Raising Campaigns at BIC for the last 9 years.


Mona Kadiwar

Edgewell Personal Care
Associate Brand Manager

Mona has been employed by Edgwell Personal Care (formerly Energizer) for over 5 years. Currently she is the Associate Brand Manager on Schick Disposables Razors. Mona has her M.B.A. from Georgetown University and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She has been involved in Edgewell Personal Care’s United Way Campaign in Shelton for many years.


Eileen Lopez-Cordone

United Illuminating
Community Development Specialist

Eileen was elected to the Board at the Annual Meeting held on April 28, 2009.

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John McFarland

Marketing Director, Hubbell Wiring Systems Division

John McFarland has worked for Hubbell for 18 years holding several different positions during that time. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Management from The Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY and earned his MBA with a finance concentration from the University of Connecticut.

John has been participating in Triathlon’s for 26 years and is also an avid trail runner and has completed several Ultra Marathon’s. John is the Vice President of the Board for the Hat City Cycling club and is an active member of the Bethel Cycle Sport club.


Ned Miller

Ned Miller Associates

Ned Miller is President of The Ned Miller Agency – A Division of Starkweather & Shepley in Shelton. Ned had a previous stint on the Board of Directors and was Board Chair in 1998. He also chaired the Annual Community Campaigns in 1995 and 1996. Ned is very active in the community and is a past President of the Housatonic Council Boy Scouts of America as well as past President of the Ansonia Rotary Club. He resides in Shelton with his wife Marianne and has two grown children.


Fred Ortoli

Fred Ortoli Photography

Fred Ortoli is the Valley’s “Community Photographer” who shares his time and talents with a variety of Valley nonprofit organizations. He recently received the Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award. He has long been active with Valley United Way and will be serving as the Chair of the Annual Community Fund Raising Campaign for 2009-2010.


Joseph Pagliaro, Jr.
Riverview & Adzima Funeral Homes

Joseph is currently Vice Chairman of the Board, and he has a distinguished career of service to Valley United Way and many other nonprofit boards in the Valley including twice serving as Chairman of the Annual Community Campaign.


Ruth Parkins

Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company
Manager, Public Affairs

Ruth is serving a second tour of duty on the board at Valley United Way and served as Chair of the Board in her previous time on the board. She was very instrumental in the development of the Corporate Volunteer Council. She is also very active in the community and serves as Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Bill Purcell

Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

William Purcell is the President of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. He has also been involved in many community services and programs, including Special Olympics of Connecticut, Junior Achievement, Boys and Girls Club, and The Workplace Inc.

Rich Rosen

The RH Rosen Group

Rich returns to the board after having served two previous terms and continues to chair the Marketing Committee. Rich is CEO of The RH Rosen Group which works with businesses to reduce cost, improve customer communications and Go Green, by replacing paper based communications and invoices with electronic delivery and payment solutions.

Janice Sheehy

Webster Bank
Senior Vice President of Business & Professional Banking

Janice Sheehy is Vice President, Business and Professional Banking at Webster Bank. She is currently a member of the Board with the Birmingham Group Health Services, The Birmingham Foundation, The Hewitt Foundation, Ansonia Economic Dev. Corp, and Shelton Economic Dev. Corp.


 Dominick Thomas

Cohen & Thomas

Dominick Thomas is an attorney and owner of Cohen and Thomas Law Firm. He has served the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley for over 28 years and the Birmingham Group Health Services for over 25 years. Dominick has also been affiliated with numerous volunteer activities throughout the Valley.

 James Tickey

Jimmy’s World Network

Jimmy Tickey is a past President of our Youth Leadership Program and a former Leadership Greater Valley participant. He operates his own marketing and consulting business in the Naugatuck Valley serving both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Jimmy has been involved in many community activities such as Junior Achievement, the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Emerging Professionals and serves on the Board of Advisers for Connecticut’s Future Business Leaders of America. Jimmy graduated from Fordham University in New York City where he received a bachelors degree in Business Administration and Economics.


Kristen Urso-Rio

GE Global Growth & Operations
Senior Accounting Leader

Kristen has been employed at General Electric since 2007. Prior to GE, Kristen was employed at Honeywell and Ethan Allen International. Kristen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Eastern Connecticut State University.
Kristen is an active member of the VUW Corporate Volunteer Council, a co-chair of the GE Shelton Corporate Volunteer Council and the co-chair for the United Way Fund Raising Campaigns for the Shelton GE location. She has also been involved with numerous volunteer activities through the GE Womens Network and the GE volunteer days.


Michael Wilson
Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Michael Wilson is the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Ansonia. He joined Ansonia Public Schools as its new Math-Science district coordinator, a position he held until he became Assistant Principal of Ansonia High School for the 2012-13 school year. In 2013, Michael took over as the Assistant Superintendent. .  Mr. Wilson is a published author, having written three articles for The first was, “Differentiation: It’s Nothing New For This Guy”; the second was entitled “Ever Wonder Where We are Educationally?” and the third was entitled “Homework: Why Do It?”.



Ortoli,FredPhotos by Fred Ortoli

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