People in the News

Career Achievements

Guy Tommasi has been named managing director of LifeTime Solutions in Guilford, the private-duty home care affiliate of VNA Community Healthcare.

Jerry Turk has been promoted to vice president of training and technology at Madison-based PowerPhone, Inc.

Service Awards and Recognitions

Katherine Canipelli, president of Marketing Folio, was inducted into the Rotary Club of Guilford.

Martha "Marti" Carlson was elected to a two-year term as chairperson of the Guilford Democratic Town Committee. Carlson is the assistant state comptroller. She is also a member of Guilford's Efficiency Task Force, has served as chair of Guilford's Police Commission, and for two decades has served many local and regional cultural, educational, and faith programs. These include leadership roles in Connecticut Voices for Children; Women's Health Research at Yale; Gateway's Community College Foundation; greater Hartford's YWCA; and, in Guilford, the Chamber of Commerce; the Shoreline Alliance for the Arts; Melita Welcome House for International Refugees; Guilford Interfaith Ministries; First Church Pilgrim Fellowship Committee; development of the Guilford Preservation Alliance Master Plan; and the annual Holiday Tree Lighting event. In addition, since 2005, she has been a member of the Democratic Party's State Central Committee and served as a delegate to the 2009 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Her professional background includes roles in economic development of small businesses for the City of New Haven; ownership and operation of an art supply and commercial photography firm in Guilford; and direction of complex international editorial and photographic operations for a research publications firm.

D. Cyril D'Souza, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and director of both Veterans Affairs-Yale Schizophrenia Treatment Research and the Neuropsychiatry Firm at Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, has joined Harbor Health Services' Board of Directors.

Lynn R. Fusco, president of the Fusco Corporation, was honored as one of "Three Wise Women" by the National Organization of Italian American Women, Connecticut Region, during its first annual Epiphany Celebration at the New Haven Lawn Club. The award recognizes women with outstanding achievements in their fields who have made positive contributions to their communities and serve as strong role models to the next generation of Italian American women.

Peter Goletz, financial advisor and associate vice president of investments of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., was inducted into the Rotary Club of Guilford.

George F. Sullivan, Jr., of Guilford Funeral Home received a special award from the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association in recognition of his 50 years of licensing and service to the community as his funeral home marked its 50th year of operation.

• Newly Elected Guilford Democratic Town Committee Officers: Vice Chair-Patrick Kinney; Secretary-Alexandra Gross; and Treasurer-Stephen Kops (reelected).

Dr. Terry Macy, executive director of SARAH Tuxis Residential and Community Services, was honored by the board of directors at a dinner at the Maritime Grille in Guilford. Macy has served the agency for 19 years.

Dr. Marlene Beth Schwartz, deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, has joined the Connecticut Food Bank Board of Directors.

State Rep. Patricia Widlitz (D-Guilford), deputy majority leader of the Connecticut General Assembly, was elected to the boards of directors for both VNA Health Systems and the Visiting Nurses Association of South Central Connecticut.

Acts of Community Service and Charitable Contributions

Molly Bell and Anna Kwochka, CCD students at St. George Church, held a successful coat drive as part of their community service work for the church. Bell and Kwochka collected more than 200 coats to donate to The Columbus House homeless shelter.

• Julia and Olivia Silver, the daughters of Shawn and Tina Silver of Clinton and the granddaughters of Ginny and John Dellaventura of Guilford, donated their hair to Locks of Love.

Sarah Egan, a Red Cross Connecticut Chapter staff member, was recently deployed to support Red Cross relief operations in Tennessee following a devastating flood.

• As his Eagle Scout project, Brian Gottwalt is building a bridge across the stream of the New England National Scenic Trail, which stretches from New Hampshire down to Long Island Sound.

Caitlyn Jones, a member of the Providence College Class of 2012, spent a week working with Habitat for Humanity as part of the organization's Collegiate Challenge: Spring Break 2010. Jones worked on a home project in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Cliff and Kent Mackowiak, ages 9 and 7, celebrated their respective birthdays together and, in lieu of gifts, they each chose a charity to support. Kent supported his mom in Angelride, a 50-mile charity bike ride for The Hole in the Wall Gang. Cliff donated to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation.

Rebecca Mangs and Peter Schioppo both participated in the eighth annual Jumpathon for St. Jude Children's Hospital at Guilford Riding School (GRS). Mangs and Shioppo were named the winners of the year's competition, both in pledges raised and for their daring on horseback. Mangs collected $3,255 and Schioppo collected $1,143. GRS Director Jill Walter-Robinson created this event to complement St. Jude's national Saddle-Up program.

• Pan-Mass Challenge Participants: Nancy Ashcroft, Nicole Barucci, Bob Conerly, Jim Mooney, William Palmer, and Chip Walsh.

Ella Petra donated her hair to Locks of Love.

Carol Sirot was honored during by Yale-New Haven Shoreline Medical Center for a gift she made which allowed for the renovation of the medical center's patient registration and triage areas.

• Twins Christina and Kimberly Teahan each donated eight inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which provides hair pieces to those in need. The girl's hair was cut at Alaina and Cascio in Guilford.

Caitlin van der Grinten donated blood at the Guilford Blood Drive in celebration of her 18th birthday.

Service Awards and Recognitions

Dianne Berg, LMT, RPP, was elected president of the Shoreline Business League for the April 2010 to March 2011 term. Berg is a licensed massage therapist and director of the Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health in Guilford.

Marna Borgstrom of Guilford, president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital, was honored by the Anti-Defamation League with the 2010 Greater New Haven Torch of Liberty Award.

• Guilford High School student Emily Breeze and Adams Middle School student Taylor Hudak were both honored for their commitment to the community at the Prudential Spirit of Community Celebration.

Michael Castellano was honored by the St. Andrew the Apostle Society during its annual Italian Festa for his outstanding service and dedication to the society, his Italian heritage, and the Greater New Haven community.

David DeLancy of Home Instead Senior Care, Guilford, was elected secretary of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Private Duty Association for the forthcoming year.

Kimberly Hartmann of Guilford, associate professor and chair of occupational therapy in the Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences, received the James Marshall Award for Service to the Quinnipiac Community.

State Rep. Deb Heinrich (D-Madison, Guilford) was named a Children's Champion by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.

Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D., of Guilford, director of Women's Health Research at Yale, was honored at the Girl Scouts of Connecticut's inaugural Women of Achievement event.

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