Kennedy Center elects new officers and a new board member

The Kennedy Center, headquartered in Trumbull, recently announced the election of its new officers and one new board member. The following officers are serving on the Board of Directors: Stephen A. Smith of Shelton, Chair, who is the President of Smith & Company, LLC, Marketing Consultants in Shelton; Daniel Long of Cheshire, Vice Chair, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing Director of Newtown Savings Bank; Michael Lynch of Stratford, Treasurer, who is a Senior Financial Planner at Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife Securities, Inc. in Shelton; and Mary G. Brown of Bridgeport, Secretary, who is a retired Bridgeport Central High School mathematics teacher. In addition, Mark DeCruccio of Goshen, Senior Vice President with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Westport, was elected to a new three-year term.

Stephen A. Smith, currently President of Smith & Company LLC, Marketing Consultants, previously served as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for a regional bank and was responsible for all marketing activities including advertising, public relations, market research and investor relations. He served on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Connecticut for nine years and as the Board Chairman from 2002 to 2004. Smith is the recipient of the Susan St. James Award for Leadership and has been inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame. He serves on The Kennedy Center’s Board of Directors as well as the Annual Giving Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Marketing and Strategic Planning Committee. Smith is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Marketing. He also has an M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He and his wife, Bonnie, have one daughter, Alison, who is a client of the Kennedy Center, and a son, Brian.

Daniel Long, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Marketing Director, of the Newtown Savings Bank, leads the bank’s Strategic Planning, and after the CEO, has the primary responsibility to ensure that the Plan is executed. He oversees two marketing Vice Presidents and the Bank’s marketing efforts including the website, mobile banking, internet advertising, as well as the marketing of traditional bank services. Long led the development of the Bank’s NSBgivesBack and Suite Deal programs for volunteers in the Bank’s communities. He also chairs the Bank’s Marketing Committee and is a member of the Management Team, Asset and Liability Committee and EDP Steering. Prior to working at Newtown Savings Bank, he was an independent consultant working on Marketing Information Systems, Vendor Selection, and—in the late 90s—development of a bank’s first online loan application. Long’s community interests include current co-chair and former president of Trumbull Business to Education Initiative, which is dedicated to helping Trumbull students make a connection with career choices. He also spearheaded Newtown Savings Bank efforts the past two years with the St. Baldrick Association, which by shaving heads, helps to raise funds to find a cure for cancer. He is a 3rd Dan Black Belt-Cheezic Tang Soo Do and former instructor.

Michael Lynch, a Senior Financial Planner at Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife Securities, Inc., also is a Special Needs Financial Planner in the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning. He is an adjunct professor at Fairfield University and co-hosts “Smart Money,” a weekly call-in radio program on WICC in Bridgeport. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and a member of the Board of Directors of the Autism Spectrum Resource Center. In 2007 Lynch was honored as one of the top four financial advisors under age forty by Advisor Today, the official publication of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington and a Master of Arts in Economics from San Francisco State University. He has chaired The Kennedy Center’s Endowment Committee for the last two years and has served on the Investment and Budget and Finance Committees as well.

Mary G. Brown, a graduate of the College of New Rochelle, is a retired Bridgeport Central High School mathematics teacher and parent of a Kennedy Center client. Her civic activities include officer of the Board of Directors of the Bridgeport/Fairfield Teachers’ Federal Credit Union. She is a volunteer with the Bridgeport School Volunteer Association Read-Aloud Program. Brown continues to be an active volunteer at The Kennedy Center serving as co-chair of the Annual Meeting Committee and chair of the Community Facilities Committee. She is also a member of the Advisory and Legislative Committees.

New board member Mark DeCruccio, is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Westport. He leads a team of professionals which includes a Private Client Manager, a Portfolio Manager, a Trust Officer and Wealth Strategist that serves clients’ wealth management needs. He has spent his entire 25-year career in the financial services industry advising corporations, private equity clients and entrepreneurs. Prior to joining U.S. Trust in 2011, DeCruccio was a Financial Advisor at Alliance Bernstein since 2009. Previously he was a managing director and media/communications industry and private equity coverage banker for 15 years at BNP Paribas and GE Capital. He also spent eight years as a practicing CPA, most of that time as an audit manager at Arthur Andersen & Co with a focus on the construction and commercial real estate industries. DeCruccio earned a BS in Accounting from Lehigh University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds Series 7, Series 63 and 66 licenses. Mark is very active in civic and non-profit activities. He is a member of the Silo Hunt Hill Farm Trust board in New Milford, member of the Board of the Association for Fund-Raising Professionals-Fairfield County Chapter, advisory board member to the Westport Historical Society, executive committee member to the Young Ambassadors of Norwalk Hospital Foundation and a member of the Kennedy Center Endowment Committee of the Board.

The Kennedy Center is an internationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves over 2,000 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 24 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs. Visit for more information.