The Kennedy Center elects board members — which includes local people

The Kennedy Center recently announced the election of new officers and six new board members.

The following officers are serving on the board of directors:

— Daniel Long of Cheshire, chair, senior vice president and chief experience officer of Newtown Savings Bank.

— Michele Macauda of Monroe, vice chair, recently-retired from AT&T as the senior vice president for business and network solutions IT.

—Michael Lynch of Stratford, treasurer, who is a Senior Financial Planner at Barnum Wealth Management, an office of MetLife in Shelton.

— Mary G. Brown of Bridgeport, secretary, a retired Bridgeport Central High School mathematics teacher.

Six area professionals starting new three-year terms include:

— Kwamie Dunbar, assistant dean and professor of finance in the Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University.

— Peter Gavey of Fairfield, a general partner of Goodnow Investment Group.

— Robert Lesko of Shelton, managing partner at DiMatteo Group-Insurance, LLC.

— Herb Moorin, Esq. of Fairfield, a member of the law firm of Pullman & Comley.

— Ben Strong of Trumbull, the director of marketing for the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (Amver) international search and rescue program for the United States Coast Guard in New York City.

— Diane Thompson of Sandy Hook, the co-owner of Wolfman Productions, Inc.

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch is part of the MetLife Premier Client Group, where he has been named MetLife’s Financial Planner of the Year three times.

He is an adjunct professor at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University and teaches consumer oriented financial planning to employees of Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and nonprofits throughout the New York metropolitan area.

He is a designated special needs planner, having completed extensive training and continuing education to help families with legal and financial planning for dependents with special needs. As a result of his work, Lynch has been named to MetLife’s Americas Council as well as the Platinum and Leaders Conferences which recognizes the top tiers of the financial services representatives in the firm. He is a lifetime member of MetLife’s President’s Conference. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and a master’s in economics from San Francisco State University. He has been a member of The Kennedy Center’s Endowment, Investment and Budget and Finance Committees.

Robert Lesko

Robert Lesko is a graduate of Sacred Heart University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a managing partner at DiMatteo Group-Insurance, LLC. The firm offers business and personal lines insurance, employee benefit plans, tax preparation and financial services for businesses and families throughout Connecticut and surrounding states.

Lesko is active in the DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation, a 510(c)(3) nonprofit organization, created 10 years ago in the memory of his father-in-law Anthony DiMatteo, the founder of DiMatteo Group.

He also serves on the board of directors for the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, an ambassador for the chamber and has been co-chair of many leads groups throughout the Chamber. Recently, Lesko was selected to be a panelist for the Youth of the Year Judging for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. He is a member of Highland Country Club in Shelton and is a youth basketball coach for the Shelton seventh grade girls travel basketball team.

About the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center, founded in 1951, is a nationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,400 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 29 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.

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