H. Brian Dumeer, Chairman
H. Brian Dumeer, partner with Carlson & Dumeer LLC in Middletown, focuses his practice on personal injury and criminal defense in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. He is actively involved with the Middlesex United Way, The Young Leaders Society, and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. Attorney Dumeer serves as Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for the Middlesex Community College Foundation.
Jule A. Crawford, Secretary
Jule A. Crawford, began her college career at MxCC as a part-time student with three small children. She graduated in 1979 and transferred to Wesleyan University as an Etherington Scholar, then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from University of Connecticut School of Law. Jule has been practicing Family Law in the Middlesex County area since 1985.
Jay Keiser, Treasurer
Jay Keiser, has long been involved in the Middletown community where his primary interest has been public education. He has served on the Middletown Board of Education, where he was Chair of the Budget Committee, and as president of school Parent/Teacher Associations. He also served as a real estate broker in the greater Middletown area.
Garrett Birdsey, currently is a mortgage processor at Liberty Bank. He has worked in many capacities at Liberty Bank over the past twelve years. Garrett is a former treasurer for the Middlesex Community College Foundation, on which he has served since 2010.
Anne Cassady, Professor Emerita, English Department, taught at MxCC for 34 years, committing much of her work to developing programs to support at-risk students and to foster interest and involvement in the theatre arts. She serves on the Friends of Long Hill Estate Board of Directors and Durham’s Senior Citizens’ Board.
Mary Anne Cox
Mary Anne Cox, was Assistant Chancellor of the Connecticut Community College System for more than 24 years, working in Communications to increase support for the mission of community colleges among the public, community, business and government leaders. She is a Board member for the Connecticut Public Access Network (CPAN), and a docent at the Florence Griswold Museum.
Judith Felton, is a Professor of Human Services and Psychology at MxCC. Judith also serves as Chair of the Social Sciences Division, Coordinator of the Human Services Program, Substance Abuse Education, and Therapeutic Recreation Certificate and Degree Programs at MxCC. In the community Judith serves on the Board of Directors of St. Vincent de Paul, Middlesex United Way, and the Connection.
Ann Grasso moved to Cromwell, Connecticut in 2011 while continuing to work in her 30+ years of architectural practice. Her hopes to continue her commitment to volunteering similar to her 16 years of non-profit board participation while living in Rhode Island, including service with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and as a member of the Board for Haystack, were realized when she met President Anna Wasescha. Dr. Wasescha’s leadership and expertise and the promise of a bright future for Middlesex Community College made it easy to say yes when asked to participate on the Foundation Board. Ann continues to be committed to the arts, arts education and family issues and is mom to two sons and grandmother to two twin grandsons who live in the West
M. Jordan – Addo, principal with the Law Office of M. Jordan - Addo, East Hartford, a general practice law firm. Attorney Jordan – Addo was Co-Founder of The Barrister Law Group in Bridgeport where she received the 2011 Corporate Award from West Indian American Association of Greater Bridgeport in recognition of her outstanding personal achievements in business and service.
Elaine Law lives in Portland, Connecticut with her husband Attorney George Law. She is an active member in the community and has served on various boards and committees at First Congregational Church of Portland and Portland High School.
Elaine holds an M.S. degree in Human Resources Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic University, and was employed in 1985 by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Hartford, CT, rising from Human Resources Generalist to Director, then Ombudsman, until her retirement as Employee Relations Consultant in October, 2009. Elaine is known as a talented professional in employee relations who brings strong critical thinking and communication skills to complex issues. She is experienced in organizational development, training and compensation and is interested in developing business and community partnerships for the Foundation.
Donna Leonowich, is a Professor of Business Administration, having served as Chair of the Division, Coordinator of the Business Administration and Marketing programs, and Interim Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. She has been at the forefront of numerous campus activities and initiatives and became faculty representative to the Foundation Board in 2012.
Ellen Long, was a Reading Specialist in the Hartford Public School System and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University System for 18 years. She served on the Board of Education in Rocky Hill for three terms, was Chair of the Belden Library for ten years, and currently represents the Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education (MILE) on the Foundation.
Richard M. Muniz, is Former Dean of Workforce Development, Continuing Education & Community Services at MxCC. He is a resident of Hamden and owner of MUNIZ & ASSOCIATES, Consulting Group. He is also President of the Board of the United Way of Meriden/Wallingford. He serves on the Scholarship Committee.
William J. Ryczek
Bill Ryczek, a Founding Principal of Colebrook Financial Company, LLC, has been providing financing to timeshare developers since the industry’s infancy in 1979. From 1979 through 1987, Bill was employed by Barclays American Corporation, and from 1988 through 2002, he was with Liberty Bank, finishing his tenure as the Bank’s Chief Lending Officer. He left Liberty to establish Colebrook, in association with three colleagues.
Bill received a B.S. Degree from the University of Connecticut, an MBA in Management Science and Organizational Behavior from Penn State, and also attended the University of Bridgeport School of Law. He has been an adjunct professor of finance and sports studies at Albertus Magnus College, the University of Hartford, and Quinnipiac University. In his free time, Bill is a writer, and has published several award-winning books on sports history
Kevin Scarpati , a lifelong resident of Meriden, is an elected member of the Meriden City Council, Director of Athletics for the Meriden YMCA, former member of the Meriden Board of Education, current Chair of the Meriden Public Safety Committee, and member of the State Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut. Of special interest to Kevin are the success, opportunities, and growth of the MxCC Meriden Center which he sees as a resource for bringing vitality and opportunity to Meriden’s city center and the surrounding region.
Kevin is well known throughout Middlesex County for his positive energy, talented networking skills, and innovative thinking. With the Meriden Center now serving approximately one-third of the Middlesex students at its newly expanded downtown center, Kevin’s involvement with the Center and the Foundation will provide strong connections to the main campus in Middletown and growing support for the Foundation
Anna Wasescha, has served as the President of MxCC since June 2011. Prior to moving to Connecticut, she spent her entire career in higher education in Minnesota, most recently as Provost at Minnesota State Community College. President Wasescha earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.