Julé A. Crawford
Julé 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. Julé has been practicing Family Law in the Middlesex County area since 1985. Julé is the founding chair of the Foundation’s signature fund raising event, the Red Moon Fest, which has raised nearly $100,000 for student scholarships since its beginning in 2012.
H Brian Dumeer
Brian Dumeer is 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. A graduate of Xavier High School, Roger Williams University and School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island, Attorney Dumeer formerly served as Chair of the Foundation Board and its Fund Raising Committee and now leads the Board’s New Member Orientation initiative.
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. Mary Anne earned her B.A. in English from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT, and her M.A.L.S from Wesleyan University, Middletown. Now retired from State service, Mary Anne runs a writing and communications consulting company, Communications ink.
Rick Morin is a CPA at Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC. Morin has over 25 years of experience in public accounting, including over 15 years with the largest regional accounting and business consulting firm in Connecticut. His experience ranges from estate, trust, and succession planning to probate filings and estate settlement services. He has helped to raise awareness of charitable planned giving and legacy planning opportunities in Middlesex County, and has spoken about taxation issues for various professional organizations. Morin received his B.S. Cum Laude from Central Connecticut State University and has been licensed as a CPA since 1988. Currently a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Central Connecticut Business and Estate Planning Council, Morin also serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Morin is a member of the Middlesex County United Way Audit Committee. He is Treasurer for the Connecticut Business Planning Council.
Jim Probolus is a self-employed Managerial Consultant and former President of the Board at Gilead Community Services, Inc. While at Gilead, Jim volunteered on the Finance, Governance, and Advocacy Committees. He has been active in education; delivering testimony and meeting with local legislators in promoting the needs and pointing out the benefits being provided by Gilead to those dealing with mental health issues. Jim has been actively involved in various volunteer activities in Portland, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Education, Board Member of the Portland VNA, member of the Rainbow Board at Gilead. He also served as a coach within Portland Parks and Recreation, and as a volunteer on several town task forces.Jim and his wife are both active in the local community and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, traveling, hiking, gardening, skiing, and following UCONN women’s basketball.
Jessica Accetta, Student Representative
Jessiced Accetta received her associate degree from MxCC in Spring 2017. The next step in her career path is nursing, with the goal of becoming a pediatric endocrinologist and oncologist APRN, while continuing on to an MD through a long path of education that began at Middlesex. She was vice president of the Pegasus Ultimate Frisbee Team, member of the Student Senate, and also completed a legislative internship. Outside of school, Jess is active in her hometown of Clinton, Conn., and as an on-call EMT in Clinton and Killingworth. She also served as youth president in Clinton for Partners in Community, where she facilitated town-wide events and helped with activities at local schools. She organized the Family Olympics and the Polar Express Movie Night, two popular annual events for which she received a citation of commendation from the Connecticut General Assembly. Jess was elected to a Clinton board charged with saving a local historical museum because of her work with the historical society. Her energy and positive attitude are bound to make good things happen at MxCC and beyond.
Tyquan Crump, of Middletown, Conn., graduated from MxCC in 2016 with a degree in marketing and general studies. After coming to MxCC in 2011, Tyquan was involved in many extracurricular activities including president of the Creative Writing Club, member of the Soccer Club, and student representative for the Foundation Board of Directors. He is responsible for leading several campus community-based fundraising events to support the Foundation. His goal is to create two student scholarships. Tyquan is a committed volunteer at Foundation events and has been described by former MxCC President Anna Wasescha as her “hero” for his dedication to MxCC and his fellow students. He currently serves on the state of Connecticut Insurance and Risk Management Board, which oversees the property and liability insurance coverage for all state agencies. He also is a corporator for Eastern Connecticut Health Network and serves on its Performance Assessment & Improvement Committee. Tyquan’s interests include the digital arts, poetry, MHS sports, soccer, high diving, and acting.
Jeannette Hodge, a longtime resident of Portland, Conn., has been involved with the organization and leadership of volunteer operations and services for numerous health organizations in Connecticut. She was executive director for Middlesex Association for Retarded Citizens, (MARC); director of volunteer services at Middlesex Hospital; and executive director for the departments of Patient Experience, Volunteer Services, Patient Relations, Interpreter Services, and Guest Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital until her retirement in 2015. A frequent speaker at national and regional conferences and educational seminars on healthcare and volunteerism, Jeannette is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College. She also holds a certificate in volunteer administration from the University of Connecticut and national certification from the American Society of Healthcare Volunteer Administration Professionals.
Ken has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry with broad experience in compliance, operations, retail banking, technology implementation, electronic delivery channels, vendor management, customer service and facilities management. Ken is currently associated with the Northeastern Banking Services Group where he serves as a Managing Director, responsible for various consulting engagements at banks headquartered in New England. The engagements include Core Vendor selection and conversion, Process Improvements, Compliance and Regulatory Matters and Information Technology and Security. Prior to that, Ken was associated with several community banks after a long career at People’s United Bank, Bridgeport, CT. In the community banking arena he was a member of the senior management team at Quinnipiac Bank & Trust Company in Hamden, CT where he was a key player in the opening of the bank in 2008 and subsequently was responsible for Operations, Technology, Compliance and Vendor Management.
Ken attended the University of New Haven and is a member of several organizations including the Bank Compliance Association of CT where he served on the Board of Governors for over 7 years. Ken is also a member of the Westbrook Elks, where he volunteers at the annual Beach Jam for Breast Center, a major event where funds are raised for breast cancer patients at Middlesex memorial Hospital and Smilow at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Ken also volunteers at the Guilford Job Network, which provides job search and networking support for those in transition.
Ken lives in Northford with his fiancée Carolyn Sommer and his daughter Holly.
Richard Kamins was born, raised, educated, and still lives in Middletown. He has the distinction being a member of the first class at MxCC, graduating in 1968 and going on to earn his B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut in 1974 (having taken a bit of time away from school to find work and get married). He worked for his father at The Bottle Shop in Middletown, eventually buying the wine, liquor, and beer store in 1977. During his 29 years, the store became known for its distinctive collection of wines from the US and around the world. While being the proprietor, Kamins joined a number of volunteer organizations in Middletown including the Boards of Adath Israel synagogue, the Russell Library, the Middletown Commission of the Arts & the Music Committee of the Wadsworth Mansion he also found time over 8 years (1985 – 1993) to study for and earn his Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies at Wesleyan University. He is a member of the Vintage Players and co-director of Readers Theater. He hosts two radio programs and produces another on WMRD/WLIS.
After selling the wine store in January 2006, Kamins spent the next 4 years working part-time at the radio station and writing an Arts column for the Hartford Courant. He spent several years (2009 – 2012) facilitating the Great Discussions program at MILE. In 2010, several months after the Courant downsized and eliminated his column, he began teaching the First Year Seminar at Quinnipiac University then called QU 101 – The Individual in the Community. Kamins started his 7th year in August 2016 and finds teaching freshmen a challenge, a joy, and a way to keep young.
Lenell Kittlitz is currently the Assistant Director of Construction Services for the Capital Region Education Council, CREC, an organization that connects people and resources for a quality education. Previously, she was Director of Facilities and Planning for the Connecticut Community Colleges Board of Trustees from 2000-2012. Lenell was Co-Chair of the Society of College & University Planners (SCUP) North Atlantic Fall 2013 conference LEEDING the Way at Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT and is a US Coast Guard veteran. She serves on the President’s Executive Council for Gateway Community College, has been a Corporator for the Middlesex Community College Foundation, a member of the Connecticut Veterans Engagement Board and the Board of Trustees for the Veterans Administration for the State of Connecticut. Ms. Kittlitz holds a BS in Public Administration from the University of Hartford and an MS in Organization and Management from Central Connecticut State University.
Laura Krueger, of Meriden, Conn., graduated from MxCC with an associate degree in broadcast communication. She was the first woman to receive the Broadcast Communications Award, which recognizes the department’s top student. She also served as a tutor for the department after working as an intern with WTNH in New Haven and as a camera assistant with ESPN in Bristol, Conn. Since then, she has held a range of positions in broadcasting including president and station manager at WMXC in Middletown; producer/director at Comcast Cablevision in Middletown; and floor director for Fox 61 News in Hartford. Laura is currently the director of public relations and marketing for The Salvation Army in Hartford, having previously served as director of business development and manager of employee engagement marketing for Community Health Charities in Rocky Hill, where she oversaw public relations, media programs, and events through partnerships with the United Way, health charities, and businesses. She continues to lead Silver City Sounds and Video in Meriden, providing event and corporate video production services for clients such as Midstate Medical Center and Choate Rosemary Hall.
Ken comes to the MxCC Board as an active resident of Portland for the past 6 years. He is a member of the Elmcrest Community Advisory Committee, a citizen group advocating for the development of a Town Centre with focus on the old Elmcrest Hospital property; a supporter of the Portland Food bank who opened his home during the holidays for a Victorian tour which raised over 600 non-perishable food items and over $600 in cash for the Food Bank during the holidays and a supporter of the Brownstone Quorum, a local organization for the preservation and development of the arts and community parks and events. While living in Vernon, Ken was chair of the St Joseph’s annual goods & services auction which raised over $125,000 in a five year period and was recognized by then Governor Jodi Rell.
In his “spare’ time, Ken is a Document Management & Digital Strategy Executive for the Travelers in Hartford CT, and is restoring one of the original homes on Main Street in Portland on the weekend.
Donna Leonowich, Professor Emeritus, MxCC
Donna Leonowich began her career at MxCC as an adjunct faculty member, becoming Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Business Administration and Marketing programs in 1983. She became the Business Division Chairperson in 1999, a position she held for 12 years before being appointed Interim Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. Donna was instrumental in gaining recognition for MxCC in the Greater Middletown, Meriden, and shoreline business communities, receiving numerous educational achievement awards and community honors. In 2012, Donna became the faculty representative to the MxCC Foundation. For two years, she served as the Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee and spearheaded the annual Scholarship Awards Night Ceremony. She also chaired the New Day Fund. For many years, Donna volunteered at the annual MxCC Foundation Scholarship Road Race, the Red Moon Fest and other MxCC events.
Lin Lin, Faculty Representative
Lin Lin is the Interim Director of the Allied Health, Business and STEM Division and the Program Coordinator for engineering programs. She has been a Co-advisor of Beta Gamma Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society since 2010 and the Founder and Co-advisor of the MxCC Robotics Club since 2014. Dr. Lin has been a Site Coordinator of the CT College of Technology Consortium and the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing since 2012. A member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Dr. Lin serves as an Executive Committee Member and Membership Co-Chair of the ASEE Northeast Section. Dr. Lin has contributed to college efforts to attract funding to support college programs and has collaborated with university and industry partners on research grants. She was instrumental in helping MxCC to receive an NSF Small Business Innovation Research Grant and was responsible for the grant’s implementation. Dr. Lin earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Connecticut and was a Senior Engineer at the United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, CT, prior to her teaching career. Dr. Lin has published numerous peer-reviewed technical journal and conference papers in the area of multi-target tracking. Off campus, Dr. Lin greatly enjoys reading, cooking, and time outdoors.
Robert Olson is a veterinarian and owner, along with his wife Dr. Virginia Nunez, of Connecticut Valley Veterinary Associates (CVVA). CVVA consists of five general practice veterinary hospitals located throughout Middlesex and Hartford counties. Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital in Middletown is where Dr. Olson has been practicing animal medicine for the past 30 years, working under and then taking over for original owner and mentor Dr. Pieper. Specialty and Emergency hospitals Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center and VETS Emergency Treatment Services are also part of the CVVA branch of hospitals and Pieper Memorial is currently the training hospital for veterinary technician students at MxCC. Dr. Olson earned his BA and DVM from Purdue University and volunteers his time with the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). When not working with animals he enjoys traveling, hiking, and sailing.
An East Hampton resident and 1978 graduate of MxCC, Cindy attended Long Island University and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science, and a concentration in biology. She later earned both her Master’s degree in Business from the Hartford Graduate Institute/ RPI and her Master’s degree in Library Science from SCSU.
After working for the State of CT as a computer programmer at both the Department of Environmental Protection and the State Comptroller’s Office, Cindy decided to use her skills to assist her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Palmer, O.D. in establishing and managing his practices in both Middletown and East Hampton.
Outside of her professional pursuits, Cindy has shared her considerable talents on the East Hampton Economic Development Commission, while assisting in the growth and development of the Girls Scouts of America on the statewide, national and international levels.
Frank Stellabotte, Faculty Representative
Frank Stellabotte, interim director of the biotechnology programs at MxCC, is also co-advisor of the S.P.E.A.K. (Students Promoting Equality, Acceptance and Knowledge) student organization on campus. He serves on advisory boards for the BioPath Initiative, a partnership between the city of New Haven and Southern Connecticut State University, and the biotechnology programs at Capital Community College and Norwich Technical High School. A member of the Society for Developmental Biology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Frank encourages his students to think analytically and critically whether or not they choose to pursue a career in the sciences. Prior to moving to Connecticut from Los Angeles, he worked as a postdoctoral scientist conducting hearing research at the House Research Institute and the University of Southern California. He earned a PhD in biology from Wesleyan University, where his research led to the discovery of a newly identified cellular population in fishes. In his free time, Frank enjoys spending time at home in Norwalk, Conn., with his family.
Frances A. Viggiani, associate professor of management for the School of Business at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, is a resident of East Haddam, Conn. She holds a PhD in organizational behavior, an MA in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, and a BA in economics from the University of Massachusetts. A prolific writer, frequent speaker, guest lecturer, and conference leader, Frances taught for nearly 20 years at Alfred University’s College of Business before coming to SCSU in 2012 to teach courses such as Organizational Development and Change and Values and Conflicts in Managerial Decision Making. In 2015, Viggiani published, “Systemness: A Case Study,” with D. Szezerbacki (re Connecticut State Colleges and Universities). Planning for Higher Education Journal. V. 44, N. 1, October–December. Frances grew up in the Middletown area as her father taught at Wesleyan for many years. Retirement has brought her home to Middlesex County.