Mary Anne Cox, Chair
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.
H. Brian Dumeer, Vice Chair
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 t
he Middlesex Community College Foundation.
Julé A. Crawford, Secretary
Julé 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.
Rick Morin, Treasurer
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 Conn. His experience ranges from estate, trust, and succession planning, as well as 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.
Morin is 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. He also serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, St. Luke’s Eldercare Services, and is a member of the Development Committee at Gilead. In addition, Morin is a member of the Middlesex County Leave a Legacy Advisors and the Middlesex County United Way Audit Committee.
Tyquan Crump is a MxCC class of 2016 Marketing and General Studies student, and graduate of Middletown High School. Since his start at MxCC in 2011, Tyquan has been involved in various extracurricular activities including President of the Creative Writing Club, member of the Soccer Club, and Student Representative for the Foundation Board of Directors.
Tyquan’s interests include the digital arts, poetry, MHS wrestling, football, basketball, swimming, and weight lifting.
Troy Damboise, CIA, CRMA
Troy Damboise is a Senior Vice President and General Auditor for Liberty Bank. In this role, he is responsible for leading the internal audit function of the Bank, reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Prior to Liberty Bank, Troy spent fourteen years with ING U.S. where he was a Vice President and Division Audit Director within ING Group Corporate Audit Services with responsibility for auditing the U.S. Retirement Plans, ING National Trust, Broker Dealers, ongoing Annuity businesses, and leading a Compliance Risk Specialty Team. In this capacity he was responsible for audit management and execution, client relationships, and talent management for teams ranging in size from five to forty.
Troy graduated from Merrimack College with a major in Finance and received an MBA in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). He is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors, the Board of Governors for the Southern New England Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute and The Hartford Society of Financial Analysts. Troy has passed the Level I exam in his pursuit of the CFA designation and completed the first half of the FINRA Institute at Wharton Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional Program.
Wally Irish, Insurance Executive
Wally Irish was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Community College System and served on the Board at the time President Anna Wasecha was selected to lead Middlesex Community College. Appointed by Governor Jodi Rell and confirmed by the General Assembly, Wally served during the final years of the system under the leadership od Chancellor Mark Herzog.
Wally is President of the W.J. Irish Insurance Agency located in Manchester, CT. His agency provides personal and business insurance to more than 2,500 clients. Established in 1976, the agency is now a member of the Newberry Insurance Group of Independent Insurance Agencies serving customers in Central and Northwestern Connecticut.
A former member of Manchester’s Town Council, he also served as State Director for the Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut, Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents Association of Manchester, Advisory Board Member of Rockville Bank and was an officer in the Connecticut Army National Guard. He currently serves on the State of Connecticut Insurance and Risk Management Board which oversees the State’s property and liability insurance coverage for all State Agencies. He is also a corporator for Eastern Connecticut Health Network and serves on it’s Board Performance Assesment & Improvement Committee.
Married to Roberta Irish and father of three grown daughters, they reside in Manchester where they are both avid golfers.
M. Jordan-Addo, Lawyer
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.
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.
Lenell Kittlitz, Assistant Director Construction Services, Capital Region Education Council (CREC)
Lenell Kittlitz is currently the Assistant Director of Construction Services for 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.
Donna Leonowich, Professor Emeritus, MxCC
Donna B. Leonowich, Professor Emeritus, retired from Middlesex Community College in 2014. She began her career at the college as an adjunct faculty member. In 1983, she became a full-time Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Business Administration and Marketing programs. She was promoted to full professor and became the Business Division Chairperson in 1999, a position she held for 12 years. She was also appointed Interim Chairperson of the Mathematics Division, a position she retained until 2001 when she was appointed Interim Associated Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. In 2012, she was reappointed to the position of Interim Associate Dean of Academics and served the Dean of Academic Affairs on special assignments until her retirement.
Throughout her tenure at the college, Donna was at the forefront of numerous campus activities and initiatives. She served on many college committees, assumed leadership positions, and gained recognition for MxCC in the Greater Middletown, Meriden, and shoreline business communities. She received numerous educational achievement awards and special community honors.
In an effort to shape the quality of education at MxCC, Donna participated in high-level events such as the State Governor’s Education Summit, the Information Training Technology Conference, and Walt Disney Seminars “Communicating with Style” and “Marketing Disney Style”. Additionally she wrote grants, served as a textbook reviewer, and wrote various publications and curricula guides for secondary and post-secondary marketing programs.
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
Rebecca Loew has many years of experience in higher education, both as a student and as faculty: She earned her AB in sociology, cum laude, from Vassar College, her Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University, and her PhD in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. She has taught at the University of Lowell, Brandeis and Tufts Universities, Union College, and was a faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work, Adelphi University. At MxCC, she teaches courses in sociology and psychology and advises the Human Services Student Association (HSSA).
Rebecca also volunteers her time as an alumni interviewer at Vassar College, as a religious education teacher at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society, and has been a Board Member of the Haddam-Killingworth Youth & Family Services since 2003. When not working or volunteering her time, Rebecca enjoys the arts, especially dance and yoga.
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.
Rob 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 the Middlesex and Hartford counties. Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital in Middletown, Conn. is where Rob has been practicing animal medicine for the past 30 years, first working under and then eventually 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. Rob 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.
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 is currently involved in various volunteer activities in Portland, Conn., including Chairman of Portland Board of Education, Board Member of the Portland VNA, member of the Rainbow Board at Gilead, various coaching roles 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.
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.