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 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.
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.
Judith Felton, Faculty Representative
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.