Fairfield Museum and History Center elects new board members

Fairfield Museum welcomes new board members including President Sharon Lauer.—Photo contributed by Fairfield Museum.

Fairfield Museum welcomes new board members including President Sharon Lauer.—Photo contributed by Fairfield Museum.

The Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield’s center for cultural arts and education, has elected a new president, Sharon Lauer and vice president, John Herzog, along with five local residents to its Board of Directors — Sandy Altieri, Lisa Callahan, Jill Littig, Bill Mallin and Finley Shaw.

“We are so fortunate to have this group of extremely talented, dedicated members of the community join us. We look forward to working together to educate and enhance our regional community and embrace new opportunities that lie ahead,” says Michael Jehle, executive director of the Fairfield Museum.

Sharon Lauer, who has held educational leadership positions for more than two decades, currently serves as the head of Unquowa School, a pre-k through eighth grade independent school in Fairfield. Previously, she spent over Other affiliations include the International Poetry Forum, On the Wing Children’s Theatre, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, and Creative Connections.

“My vision for the Fairfield Museum is for it to serve as a model of authentic learning and a vibrant 21st century institution,” said Lauer.

John Herzog, former CEO of Herzog Heine Geduld Inc., a major NYSE trading firm, and R. M. Smythe & Co., a numismatic action firm, was named vice president after serving on the Museum board for many years. He plans to bring to the job effective management, revenue enhancement, cost control, and innovation in all areas. Herzog adds, “The Fairfield Museum can continue to grow as a major cultural and educational institution.”

Other additions to the 2015-2016 Board include: Sandy Altieri who grew up in Fairfield and is descended from three of the town’s founding families. Altieri received her BA from George Washington University and worked for many years as legal recruitment director for large law firms in NYC. She is an active member of St Timothy’s Episcopal Church and is a member of many boards. The Altieri family lives in a 250 year old house in Fairfield, built in 1765 by Ebenezer Hill, a Captain in the Continental Army who defended Fairfield during the British invasion.

Lisa Callahan, a life-long resident of Fairfield, Lisa and her husband raised their four sons in an historic house, which was spared by the British during the burning of Fairfield. She is the member of many boards including, Burr Gardens Advisory Committee, Bridgeport Ladies Charitable Society, and New Beginnings Family Academy.

“My main interests regarding the Museum are in the areas of education and marketing,” commented Callahan. “I would like to see the Museum as a vibrant cultural hub for our town and our State with involvement from many different constituencies.”

In addition to serving on many local boards, Jill Littig also volunteers as a Museum docent. She plans to focus on membership development and an all-around effort to promote and strengthen the Museum as “a corner stone of our community.”

Bill Mallin, a longtime resident of Fairfield, brings a strong business background to the board as a vice president at Perdue Pharma.

Finely Shaw is active in many local organizations and boards. She has always had an interest in the past earning her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Colgate University.

About Fairfield Museum and History Center

Fairfield Museum and History Center is a community cultural arts and education center established in 2007 by the 112-yearold Fairfield Historical Society. The 13,000 square-foot museum, includes modern galleries, a research library, a museum shop and community spaces overlooking Fairfield’s Historic Town Green. The Fairfield Museum and History Center believes in the power of history to inspire the imagination, stimulate thought and transform society.

Located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield, CT, the Museum is open daily 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Members of the Museum and children are free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or view us online at FairfieldHistory.org.

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