Kennedy Center elects Fairfield business leaders to board

The Kennedy Center recently announced the election of new officers and six new board members, including three with Fairfield connections.

The following officers are serving on the Board of Directors: Daniel Long of Cheshire, Chair, Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer of Newtown Savings Bank; Michele Macauda of Monroe, Vice Chair, recently retired from AT&T as the Senior Vice President for Business & Network Solutions IT; Michael Lynch of Stratford, Treasurer, who is a Senior Financial Planner at Barnum Wealth Management, an office of MetLife in Shelton; and Mary G. Brown of Bridgeport, Secretary, who is a retired Bridgeport Central High School mathematics teacher.

Six area professionals starting new three-year terms include: Kwamie Dunbar, Ph.D., Assistant Dean and Professor of Finance in the Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield; Peter Gavey of Fairfield, a general partner of Goodnow Investment Group; Robert Lesko of Shelton, managing partner at DiMatteo Group-Insurance, LLC; Herb Moorin, Esq. of Fairfield, a member of the law firm of Pullman & Comley; Ben Strong of Trumbull, the Director of Marketing for the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (Amver) international search and rescue program for the United States Coast Guard in New York City; and Diane Thompson of Sandy Hook, the co-owner of Wolfman Productions, Inc.

Kwamie Dunbar, Ph.D., currently an Assistant Dean and Professor at Sacred Heart University, is a former Director of Credit Risk Research at MasterCard International. Prior to MasterCard, Professor Dunbar spent several years at GE Capital and GE Asset Management in various capacities. He has also worked at ING Bank where he led a research team in Asset Liability Management. Professor Dunbar has also held teaching positions at the University of Connecticut and Fordham University. He is a graduate of Sacred Heart University where he received an MBA in Finance and Economics, Fairfield University with an MS in Mathematics and Fordham University with a Ph.D. in Financial Economics.

Peter Gavey is involved in all aspects of Goodnow Investment Group, which he joined in 2002. Previously, from 1998 to 2002, he was a Vice President and then Managing Director for European Investors, Inc., a specialty REIT investment manager. He was a member of the Investment Committee for the firm’s REIT activities and served as President of the E.I.I. Realty Securities Fund, a registered investment company. From 1993 to 1998, Gavey was employed by Rogers Casey & Associates, Inc., a full-service investment consulting firm. Prior to 1993, he was employed by Gabelli & Co. where he performed analytical and operational functions for the Gabelli Associates Fund, an event-driven hedge fund. Gavey is a graduate of Fairfield University where he received his B.S. in Management from the School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

For more than 30 years, Herb Moorin, Esq. of Pullman & Comley has been associated with The Kennedy Center in a variety of capacities, including Board Chair. In addition to his work with The Kennedy Center, he is a member and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and the CAP Committee of the Bridgeport Public Education Fund.

The Kennedy Center, founded in 1951, is a nationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,400 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 29 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs. Visit for more information.

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