Kennedy Center elects five Fairfield residents to its board

The Kennedy Center, headquartered in Trumbull, recently announced the election of new officers and board members, including five Fairfield residents.

The following incoming officers are serving on the Board of Directors: Michele Macauda of Monroe, chair, retired from AT&T as the senior vice president for Business & Network Solutions IT; Brian Csizmadia of Trumbull, vice chair, director of Human Resources at Aquarion Water Company; Peter Gavey of Fairfield, treasurer, a general partner with Goodnow Investment Group, LLC; and Mary G. Brown of Bridgeport, secretary, who is a retired Bridgeport Central High School mathematics teacher.

Six area professionals starting new three-year board terms include: Paul Broadie II, Ph.D, of Orange, President of Housatonic Community College; Mark Herron of Fairfield, Corporate Chief Marketing Officer at People’s United Bank; Karen Guckert Kaiser of Fairfield, Director of Development at the Egan School of Nursing Health Studies at Fairfield University, Michael LaVelle, Esq. of Fairfield, a partner in the law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC, Leah Palmer of Trumbull, a consumer of The Kennedy Center since 1994, and Robert D. Scinto of Fairfield, Chairman of R.D. Scinto, Inc.

Board Treasurer Peter Gavey of Fairfield joined Goodnow Investment Group LLC in 2002 and is a general partner involved in all activities of the firm. From 1998 to 2002 he was a Vice President and then Managing Director for European Investors, Inc., a specialty REIT investment manager. Gavey 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, he 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.

Mark F. Herron of Fairfield is the Corporate Chief Marketing Officer for People’s United Bank, in Bridgeport, leading People’s United Financial, Inc. strategic positioning and oversees marketing, customer research, digital strategy, product development, analytics and engagement efforts. Prior to his current position, he was the Executive Vice President, Enterprise Sales Manager at BB&T Corporation, Winston-Salem, NC. He was chiefly responsible for oversight of the company’s enterprise sales process for more than 10,000 sales associates in over 35 separate lines of business. Herron served on the boards of BB&T Financial FSB, Grandbridge Real Estate, BB&T Commercial Finance, and Sheffield Financial Services. He also served on North Carolina’s Wake Education Partnerships board of Directors, coached youth sports teams, and supported various therapeutic horseback riding organizations, with a primary focus on organizations that enhance the social lives of children with special needs. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from East Carolina University.

Karen Guckert Kaiser of Fairfield is an accomplished strategic planner with extensive experience working with boards of directors, boards of trustees, academic faculty and senior executive management. She has a proven performance record in research and analysis of all facets of marketing, finance and fundraising. She is currently the Director of Development for the Egan School of Nursing Health Studies at Fairfield University. Prior to her current position she served as the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Stratford for several years. She also serves as a Board Member and Secretary of the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival; a member of Al’s Angels, Board Member in Westport; The Alexander Tognino Foundation, Trustee in Westchester; and the Center for Women & Families in Bridgeport. She received her B.S. in Marketing from Fairfield University.

Michael LaVelle, Esq. of Fairfield is a former Marine Corps Officer and graduate of Harvard College and Boston University Law School. He is a partner in the law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC, which has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford and Stamford. LaVelle is the senior member of the Pullman & Comley Labor and Employment Law Department and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association Employment Law Section. He is a past board member and chairman of The Kennedy Center, serves on the Board of Directors of Homes For The Brave and the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys, and was a member of the Fairfield Charter Revision Commission and a past president of the Algonquin Club. He serves as legal counsel to many non-profit health care institutions.

Robert D. Scinto, a Fairfield resident, is a visionary whose imagination turns ideas into reality. He’s a product of modest means who’s never forgotten his roots, his family or friends. Forty years ago, he began his career as a commercial real estate developer with the rehabilitation of a three-family house in Bridgeport; now he presides over the 40 buildings he owns and manages in Fairfield County as Chairman of R.D. Scinto, Inc. The centerpiece of his network of properties is the landscaped 65-acre complex in Shelton. Scinto is actively involved in the greater community working with not-for-profit agencies including the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport, serving as its chairman of the board; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Fairfield County; Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut; the Boys Club/Girls Club of Bridgeport; and The Kennedy Center. He also founded a Tuesday night series, at his 200-seat auditorium on his Shelton campus, in February 2010, on the works of Shakespeare.

The Kennedy Center, founded in 1951, is an internationally accredited, nonprofit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,000 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 30 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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