Board and Professional Advisors



Professional Advisors


Dana R. Welles,
Founder & Chair

Dana Welles (Chairperson) is the Founder of the New Fairfield Community Foundation. She is also the Founder of the New Fairfield Community Thrift Shop which financially supports social service needs identified in New Fairfield. She serves as Advisor to the Fairfield County Community Foundation. Mrs. Welles is on the Kent School Parents Committee and assists with “The Campaign for the Permanent Kent” endowment. She has served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA Great Hollow Wilderness Camp. Mrs. Welles is a member of the New Fairfield Town Beautification Committee, New Fairfield Community Service Club, and St James Episcopal Church in Danbury. She received the honor as the New Fairfield Lions Club Grand Marshal Fourth of July Parade 2003, the YMCA People of Distinction Award 2003, and in 1997 was awarded New Fairfield Volunteer Citizen of the Year by the Candlewood Lions Club.

Suzanne E. Kerner,

Suzanne Kerner (Vice-Chairperson) is a Trusts and Estates Specialist with the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP (since 1988), working primarily with not-for-profit organizations. She is an active member of the New Fairfield Meeting House Hill School and Middle School PTOs and a member of the New Fairfield Lions Club. Mrs. Kerner received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from SUNY College at Oneonta in 1985.

Joseph A. Galasso,

Joseph Galasso is a Senior Vice President at SL Green Realty Corporation in Manhattan.  Mr. Galasso is the Director of Security and Life Safety.  Immediately prior to joining SL Green Mr. Galasso was a Director of LECG's Forensic Accounting Practice based out of Washington D.C.. Mr. Galasso joined LECG after a 20 year career in the United States Treasury Department where he retired as the Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation Division in Boston.
Mr. Galasso is a graduate of Fordham University in New York where he graduated with a B.S. in Accounting.  He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Linda Cummins

Linda Cummins is the Senior Administrator of the Smart Family Foundation, a private family foundation with over $185 million in assets. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the W.I.N. – W.I.N Foundation, Inc. Ms. Cummins earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Western Connecticut State University and a Master of Arts in Film and Video from American University.

Carolyn L.R. Ekblaw

Carolyn Ekblaw is a senior Major in the US Air Force Reserve and is a Statewide Wing Reserve Coordinator for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and the Aerospace Education Officer for the Northeastern Liaison Region. As Wing Reserve Coordinator, Major Ekblaw monitors and evaluates all Air Force Reservists assigned to CAP units in Connecticut. She assists regional leadership in evaluating mission performance of CAP units and effective use of federal funds and resources. Major Ekblaw is an active advocate for education in New Fairfield and is involved in PTO activities, as well as school-to-career and gender equity initiatives in the school district.

Barbara Leonhardt

Barbara Leonhardt started her philanthropic ventures from birth. At a young age was on the board of her father and mothers private family foundation, The FHL Foundation. Barbara has an established donor advised fund with Fairfield County Community Foundation. In 2004 became a board member at FCCF. Ms. Leonhardt and her two daughters have been residents of New Fairfield and active in the community for 10 years. Barbara has been an participating member of the PTO, Art Partner for the Eyes on Art Program, and a judge for the Odyssey of the Mind program. She has expertise in Computer Graphics, Video Production, and has a degree in Equine Management. Ms. Leonhardt operates her own Decorative Painting Business. Barbara is a founding member of the New Fairfield Community Foundation.

Janet Hansen

Janet Hansen joined the board of the NFCF after serving for seven years on the New Fairfield Board of Education. Her primary interest and responsibility are as the liaison for education and as the representative to the Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations. She is an active member of St. Edward the Confessor Church, a friend of the Shelter of the Cross, and serves as an elected director of the New Fairfield Free Public Library. Mrs. Hansen received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Marymount College and her Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport.


Raymond C. Lubus

Mary Bevan
Grant Solutions

Mary Bevan is the owner of Grant Solutions, a grant writing and program development firm specializing in public health and education. She has twenty years of experience in program development and management in non-profit and public agencies. Mrs. Bevan’s most recent affiliation was as the Divisional Coordinator for Community Health Services for Westchester County including grants administration and writing ($4.4M in annual awards). Locally, she is a member of Partners in Education and the New Fairfield Land Trust, Inc. Mrs. Bevan holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.

Jay Antosh


Scott Fawcett



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