BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Collaborating for a better community.
John Augustyn has over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing and mechanical operations fields as well as more than two decades of working with the United Way Foundation. John excels in facilitating tasks, project management, budgeting and matching the needs of the community with donors. He offers expertise, poise and leadership as President of the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation. In his role, John seeks to develop all current funds to their fullest potential and to onboard new funds that will improve the Meriden and Wallingford communities. John conducts quarterly meetings and foundation activities with the Board of Directors, fund managers and prospective fund clients.
Maria Harlow-Campos offers a lifelong passion for community service as well as superior organizational skills to the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation. In the her role as Secretary, Maria manages internal and external communications. In 2018, Maria became the Executive Director of the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford with whom she seeks to strengthen the community through a variety of United Way relief programs and fundraisers. Maria is the former Executive Director of the Spanish Community of Wallingford, where she excelled in growing the local club to new heights.
Carl Bonamico is Vice President of Liberty Bank where he has been since 2002. His finance career began in 1986 with New Haven Savings Bank where he worked his way up to the role of Branch Manager. Carl earned his Bachelors Degree in Finance and Management at Central Connecticut State University as part of the class of 1985. He then attended the National School of Banking at Fairfield University, where he eared his Masters Degree in Community Bank Management. As Treasurer, Carl provides financial expertise and assurance to the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation.
Born in Lockport, New York, Jane Ashton is a longtime Meriden, Connecticut resident. She is graduate of Penn State as well as an Eastman Kodak Dietetic Internship program. She spent her career working as a Registered Dietitian for extended care facilities. Jane married Phil Ashton and had four children. Sheis an active member of First United Methodist Church and was a past member of Meriden Board of Education. She is also contributed to the Visiting Nurse Association and the Meriden Board of Health. Jane is also the past President of CT Dietetic Association, a volunteer for the Meriden Soup Kitchen and the American Red Cross.
Cynthia Decker is another Meriden, Connecticut native who is serves on our Board of Directors. Cynthia is a retired Registered Nurse who devoted over 40 years to her career at Meriden's MidState Medical Center. After observing how the different non-profits impacted the community, she joined the Community Foundation's board 5 years ago bringing insight and wisdom to the table. She is also a member of the Infinity Circle at MidState and a Trustee at Cheshire United Methodist Church.
Guy R. DeFrances
Guy R. DeFrances is an Attorney at the Law Office of Bruno R. Morasutti, LLC on Broad Street in Meriden, Connecticut. Guy is well-versed in estate law, financial planning litigation and philanthropic guidelines. As a Meriden, Connecticut resident, Guy has worked closely with individuals, businesses and local non-profit organizations within the Meriden and Wallingford communities. With a background in elder law, trusts and estates, Guy provides the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation with legal and regulatory understanding.
James Ieronimo is the former President of the Community Foundation of Central Connecticut and Executive Director of United Way of Meriden & Wallingford. James is a well-known civic leader and was head of the United Way since 2006. He has also served on the board for Workforce Alliance, the Rotary Club, the Meriden Rotary Foundation, the Meriden Children First Initiative and United Way of Connecticut. James is now a Retired Consultant and currently serves the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation in this honorable capacity.
Roger L. Kemp, MPA, MBA, PhD, has served as a city manager of cities in Connecticut, New Jersey, and California, during his public service career. He was City Manager of Meriden from 1993 to 2005. Roger is also past-president of the CT Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA-CT) and the CT Town and City Management Association (C-TCMA). He previously served as a member of the Citizens' Ethics Advisory Board (CEAB), State of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board (CDLAB). He is now an Adjunct Professor in the Public Administration Program at the University of New Haven.
Thomas S. Luby
Thomas S. Luby is an Attorney at law in his hometown of Meriden, Connecticut. Thomas was educated at Yale University for his undergraduate degree and then University of Connecticut Law School. He is the former Editor of the Connecticut Law Review, a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award and the former Chairman of the Federal Bar Grievance Committee. He was also a State Representative and the former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Connecticut General Assembly. Thomas also served as Director, United Way of Meriden and Wallingford.
Sean Moore is President of Midstate Chamber of Commerce and has a knack for developing community ties. In 14 years of leading the Chamber, membership grew from 325 to over 600 and the organization continues to expand. Offering his services to businesses and community boards throughout the state, Sean has earned local accolades including the Meriden - Wallingford chapter NAACP Community Service award. Born and raised in Meriden, Sean is a songwriter and music enthusiast lives with his wife Kelley and has two grown daughters.
Alan Ponchick recently retired from CUNO / 3M Purification after over 28 years of service. He was their Global Sales Training Manager for the last 10 years of his career and had served as their United Way Campaign Chairman for several years before he was invited to join the United Way of Meriden / Wallingford Board of Directors at which he was the 2012 and 2013 Campaign Chairman. Alan joined our Board of Directors in 2014.
Chris Ulbrich is Chief Executive Officer of Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals Inc. In his role, Chris has expanded the Wallingford-based company by building new operations, acquiring new divisions and investing back into the business. In 1993, Chris became the President of Ulbrich Service Centers. From 1995 to 2013, he served as COO of Ulbrich. In 2014, he was appointed Chairman and CEO. Chris provides strength and support to Ulbrich employees, customers and to various local communities. With decades of business experience, Chris contributes to the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation as a donor and offers an important perspective on business and industry.
Weston Ulbrich is a graduate of Rollins College in Orlando, Florida. Weston is a Communications Specialist for Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc., a Realtor for RE/MAX Right Choice and Secretary of the Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League. He is enthusiastic about charitable giving and leverages digital technology to host events, to drive fundraising and to spread awareness for community-minded needs and causes. Weston serves as the web developer for the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation.
Rajan Doering is a student contributor to the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation. Rajan attends Quinnipiac University seeking a double-major in Business and Public Relations. He graduated from Sheehan High School in Wallingford, Connecticut, in 2018. He serves as the food distribution ministry leader and as a board member at the Wallingford Church of the Nazarene. He is also a grant allocator for and a board member of the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford.