We seek to reflect the interests
and needs of our community.
Brian McCormick - Board President
Brian McCormick is a principal in the law firm of Ebersol, McCormick & Steck, LLC in Torrington, Connecticut. A Litchfield resident for 37 years, Brian demonstrates his commitment to the community by his past and current service to various not for profit organizations, including the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc., The Seherr-Thoss Foundation, The United Way of Northwest Connecticut, Inc., The Oliver Wolcott Library and the Litchfield Historical Society. Brian currently serves as Secretary of The Northwest Community Collaborative, Inc. d/b/a KidsPlay Children’s Museum and as President of Plumb Hill Playing Fields, Inc. Brian previously served on the Board of the Community Center from 1999-2005. He returned to the Board in 2010 and serves as Vice President. Brian has been a Rotarian since 1985 and he was named as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2001. In 2003, Brian received the Wisdom Award for his service to the local community.
Hal Rossiter - Board Vice President
Hal Rossiter has been a member of the Litchfield community for just over two years. He retired here after a thirty five year career in international advertising based in New York City. Hal recently completed a four year mentorship through the Student Sponsor Program in New York City for disadvantaged children. His student entered college this year. Hal is an artist and a member of The Washington Art Association. He has been a member of the board of the Litchfield Community Center for the past year. Hal is also a member of the board of the Litchfield Historical Society.
Martha Bernstein is a community volunteer. Currently, in addition to serving on the Community Center Board, she is a Trustee and Executive Committee Member of the Connecticut Community Foundation, a Burgess in the Borough of Litchfield, a Board Member of the Torrington Area Health District and an Advisory Committee Member at Prime Time House. Previously Martha served as a Trustee of Oliver Wolcott Library, Trustee and Board President of the Litchfield Historical Society and President of the Litchfield Women’s Forum. Martha is married to Robert Bernstein, a physician and has two married daughters and three grandchildren.
John Fulkerson started community and team activities a long time ago- singing in church choir, football and wrestling in high school, playing on the Williams College tennis team. He ran the Community Health Visitor Program at Yale Medical School, did two years of government service in the U.S. Public Health Service (Navaho Indian Reservation) and medical mission work on multiple occasions in the West Indies. He has volunteered as team physician for Farmington High School, Simsbury High School, Avon Old Farms School, Westminster School, and Trinity College, then later was team physician for U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey (1993-4) as well as head team physician for the NHL Hartford Whalers (1989-97) and AHL Hartford Wolfpack (1997-2006). John has been on Boards of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (executive committee), Greater Hartford Orthopedic Education and Research Foundation (past president), and Litchfield Land Trust (past president). He founded the International Patellofemoral Study Group as well as the Patellofemoral Foundation of which he is currently president. John is currently a practicing orthopedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery (Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, P.C.) and is Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at University of Connecticut Medical School. He plays guitar and sings with the Western Lands Trio of Litchfield.
Rob Gollow has been a history teacher, Athletic Director, and coach at Litchfield High School for the past 15 years. Prior to Litchfield, Rob taught high school in both Region # 1 and Region # 12 school systems. Rob graduated from Villanova University (1989) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Bridgeport (1992). Rob graduated from Shepaug High School (1984) and is a proud member of Shepaug's undefeated (24-0) state championship baseball team (1983). Rob resides in Litchfield with his wife, Shannon (McDevitt) and first grade son Jack.
Ron Leal spent his career in the fashion business, first on Seventh Avenue in New York City and then in Vancouver British Columbia. Under his eponymous label, he created high-end sportswear in the tradition of Giorgio Armani and Michael Kors. Born and raised in California, he lived in New York until his permanent move to Litchfield, CT. In addition to being an active member of the Litchfield Community Center’s Board of Directors, Ron is also a supporter of the Oliver Wolcott Library and The Little Guild of St. Francis. He also serves as a burgess for the Borough of Litchfield.
Peggy is the youngest of four children of Bartholomew and Elizabeth Doherty Knox and attended the Litchfield Public Schools. She has lived in Litchfield most of her life except for a short time after marrying her husband, Gerry. She raised three children and lived in the same house on West Street for 44 years. She now has nine grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them. Peggy was employed by the Litchfield Board of Education for 31 years and retired as School Business Manager in 2008. Her volunteer activities, in addition to the Community Center Board, include Chairman of the Town Pension Commission; Member of The Town Board of Ethics; and Treasurer of Daughters of Isabella. Peggy’s passion is genealogical research and she spends her free time researching her Irish and her husband’s French-Canadian ancestors.
Andrew resides in Litchfield with his wife Kara Dowling and their son Andrew Kevin. He is a lifelong resident of Litchfield County having grown up in Litchfield and lived for many years in Goshen. Andrew was privileged to spend 18 years serving the people of the Northwest Corner in the Connecticut General Assembly and is honored to continue his public service as a Judge of the Superior Court. He enjoys spending time with his family and participating in outdoor activities of all kinds. Andrew is proud to be associated with this organization which has so clearly succeeded in serving the diverse needs of the community from which it draws its name.
Lisa lives in Lakeside CT with her husband Tom and three daughters Jacquelyn, Alexis, and Juliane. She has been a board member since 2012. Prior to becoming a board member Lisa and her family participated in, as well as volunteered, at many Community Center functions. Lisa also volunteers at her children’s school PTO functions, coaches basketball, and sits on the Board of Finance in the town of Morris. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys waterskiing, beach and traveling.
John is principal of Waterview Consulting Group, LLC, a firm providing marketing and general operations expertise to the pharmaceutical industry. Previously, John served in a variety of positions during his 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry including President and CEO of InfaCare Pharmaceutical Corporation, a biotech start-up; Area President, Europe/Africa/Middle East/Canada for Pfizer’s Animal Health Division; General Manager of their Canadian operations, and a host of other marketing and sales positions both at Pfizer and Boehringer Ingelheim. John moved to Litchfield in late 2012, and is actively engaged in a variety of volunteer opportunities in town. He is co-chair of the Litchfield Energy Task Force, co-captain of Litchfield’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and regularly volunteers at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market. He loves to participate in outdoor activities, and is an active gardener at the town’s Community Garden. His current passion is overseeing the designing and building of an energy-efficient home here in town. He has 2 grown children, both of whom live in Connecticut. Mr. Post received his BA in Zoology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Kathleen is a transplant to Litchfield, and is totally enchanted with this town. She moved here when she married her husband, Doug. Kathleen has a son and two step daughters and is a teacher in Torrington. She earned her B. S. at UConn and her M.S at CCSU. During the last few years, Kathleen has been a member of a few organizations, such as vice -president of Jr. Women's. She was also a board member of the Litchfield Educational Foundation, having served as secretary and vice-president. Kathleen is currently a member of the Litchfield Democratic Town Committee and a past candidate for the Board of Education.
Eileen Marriott was born and raised in Litchfield and is a graduate of Litchfield High School. She is currently an Independent Development Consultant for local not-for-profit organizations and active community participant. After graduating from Boston College, Eileen began her career in finance in New York before devoting full time to raising her two children, Haydn and Cecelia, in Cranford, NJ. In New Jersey, Eileen served as a leader in The Mothers’ Center of Central New Jersey (MCCNJ), a non-profit organization devoted to providing education, outreach and support for all parents across Central New Jersey. Over her eight years there, she was responsible for fund raising, program development and governance as well as representing MCCNJ at the National Association of Mothers’ Center MOTHERS 08 Leadership Conference in 2008. Eileen eventually convinced her husband and children to move to Litchfield. Her children currently attend Litchfield Public Schools and enjoy many activities at the Community Center. She is excited, and proud, to give back to the community she was raised in and to serve on the Litchfield Community Center Board of Directors.
A native of North Carolina, Maryanne pursued a corporate career in National Sales with Coca-Cola USA. Thereafter, she spent several years as an expatriate in Asia; then lived and worked in Greenwich. Since moving to Litchfield in 2013, Maryanne has been involved with numerous civic organizations. She has attended many events and activities at the Community Center, and is delighted to be able to participate in a more meaningful way by serving on the Board.
Maryanne enjoys entertaining, gardening, travel, botanical water color painting and bridge, as well as golf and paddle tennis. She lives in Litchfield with her husband John Dasher, and has a daughter Mary Katherine who lives and works in New York City.