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John Post

John Post President

John moved to Litchfield in late 2012, and is actively engaged in a variety of volunteer opportunities in town. Aside from his work with the Community Center’s Board, he chairs the Litchfield’s Energy Efficiency Committee (aka “Green Team”); serves on the State’s Statewide Grievance Committee; chairs the Litchfield Energy Task Force; is co-captain of Litchfield’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and regularly volunteers at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market. His current passions are leading tours of his newly built ‘net zero” home in Bantam, gardening, biking & hiking, and spending time with his grandchildren. He has 2 grown children, both of whom live in Connecticut. Currently retired, 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, Vice President Marketing, and a host of other marketing and sales positions both at Pfizer and Boehringer Ingelheim. Mr. Post received his BA in Zoology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Mike McGill Vice President

Michael McGill and his wife, Pucci, are residents of Morris, where their efforts to maintain and repair a 265-year old home support the economy of much of northwestern Connecticut. When he is not brush-hogging, rooting for the Red Sox or trying to stabilize his weight, Michael is a Senior Fellow at the Fordham University Graduate School of Education. He was Superintendent of the Scarsdale (NY) public schools from 1998 to 2014 and New York State Superintendent of the Year in 2007. His work and training have given him extensive experience with strategic planning, leadership, and operations. He is the author of Race to the Bottom: Corporate School Reform and the Future of Public Education (Teachers College Press, 2014). He received an AB (honors) from Williams College and the MAT and Ed.D. from Harvard University.

Melanie O'LearySecretary

Raised in Torrington, Melanie moved to Litchfield when she met her husband, Dan, where they are living and raising their son, Danny. Melanie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY. She went on to graduate with honors with her Master’s Degree in Special Education from St. Joseph’s University in West Hartford. Melanie is a second grade teacher at Center School in Litchfield, where she has been teaching for 18 years in various roles, grades and departments. Melanie enjoys volunteering her time outside of school through her son’s sports and activities. She is also deeply committed to her students and her career. She enjoys being with them as much as she can outside the school day at events by supporting the Litchfield PTO and the Litchfield Education Foundation. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys reading, taking walks, and spending time with her family and friends.

Albert J. Macchioni Treasurer

Al Macchioni is a Managing Director in the New York office of Marshall & Stevens, a national valuation firm, and is responsible for business development in New York State, New England, Northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He manages existing client relationships and secures new clients in all areas of the firm’s valuation services.
Prior to joining Marshall & Stevens in January 2010, Al was an investment banker for 25 years with firms such as Lehman Bros, Swiss Bank Corp (a predecessor of UBS), Price Waterhouse Coopers Securities and Citigroup. For much of his career, Al focused on the middle market, advising on mergers and acquisition transactions, capital raising, venture and private equity investing.
During the Internet boom of the late 1990s, Al was also the CFO of two startups and successfully raised institutional venture funds for both companies.
Al practiced law for two years with Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City before beginning his investment banking career.

Education

Al received his Bachelor’s degree in 1971 from Yale College, summa cum laude and his JD degree from Yale Law School in 1975.He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1973-74 at the London School of Economics where he studied international history and economics.

Affiliations and Board Positions

Al is currently on the boards of the Litchfield Community Center and the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and has served on several non-profit boards of directors: St Luke’s Chamber Ensemble which evolved into the eminent Orchestra of St Luke’s (NYC) and the New York State board of The Nature Conservancy. In addition, he has been active in alumni activities for Yale College.

Sarah Bolton

Sarah was born and raised in Litchfield County, in nearby Woodbury. After graduating from Villanova University, she served a year in the Americorps program in Washington D.C., working for a non-profit agency that encourages adults experiencing homelessness to identify and achieve next steps in their lives. She then lived in New York City and New Haven, continuing her career in public service working for the City of New York and then the State of CT. She eventually made her way back to Litchfield County, settling in Litchfield ten years ago. She obtained her master's degree in social work from UConn in 2012 and has been working as a school social worker since 2013. Sarah, her husband Jay, and their two children enjoy being involved in the community by supporting various organizations. They also enjoy playing and watching sports and visiting with family and friends. Sarah is honored to be a member of the Board of Directors at LCC and looks forward to supporting the many wonderful activities that the center has to offer.

Alan Cohen

Alan retired from Toyota in June 2007 having served as Vice President of Law and Corporate Communications for Toyota Motor North America in New York. In addition to legal responsibilities, Alan was responsible to coordinate Toyota’s diversity goals and interface with Toyota’s outside Diversity Advisory Board and provide legal support to the Toyota USA Foundation. In 2004 Cohen was appointed Vice President Law and Public Policy in Toyota’s Washington D.C. office and represented Toyota in government relations for financial service related matters. Prior to that position Alan was Vice President and General Counsel of Toyota Financial Services, responsible for legal matters in the Americas.

After retirement in 2007, Alan was an adjunct professor at the graduate and under graduate level at Sacred Heart University and Albertus Magnus College. Alan continues a limited law practice representing a Japanese tier one automotive supplier.

Alan and wife, Martha Green moved to Litchfield in 2002 from Los Angeles. Alan is a runner and practices yoga. He was a founding director and the secretary of the Litchfield Hills Food Systems and a past member of Litchfield Economic Development Commission and trustee of the Oliver Wolcott Library.

Alan is a 1981 Graduate from the UCLA Graduate School of Management Executive Program, obtained his J.D. in 1974 from Southwestern School of Law, a B.A. from California State University Los Angeles.

Deborah Foord

Deborah is a third generation resident of Litchfield. After attending local schools and graduation from Wellesley College, she settled in New York City and pursued a long career in investment management. Following senior management roles in privately owned and global banking firms, she transitioned from a "weekender" to the majority of her time spent in Litchfield.
Deborah’s current pursuits include volunteer activities in Litchfield focused mainly on food insecurity as well as her ongoing role organizing public art exhibitions on Broadway in New York City as a member of the board of the Broadway Mall Association. Leisure activities include participatory sports, travel on the road less well trod and above all, time spent with her grandson Charlie.

Ron Leal

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.

Eileen Marriott

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.

Janie McDermott

Janie moved to Litchfield 15 years ago with her husband, Colin, who was born and raised here. They have been very fortunate to raise their three children, Logan, Natalie and Xavier, in this beautiful town. Janie is an attorney at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, in its Business Services and Real Estate practice areas. She is also a volunteer attorney with Lawyers for Children America and Pro Bono Partnership. She and her family have been the grateful beneficiaries of numerous programs and events at the Community Center over the years: bus trips for concerts at Tanglewood and St. John the Divine; birthday parties and wedding receptions; music recitals and school dances; and pub quiz nights. Janie is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Litchfield Community Center so that she can give back to this wonderful institution.

Maryanne McNeill

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.

Cathy Oneglia

Of midwestern roots, Cathy moved to Litchfield County just in time for the "Great Flood of 55". During weekly grocery trips with her mother to the A&P in Litchfield, she fell in love with the town. As soon as practical after her marriage to Greg, who has long Litchfield ties, they built a home and moved their young family to Litchfield, nearly forty years ago. She practiced law. Cathy has served on the boards of several organizations, including the LItchfield Community Center (2006-12) and is currently a member of several advisory boards. Her interests are photography, golf and bridge, but her main focus is her "baker's dozen" grandchildren. She is delighted to return to the Board of the Litchfield Community Center.

Kathleen Orr

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.

2019 Board of Directors Meeting Schedule