EXTRAS Board:

President:  Caroline Reilly

Vice President:  Dianna Dahoney

Treasurer:  Rindy Higgins

Secretary:  Sue Bayer

Board Members:  Lou Bucceri, Tina Bunce, Megan Conklin, Tom Connell, Jill Cunningham, Kim Downey, Christine Gillette, Stephanie Thomas, Elizabeth Trotta


Board Biographies

 

Susan Bayer

Susan, her husband  Deron, have lived in Lakeville, along with their three children. , for the past 5 years, previously residing in North Canaan.  Susan has a B.A. in Graphing and Advertising Design from the University of  New Haven and  went to Sacred Heart University for a Masters in Teaching.  She has been a teacher for 25 years, teaching in Sharon since 2001.   In the summer you can find  Susan working at the Grove. Her husband continues to teach History at HVRHS.

The EXTRAS program has been an important aspect of the lives of their three children.  The Bayer's family feel very lucky that the EXTRAS program has provided a caring, nurturing environment for their children both after school and in the summertime. 

Lou Bucceri

Born in New York City and having earned a History degree at Hamilton College, Lou migrated to Salisbury in 1983 for a teaching position at Indian Mountain School. There, he taught history, coached sports, ran a dormitory, and even did a short stint as Admissions Director. He was the Curator of the Salisbury Cannon Museum at the Holley-Williams House Museum in Lakeville for all but one year of its existence, 1994-2007, playing the role of Heman Allen, younger brother of Ethan Allen. After Indian Mountain, Lou gained a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Hartford. Beginning in 1994, he taught mostly middle school social studies and computer science, while also coaching soccer and baseball at Salisbury Central School. From April 2013 until September 2014, he was the Director of EXTRAS, becoming intimately involved with the invaluable service that EXTRAS provides. He has been or is currently active in several community organizations, including the Salisbury Recreation Commission and the Salisbury Association. Lou lives in the Amesville section of Salisbury with his wife, Susan. They have two adult daughters, both teachers, and one adorable grandson.

Tina Bunce

I live in Salisbury along with my husband and two children.  I work as Executive Secretary to the Superintendent at Region One School District Central Office.  My son, Cooper, is currently in first grade and in his second year of attending the EXTRAS program and he absolutely loves it.  My daughter, Annabelle, is only 3 now, but she will be a future participant in the EXTRAS program when she starts school.  I have been so grateful for the program being a working mother as it has provided such a wonderful service for my family.  I look forward to serving on the Board to continue supporting such a valuable program for working families.

Megan Conklin

Megan is a first grade teacher at Salisbury Central School.  She lives in Lakeville with her husband John and two children.  Hunter is in 2nd grade and Phoebe is in Kindergarten.  She has her Bachelor's Degree from Wheelock College in Human Development and her Master's Degree from St. Joseph's in Reading and Language Arts. She graduated from Salisbury Central and Housatonic Valley Regional High School.  She worked at EXTRAS in high school and college.  She was director in college and again in 2008-2009 while she was on maternity leave.  She loves to see the EXTRAS program thriving and helping families in town.  She joined the board in the Fall of 2015 and is happy to support such a wonderful program.

Tom Connell

Tom has lived in Salisbury since late 2012.  He was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Guilford on the Sound.  Tom and Natalia's youngest of three daughters has attended EXTRAS since Kindergarten.  Tom enjoys reading, guitars, yard work, spending time with friends and family, and the great outdoors here in the Litchfield Hills.  Outside of his hobbies, Tom is an HR Director with a global consumer goods company based in Fairfield County.  Tom holds a BA from Hunter College and an MBA from Fordham University.

Jill Cunningham

I am a recent transplant to the Northwest corner having spent most of my life in the City of Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County NY).  My children began the 2013 school year at Salisbury Central and were enrolled at Extras from the onset.  I was concerned that balancing my work schedule and child care needs would be difficult in our new environment but the Extras program and their wonderful staff quickly erased all of my concerns.  The Extras program provides our children with a safe and productive environment that, from my personal experience, is not available in many communities.  Extras gives a working family the peace of mind needed to enable us to focus on the other areas of our busy lives.  I was excited to be recently asked to join the board  and to participate in the stewardship of this awesome program !   I hope to help further the valuable services that EXTRAS provides to our community.

I currently live in Lakeville with my husband Tim and our combined five children and am the Computer and Information Systems Manager at the Salisbury School.

Dianna Dahoney

I moved to the area in 2002 and my daughter entered the Extras program in 2010.  I was immediately impressed with the safe, warm, fun and educational atmosphere that the Extras program offers.  As a working mother who commutes 2 hours a day, I am grateful that I can rely on the Extras program to care for her on a daily basis. When I was recently approached to come on the Board I accepted as Extras is a program that I want to keep and make available to other parents who have situations similar to mine. 

Kim Downey

Kim lives in Lakeville with her husband Tom and their two boys Tommy and Liam.  Tommy is currently in kindergarten at Salisbury Central and loves the EXTRAS afterschool program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from SUNY Cortland.  Kim has worked at Salisbury Bank & Trust  for the last eleven years as an Assistant Vice President and Trust Officer in the Wealth Advisory area.  She joined the board in 2015 and is thrilled to support such a wonderful program. 

Christine Gillette

Christine, her husband Christopher, along with their two daughters Zoe and Anna, have lived in Lakeville for over ten years.  Christine has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Buffalo and a Master Degree in Educational Psychology from Marist College.  She has been a middle school science teacher at Webutuck Central School in Amenia, NY for over 12 years.   In the summer you can find Christine and her family at the Grove or around town with their two Labrador retrievers.

Christine's daughters both attend and adore the EXTRAS Program.  The Gillette family feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful program available for their children and can't say enough compliments about the staff at EXTRAS.  When asked to be a member of the board, Christine was honored to be able to help a program that has been such an asset to their family

Rindy Higgins

Dorinda “Rindy” Higgins was born and raised in Sharon, Connecticut. She attended the schools in Region One and graduated from Lasell College in Boston with an Associate degree. She attended the University of Hartford to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher and received her B.S. in Elementary Education. She is a certified Reading Specialist with a Master degree from Central Connecticut State College. She is a member of Apha Chi National Honor Society and Kappa Delta International Honor Society. She has worked in several of the regions elementary schools and for the last 17 years at Salisbury Central.

Rindy and her husband, Jon, chose to raise their two children in Salisbury and for 18 years owned and operated The Village Store (a sporting goods store) in town. Rindy realized the need for an after school program when she was a working mom running her own business. She was a founding member of the EXTRAS board and was instrumental in its inception. She has also served on the Housatonic Day Care board and Women’s Emergency Service board where she also volunteered as a counselor.

Rindy is excited to be able to spend more time enriching the lives of children in the community in her role as a board member again for EXTRAS. In her spare time Rindy enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and traveling to unique locations with her husband.

Jenn Hill

Jenn was born in Sharon, CT, grew up in Hillsdale, NY and has lived in Canaan, Connecticut for the past 19 years. She is married and has three grown children, all of whom are beginning their own exciting life adventures. She is also the grandmother of a beautiful little girl.

She has worked as a Paraprofessional for Kindergarten and as a teacher at EXTRAS since 2002. She became the head teacher of EXTRAS in April 2013, the Interim Director of EXTRAS in September 2014, and the Director in January 2015.

She completed a bachelor’s degree program in child development from Charter Oak State College in 2014. She achieved this degree after 19 years of taking a few classes at a time while raising a family and working two jobs. She plans to continue her education to become a certified elementary teacher in the future. 
The reason she works with children is that she believes,  "Children are our future and there is no more important job than helping them achieve their potential."

Caroline Reilly

Caroline Reilly is the Director of Alumni Relations at The Hotchkiss School. Her background includes advertising and sports and entertainment marketing, having worked for clients such as American Express, Kimberly Clark, and the U.S. Postal Service in New York City. After a number of years in the corporate world, she was called away to island life and founded a Nantucket-based event planning and production company specializing in non-profit event marketing. Caroline's move to Lakeville in 2009 and into alumni relations at her alma mater perfectly blends her event and marketing expertise with the quality of life for which Lakeville is known. Caroline's husband, Michael, also works at Hotchkiss, and together they have two sons who benefit from and enjoy the EXTRAS program.

Betsy Trotta

Betsy Trotta was born in Millerton, NY.  She earned a BA from The College of Charleston and a MA in English from The Citadel in Charleston, SC.  Currently, she owns and operates Elizabeth’s Fine Jewelry and manages Trotta’s Fine Wine and Spirits.  She has over 10 years of teaching experience.  She taught high school English at The Kildonan School in Amenia NY and was the Chairman of the English Department at The Chapel Hill-Chauncey Hall School in Waltham MA.  She lives in Salisbury with her 7-year-old son who attends the Extras program.  Betsy works full time and feels fortunate to have such a wonderful enrichment program.