CLC Board of Directors

Chairman

Robert (Bob) Mattis

Former (retired) Vice President of Enterprise Innovation and Strategic Technology Partnerships, Pitney Bowes Inc.

Robert (Bob) Mattis was the Vice President Enterprise Innovation for Pitney Bowes Inc. Bob led a cross functional team to drive Strategic Innovation Initiatives. The team was credited with driving innovations ranging from cloud based IOT to Global eCommerce.

As a career employee at Pitney Bowes, Bob had embraced the company’s commitment to the community. Throughout his 40+ years at Pitney Bowes Bob has volunteered to serve with a number of non-profit organizations. Bob was born and raised in Stamford and has focused his efforts on education. In Bob’s early career he worked with Junior Achievement and Inroads. Bob has most recently served on the Board of CTE, Inc. for eight years, the last two as Board Chair.

Second Vice Chairwoman

Ellen Mellis

Ellen enjoyed a thirty year career as a Psychiatric Social Worker and Educator.

She started her career in Syracuse, NY and was involved in organizations dealing with individual and family therapy before moving to New York City where she was a Psychiatric Social Worker at the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic at the Cornell Medical Center. For ten years she was the Director of the Roxbury Community Nursery School in Stamford.

She has been involved in numerous community associations including the Stamford Board of Representatives, the Roxbury Community Association, the Stamford Children’s Museum Board and Meals on Wheels for Stamford and Darien. She has served on the board of the Children’s Learning Centers since 2002.

Ellen was graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in sociology and a Masters in Social Work. She has been active in numerous social worker professional associations.

Treasurer

Bruce Blasnik

Regional Managing Partner, PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP

Bruce is a practicing CPA and Regional Managing Partner for a top 30 CPA firm, with over 35 years of experience serving commercial and nonprofit organizations as an Auditor, Advisor and Board Member. He has expertise in accounting, financial reporting, M&A, tax and regulatory compliance, budgeting and board governance. His nonprofit sector expertise includes healthcare, educational institutions and human services agencies, among others.

His volunteer positions include:

  • Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County - Board Member (current)
  • Stamford Yacht Club – Cruising Chair
  • CT Society of CPAs – Past President, Secretary, Advisory Council Member and Committee Chair
  • American Institute of CPAs – Past Governing Council Representative
  • Halloween Yacht Club – Past Commodore, Treasurer, Governor, Fleet Captain and Finance Chair
  • Stamford Sailing Foundation – Past Vice President, Treasurer, Director
  • Stamford Youth Hockey – Past Treasurer
  • Temple Sinai, Stamford – Past Treasurer and Director
  • Institute of Management Accountants – Past Regional Director, Chapter President, Director

A Stamford resident since 1977, he is married with three grown girls and a two year old grandson. His interests include health and fitness, sailing, bicycling and hiking.

Secretary

Pamela A. Koprowski

Principal, Cardinale Associates, LLC

Pamela is an accomplished Public Affairs Executive with more than three decades of public relations, government affairs and community relations experience, including strategic communications, program development, planning management and execution. As Public Affairs Consultant to Stamford Health, she has provided strategic guidance for successful outreach to government, corporate and community stakeholders to support the Hospital’s Facility Master Plan. She worked to secure unanimous public approval for the redevelopment of the Stamford Health campus featuring its new $450 million Hospital tower. See www.stamfordhealth.org. Currently, Pamela provides community relations support which includes Stamford Health’s Community Health Improvement Plan and Vita Health & Wellness Community Collaborative.

Previously, Pamela served as Director of Public Affairs for Champion International Corporation. In Stamford, she directed the public affairs strategy to successfully fund, construct and open a new downtown campus of the University of Connecticut, and managed the communication strategy that successfully generated private and public support for the project. As the founding president of Stamford Neighborhood Housing Services, she led the campaign to fund Connecticut’s first Mutual Housing development and raised private contributions to support housing rehabilitation and nonprofit affordable housing programs. She served on the Advisory Board of Reading Is Fundamental, was a Director of the Connecticut Association for Human Services and the United Way of Stamford, among other organizations, and was awarded the Dr. Joyce Yerwood Community Service Award by the NAACP-Stamford Branch. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut.

Members:

Susan Cutler

Head of Strategy Solutions, Legg Mason Global Asset Management

Susan Cutler began her career in Human Resources with Citigroup Asset Management in 2005 and later that year joined Legg Mason as part of the Legg Mason/Citigroup Asset Management transaction. Prior to joining Citigroup, she was an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in the firm’s labor and employment group, where she represented management and provided counsel on the labor and employment aspects of corporate transactions. She subsequently joined Goodwin Procter as a senior associate in the employment group.

Susan has held several roles with Legg Mason Human Resources including generalist, business partner, and employee relations leader. Currently, Susan is the Head of Strategy Solutions where she is responsible for employee relations, HR governance and compliance, and HR technology strategy.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

She has been actively involved with the Girl Scouts for the past 10 years and leads two Girl Scout troops. She lives in Darien, CT with her two daughters.

Tom Dickson

Mortgage Lender, GuardHill Financial

Tom has been in private banking and wealth management for over thirty years. He has been a trusted Wealth Advisor who worked with teams of specialized professionals to deliver a goals based approach to high net worth individuals, families, and non-profit institutions in the Northeast region. His experience and skill set combine to deliver comprehensive credit solutions, including mortgages (both residential and commercial real estate), secured and customized structured lending, to clients. He is currently working with GuardHill Financial, a NYC based mortgage lender. He previously most recently worked with US Trust in Westport, CT and has worked the past twenty eighteen years in Fairfield County. Previously, he also worked for BNY Mellon in New York City.

Past board affiliations were with The Community Fund in Darien for seven years and currently on the board of the Fairfield County Platform Tennis League. He has been on the board of Children’s Learning Center since 2016.

He studied at the University of Leeds School of Economics and was graduated with a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Tom resides in Darien, CT with his wife and two boys.

Thasunda Duckett

Chief Executive Officer of Chase Consumer Banking, JPMorgan Chase

Thasunda leads the Chase Consumer Banking business at JPMorgan Chase where she oversees an enormous banking network with more than 47,000 employees – including 3,000 financial advisors – serving 23 million households nationwide, and is a member of the Consumer and Community Banking Leadership Committee.

She was previously the CEO of Chase Auto Finance, one of the leading bank providers of auto financing in the country. Under her leadership, Chase Auto Finance moved from #27 in the JD Power Dealer Financing Satisfaction Survey to #1 in Prime and Non-Prime. She broadened its dealer partnerships and launched Chase Auto Direct, the bank’s new direct-to-consumer business. Prior to Chase Auto, Thasunda served as National Retail Sales Executive for Chase Mortgage Banking. She has also served as Director of Affordable Lending and Emerging Markets.

Before joining JPMorgan Chase, she was a Director of Emerging Markets at Fannie Mae, where she led the implementation of national strategies designed to increase homeownership among African Americans and Hispanics across the country.

Thasunda is a founding member of the firm’s Women on the Move initiative and an Executive Sponsor of The Fellowship Initiative in New York City, the enrichment program, run by JPMorgan Chase, offers young men of color academic, social and emotional support to help them achieve personal and professional success.

A native of Texas, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Houston and an MBA from Baylor University. She is married and has four children.

Ernest Fleishman

Senior Vice President for Education and Corporate Affairs (retired) Scholastic, Inc.

Ernie’s career spans the public and private sectors in education and publishing. After earning his doctorate in educational leadership at Harvard, he became an assistant superintendent in Pittsburgh and then served as a school superintendent for twenty years, including thirteen years in Greenwich.

The Greenwich Schools Community Service Awards, which he initiated, are now named for him. For the past 30 years, Ernie has served as Senior Vice President for Education and Corporate Affairs at Scholastic Inc.

In that capacity, he was in charge of editorial and marketing for 34 magazines, formed literacy partnerships with states and major urban cities and developed and ran major literacy institutes.

In addition to chairing Scholastic’s National Board of Advisors, he has served on several boards including Tobacco Free Kids, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and the National Executive Service Corps. He was elected to the Publishers Hall of Fame in 2009.

Karen Giannuzzi

Karen Giannuzi began her career as a Corporate Attorney at Jones, Day Reavis & Pogue in New York and at Tomsetti Partners in Milan, Italy. She then began teaching undergraduate business law at Statale University in Milan and at various New York area undergraduate universities. She later taught legal writing at Quinnipiac Law School. She is currently an elected member of the Greenwich RTM (the town legislative branch) and is an alternate member of the legislative and rules committee.

In addition to her volunteer work for the Greenwich town government, Karen has been an active member of the Greenwich community. In 2011 she founded the charitable organization Mothers for Others, which collects gently used children’s items and (new diapers) and distributes them to over 600 needy children in the area each year.

Karen has volunteered extensively in her children’s schools from preschool through the high school and college levels. She graduated from Penn State University with honors in political science and holds a law degree from New York University School of Law.

Gordon "Corey" Kenyon

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Corey is a Managing Director in FICC Technology for Goldman Sachs, focusing on the Macro businesses.

Their web site clarifies this as follows: Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Technology (FICC Tech) is the team at Goldman Sachs responsible for the software and systems that enable market making and risk management activity across a broad range of products including: Interest Rates, Credit, Foreign Exchange, Commodities, Mortgages, Loans, and Derivatives. They are part of a high impact and high visibility business for Goldman Sachs, generating a significant portion of the firm's revenues, profits, and technology investments.

He is the Managing Director champion for technology campus recruiting at the University of Pennsylvania, and a member of the Americas Engineering Campus Recruiting Governance Group. Previously, Corey led the Interest Rates Technology team within FICC Technology. He joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 2004 and was named managing director in 2015.

Corey earned a BA in Philosophy and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. He lives in Old Greenwich.

Bonnie Kintzer

President and Chief Executive Officer, Trusted Media Brands Inc.

Bonnie joined Trusted Media Brands in April 2014. Originally known as The Reader’s Digest Association, she rebranded the company to reflect the portfolio of trusted brands including Taste of Home, The Family Handyman, Haven Home Network, Reminisce, Birds & Blooms and Reader’s Digest. In that time, she has focused on a growth strategy including the launch of MyDIYUniversity.com, Taste of Home Special Delivery as well as digital growth to 63MM unique visitors across all brands.

Bonnie joined Trusted Media Brands from Women’s Marketing Inc. the leading marketing services company serving emerging brands targeting women. She has also built her own consulting firm serving the media industry. Bonnie was previously at Reader’s Digest Association; during her nearly 9 year tenure there she held a number of senior executive positions and was responsible for a number of the Company’s largest publishing and digital properties including Allrecipes.com. In addition, she oversaw the hugely successful launch of Every Day with Rachael Ray.

Bonnie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Clark University. She is Chairperson of the Reader’s Digest Foundation, Chairperson of the 40 Million Story Campaign for the charity United Through Reading and is on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Learning Center of Fairfield County and the MPA – The Association of Magazine Media.

Noah Lapine

President and Owner, Lapine

Noah Lapine is the President and an owner of Lapine, a Consumer Engagement Agency. Lapine works with some of the world’s most recognized brands, connecting brand strategy with merchandise to enable transformative consumer engagement and drive powerful business results. By offering end-to-end solutions built on the innovative combination of meaningful insights, scalable technology, and quantifiable process efficiencies, Lapine has become an essential partner to the clients they serve.

Noah joined Lapine in 1996 and has subsequently been involved in all phases of the agency’s development. In 2017 Noah co-founded Effectus Partners, a Miami-based Business Process Innovation company that architects and implements process efficiencies and solutions for major corporations. Noah serves as Chairman of Effectus Partners. Before joining Lapine, Noah served as a corps member in Teach for America where he taught seventh grade English to students in rural Georgia.

Noah serves on the Board of Directors for Stamford Academy, a Stamford-based charter high school, and the Mill River Park Collaborative. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and a Corporator for First County Bank. Noah received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, and his Masters of Public Administration in public policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service as a Dean’s Scholar. He lives in Stamford, CT with his wife and three children.

Antonio Mazzara

Partner, Anthill Ventures

A scholar and entrepreneur with deep knowledge of the hardware and software industry, Antonio started coding at the age of 14. He was the Co-Inventor of the European teletex, which is a platform largely diffused in Europe broadcasting systems. Antonio has gained strong capabilities in different industries, leading the deployment of the very first digital mobile television network in the world.

He won and delivered new business as an executive and manager on teams across multiple companies and industries, including Bear Stearns, Apple Computer, Winterthur and Hachette Media. Antonio is an active member of Harvard Business School as a community partner program in Connecticut and in New York. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Sda Bocconi Milano/ Fudan University Shanghai. He has done post-graduate work at Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford. He was the winner of 2011 Mediobanca prize, which is annually awarded to the best performing company which stands out for their high growth rates and highest profitability.

Chuck Mosher

Chuck is a 35 year veteran of the energy business. Currently with George E. Warren Corp. of Vero Beach, Florida, an international trader/blender of refined petroleum products, Chuck serves as Sr. VP of Strategic Planning. Prior to Warren, Chuck was founder and CEO of Ledge Energy LLC with offices in Greenwich, Miami and Houston. Seventeen years prior to that Chuck was a partner at Starsupply Petroleum Feedstocks of Englewood, NJ.

He has served on numerous boards and charities including the Perrot Library, the Preston Mountain Club and Friends of Greenwood School.

Chuck has been on the CLC Board since 2016 and is currently chairman of the Development Committee. A graduate of Hamilton College, he is a lifelong resident of Greenwich where he has raised three sons; the youngest of which is the Founder and current President of the CLC Youth Board comprised of Brunswick and Greenwich Academy students.

J. David Nelson

Serves on a number of boards including VaporStream, Inc., a software startup company with a patented technology that allows messages to be sent with the convenience of email, but the privacy of a conversation.

In 2009, he retired after eight years as COO of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an educational foundation focused on teaching youth from low income communities how to start and operate a business, whose purpose was to get these students engaged in learning and graduating from high school. For his work at NFTE, he was named a Purpose Prize Fellow in 2006, which recognizes individuals in an "encore career" who use their experience to tackle urgent social issues.

Previously, Dave enjoyed a 33-year intrapreneurial career with IBM, including a three year assignment in China.

He has been a lecturer at the Harvard Business School, the Kellogg School of Management and Renmin (Beijing), among others. Other civic involvement currently includes service on the Board of Directors of the Literacy Assistance Center in New York City. He completed six-year terms on the Boards of Directors of AARP and the AARP Foundation in Washington, as well as the World Affairs Forum and the Women’s Business Development Council, both in Stamford. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Northwestern University.

John Roberts

John joined the Board of the Children's Learning Centers of Fairfield County in 2015. His working career was specialized in casualty underwriting for commercial insurance and re-insurance companies. Retiring in 2005 from his time with Swiss Re and General Re.

John has volunteered with the Boy Scouts being a Cub Master, Scout Master and active parent. He is proud that both of his sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He also served on the Greenwich Council BSA Board for 7 years.

John and his wife Patty moved to their home in Riverside in 1992. They have been married for 43 years and have 3 grown children and one grandchild. Since retiring, they spend a lot of their time sailing and traveling.

Whitney Sachs

Whitney Sachs first began her career in New York working in investment banking and then as a Corporate Attorney at Weil, Gotshal and Paul Hastings. More recently, Whitney taught preschool at the National Child Research Center in Washington, DC. Whitney also focused on facilitating educational opportunities for children with special needs.

After relocating to Connecticut with her family, Whitney became a classroom Volunteer at CLC. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in finance and organizational behavior and holds a law degree from New York University School of Law.

Sanjay Sidhwani

Head of Business Data and Analytics, KeyBank

Sanjay is Head of Business Data and Analytics for KeyBank, one of the largest super-regional banks in the country. In this role, Sanjay focuses on maximizing the use of data and analytics as a competitive advantage for the organization across all lines of business and functions. Prior to this role, Sanjay was Senior Vice President, Advanced Analytics for Synchrony Financial. In this role, Sanjay was responsible for developing advanced analytics tools and machine learning techniques to drive cardholder engagement and improve the customer experience. In addition, Sanjay led the creation of broader data science capabilities and talent as well as analytics consulting capabilities using internal benchmarks and external data for the organization.

Sanjay also was the marketing analytics leader for Synchrony Financial, responsible for generating actionable insights to drive profitable growth for the business. This included identifying new external data sources, building predictive tools to optimize marketing investments, creating comprehensive customer-data environments and developing analytics talent.

Prior to assuming the analytics leader role in 2011, Sanjay was the targeting & segmentation leader for GE Capital Retail Finance. In this role, he was responsible for developing enterprise-wide advanced analytics tools and targeting strategies for all retail card clients. Previously, Sanjay was the analytics leader for several specialty retail clients.

Prior to joining GE in 2007, Sanjay held multiple analytics and consulting roles at Merkle Inc., Ernst & Young and FedEx Corporation. Sanjay has spoken at several industry events on the application of data in financial services and has authored and co-authored multiple white papers on retail and customer analytics.

Sanjay has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences in Pilani, India and a MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lives with his wife and two boys in Scarsdale, NY.

Elizabeth Sosnow

Managing Partner and Co-owner, Bliss Integrated Communication

Elizabeth is part of the management team responsible for the company’s overall operations and strategic direction. Her day-to-day responsibilities include overseeing the integrated marketing strategy and execution for our largest professional and financial services accounts.

Always hunting for the newest integrated marketing innovations, Elizabeth also directs the firm’s digital activities, helping B2B and B2C clients assess and maximize audience engagement via evolving communications tools.

Elizabeth is a national Board member of The American Camp Association and a Board member and Marketing Committee leader for CLC. She is a past Chair of Digital Marketing for Worldcom’s Global Board of Directors and previously held that position for the Americas Region Board of Directors.

Her own guest blog posts have appeared in Convince and Convert, PR Daily, Content Marketing Institute, among many others. Her vlog, Espresso Shots, can be found on the Bliss website. She has been named a “PR Game Changer,” “B2B Social Media Thinker,” “100 People to Watch in PR” and runner-up “B2B Twitterer of the Year.”

In her free time, Elizabeth specializes in juggling sports equipment for her three sons, keeping up with her husband’s demand for her famous ribs dish and indulging her long standing addiction to Jane Austen novels.

Andres Soto

Software Engineer, Google

Andres currently works as a Software Engineer in one of the Google Geo teams with a focus on applied machine learning. He participated in Google’s Engineering Residency program, which entails two months of training and two five month rotations. Upon successful completion of the program, he was offered a full time engineering position.

He identifies himself as a first-generation college graduate who has a strong passion for math and computer science as it ties to human advancement. Majoring in Applied Mathematics at Columbia University's School of Engineering, he was able to take courses in not only math, but programming and machine learning. He was also fortunate enough to balance his coursework to continue his love for studying Mandarin, taking a class every single semester in college.

Andres interned at AOL, BAML as a sales and trading intern, and at GenTrust, a wealth management firm. His experiences helped him gain insight into his professional dreams and also helped him realize the importance of giving back to the community and the fortunate position he finds himself in. As an Alumni of Waterside School and as a son of two immigrant parents, he knows for a fact that his present success could not have been possible without all of the help of wonderful friends and family, schools like Children’s Learning Centers, Waterside, NCCS, and RCDS, and other institutions that came and lent a hand. He was inducted into CLC’s Hall of Fame in 2015. As he says, “I sit on the shoulders of giants.”