The Team

Our Board is made up of local politician and community members. Each Board member is a resident of the project area, and has the experience and commitment of serving the public and producing positive results.

Board of Directors

Jessica Fowler

Board Chair

Selectman of Sharon, CT and Co-Founder of Northwest ConneCT. She and her family live in Sharon, CT.

Kim Maxwell


Former President of two companies that innovated telecommunications technology. Serves on the Board Norfolk Affordable  Housing and the Norfolk Foundation. He and his wife live in Norfolk, CT.

Don Cuneo


Retired Lawyer. Serves as Vice Chair of Salisbury’s Zoning Board of Appeals. He and his wife live in Lakeville, CT.

John Brett


Retired Financial Advisor. Serves on the Board of Audubon and The Little Guild. He lives in Sharon, CT.

Roberta Willis

Chair Nomination Committee

Retired CT State Representative for 8 terms. Co-Founder Northwest ConneCT. Roberta and her husband live in Lakeville, CT.

Ward Belcher

Chairman of the Salisbury Economic Development Committee. Owner of Town Hill Farm and lives in Lakeville, CT.

Brent Colley

First Selectman of Sharon, CT. Brent and his family live in Sharon.

Paul DePaolo

Technology Librarian at Hotchkiss School. Member of the Salisbury Economic Development Committee. He lives in Salisbury.

Wayne Hileman

Chairman of Washington Town Planning Committee and a member of the Economic Development Committee. He lives in Washington, CT.

Brian Mirizzi

Systems Administrator for Litchfield County Dispatch (LCD) in Torrington. Brian manages our region’s Emergency Fiber Optic System.

Candy Perez

Second term Mayor of Winchester/Winsted. Candy has been on the Board of Selectmen since 2003 and lives in Winsted.

Donald Stein

Donald Stein, First Selectman Barkhamsted, CT.  Don is serving his sixth term as First Selectman.  Previously, he was on the Board of Selectman for 6 years and the Board of Education for six years, and was very active youth sports and other community volunteer groups.  He currently also serves on the Board of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns and is Chairman of the Board of the quasi-public Materials Innovation and Recycling Commission.  Prior to retirement, Don had a 37-year career in various management positions at United Technologies Corporation.  Don and his family have lived in Barkhamsted for over 40 years.

Project Coordinator

Felicia Jones

Felicia Jones is the first full-time paid contractor of Northwest ConneCT. She is our Project Coordinator and is working with our towns to explore the community interest and feasibility for this project.

Felicia has a 15-year background in introducing new medical technology and an addition 10 years developing strategic marketing campaigns for small business and non-profits.

Felicia earned her BS in Health Education and Social Marketing from Hunter College in New York City.

Felicia and her husband live in Falls Village, CT.