THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CHRISTOPHER KUKK (Honorary)

STEVE WOOTERS

An executive with Fairfield County Bank, Steve is a person of countless passions including gardening, bee keeping, surfing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, golfing, woodworking and even makes his own beer and maple syrup.  Steve serves on numerous boards around town and is passionate about helping others.  If you are looking, you can always find him around town. He always waves to everyone, so wave back!

Teen Members

KATE FITZPATRICK

Board Member

As a Ridgefield native, graduate of Ridgefield Public Schools and mom of three small children, I am proud to support Compassionate Ridgefield's mission of creating a town where everyone feels supported, safe, included and accepted.

CAROL MAHLSTEDT

Chairperson

As a psychologist, I am profoundly aware of the power of empathy and compassion in strengthening resilience and healthy emotional climates. Working to foster greater compassion in a community that I love and call home is an honor and a privilege and an initiative I very much believe in!

NIRO FELICIANO

Board Member

It is truly a privilege to serve on the board of Compassionate Ridgefield with people who are committed to the needs and well-being of others.  I am excited to be a part of efforts that continue to bring more love, empathy and awareness to this already very special community.

SUZANNE BRENNAN

Member-at-Large. Committees: Chair, Business; Spirituality.

As 4th generation Ridgefielder and Executive Director of historic Lounsbury House, Suzanne feels privileged to be connected to Compassionate Ridgefield as another way of giving back to community.

DANIEL LEVINE

Board Member

I joined the Executive Board of Compassionate Ridgefield because I wholeheartedly believe that our town is an extraordinary town with incredible residents. I am honored to be a part of this community and proud to call Ridgefield my home. In today’s climate, it can sometimes be easy to forget that a compassionate community improves lives. Compassionate Ridgefield’s ultimate goal is to “create a Ridgefield where every person feels welcome and respected”. THAT is something that I want to be a part of!

Honorary Board Member

Bio...

RUDY MARCONI

Ridgefield First Selectman

We all need to pay better attention to the importance of compassion and respect for one's neighbor. We have, in recent years, seen a disturbing decline in civility---on the athletic fields, online, and in the community. Signing the charter will be Ridgefield's public acknowledgement of our commitment to being a more compassionate community.

DENISE QUALEY

The mission of Compassionate Ridgefield focuses on the action of kindness. I feel that is it right up there with the importance of love and I want to be apart of something that makes our community a place of love and kindness.

JAN TRIANI

Jan Triani is an avid runner about town and works tirelessly to improve the quality of life here in Ridgefield, from establishing running groups for elementary school children to making sure that our most vulnerable citizens were safe and protected during the pandemic.

EZRA ZIMMERMAN

I joined the Compassionate Ridgefield board to try and promote kindness,  and compassion in the Ridgefield community. I think it's important that people in town, especially our youth understand how important this is, especially during these tough times.

KAYLIE PERHAMUS

As a younger member of the team, Kaylie hopes to bring the values of Compassionate Ridgefield back to the Ridgefield High School. She is thankful for the opportunity to contribute to her community in a meaningful way. 

ELIZA MORRIS

I am currently a junior at Ridgefield High School and chose to become involved with Compassionate Ridgefield after noticing the need to spread greater positivity, community, and compassion throughout Ridgefield High School. 

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