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CONECT is Co-Chaired by Rev. Anthony L. Bennett, pastor of Mount Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport and Fr. James Manship, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish is New Haven.  CONECT’s Treasurer is Mr. Maximo Romero from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish.  Together with these officers, Dr. Elizabeth Keenan from St. James Catholic Parish in Stratford, Fr. David Blanchfield of St. Jerome Catholic Parish in Norwalk, Ms. Therese LeFever of St. James Catholic Parish in Stratford, and Minister Odell Montgomery Cooper from Mount Aery Baptist Church comprise CONECT’s Executive Team.

CONECT’s current Strategy Team (Board of Directors) members are:

  • Ms. Karen Baar, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden
  • Rev. Anthony L. Bennett, Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport
  • Fr. David Blanchfield, St. Jerome Catholic Parish, Norwalk
  • Minister Odell Cooper, Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport
  • Mr. Cecilio Cuapio, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish, New Haven
  • Ms. Angela DeMello, St. James Catholic Parish, Stratford
  • Rabbi Michael Friedman, Temple Israel, Westport
  • Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, Bethel AME Church, Bridgeport
  • Dr. Liz Keenan, St. James Catholic Parish, Stratford
  • Ms. Therese LeFever, St. James Catholic Parish, Stratford
  • Mr. Daniel Loch, St. Jerome Catholic Parish, Norwalk
  • Rev. James C. Manship, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish, New Haven
  • Mr. Al May, St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Milford
  • Mr. Armando Morales, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, New Haven
  • Deacon Regina Mosely, Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport
  • Mr. Demetrio Muñiga, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, New Haven
  • Mr. Alan K. Nudelman, Temple Israel, Westport
  • Mr. Jose Ostorba, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, New Haven
  • Rabbi Evan Schultz, Congregation B’nai Israel, Bridgeport
  • Ms. Jeimy Zepeda , St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, New Haven
  • Ms. Cindy Zuckerbrod, Temple Israel, Westport

CONECT’s Executive Team and Strategy Team are elected once per year at a gathering of the full membership of the organization (Delegates Assembly).  The Strategy Team is the primary decision making body of the organization.  The Executive Team takes primary responsibility for fiscal, budgetary and personnel issues and reports to and is accountable to the Strategy Team.

CONECT’s Lead Organizer (Executive Director) is Mr. Matt McDermott, a professional organizer with 20 years of experience in the field.