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CONECT is co-chaired by Rev. Anthony L. Bennett, pastor of Mount Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport and Ms. Therese LeFever, St. James Catholic Parish in Stratford.  Together with these co-chairs, Dr. Elizabeth Keenan from Friends of CONECT Action Caucus, Fr. David Blanchfield of St. Jerome Catholic Parish in Norwalk, 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
  • Deacon Doreen Cotter, Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport
  • Mr. Cecilio Cuapio, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish, New Haven
  • Ms. Angela DeMello, St. James Catholic Parish, Stratford
  • Mr. Weethne Dorvil, Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport
  • Dr. Ahmed Ebrahim, Bridgeport Islamic Community Center, Bridgeport
  • Mr. Eric Fischman, Temple Shalom, Norwalk
  • Ms. Terry Freeman, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish, New Haven
  • Rabbi Michael Friedman, Temple Israel, Westport
  • Mr. Dan Guller, Temple Shalom, Norwalk
  • Dr. Liz Keenan, St. James Catholic Parish, Stratford
  • Ms. Therese LeFever, St. James Catholic Parish, Stratford
  • Mr. Daniel Loch, St. Jerome Catholic Parish, Norwalk
  • Ms. Stefanie Damaris Lopez, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish, New Haven
  • Mr. Demetrio Munguia, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish, New Haven
  • Mr. George Morrison, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish, New Haven
  • Mr. Alan K. Nudelman, Temple Israel, Westport
  • Mr. Jack O’Melia, St. Jerome Catholic Parish, Norwalk
  • Rabbi Evan Schultz, Congregation B’nai Israel, Bridgeport
  • 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.