2017 Campaign Leadership

2017 Campaign Leadership


Campaign Chairman

Joyce Muse

Director of Business Development, Photo Arts Printing Company

Joyce volunteered in several divisions since 2004 before assuming a Cabinet leadership role as a Small Business Division Co-Chair in 2011.  She was the 2016 Campaign Vice Chairman and  now she assumes the role of 2017 Campaign Chairman.  Joyce has also volunteered for the yearly Citizens' Review process that oversees annual agency allocations. She volunteers for the Tour of Litchfield Hills, a bike/walking event that raises funds for the Center for Cancer Care, and is a Board Member for the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce.


Campaign Vice Chairmain


Carla DuBois

People's United Bank


Campaign Cabinet Division Chairs


Finance & Law

Christine Bascetta

Vice President, Commercial Lending, Torrington Savings Bank

 Christine is a Torrington native who joined Torrington Savings Bank in July of 2014 to assist in the launch of the Commercial Lending Department.  Christine earned her Bachelor's degree at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and her Master's degree at the University of Chicago.  Currently residing in Harwinton, she enjoys giving back to the community and northwest corner.  She currently serves on the Baord of the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce and participates in various other community events and associations.



  JoAnn Ryan

President, Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce

JoAnn lives in Torrington.  She began her volunteer career with the United Way in 1978 as a Commercial Division worker.  JoAnn has served in many roles, including Major Firms Division Co-Chair and Marketing Committee. JoAnn champions many other charities: LARC, Girl Scouts of America, Nutmeg Ballet, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, The Warner Theatre, the NW CT Arts Council, Torrington Historical Society, Torrington Library, Torrington Rotary Club, Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Cancer Society, The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and the Northwest CT YMCA. She was honored as the United Way's Woman of the Year at the May 2013 Women's Gala.


Sherie Power

Sales Branch Manager, Kelly Services


Public Service

Jessica Wright

Prevention Supervisor, McCall Center for Behavioral Health

Jessica joined McCall in 2012. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and her Master’s in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University. In April 2017, she became a member of the board for the Torrington Area Health District. She previously worked for three years as a Community Educator for the Susan B. Anthony Project. Her focus is helping families and teens. A lifelong Torrington resident, she enjoys giving back to the community. In September 2014, she received the “Community Awareness and Education Award”  from CMHA's Substance Abuse Action Council for her outstanding commitment to improving the lives of Connecticut residents. She also graduated from the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Northwest program, where she currently serves as a program advisor.


Cathy Coyle

Executive Director, Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial, Inc.



Michelle Anderson

Director of EarlyChildhood and Family Services, EdAdvance

Michelle has been with the Family Resource Center (FRC) at Vogel-Wetmore School in Torrington, CT for 16 years and she is now assuming the role of Director of Early Childhood and Family Services at EdAdvance.  It is a program of Education Connection, the regional education service center in Western Connecticut.  In addition to the FRC, she serves as the Homeless Outreach coordinator.  In this role, she works closely with the schools and agencies that are serving children and families experiencing homelessness.  She also provides training on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance act for local providers and schools.  In addition, she promotes awareness in the community on the issue of homelessness through education and outreach.  Michelle is involved in numerous statewide initiatives and local boards dealing with children, family and educational matters.  She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and has worked in the field of education and families since her career started over 20 years ago.  She resides in Litchfield with her husband and two children.


Small Business

Michelle Teodorczyk

Assistant Branch Manager, Northwest Community Bank

Michelle is a wife and mother of three who makes her home in New Hartford and has been employed by the bank for 19 years. She was a Small Business Division volunteer for New Hartford from 2007-2009, and in 2010 was promoted to Small Business Division Co-Chair. 


Melissa Root

Branch Manager, Litchfield Bancorp

Melissa came to Litchfield Bancorp in 2001 with 2 years banking experience. She began as a full-time teller at the Litchfield office, where she was later promoted to Assistant Branch Manager. In January 2012, Melissa was promoted to Branch Manager in the Torrington Office.  In June 2013, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President. Melissa is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management.

For many years Melissa has served on the small business campaign for the United Way, and in 2013 was named Campaign Volunteer of the Year. She's also a member of the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce WOW committee, a Leadership Northwest graduate, and a member of their Young Professionals group.



Doreen Roy

 Northwest Hills Credit Union, Inc

Doreen has worked at the Northwest Hills Credit Union for 23 years.  She's volunteered for several organizations, serving on committees and boards at the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce,  March of Dimes Walk America Committee, NW CT Human Resources Association and the Torrington Lions Club.  Currently, she's President of the Moran/Nixon Chapter of the Credit Union League of CT in Meriden, CT and also serves as a Corporator at the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Doreen lives in Barkhamsted with her husband Bill of 35 years.  They have a son Michael, a daughter Meredith Cutler and a son-in-law U.S. Marine Sgt. Brenden Cutler, who's currently stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA.


Alan Colavecchio

Owner, Colavecchio Designs

Alan plays an integral role in the development of United Way annual campaign brochure. Alan has been a volunteering for the United Way of Northwest CT for over 10 years.  Alan is also on the Board of Directors of Northwest Community Bank as well as Connecticut Mutual Holding Comapny, and Foothills Visiting Nurse & Home Care.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for both The W.L. Gilbert Trust Corporation and Beardsley & Memorial Library.


Leader's Circle


Gail Olsen

Owner, Ducci Kitchens

Gail re-joined the Board of Directors in 2013 after a hiatus since 2001, but has a long history of volunteer service with United Way.  She's been a volunteer for several campaign divisions and since 2002 has acted as panel chair for the Citizen's Review process which oversees how funds are distributed to United Way agencies. Gail chaired the Women's Leadership Initiative from 2012-2014, and remains an active committee member.  Gail and her husband, Charles, have owned Ducci Kitchens, Inc. in Goshen for 36 years and have been proud supporters of many organizations in Northwest CT.  they have been members of our United Way Leaders' Circle.


Jeffrey Geddes

Senior Vice President, Torrington Savings Bank

Mr. Geddes has over 30 years of banking experience, including 23 years managing the bank's residential and consumer lending program. He is a United Way Board member on the Executive Board as Secretary, he also serves on the Board of the Litchfield Hills Micro Loan Fund administered by the City of Torrington.  He's a member of the National Association of Realtors, CT Association of Realtors, State Director, and Litchfield County Board of Realtors, where he serves on their President.  This year Jeff was a nominee of the Litchfield County Board of Realtor and he received the Ungun Hear Award for the Litchfield County Board of Realtors.Jeff was the United Way Campaign Chair for two years 2015 and 2016.  This year he graciously agreed that instead of taking some time off he would step up and in as the Co-Chair of the Leader's Circle Division.