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HomeHaven, Inc.
291 Whitney Avenue
Suite 103
New Haven, CT 06511

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Governance, Committees, and Staff


HomeHaven, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation in Connecticut operating with a 501(c)3 exemption from the Internal Revenue Service. 

A self-perpetuating volunteer Board of Directors, working with a full-time Executive Director appointed by the Board, sets policy and develops

resources for the organization.  

The Board meets monthly and works through Board Committees and Task Forces:  Finance, Governance, Fund Development, and Strategic

Planning.  The Executive Director is responsible for management of the organization.  She works with a number of Management Committees

and Task Forces, and with a small part-time staff and a number of volunteers.

Board Officers:

President: Fred O'Brien

Vice President: Patty Langdon

Secretary: Cecilia Berner

Treasurer: Joe Dolan

Board Committees:   (Click Here to see members)

Finance: Bill Brainard, Chair

Governance: Hans Bergmann, Chair

Fund Development: Frank Estes, Chair

Management Committees:  (Click Here to see members)

Events: Elisabeth Anton, Staff

Health: Ron Rozett, Chair

Household Services: Dick Resch, Chair

IT: Jim Maggart, Chair

Leadership Council: Chair rotates among Village Leaders

Visitors: Lynda West, Chair
Recruitment: Fred O'Brien, Acting Chair

Board of Directors: 

Fred O'Brien, Director and President of the Board

Fred O’Brien is a 28-year resident of Orange; he and his wife, Kate, were early members of Amity Village.  Fred has been a practicing attorney in criminal and civil courts since 1990.  Originally from upstateNew York, he is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and UConn Law School.  He has over 40 jury verdicts and has defended individuals, corporations, municipalities, and those accused of crimes in thousands of cases. He spent his youthful years as a rock and roll musician.

Patricia Langdon, Director and Vice President of the Board
Patty has a background in academic administration and an inherited love of antiques. She is co-leader of the Hamden Village and an occasional contributor to the HomeHaven Newsletter.  She has been surprised and delighted by the life-enhancing richness afforded by membership in HomeHaven.
Cecilia Berner, Director and Secretary of the Board
Originally from New Jersey, Cecilia attended the University of Iowa and earned a JD degree at the University of Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac).  She has been involved with administration within the corporate arena and the federal government.  Cecilia has been an enthusiastic member of the Activities Committee since joining HomeHaven in 2011.

Joseph Dolan, Director and Treasurer of the Board
Joseph Dolan lives in New Haven and holds degrees in philosophy, urban studies, and accounting. He served for many years in the City of New Haven's controller's office and from 1990 to 2009 as the chief financial officer of the Town of Wilton. He joined HomeHaven in 2012 and has served on the Finance committee since then.

Rick Allen, Director

Rick's education centered around driving a taxi in NYC while earning a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. Both experiences opened his mind and eyes. Rick has had a variety of careers including photographer, film editor, carpenter, professional organizer, management coach, and Apple Certified consultant. He is now retired and lives in Woodbridge with his wife, Pat, busy with home, yard, seven children and travel. Rick easily converses with complete strangers around the worldeven if he doesn’t share the same language. Rick is Co-Leader of Amity Village and serves on the Visitors committee. He is amazed at the vast experience and life stories of HomeHaven members.  

Frank Estes, Director  

Frank was last gainfully employed as a Gift Planning Officer for the American Red Cross, a post he arrived at by a somewhat circuitous route. After earning a B.A. from Yale and a law degree from Stanford, he sojourned with the U.S. Army in California and Vietnam before entering private law practice in Connecticut. He moved on to the banking industry, where he served as General Counsel for two Connecticut regional banks that eventually succumbed to industry consolidation. This spurred Frank to return to his estate planning roots by entering the development field as a planned giving specialist, serving in positions with Trinity College in Hartford and Yale-New Haven Hospital before ending up with the Red Cross. Having always preferred singing to working or studying, he continues his vocal exploits with whomever will have him – currently The Fairfield County Chorale, The Yale Alumni Chorus, and, of course, the HomeHaven Mud Follies.Frank chairs HomeHaven's Fund Development Committee.

Jane Jervis, Director

Jane is a founding member of East Rock Village, the predecessor organization to HomeHaven. Since 2008 she has served alternatively as president, vice president and secretary of the board, as well as Governance Committee chair. She chaired the recent search for our new executive director. She is an editor for the HomeHaven newsletter and writes occasional profiles of our members called “HomeHaven Helps!” Jane has served on the Connecticut Legislative task force on Aging in Place, and is a member of the board of Whitney Center, where she serves as secretary to the board. She is a former Dean of Davenport College at Yale, and former President of Evergreen College in Olympia, WA.

 Kaye Maggart Board Pic Kaye Maggart, Director
Kaye is active in the Hamden Village and a member of the Visitors and Recruitment  Committees.  After living and teaching for two decades in Turkey and Texas, she coordinated ESL programs for New Haven Public Schools, taught ESL, and has written several textbooks for new speakers of English.  She is on the Board of the International Association of New Haven and sings with the Greater New Haven Community Chorus.
  Celeste Markle, Director

Celeste taught English and Language Arts in Bridgeport high schools for nearly 40 years. She has an MA in Education from Fairfield University. Born in the Bronx, she moved to New Haven in 1968. Her daughter, Jennifer, whom she visits frequently, lives in New York. Celeste volunteered at a drug rehab storefront in the late 60s, served as a volunteer in the Israeli Defense Forces in 1984, and now volunteers at Massaro Farm. She also serves on the executive board of the Bridge Academy, a charter high school. Celeste is Co-Leader for the Westville Village and coordinates food and beverages for major HH events. She enjoys entertaining, cooking, reading, travel, and writing poetry.

  Andrew McLaren, Director

Andrew is an educator with a degree in History from Cambridge University. He has worked as a teacher and headmaster at numerous private schools and worked for the Association of Independent Schools of New York. He was the former managing director of Horizons National, serving low income children with enrichment programs at 60 affiliates nationwide, including the Foote School. Andrew serves on the Fund Development and Household Services committees. He also serves on the Board of Fellowship Place. He and his wife Francie Irvine moved to New Haven upon retirement and live in East Rock. They have three children and three grandchildren. Andrew is a woodworker and furniture designer and builder. 

Pam Stanton, Director

Pam has lived in New Haven for 50 years and still has the same landline phone number! She has an EdD from Boston University and has enjoyed a 37-year career as an educator. Pam is currently a co-facilitator of a FamilyRead educational program through the YNHH HOPE program at St. Raphael's and serves on the Parenting Support Program advisory board there. She is also a member of the Mary Wade Home Board of Trustees. Pam chairs HomeHaven’s Governance Committee and is active in the Amity and Westville Villages.


Lauri J. Lowell, Executive Director 
Lauri Lowell graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has a JD Degree from Rutgers Law School-Newark and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. A native of New York, Lauri has lived in Hamden for 25 years. She was Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and brings social work and life-coaching skills to her work at HomeHaven. Lauri has two children – her older son, Jonah, is a comedy writer and performer and lives in Chicago. Her younger son, Dan, is an undergraduate at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Kate Hay, Office Administrator
Elisabeth Anton
, Membership & Events Coordinator

Ann Drinan, Bookkeeper