Faith Exchange

Bridging Church and Community

Join us on June 21st at 7pm for our conversation with erfc staff.

A New Conversation

Faith Exchange is a new series of conversations between our pastor, the Reverend Dr. Greg Gray and various community leaders. Each of these sessions will introduce the different leaders to a wider audience and use faith as a point of departure to speak to our work in the community. Here in the church we use the words of Christ to motivate our work. What is it that motivates everyone else. We are truly interested!

Here’s How It Works

The Community

We’re inviting individuals who hold significant positions in the community to come and have conversations.

The Church

For more than three centuries we’ve been at the heart of this community, and we believe that staying in conversation together is more important than ever!

The Conversation

This series of conversations will invite us to bridge divides and deepen relationships across our community.

Alaric Fox, April 19

Alaric Fox, April 19

Enfield Chief of Police

 

Chief Alaric J. Fox was sworn in as the 15 th Chief of the Enfield Police Department on March 12, 2018. Chief Fox entered into service with the Enfield Police Department after a 24-year career with the Connecticut State Police. During that time has worked as a Patrol Trooper, a Resident Trooper, a Training Academy Staff Instructor, a Patrol Sergeant, a Resident Trooper Sergeant, and as a Sergeant in the Legal Affairs Unit on the Commissioner’s Staff. In 2004, Chief Fox was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, thereafter serving as the Commanding Officer of Troop “C” Tolland, and later as the Commandant of the State Police Training Academy. In 2010, Chief Fox was promoted to the rank of Captain where he served as the Commanding Officer of the Bureau of Selections and Training and later as the Commanding Officer of the Professional Standards Unit. In 2011, Chief Fox was promoted to the rank of Major where he served as the Chief of Staff to two State Police Colonels. On April 1, 2016, Chief Fox was promoted to the position as Colonel of the Connecticut State Police and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, a position that he held until his retirement from state service.

Chief Fox began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Willimantic Police Department, serving in this capacity for seven years, and as an FBI Agent, serving in this capacity for two years. Additionally, Chief Fox was employed for a two-year period as an attorney in private practice, specializing in a variety of labor and employment law matters. Chief Fox has lectured across the country, over the past twenty-two years, to a wide array of law enforcement and collegiate audiences, in subject areas including Criminal Law, Careers in Criminal Justice, Police Civil Liability, Labor and Employment Law, and Police Criminal Procedure. Additionally, he has worked as an adjunct instructor at two of Connecticut’s community colleges for the past eight years.

Chief Fox holds a Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration from the University of New Haven, and a Juris Doctor Degree, magna cum laude, from Western New England University School of Law, having additionally studied for one semester at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Virginia, as well as the FBI National Executive Institute. In his spare time Chief Fox has completed eighteen (and counting!) marathons, twice breaking the elusive three-hour barrier.

 

 

Jonathan LeBlanc, May 3

Jonathan LeBlanc, May 3

Enfield Board of Education

 

Jonathan is twenty-four years old and has lived in Enfield his entire life.

In 2019, he was elected to his first term on the Enfield Board of Education. During his time on the Board he has been Chairman of the Curriculum Subcommittee, a member of Joint Facilities Committee, Joint Security Committee, and the Youth Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Council.

Outside the Board of Education, Jonathan works as a paraprofessional in the South Hadley Public Schools system and volunteers with coaching youth soccer in South Hadley.

In Enfield, Jonathan is active in local organizations such as Enfield Little League where he sits on the Board of Directors as the Sponsorship Coordinator and is also a coach for both Little League and for the Enfield Ramblers football program.

Other organizations Jonathan is a member of include the Enfield Republican Town Committee, Connecticut Young Republicans, First Readers, and Rising Stars For Connecticut’s Future.

 

 

Tom Arnone, May 17

Tom Arnone, May 17

State Representative

 

Tom Arnone is a first-term State Representative serving Enfield’s 58th district. He served as a member of the Public Health, Planning and Development, and Regulations Review Committees in the 2019 legislative session.

Prior to his legislative role, Arnone served as a four-term councilman during which he committed himself to improving opportunities for children. He is co-chairman of the Health and Wellness Enfield Youth Commission. Arnone has also served on both the Board of Education and Finance Committees.

Arnone is the Founder and President of Kids First children’s charity which works with at-risk youth to provide safe after-school activities and filming community events. The charity also renovated the youth center kitchen to provide cooking and nutrition classes. Arnone devoted over ten years to coaching the Thompsonville Little League’s softball and basketball teams.

Arnone pursued his education through the distance learning program at California State University, Sacramento College of Engineering and Computer Science. He is a lifelong resident of Connecticut and lives with his wife, Janice.

 

 

Ginny Higley, June 7

Ginny Higley, June 7

Enfield Democratic Town Committee Chair

 

Virginia “Ginny” Higley is well grounded in the Enfield community having attended local schools and  graduating from Asnuntuck Community College with a degree in business. In town she has served as a Cub Scout leader, CCD teacher, Food Shelf volunteer, started the Enfield Farmers Market, helped found the community garden, and now serves as the chair of the Enfield Democratic Town Committee.

Higley believes that her parents raised her to give back through volunteering. Her father firmly believed in this as he felt that if you don’t try to change or improve a problem, then you had no right to complain.

 

 

 

 

 

ERfC Staff, June 21

ERfC Staff, June 21

 

Anthony “Tony” Romano

ERfC Manager of Operations

Tony started his journey with ERfC in 2019 and was promoted to Manager of Operations in 2020. Tony’s goal is to continue to expand the programs ERfC has available for families in Enfield and surrounding communities.

Tony previously worked for East Windsor High’s Transition Program for students with disabilities, where he taught adults skills and helped students find employment after graduation. He has 25 years’ experience managing, staffing, and coaching sports at all grade levels and is the founder of the nonprofit Northeast Premier. Tony is also a certified business manager and program director with the CT Office of Early Childhood Education. Tony has 25 Years of coaching sports, mainly basketball, at all grade levels.

Tony is an avid pizza lover and loves to try new types and styles of pizza. He also loves to travel and watch college football and basketball. He has three sons.

“My favorite part of my adventure with ERfC is having the opportunity to set up new programs for the students in town where I grew up.”

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Connie Provencher
ERfC Community Development Manager
Connie supports the mission of ERfC by planning and coordinating essential development
activities and events. Connie has been part of the ERfC family since September of 2015.
Prior to ERfC, Connie had over 30 years working in the insurance industry in customer
service and as a Benefit Specialist. A native of Enfield, Connie’s goal with ERfC is to continue

to spread the word about the importance of keeping kids safe and engaged during out-of-
school time.

Connie has extensive volunteer experience in her community including the July 4th Town
Celebration, a member of the board of the North Central Chamber of Commerce, and a
member of the Enfield Breakfast Club. She also volunteers at the Enfield Farmers Market. Her
husband Earl, and her two sons also work in public service careers. In her free time, she loves
to walk and be outside, especially on the beach.
“My favorite part of working at ERfC is being part of the community and
working with the kids! They are fun to work with and be around. My coworkers are
also great. This job allows me to feel like I can make a difference in my
community!”

 

 

 

SCOTT RYDER, JULY 19

SCOTT RYDER, JULY 19

Board of Education

 

Scott Ryder has been on the Enfield, CT Board of Education since November 2017, where he serves on multiple (sub)committees including BOE Leadership, Policy, Joint (Town & School) Facilities & Joint (Town & School) Security Committees…among others. Scott serves as the PTO Coordinator for Enfield Public Schools, where he has worked hard to increase communications – and to promote events and activities – for schools and their families by creating and managing enfieldpto.com (online) as well as EnfieldPTO on Facebook – and other social media outlets.

Scott & Bridget Ryder moved to Enfield, CT in 2012 with their two young children, now in Grades 7 & 4. In September 2013, when their first-born started Kindergarten, Scott started volunteering in Enfield’s schools. He was on the Hazardville Memorial School PTO for 6-years, Eli Whitney PTO for 5-years, and has been on the JFK PTO for 2 years. Scott helps coordinate several annual fundraisers through Enfield’s schools, including “PJ Day for Kids (CCMC),” Wreaths Across America, and through his work on events with 2Moms on a Mission. He graduated KITE’s Parent Leadership Academy (2014) and helps coordinate their annual “Enfield Town Wide Tag Sale.”

Scott was introduced to Enfield politics through his participation on the Mayors Advisory Council (2015-2017) under former Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin. He utilized his new contacts in Town to help Hazardville Memorial get their new playscape, though it took longer than he, or the students had planned on! Through projects like this, he has proven that he wants to help Enfield.

When not volunteering, Scott enjoys activities with his family and he’s an avid runner with +100 organized races completed since starting to run in late 2009. He has completed 21 marathons in 17 different U.S. States and 3 triathlons. He also founded and directs an annual family-themed race, “HMS FUN Run Day,” at an Enfield elementary school. His daughter loves to dance and act – and his son loves watching movies with his dad – and of course, he loves playing video games.

 

 

 

Mary Ann Turner, Aug 2

Mary Ann Turner, Aug 2

Enfield Republican Town Committee Chair

 

Mary Ann grew up in Windsor Locks along with her two brothers and two sisters and a few dogs and guinea pig, along the way.  Her dad worked at Pratt and Whitney and her mom worked at G. Fox.  She attended St. Mary’s School, and was in the last class to graduate eighth grade when it closed.  She moved on to Windsor Locks High School and then to Asnuntuck Community College where she received two associate degrees and finished her Bachelor of Science degree at Central Connecticut State University.

Mary Ann worked at Combustion Engineering, Jacobs Manufacturing and Holo-Krome in West Hartford and in 1992, Mary Ann started her own business, Projects Unlimited.

Mary Ann got involved with the Enfield Republican town committee in 1994 and that was the beginning of a new chapter.  In 2005 she became the Chairman of the Party and with time the organization evolved and grew into a strong group of talented volunteers.

For the past fourteen years, Mary Ann has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals as secretary.  She is a member of the Chairman of the Enfield Economic Development Commission and was part of the subcommittee to develop the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) for Enfield and was a member and Vice Chairman of the North Central Health District for ten years.

Mary Ann has been involved in the local community, even though she did not grow up in Enfield; she puts her energy in to helping Enfield in many ways.  She is President of the North Central Connecticut Professional Business Woman and she is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Enfield.

Mary Ann is not considered a “wall flower” by any means and puts all her energy into everything she gets involved with, from Republican politics to her prized flower gardens.  Mary Ann and Ed have been married for 41 years and share their home with Buster Brown their chocolate lab.

 

 

 

Bob Cressotti, Aug 23

Bob Cressotti, Aug 23

Enfield Town Councilor-at-Large

 

Bob Cressotti is running for District 2 Councilman because he is passionate about the Town of Enfield and its residents. The issues that he is particularly passionate about include: enhancing programs for children, families, and the elderly; examining causes of criminal and substance abuse issues; promoting small business and building civic pride. Cressotti has been invested in the Enfield community and its citizens for 40 years, teaching in Enfield for 36 of these years. He is married and has four children and five grandchildren. His family has deep roots in Enfield – his uncle, Dick Cressotti was a former Enfield councilman and a Connecticut State Representative.  His mother-in-law and father-in-law raised their family here in the Enfield community and were civically involved in many organizations. His wife, Marilynn, and children graduated from the Enfield school system and have gone on to be successful. He has a vision of seeing Enfield grow into a bigger and better town than it is today. Programs for youth development and senior citizens, family programs,  and entertainment venues, growth for small businesses moving into Enfield as well as larger businesses. 

He is currently the District 2 councilor and serve on the Town Council for 2 terms and seeking my third term on the Enfield Town Council. Cressotti stressed to all that we work together as a TEAM for the good of the citizens of Enfield.

  • member of the Democratic Town Committee
  • Minority leader for the democratic caucus
  • Member of the Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Campaign manager for Tom Arnones victory in the 58th State Legislative District
  • active in the North Central Opioid Task Force with Youth Services
  • Mayors Advisory council
  • Involved in Connecticut and Enfield Special Olympic Programs as a coach and a partner
  • Member of the Rachels Challenge Club
  • Business Owner – Cressotti baseball School
  • Active role on the Enfield Town Council
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Enfield Little League
  • Member of the Leisure Committee
  • Member and liaison for the Commission on Aging
  • Member of the Joint facilities committee
  • Member of the JFK Building Committee
  • Member of the cultural arts commission
  • Member of KITE
  • Member of the Enfield Together Coalition Committee and on the Management team
  • Active with Loaves and Fishes and fundraisers
  • Active with the Enfield Food shelf
  • Shop Rite Bag for Hunger
  • Member of the First readers committee
  • Member of the CT and National Coaches Association

 

 

 

 Kathleen Souvigney, September 13

Kathleen Souvigney, September 13

Executive Director Enfield Food Shelf, Inc.

 

Kathleen Souvigney has been the Executive Director of the Enfield Food Shelf since 2014. Prior to becoming Executive Director she volunteered for the organization, in a variety of roles, for 11 years.

The Enfield Food Shelf’s mission is to provide food assistance to community members in need and to further a vision of a community with access for all to food, basic needs and nutrition support, as well as an accessible network of other resources. In the seven years since becoming Executive Director, Kathleen, with the assistance of a dedicated volunteer base and very supportive community, has worked to fulfill the mission.

Kathleen has maintained and enhanced the legacy of weekly food distribution, implemented new food assistance and outreach programs, established collaborations designed to fill the needs of the community with programs such as Healthy Meals/Healthy Minds by providing healthy snacks to before and after school programs and hosting summer lunches for children.

Additional programs and collaborations Kathleen has spearheaded are Emergency Food Assistance, Enfield Hunger Action Team, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Enfield Friendly Caller Program, Home Delivery Program and most recently 5 Meals for A.L.I.C.E. She continually works with other non-profit agencies and organizations to address needs so residents of the Enfield community will be without hunger.

Kathleen has been a member of the Enfield community for 30 years where she resides with her husband, Ben and son Matt. In her spare time Kathleen enjoys gardening, exploring National Parks, especially those in Montana. She is an avid baseball fan who enjoys watching the Enfield Patriots Baseball Team. A graduate of Bay Path College, Kathleen worked for ten years as Human Resources Manager for Aeltus Investment Management, transitioning to a part-time position with the Enfield School system while raising her family.

Town Council, OCT 11

Town Council, OCT 11

District Candidates

 

Our Faith Exchange series will end this year with three panel discussions of candidates running in local elections on November 2nd.
Join us at 7pm on Oct 11, 2021 to hear from the district candidates for town council.

 

Board of Ed, OCT 18

Board of Ed, OCT 18

Candidates

 

Our Faith Exchange series will end this year with three panel discussions of candidates running in local elections on November 2nd.
Join us at 7pm on Oct 18, 2021 to hear from the candidates for board of education.

 

Town Council, OCT 25

Town Council, OCT 25

At Large Candidates

 

Our Faith Exchange series will end this year with three panel discussions of candidates running in local elections on November 2nd.
Join us at 7pm on Oct 25, 2021 to hear from the at large candidates for town council.

 

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