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Board of Directors and Staff
Board of Directors
Chairperson: Amy Babich – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Immediate Past Chairperson: Bob Kulakowski – Cedar Hill Home Inspection
1st Vice-Chairperson: Chip Janiszewski – Happiness & Success GPS
2nd Vice-Chairperson: Robyn Rifkin – Blue Back Square
Secretary: Joseph DeFeo – The Children’s Museum
Treasurer: Brett Bushnell – Blum ShapiroLegal Counsel: Jeffrey Brine – Kurien Ouellette Law
Chairperson - Minority Business Network: Christopher Clarke – Merrill Bank of America
Amy Boulton – Noah Webster House
Nancy Brecher – People’s United Bank
Jilian Chase – doTerra
Chuck Coursey – Coursey & Company
Matthew Cuddy – Westfield Bank
Krisin Gorski – Town of West Hartford
Tom Hickey – West Hartford Media
Daniel Hovey – Turnpike Motors Autobody
Steve Hunt – Thomas Fahy Insurance
Daryl Jackson – Chick-fil-A
Jason Jakubowski – Foodshare
Maura Keating – Keating Agency Insurance
Tony Leesha – Computer Repair & Upgrade
Christine Looby – Trinity Health of N.E. Senior Communities
Armen Manukyen – Armen Custom Jewelry Design
Gina Mariano-Bunch – Daley Moving & Storage
Ken Sklodosky – Liberty Bank
Rachel Stein – Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford
Diane Thomas – U of St. Joseph
Christopher Conway was named Executive Director of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce in December of 2018. Prior to this, he served as Membership Director of the Waterbury Regional Chamber, where he managed an overall growth in Membership of the organization. This included the introduction of several new recruitment and retention initiatives. He worked with the team there to enhance the value for existing members with the introduction of new networking and marketing opportunities. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to his Chamber career, Conway spent 19 years with Barnes & Noble in a variety of management roles. He spent the years between Barnes & Noble and the Chamber profession in the insurance industry. It was then that he was introduced the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce. Due to the myriad of businesses he encountered, he formed the opinion that ANY business could benefit from Chamber membership. He spent several years as an active member and volunteer. He became the recipient of a 2016 Spotlight Award for his work on the Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament.
Christopher is excited to return to West Hartford to combine his business experience with his Chamber experience to support the Members and enrich the community.
He resides in Southington with his wife Colleen and their son Desmond.
Member Services Coordinator
Jessie Read Bouclier is the West Hartford Chamber Member Services Coordinator. She supports the Chamber in a variety of ways including the website, social media, administrative support and events management. Since relocating to Connecticut from Massachusetts in 2010, Jessie has been an active member of the West Hartford community. She previously worked at We Care Computers, The Association of Personal Photo Organizers and at The Green Teahouse. Jessie enjoys learning about businesses and assisting them in thinking ‘outside the box’ on how to grow their business.
Jessie is renowned for her every changing hair color. Stop by the office or attend an event to see where she is on the rainbow.
She lives in New Britain with her husband Tim, two children, 3 cats and dog.
Outreach and Development Coordinator
Her background is in sales and marketing, working in cable, radio, and internet advertising for Comcast, iHeartMedia, and WCCC. She also has extensive experience in the nonprofit realm as both an employee and a volunteer. As a life-long resident, she brings a passion for and understanding of West Hartford and its neighbors. Her children are the seventh generation of her family raised in the area.
Kate lives in West Hartford with her husband Graham, 2 children and a dog. When she’s not networking around town, you can most likely find her hiking the regions beautiful trails, at concerts, or playing trivia.