Photo courtesy of IRIS Photography
Board of Directors and Staff
Board of Directors
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First Row (Left to Right):
Robyn Rifkin- Starwood
Sue Banville- Coldwell Banker
Diane Thomas- University of St. Joseph
Morgan Hilyard (Formerly of WHCC)
Matt Banaver- Daswani Clothiers
Barbara Lerner- West Hartford Chamber of Commerce
Gina Mariano-Bunch- Daley Moving and Storage
Amy Babich- Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Second Row (Left to Right):
Mike Thibodeau- BlumShapiro
Kevin Keenan- Westfarms Mall
Nathaniel Mardoc- Comcast
Tony Leesha- Computer Repair & Upgrade
Matt Cuddy- People's United Bank
Nancy Brecher- People's United Bank
Dave Calibey- Big Thunk
Jeffrey Brine- Kurien Oullette Law
Chuck Coursey- Coursey & Company
Robert Kulakowski- Cedar Hill Home Inspection
Chip Janiszewski- Happiness and Success GPS
Amy Parmenter- AAA
Avi Smith-Rapaport- We Care Computers
Daryl Jackson- Chick-fil-A
Jack Phelan- Bouvier Insurance
Kenneth Sklodosky- Simsbury Bank
Mark McGovern- Town of West Hartford
Mike Kijak- Wiremold/Legrand
Steve Hunt- Thomas Fahey Insurance Agency
Tom Hickey- West Hartford Media
Kristen Gorski- Town of West Hartford
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.