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    Charter Oak State College Foundation Elects New President as a New Era of Enhanced Giving Begins

    NEW BRITAIN, CT- September 8, 2022 The Charter Oak State College Foundation, (www.CharterOak.edu/foundation), has announced that Joyce Petrella, Managing Partner of Calculus of Talent, a global network of professional talent management practitioners, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Charter Oak State College Foundation, Petrella is a resident of West Hartford, CT.

    Having served on the Foundation Board for a decade and recruiting the best talent to serve alongside her, Petrella was the next natural leader to step into the role as successor to long-time president and Charter Oak Alum, Rebeka Scalia.

    "Joyce has a super talent - the ability to foster cooperation and lead thought-provoking discussions as she creates enthusiasm for the plan ahead." Carol Hall, Executive Director of the Charter Oak State College Foundation, reported. "She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and dig in. Joyce is a volunteer extraordinaire, and I look forward to serving under her leadership."

    Petrella shared her reasons for accepting the position, "I continue to volunteer for the Charter Oak State College Foundation for the same reasons that attracted me to the school in the first place - to support and accelerate adults who seek to complete their degree while managing their families and the challenges of modern life. Over the years, I have seen the COSC Foundation as an innovator of equity. We began lifting women up through the Women in Transition degree completion program and have created a variety of endowed scholarship funds. The Foundation continues to innovate to meet student need with programs like the Student Crisis Fund which provides financial support for unexpected financial emergencies that could stop a student from continuing with their education, and the Parents Intent on Improving Tomorrow Scholarship, an intentional resource created out of the Shea Lecture, aimed at parents in poverty."

    Charter Oak State College President, Ed Klonoski is excited about both the Foundation's new President and its rededication to providing even more support to Charter Oak's students. "Joyce is deeply committed to the mission, talented, and resourceful. I look forward to her leadership. She and I have collaborated for many years, and I expect great things during her term of office."

    The Foundation is committed to removing economic disparity in Higher Education by providing scholarships, grants, and emergency funding for our students. Petrella acknowledges that we have helped so many students over the years; however, she admits that the Foundation is at an inflection point, and the mission is critical now more than ever.

    Petrella shared that the Board's aspirational goal is to fund more scholarships, reach more students, and reduce the financial barriers to our student's success. Student need is increasing due to a variety of factors, student loan debt is daunting, and employers need workforce ready candidates.

    Petrella concludes, "if you are an employer looking for highly capable employees to stay competitive, let's talk! It's an exciting time!"


    How can you help? We invite you to learn about Foundation President Petrella’s vision for the Foundation to improve lives through higher education degree completion. Learn how degree completion helps to enrich the lives of our students, their families, and by extension, our workforce, and communities. Please consider honoring Joyce with a gift of financial support for our scholarship fund or send an email to [foundation@charteroak.edu], join our conversation with Joyce and receive more information. The Charter Oak State College Foundation (www.CharterOak.edu/Foundation), established in 1977, is a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting flexible and comprehensive degree completion opportunities for adults and technology innovations through the work of Charter Oak State College. The Foundation is a vehicle for accepting private gifts, donations, and bequests. Governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, the leadership provides direction for development activities and stewardship of the Foundation's assets. The Board is committed to assisting students meet their educational and career aspirations - Creating Brighter Futures, One Degree at a Time. Founded in 1973, Charter Oak State College (www.CharterOak.edu) is Connecticut's public online college, offering associate and bachelor's degrees in high-demand fields including Health Information Management, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education and Business Administration. The College offers master's degrees in Health Informatics, Health Care Administration and Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership. Charter Oak is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and governed by Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education.


    American Eagle's West Hartford Branch Collecting School Supplies Throughout August


    With the new school year quickly approaching, American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) is partnering with the United Way for their annual “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive.

    Throughout August, all American Eagle branches will be collecting school supplies from their members, employees and the general public as they try to surpass last year’s collection of 20,000 items. All donated items will be used by the United Way to supply school classrooms for the 2022-23 school year.

    “American Eagle is a strong advocate for our local schools and communities, and we’re excited to partner with the United Way to ensure students and educators have what they need for a successful and fun school year,” said Howard Brady, President & CEO of American Eagle.

    “Our team visits schools regularly to help teach financial literacy to young people, and we have learned firsthand from teachers how much of their personal income they spend on school supplies for their students,” added Brady. “It’s our hope this drive will make a big impact—and so we encourage everyone to help out our educators and students by dropping off needed school supplies at one of our branch locations.”

    Donation boxes marked with the “Stuff the Bus” logo will be available in all American Eagle branches until the end of August. Suggested donation items include crayons, erasers, glue sticks, highlighters, markers, pens, #2 pencils, pocket folders, sketchbooks and spiral notebooks.

    For more information on the United Way’s “Stuff the Bus” program or to make a monetary donation to the campaign, visit unitedwayinc.org/stuff-the-bus.

    You can see a list of American Eagle branch and ATM locations here.

    Established in 1935, American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) is a full-service credit union offering checking and savings accounts, credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, business accounts and more. American Eagle offers banking online, through its mobile app, or at one of its 14 branches located in Connecticut. AEFCU has more than 165,000 members, over $2.3 billion in assets, and offers banking services to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, and New Haven County in Connecticut, and Hampden County in Massachusetts. For more information about American Eagle Financial Credit Union, visit www.americaneagle.org.




    West Hartford homecare Agency Welcomes New Director

    West Hartford, CT (May 18, 2022) – Care at Home by JFS announced the appointment of a new Director, Elaine Reid. The West Hartford-based homemaker and companion agency is ushering in a post-pandemic caregiving era and is pleased to announce that Reid will sit at the helm for this new chapter in the agency’s history.

    “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Care at Home and continue to honor the wishes of people as they age on their terms.” said Reid of her appointment.

    Reid served as the Director of Outreach and Engagement at Care at Home since January of 2020. Her role included working with families to assess needs, outline services, and benefits to closely match appropriate care. She has become a vital member of the team and of the broader community.

    Katie Hanley, the CEO of Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford said of Reid’s appointment, “We are so excited to have Elaine lead Care at Home by JFS.  Not only will she carry the high standard of care that our clients and partners know us for, but she will also help us meet the growing needs of people looking to age in place.”

    During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Reid was instrumental in adapting to the community’s shifting needs and staying on top of local and national healthcare recommendations as it pertained to the evolution of how public health officials understood the virus.

    Reid brings with her over 25 years of professional experience working in the U.S. and internationally. Before joining the Care at Home team, she has worked as a Senior Living Advisor supporting people with dementia, and managed and directed a local home care agency specializing in memory support care working with older adults and their families.

    Care at Home’s previous Director, Patricia Kiely, was leading the organization for over 16 years until it grew to its current position. Though she has stepped down from her Executive Director position within Care at Home, Patricia will continue to serve the community as a part-time Project Manager for Jewish Family Services.

    To learn more about Care at Home’s different caregiving offerings and activities, visit https://careathomebyjfs.org.

    About Care at Home

    Care at Home by JFS is a registered homemaking and companion agency with the Department of Consumer Protection (CTDCP #HCA0000490). All our caregivers are employees of Care at Home by JFS, and are bonded, insured, and screened prior to hire. We oversee quality of care, continuity of services, payroll and administration so you don’t have to.

    Care at Home’s robust caregiving team comes with a wealth of experience working with older adults. All caregivers come with verified references, and are required to complete ongoing training to update and enhance their skills, including topics such as:

    • Client engagement
    • Memory care support
    • LGBTQ+ cultural awareness
    • Nutrition
    • End-of-life support care


    Care at Home by JFS is an affiliate of Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford, a nonprofit organization which provides counseling, education, and community support to help people of all religions advance along the path toward emotional well-being, self-reliance, more positive relationships, and a renewed sense of possibility in the Greater Hartford community. The Jewish tradition of caring and compassion guides our community-wide programming and principles.





    Westfield, MA— James C. Hagan, President and CEO of Westfield Bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Garcia to Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. Her office is located at the bank’s Financial Services Center at 977 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, CT. Garcia is responsible for Commercial Lending activities throughout Connecticut and will actively work with existing Commercial Lending, Cash Management, and Retail Banking teams in the state.

    Prior to joining Westfield Bank, Garcia served as Senior Vice President, Relationship Manger with People’s United Bank, and previously held various lending roles with Citizens Bank. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University.

    “We are excited to welcome Jamie to our growing team in Connecticut,” said James Hagan, President and CEO. “With her extensive lending experience in the Connecticut market, she is the perfect fit to help Westfield Bank build business relationships and grow our presence in the nutmeg state.”


    Garcia serves on the Finance Committee of Nutmeg Big Brother Big Sister. She resides in Southington, CT.

    About Westfield Bank

    Westfield Bank, headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, is a federally chartered savings bank organized in 1853 and is the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in Western Massachusetts. The Bank is a full-service community-oriented financial institution offering a complete range of commercial and retail products and services. Currently, the Bank has twenty-five branch offices, fifty-one ATMs, and an additional thirty seasonal ATMs and serves Hampden and Hampshire counties in Western Massachusetts and Hartford and Tolland counties in Northern Connecticut. The Bank’s middle market and commercial real estate lending team is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and has a general regulatory limit on loans to one borrower of $37.1 million. As of March 31, 2022, the Bank employed 331 full and part-time employees, had $2.6 billion in total assets, $1.9 billion in its loan portfolio, and $2.3 billion in total deposits. The Bank is regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Bank’s deposits are insured up to the maximum FDIC insurance coverage limits. To learn more, visit the bank’s website at www.westfieldbank.com