Hank McWhinnie, Interim President
Hank, a former LVG tutor, has acted as a management consultant to LVG’s board of directors since 2015. Agreeing to act as Interim LVG Board Chair in March of 2022, Hank’s extensive business background and expertise in Human Resources continues to be a valuable resource to LVG. Hank consulted for several large New York City firms, providing human resource turnaround management services. As an assistant soccer coach at South Kent School from 2007 until 2020, Hank worked with international and local students, guiding players as the team ranked nationally as the first-place prep school team in the U.S. Hank and his wife remain active in the Kent community.
Casey Pascal, Vice President
Casey has been an active board member and tutor since 2007. Having lived in Japan without the ability to read and write the language, Casey has personal experience understanding the importance of literacy. Offering an extensive background in Family Literacy, Casey is passionate about the importance of parents reading to their children and coordinates LVG’s involvement with local bilingual family reading initiatives. Casey graduated from Marymount International School in England and Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York.
Carol Beck, Secretary
Carol Beck was elected to the LVG Board in 2007. She taught elementary school in New Milford for 18 years, and served as an assistant principal for an additional 18 years. She graduated from UConn and has an MA in elementary education from Western Connecticut State College and studied Education Administration at Fairfield University.
Pat Rinaldi, Treasurer
Pat has over 30 years of financial and operational management experience within various industries, spanning both domestic and international geographies. Pat has also provided strategic and operational advice, through his board affiliations, to not-for-profit companies. Pat has earned an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven and a B.A. in Economics and Business from St. Anselm College
Kathleen Bertram, Board Member
Kathleen joined the Board in 2014 and is entering her 11th year as a valued tutor. Kathleen’s background in teaching, creative interior and garden design and civic involvement in the arts, affords her a unique perspective on the creative endeavors of planning LVG’s outreach and fundraising activities. In addition to her many board-level volunteer commitments, Kathleen continues to hold the position of design/project reviewer for BRT General Corporation. Kathleen received a BA from Mount St Mary’s University in West LA.
Suzanne Bona, Board Member
Suzanne joined the board in May of 2022. She is the Host and Executive Producer of Sunday Baroque, a nationally syndicated radio program since 1998. It is broadcast locally on her producing partner station, WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield. Suzanne is a classically trained flutist with a music degree from the University of Connecticut and continues to perform actively. While living in Cincinnati, Ohio, Suzanne was a volunteer tutor and active board member of The Literacy Council of Clermont & Brown Counties and, fortunately for LVG, her passion for literacy continues.
Anthony DiPentima, Board Member
Anthony received his B.A. from Hanover College, M.A. from Fairfield University, and J.D. from Quinnipiac University. He taught middle and junior high school for a number of years before attending law school. He served 3 terms on the Hartford City Council, as Deputy Mayor of Hartford and as a City of Hartford lobbyist prior to moving to Litchfield County. He practices law in Litchfield County with an emphasis in Municipal and Law Use law.
Janet Kamm, Board Member
A former LVG Board president, Janet Kamm has served as an English as a second language tutor for 20+ years. She has worked with Literacy Volunteers on the Green since its inception in 2005 and has taught numerous students in Kent over the past 15 years. She received her B.A. from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
Sue McWhinnie, Board Member
Sue is an LVG tutor and Board Member and has taught ESL for the New Milford Adult Ed Program. She was an elementary school teacher for 20 years. She serves as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, FISH, and Kent Center School Scholarship Fund. Sue graduated from Marymount College, WCSU, received a Master’s at Fairfield University and is certified to teach ESL/ELL.
Mark Sparrow, Board Member
Mark is LVG’s newest board member, joining in July of 2022. An actor, teacher, and health coach, Mark has created a solo concert, “The Early Side of Late”, fulfilling a dream to perform and create a live show. As a lifelong learner, Mark pursued advanced degrees in language and literacy and taught English as a second language for 10 years in New Your City. Relocating to Connecticut, Mark is active in the Kent community and his passion for adult literacy continues. Mark has a graduate degree in language and literacy from City University of New York.