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.
Steve Satoh, Board Member
Steve, an independent wireless technology consultant with over 38 years of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry joined the LVG Board in late 2022. Steve trained with LVG as a tutor in 2021 and as a member of the New Milford Refugee Resettlement Committee, Steve has played a key role in the assimilation of two Afghan families resettled in New Milford, consistently tutoring two students on a weekly basis. Steve brings a keen interest in operational efficiency and all aspects of strategic planning and is committed to guiding LVG as a sustainable forward-thinking literacy center. Steve earned an engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago.