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Election 2017 | Candidate Bios & Profiles

Town of Orange, CT 2017 Election Candidate Profiles

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Charles Flynn – Orange Board of Education

Charles Flynn is a graduate of Boston College and has a Master’s Degree in History and Sixth Year Diploma in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.  He has been a Fairfield Public School teacher for 20 years and an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Connecticut ECE program. Charles has been active …

Christian Young – Orange Board of Education

Orange Board of Education Member Attorney practicing law in Connecticut for 19 years J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, 1998 Owner/Partner Law Offices of Young and Riccio Chairman Buildings and Grounds, Safety and Security subcommittee Vice Chairman Personnel & Policy Subcommittee “I am a Turkey Hill parent of two boys, both of whom started school …

Jen Alfaro – Board of Selectmen

Jen was born and raised in Astoria, NY.  She moved to Orange in 2001 with her husband Gino.  She has  three children; Nikko, Lucas and Evelyn. Jen truly loves Orange and loves living here.  From the day she moved to this town, she never looked back.  For the last 7 years, she has volunteered at …

Shirley Fiedler – Board of Finance

I am very honored to be asked to run on the Democratic slate in Orange for the Board of Finance.  I was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduated from City College of New York with a degree in Industrial Psychology.  This degree opened doors to me to work in Human Resource.  I have also spent …

PJ Shanley – Board of Finance

For PJ Shanley serving on the Board of Finance for the past 4 years has been an honor and a privilege.  He has a background in corporate finance and 17 years of experience as a financial advisor. He is a fiscally conservative Democrat who has worked hard to help implement budgets that make sense for …

Mike Sodins – Town Plan & Zoning

Mike Sodins is a fairly new resident to Orange having moved here from New Haven.  Mike is a tech school teacher.  He is a licensed HVAC, Sheet Metal and Solar Thermal contractor.  In addition to being a teacher, Mike founded and manages a mechanical services company. As a member of the Plan and Zoning Commission, …

Judy W. Williams – Board of Selectmen

Board of Selectmen – 10 years B.S. Southern Connecticut State University M.S. Special Education Southern Connecticut State University Graduate of the Orange and Amity School Systems Teacher 33 years in the Orange School System Human Services Commission Historic District Commission Orange Cemetery Association “My special interests in serving on the Board of Selectmen are to …

Kimberley Browe – Orange Board of Education

Orange Board of Education Member Former Classroom Teacher English faculty, University of New Haven Co-owner of Connect•to•Kids Parent Education & Coaching Services Chairman, Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee Vice Chairman, Finance Committee Member, Policy, Personnel, and Transportation Committee “My fourteen years of involvement as a parent in RBS classrooms and my 20 years of professional …

Stuart Crystal – Board of Finance

I received a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and MBA from Northeastern University.  Early in my career I sold apparel for Adidas and was recognized for sales excellence.  Later I worked for Starter Sportswear as a sales manager.  Within a short period, I was promoted and I was recognized as the industry’s best merchandiser, …

John Carangelo – Board of Selectmen

Orange Board of Selectmen – 6 years Chairman Charter Revision Committee B.A. Syracuse University J.D. Quinnipiac College School of Law Former Judge of Probate for the District of Orange for 12 years Practicing attorney with over 22 years of legal experience John Carangelo has been a lifelong resident of Orange and resides with his wife …

Kristin Zanjani – Tax Collector

Hi, my name is Kristin Zanjani and I’m running for Tax Collector in the great town of Orange.  I’m the mother of two incredible children Bryton and Lyla who are currently attending Race Brook School.  I was born and raised in Orange and feel proud to be raising my children here as well.  I have …

Pat Romano – Board of Finance

Board of Finance, (Alternate) 2015 to Present M.S. Suny Albany, Counselor Education B.S. Suny College at Buffalo, Education Health Care Consultant, Compliance & Policy Development Program Director, Montefiore Medical Center Executive Administrator, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Elected Trustee in the Village of Rye Brook for two terms (4 years) Pat’s …

Thomas Hurley – Amity Board of Education

Chairman, Amity Board of Education MS – Economics BS – Multidisciplinary MBA – Operations Research PMI – Project Management Professional (PMP) APBM – Certified Bus. Manager CT Licensed Finance Professional Pre-licensing Life Instructor Tom is owner of Thomas Hurley Consulting, LLC.  He is a USAF Veteran (Captain).  He is a member of Civil Air Patrol …

Mike Muttit – Town Plan & Zoning

For me Orange has always been home.  I grew up in Orange attending Peck Place School and Amity.  While in middle school and high school, I got involved in Orange Government Access Television, OGAT.  I started as its first cameraperson and was appointed to the OGAT committee as a non-voting student member. During my time …

Jeffery Cap – Orange Board of Education

Orange Board of Education Member Vice-Chair, Board of Education Chief Information Officer, Newman Architects Owner, PCGoTech LLC Former Technology Teacher Boy Scout Leader & Trainer Jeff has served as a community volunteer for many organizations in Orange including the Orange Country Fair, Orange Firemen̕s Carnival, Holy Infant Church, Minister of Holy Communion, and as the …

Patrick B. O’Sullivan – Town Clerk

Patrick B. O’Sullivan is seeking his 11th term as the Orange Town Clerk.  O’Sullivan is no stranger to public service having served on various boards and committees over the past 35+ years ― Town Clerk (ten terms), Board of Selectmen (three terms), Board of Finance (2 years), State Representative (one term), Justice of the Peace …

Frank Renaldi – Orange Board of Education

Frank Renaldi has a wealth of knowledge and experience that he can provide the Orange Board of Education.  Frank has been a teacher in Hamden, for the past 14 years where he taught multiple grades at the elementary level.  Frank was recently named Hamden’s 2016 – 2017 Teacher of the Year. He has stayed up …

Paul Davis – Board of Selectmen

Paul Davis is running for re-election to the Orange Board of Selectmen because he is a strong believer in public and community service.  “I feel my experience as a State Representative, teacher, coach, manager, and community volunteer gives me an outstanding foundation to make a positive contribution as a member of the Orange Board of …

Ray Tuccio – Amity Board of Education

Ray Tuccio was born in Bridgeport and grew up in Fairfield, where he attended Fairfield High School before enlisting in the United States Coast Guard.  As a Boatswain’s Mate, Ray enforced federal laws and regulations while also performing maritime search and rescue operations off of the Maine coast. After being honorably discharged from the Coast …

Mark Rawden – Amity Board of Education

Mark Rawden has lived in Orange since 2014.  He grew up in West Haven, graduating from West Haven High School in 1999 and Boston College in 2003, where he earned his BS in Marketing.  Prior to moving to Orange, he lived in New Haven and Cheshire, exposing him to a number of different urban and …

Mitch Goldblatt – Board of Selectmen

Mitch Goldblatt has served as a Town of Orange elected official for over 37 years.  His love for serving our community has spanned the positions of Constable, Town Plan and Zoning Commission, Board of Selectmen, and First Selectman. Seeking his 13th term on the Board of Selectmen, Mitch is also currently the chair of the …

Joe Nuzzo – Board of Finance

B.S. Business Administration/Management Southern Connecticut State University M.B.A. Degree in Finance University of New Haven Seventeen Years of Commercial Banking Experience Six Years Business Owner Commercial Finance Joe’s community service includes Orange Soccer Association youth soccer coach, Orange Little League baseball coach, current Board Member of the Amity Club, a civic and philanthropic organization in …

Oscar M. (Ozzie) Parente – Town Plan & Zoning

Town of Orange Planning and Zoning Commission 8 years B.A. Villanova University D. University of Bridgeport School of Law (now Quinnipiac College School of Law) Ozzie is an attorney engaged in the private practice of law, focusing in the areas of real estate law, corporate finance, commercial law and contracting, and in the representation of …

Steven DeMaio – Amity Board of Education

Member Amity Board of Education Former Head Wrestling Coach Amity High School Former Assistant Football Coach Amity High School Former Long Term Substitute Teacher – Amity High School B.S. Rehabilitation Services Springfield College “I ask the voters of Orange to re-elect me to the Amity Board of Education.  I bring a unique experience to the …

John Gagel – Amity Board of Education

John brings a long background of dedication to the Ttown of Orange.  Gagel is a very familiar name in town and John is beginning to pave his own path.  John is a 2012 graduate of Amity Regional High School and would bring a unique, student view and approach on the Board of Education. He is …

Cala Eichler – Amity Board of Education

My name is Carla Imperati Eichler, and I grew up in Orange.  I went through Orange and Amity school districts, graduating from Amity in 1995. I attended the UCONN.  I began my career as a broadcast graphic designer.  I chose to switch careers because I wanted to work with students and make a positive impact. …

Mary Welander – Orange Board of Education

I received my BA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and have been working and volunteering in educational settings in various capacities for almost 20 years. I have 3 children who are currently attending Race Brook School and I serve on the Board of the PTA.  As a member of the Orange BOE, …

Robert Bocek – Board of Finance

B.S. Accounting Pepperdine University Certified Public Accountant Partner, Sager & Bocek CPA’s Long-time resident of the Town of Orange Robert attended Orange Public Schools and Amity High School.  In 2002 he became a certified public accountant.  Over the past 16 years he has worked on various municipal, non- profit, and small business audits, as well …

Kevin Cornell – Town Plan & Zoning

Currently Serving on the Zoning Commission B.E. Mechanical Engineering Stevens Institute of Technology D. University of Bridgeport School of Law (now Quinnipiac College School of Law) Professional Certification:  Professional Engineer, New York State Kevin Cornell is a Real Estate Development professional with over 30 years of experience in all facets of commercial and residential real …

Shannan Carlson – Amity Board of Education

B.S. Political Science, University of Rhode Island Master of Arts in Teaching, Quinnipiac College Advanced Graduate Studies, SCSU Principal, East Shore Middle School Former Assistant Principal, Harborside Middle School Former History Teacher East Shore and Foran, High School Currently serving as an appointee to the Amity Board of Education “I am excited to bring my …

Ralph Okenquist – Board of Selectmen

Board of Selectmen 16 years Orange resident over 40 years B.S. Fairfield University M.B.A. University of New Haven Fred Wolfe Park Committee 1995-98 Park & Rec Commission 9 years, 5 years as Chairman Capital Planning Committee Chair Allied Signal – Manager, Advanced Business Program Planning Chandler Evans – Senior Program Administrator “As a selectman, I …

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