Board of Directors

Steve Singlak, Chairman

Steve Singlak brings over 18 years of business experience to the EverWonder Museum. After graduating from Babson College with a degree in Finance and Accounting, he worked in the 'Corporate Recovery Services' group at Price Waterhouse Coopers working with under-performing companies ranging from $50 Million to $2 Billion in sales. Currently, Steve is the co-founder and Managing Member of Stone Farm LLC, an international distributor of outdoor living and building products. He lives in Newtown with his wife and their three children.

Doria Linnetz, Vice Chairman

Doria is currently an HR Leader with Hologic, an innovative women's health company.  Prior to joining Hologic, Doria spent 13 years with GE and held numerous roles within the HR function at GE Capital and GE Corporate. She has a Bachelor's degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. and Master's degree in Human Resources from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She currently resides in Newtown, Connecticut, with her husband, Eric, and two sons, Cameron and Elliot.

Luke Albrecht, Treasurer

Luke provides executive experience leading high growth companies in legal, business development, commercial and corporate operations. His work includes providing guidance to companies of all sizes from startups and nonprofits to Fortune 100 organizations. His most recent experience includes serving as an executive team member for several emerging growth companies, advising executives and Board of Directors on critical compliance and legal issues. A Newtown resident since 2009, Luke lives with his wife Kelly and their three children.

Chris Chiriatti

Chris was part of the founding group and was involved in the original organization and creation of EverWonder. Chris had previously served as a board member, interim treasurer and on the finance committee. Chris recently rejoined the board of directors in 2017 and serves on the finance committee. Chris, a Certified Public Accountant, is a Managing Director at Deloitte, working in Deloitte's National Office in Stamford, CT where Chris consults with a broad range of public and private organizations on complex accounting matters. Chris resides in Newtown with his wife and two children.

Matthew Worwood

Matthew Worwood is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Associate Director of Digital Media and Design at the University of Connecticut. Formally a Digital Media Specialist at EDUCATION CONNECTION’s Center for 21st Century Skills, Matthew has worked on a variety of statewide education initiatives in digital media that include the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Connecticut Student Film Festival, CT Student Innovation Expo, and the development of a 3D Virtual World called IVCS2.

Recently, Matthew produced a documentary that explored creativity in education, and is currently working on a crowdsourcing, visualization, and documentary project called CLASS of 2032. Matthew blogs regularly at DadsforCreativity.com and is a proud father to his three boys.

Christene Freedman

Christene Freedman brings over 20 years of fundraising experience to EverWonder.  After graduating from Assumption College with a degree in Foreign Affairs with a concentration in world environmental programs and a minor in biology she started her career in non-formal education working as the Supervisor of Education for the New England Aquarium in Boston.  Christene continued her career at the EcoTarium, a science and nature museum, as the Manager of Museum Education programs and then professionally became involved in fundraising in private schools and museums.  Recently she is the Director of Development and Marketing for the Riverbrook Regional YMCA.  In addition to serving on the Board for EverWonder, Christene’s involvement in the community also includes Board of Trustee for the Cyrenius H. Booth Library in Newtown and President-Elect for the Wilton Rotary Club.  Christene lives in Newtown with her husband David, their two children and golden retriever.  

Josephine Moran

Josephine is extremely active in the community she serves on a number of boards which include the University of New Haven College of Business Advisory Board, UNH Women in Leadership Council, Board of Directors for the Waterbury Business Women’s Forum and Board Member for EverWonder Children’s Museum.  In addition, she served as the chairperson for the UNH Women in Leadership Conference in 2014 and was awarded one of the Top Women in Business in Staten Island in 2015. She is an avid runner and recently participated in the Cape Cod Ragnar Road Race where she represented Ben’s Lighthouse. She is also a Certified Mentor for Danbury Public Schools.

Josephine is a graduate of the University of New Haven and holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Financial Planning. Moran is a resident of Newtown, CT where she resides with her three children.

Zubin Avari

Zubin is a Managing Partner at Charter Oak Equity, LP.  In this capacity he has been instrumental to bringing "best practices" to a number of companies while serving on their boards.  He graduated from Illinois Weslyan University with a degree in Accounting and spent a few years in public accounting before moving to Connecticut.  He resides in Newtown with his wife and two children.

Hannah Perry

Hannah Perry grew up in England and studied at Beverley College in Yorkshire.  In 1998 Hannah left England with a degree in childhood education and development. Her main focus was working with children with special needs and this love got Hannah her first job in the USA in 1999. In 2005 Hannah published her first children's book " A New Hat For Mommy" which drove her to write and be more creative with the children. Seeing a huge lack of creativity in schools, Hannah decided to open her first studio in 2011 and called it The Giggling Pig.

This name came from Hannah's second children's book that became the inspiration behind this fun, magical studio for all ages. Over the years Hannah has used her education to develop amazing programs that cater to all ages. From mommy & me classes to adult painting parties, the studio is filled with fun options. In 2016 Hannah opened her new creative gift shop selling her own children's clothing designs as well as prints and greeting cards of her paintings and illustrations. Hannah loves making connections with the children through art and helping them with their confidence and being kind. Her love for children and art has become a way of life and now this passion continues to help her brighten as many children's lives as possible from her art studios in Shelton and Bethel CT.

In the past two years Hannah has won three Stevie® Awards. In 2016 she took home 2 Silver awards — Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Maverick of the Year. Hannah was the 2017 gold winner for Female Entrepreneur of the Year! 

Jen Hoag

Jen is a school psychologist at Newtown High School where she enjoys working with students, staff, parents and community members.  She has her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University.  She also has a background in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University.  She likes working with students of all ages, volunteering as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and catechist.  Jen lives in Newtown with her husband and two children. 

 Joe Young

Joe brings 30 years of experience in the life science, medical and aerospace markets.  He is a co-founder and Principal of Tier One LLC employing over 70 people in Newtown.  Prior to founding Tier One, Joe worked for Kendro Laboratory Products as the Vice President of Bioprocessing, Drug Discovery, and Services and prior to that at the DuPont Company in several capacities including Business Manager of Latin America & Asia/Pacific.  Joe and his wife Beth live in Southbury and have 2 sons.

 

 

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Advisory Board Members

Philip Clark, AIA – President/Founder of Claris Construction

Henryk Teraszkiewicz – Education and Engagement Consultant

Emily Timmel – Independent Museum Exhibition Planner and Program Developer

Brian White, CPA – Principal of B.C. White, CPA, LLC

Michael A. Brennan - Principal Scientist, Unilever Home & Personal Care

Karen Smiley - Founding Member

Museum Staff

Robyn Abrams. Educator/Membership Coordinator, memberships@everwondermuseum.org or education@everwondermuseum.org

Merredith Christos. Executive Director, mchristos@everwondermuseum.org

Briana Pope. Office Manager, info@everwondermuseum.org