Board of Directors

Luke Albrecht, Chairman

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, Treasurer

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Brian Fagan

Brian brings nearly 50 years of experience in public education as a teacher, building principal, and central office administrator in several Fairfield County school districts to his role on the EverWonder Board.  He is strongly committed to advancing educational opportunities for all children by providing engaging experiences to enhance and extend their learning.  He is a student of the characteristics of successful organizations and the organizational behaviors and processes that underpin their success. Brian and his wife Pam have enjoyed living in Sandy Hook for more than 40 years.

Amanda Brennan

Amanda has her degree in Finance and Communication from the University of Connecticut. She went on to receive her Master's in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University and taught in Bridgeport until the arrival of her son, Declan in 2012. Currently, she is at home with her four children and is an active member of the St. Rose School's Home and School Association where she is the Scrip Program Fundraising Coordinator. Amanda joined the board as her children and friends feel so passionate about EverWonder and this is her way to support the positive direction the museum is heading.

Frank Caico


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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

Merredith Christos. Executive Director,

Briana Pope. Office Manager,

Robyn Abrams. Education & Outreach Coordinator,

Molly Simmons-Smith. Volunteer Coordinator/Party Host