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 the HR leader for the Corporate Audit Staff, GE’s premier career accelerator program.  Doria joined GE in 2005 as part of the HR Leadership Program and has 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.

Amy Davis, Secretary

Amy is the Senior Program Manager at Unite For Sight, a non-profit global health organization in New Haven, Connecticut. She has lived in Sandy Hook, Connecticut with her husband and two children since 2006. In addition to volunteering in her children’s schools, Amy has volunteered at Kevin’s Community Center, a local free clinic, and at the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter. Amy also serves on the board of the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology and co-founded the Kid Safe Heart initiative.

Kristin Chiriatti, Founder

Kristin has served as the President and Board Chairman of EverWonder Children's Museum since its inception in early 2011. As the founder of EverWonder, she has led the organization in its growth from an idea to an operating museum that has become a staple in the community for children and families.  She brings leadership and enthusiasm to the project and can often be seen volunteering at the museum. 

Ms. Chiriatti is an active member of her community and her children’s school. Previously, she was a member of the Newtown Junior Women’s Club and held the position of Secretary on the Board of Directors of Mommy and Me West, a nonprofit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and resides in Newtown with her husband and their two children. 

kchiriatti@everwondermuseum.org

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.

Lorie Gibbons

Karen Smiley

 

 

 

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Advisory Board Members

Philip Clark, AIA – President/Founder of Claris Construction

Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., Superintendent of Schools, Newtown School District

Henryk Teraszkiewicz – Executive Director of Woodcock Nature Center

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

Education Council

Christian Canfield- Science Department Chair at Newtown High School.

George Coleman- Former CT Commissioner of Education

Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.- Superintendent of Schools, Newtown School District

Pam Fagan- Retired science teacher

Peter DePasquale- Director of Government Relations for Praxair, Inc.

Anthony Drago- Design Engineer at Sikorsky

Yarron DunhamSocial and developmental psychologist and an assistant professor at Yale University

John PellinoPresident of the Connecticut Association for the Gifted

Dana Perez—School Counselor at Westside Middle School Academy.

Susan Stewart—Math and Science Teacher, John Read Middle School.

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Museum Staff

Stefani Reyes. Business and Program Manager, sreyes@everwondermuseum.org

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

Justine Staugaitis. Front Desk Staff/Birthday Party Coordinator, parties@everwondermuseum.org 

Heidi Stryker. Program/Community Outreach Coordinator, programs@everwondermuseum.org

Paul Wegner. Educator/Volunteer Coordinator. volunteers@everwondermuseum.org 

Candice Woods. Social Media & Marketing, cwoods@everwondermuseum.org