GFFE is an all-volunteer organization. We are lucky to have such a great and passionate team.
Andrew Corpuel has been associated with Guilford Fund For Education since 2018. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and leads the GFFE Finance Committee. A Guilford resident since 2004, Andrew and his wife Kristine have put two children through the school system. Having experienced and appreciated the educational opportunities available to our children in Guilford, it is Andrew’s desire to ensure that intellectual innovation remains a constant presence in our community.
Laurie Dray is a Guilford resident of over 20 years. She raised her two boys here, both of whom attended Guilford Public Schools. As a parent and clinical psychologist who works with children and adolescents she is passionate about education and the difference it can make in a student's life. She has been on the Guilford Fund for Education Board of Directors for 5 years.
Veena Kapadia, a graduate of Guilford High School, returned to home nearly eight years ago with her husband and two young children. After a career as a management consultant and business leader, she recently founded Flore Foundation, a non-profit that supports social enterprises empowering refugees in their pursuit of economic independence. She believes social impact businesses afford innovative ways to address community challenges. In 2017, Veena joined the Guilford Fund for Education to reconnect with Guilford residents. With two kids in the school system, she appreciates the creativity and dedication of Guilford teachers and hopes to foster their ideas and support our youth.
Louis Monaco grew up in Guilford and is a graduate of Guilford High School, where he has served as a social studies teacher for the past 20 years. He is also a soccer and lacrosse coach at GHS, as well as an announcer during football games. He acts as a club advisor and two years ago took on the role of GFFE Teacher Liaison. He lives in Guilford with his family and loves the history of our town and its historic architecture. He is passionate about engaging people and learning about their unique interests, hobbies and experiences.
Liz is a parent of two young girls in Guilford schools and a licensed psychologist and behavior analyst in the state of Connecticut. She is currently the Senior Director of Education at Aspire Living and Learning where she oversees the Institute’s private school programs, public school partnerships and consultation. With over 20 years of experience in education, Liz is a continuous learner and motivated change agent for the children she is fortunate enough to serve. Liz is thrilled to be a part of the Guilford Fund for Education’s board. She hopes to use her experience in education to benefit our Guilford children.
Tyson Stoddard and his wife were raised in Guilford and attended the public schools in town. They returned to Guilford six years ago to raise their own children in the town they love. Tyson has been working in the field of public school education for 20 years. Tyson has overseen special education programs in a number of towns and is currently an elementary school principal. He is passionate about engaging all students in a rigorous and collaborative educational program in an effort to prepare our learners to be respectful citizens who are empowered to contribute in a globalized society.
Dennis Culliton currently serves as the Executive Director of the Witness Stones Project that aims to restore the history and honor the humanity of enslaved individuals who contributed to our communities. For well over two decades, he taught middle school students 8th Grade U.S. History and finally retired in 2019 after close to 20 years at Adams Middle School. He is a former GFFE grant recipient in 2017. The Witness Stone Project grant developed a program for Adams student to rely on civic engagement to research and develop material installing Witness Stones at residences in Guilford where slaves lived. Dennis currently resides in Guilford with his wife.
Julie Fitzpatrick is an actress/writer originally from Guilford who studied at PENN and then American Conservatory Theatre where she received her MFA. Julie has acted in New York City, regionally, and in TV/short film work. Julie was the Drama Director at St. Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven, an acting coach with Madison Arts Barn and co-curator of a reading series Let’s Read a Play. Julie also works at her family dealership, Crest Lincoln and serves on the Board of the Community Soup Kitchen in New Haven. She, her husband and son, Pete Palumbo and Fitz Pant, are involved with First Congregational Church of Guilford where Julie serves on the Community and Global Justice Board, The Pastor/Parish Committee, and on the COVID-Response Team. Julie is also a member of the ABAR (Anti-Bias Anti-Racist) Committee at Calvin Leete.
Catia is a junior attending GHS. She enjoys spending her free time with friends, painting and learning about the world. She also likes to spend her free time learning Portuguese where her mother’s family is from.
Joe Polizzi is a former high school English teacher yet remains one at heart. A licensed school administrator currently serving as an Associate Professor at Sacred Heart University where he is the Director of the 092 and 6th year certificate programs for aspiring school leaders. He moved to Guilford in 2019 and became actively involved with the Guilford Public Schools where both of his daughters are currently enrolled. He is happy to serve on the GFFE and is particularly interested in working with with teachers and artists about how GFFE can support their creative, engaging and inspiring ideas in ways that can make a real difference in the lives of the children, teens and families in Guilford.
NiCole Schlagheck is a mother to four Guilford students and works for Yale IT focused on process improvement and portfolio management. NiCole loves family quality time, being near the water, cooking, entertaining, exercising and scrapbooking. NiCole's passion is educating the youth to promote brighter futures. NiCole enjoys being active in her community and getting her children involved in service work as well.