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Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Adds Three New Members to Board of Directors

New Britain, Conn. (February 12, 2013) – The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has filled retirement vacancies on its board of directors with three local, long-time business and community leaders.

The new board members are Rebecca L. Karabin-Ahern, Executive Vice President of New  Britain-based Acme-Monaco Corporation; James M. Jones,  Dean of Students, Slade Middle School, New Britain; and Stephen L. Mangan, Esq., Principal with New Britain-based law firm Ericson, Scalise & Mangan, P.C.

Karabin-Ahern, a Plainville resident, is a past president of the New Britain Lions Club and a past president/trustee of the New Britain-Berlin YMCA. She plays a key executive management role with Acme Monaco, a leading contract manufacturer of medical devices and orthodontic hardware with plants in New Britain, Presque Isle, Maine and Singapore.

“Having immersed myself in the community during my service with the Lions Club and New Britain-Berlin YMCA, I believe I have an insight into the people of our towns that will be of value to the work of the Community Foundation,” said Karabin-Ahern. “I look forward to this special opportunity.”

Jones, of New Britain, is no stranger to the Community Foundation. He has served on the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee for four years, the last two as chair, as well as the Grants Committee. A member of the City of New Britain’s Parks and Recreation Commission, he has or is an officer, director or volunteer with many additional civic organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain, Community Chest of New Britain-Berlin, New Britain-Berlin YMCA, Hospital of Central Connecticut and more.

“The role the Community Foundation plays in ensuring the well-being of our local families and communities is fundamental and necessary,” said Jones. “I hope my contributions to the Foundation as a board member help us continue to serve our mission.”

Mangan, a New Britain native who resides in Farmington, is a member of the Foundation's Building Committee. A Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellow, Mangan is a corporator of the New Britain-Berlin YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of New Britain and Hospital for Special Care; a past president and trustee of the Friendship Service Center; and a charter member of the Board of Directors of the New Britain High School Foundation.

“These next few years are critical times for New Britain and our surrounding communities,” said Mangan, “Serving on the board of such an integral charitable institution represents an exciting opportunity to help shape our future.”

Community Foundation bylaws stipulate that board members may serve a maximum of nine years. The new board members supplant three community leaders whose terms have expired: Gerry Amodio, Executive Director, New Britain Downtown District; Donna Rutola, Vice President, Okay Industries; and Dr. Charles N. Leach, Jr., retired director of cardiology at the former New  Britain General Hospital, now the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit www.cfgnb.org




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