Board of Directors

***The Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30pm, at the Pettibone Community Center in New Milford***


  • Gary J. Lucente, President

Gary has lived in New Milford with his wife Terri for 35years. He is retired from Gary J Lucente & Associates and now consults for Medling-Lucente and Associates a Litchfield based Independent agency providing financial planning and insurance solutions. He currently serves as the President of our Board of Directors and is also on the Board of our local Community Credit Union.

  • James Chiavelli, Vice President

After studying Architecture and Art History in college he spent several years in the photo industry followed by a stint building large custom homes in the Washington DC suburbs.  The family moved to Brookfield in 1982.  Since then he has worked in special interest publishing working with publishers in the U.K. as well as here in the US.  He served on the board of directors of the Brookfield Craft Center for over a decade at a time when many capital improvements took place.

  • Priscilla A. Williams, CPA, Treasurer

Priscilla is a graduate from Western CT State University with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and management information systems.  She is a CPA licensed in the state of Connecticut.  Her firm is located in New Milford, CT where she has been in public practice for over 14 years.  In her spare time, she enjoys giving back to the community whether it be serving on the Board or chairing the Thanksgiving Basket program to help feed New Milford families in need each Thanksgiving.

  • Lisa A. DiCandido, Secretary

Lisa and her husband settled in New Milford, CT over 20 years ago and raised their three children there. A fortuitous invite to a benefit for the Community Culinary School led her to embrace the school’s mission and later become a member of the Board. She is pleased to be able to help the School accomplish its goals by contributing in any way possible, including working on the annual benefit Gala and currently acting as Board Secretary. She also greatly enjoys sampling the delicious food created for School events by the Chef Instructors and their students!

  • Gretchen Barbieri

Gretchen is a Branch Relationship Manager for Savings Bank of Danbury in New Milford, with 17 years at SBD. She is a Brookfield resident, wife of Vito, and mom of three grown children. Gretchen is a veteran banker with almost 40 years of experience in the industry, but at heart she is a dedicated foodie and adventurous cook. In 2017, this passion, as well as her interest in the community, helped spark her will to participate with Dawn and her fellow Board Members in helping the CCS grow and thrive.

  • Alexander “Oley” Carpp

Having attained a Masters in Public Administration, Mr. Carpp served in many governmental and public capacities during his career, including as an Executive Director at the  Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and CEO of Choose Worcester, a non-profit economic development corporation serving the City of Worcester, MA. Oley was also a small business owner having owned a restaurant and an ice cream store. Today he serves as a member of both the Town of New Milford’s Sewer and Economic Development Commissions and is Chairman of the Board of the Corporation for New Milford Economic Development.

  • Carl Dill

Carl Dill wakes up each morning pleasantly surprised to welcome another day. Carl retired from the building material industry in 2007. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and has lived in New Milford since 1982. He lacks notable accomplishments other than being an excellent stone wall builder and harmonica player. He has served as auctioneer at Culinary School fundraisers in the past.


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