Board of Directors
Cordalie Benoit, President
Cordalie Benoit returned to New Haven in 2001, having fallen in love with the city while attending Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2000-2001. She serves on the Wooster Square Conservancy board and is also a board member of the CT Community Gardening Association and the American Community Gardening Association as well as the Mill River Watershed Association. With the help of many other community members, she has planted close to 40 trees in Wooster Square and surrounding streets. Cordalie is also a member of the William Street Community Garden. She resides on Court Street with her husband, David. Her daughter, Charlotte Eliscu, has an apartment in the same building and also serves on the Wooster Square Conservancy board.
Allison has been a Connecticut resident for about two years, moving to the Wooster Square area from Columbus, Ohio. When she is not at work as an architectural designer at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, she is often cooking at home, exploring nearby parks, or perusing the farmers’ market. Her first experience in New Haven happened to be the weekend of the Cherry Blossom festival, and she is eager to become more involved in supporting her new community and these events. In addition to supporting the Historic Wooster Square Association, Allison volunteers for City Seed’s “Sanctuary Kitchen” and has recently acquired a plot in the Wooster Square community garden.
Sarah Greenblatt lived in the Henry Hotchkiss House (ca. 1841; completely rebuilt ca. 1930) on the corner of Chapel Street and DePalma Court from 2013-2017. She currently lives on Wooster Street in the Columbus Mall Cooperatives. She serves as Captain of the Wooster Square Watch working collaboratively with the NHPD and neighbors to promote public safety in our neighborhood. Sarah also serves as the co-chair of the Cherry Blossom Festival Planning Committee and coordinates participation of Authors and Artists who share their talents at the Festival. Over her 40-year career as a social work administrator and now with SBGreenblatt Consulting, LLC, Sarah has worked in New Haven, New York City and across the country with young people and families, community groups, human service and housing organizations, child welfare and mental health agencies, national tribal organizations, and foundations to collaboratively improve outcomes for children, youth families and their communities.
Ellen moved to an 1870 row house on Court Street in the summer of 2018. She has a long interest in historic buildings, preservation/restoration and antiques. After college, Ellen worked in Ireland in the preservation and restoration of architecturally significant Georgian properties in and around Dublin and County Cork. A civil rights lawyer, she spent most of her career as an associate dean at at UConn Law School. She is particularly interested in issues involving the rights of children with disabilities in special education settings. She is active in many non-profit organizations.
Keith Lorch – Treasurer
Keith Lorch and his wife, Jackie, were among the original residents of The Gables at Wooster Square, the former St. Casimir’s Church on Greene Street. They moved to New Haven from Fairfield in 2006 after becoming empty nesters and having been captivated by the concerts at Yale’s Sprague Hall. They have been active participants in neighborhood activities, including the community garden on Warren Street and remain active after their move to a very nearby New Haven neighborhood. Keith is also a regular volunteer at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at the Church of St. Paul & St. James.
Charles Minotti lives at Town Houses on the Square (1964) at the corner of Greene Street and Hughes Place with his beloved Corgi, Dexter. Since November of 2016 he has been on the Association’s Board of Directors and currently serves as its treasurer. Having recently moved to Wooster Square from Laurel Beach in Milford, he is taking full advantage and enjoying “life in the city” including walking to work! Charles is a graduate of both Fairfield Prep and the University and is a financial analyst with Yale New Haven Health.
Laura Morrison moved to Wooster Square in summer of 2013 after 11 years in Houston, Texas and after growing up in Columbus, Ohio. She lives in the Priory and was attracted to the neighborhood right away, especially opportunities to participate in the weekly farmer’s market and annual festivals and concerts. Laura works as an academic palliative care physician at Yale, taking care of people with serious illness at all stages to optimize quality of life. In her educator and scholar roles, a main focus is leading the training of palliative care doctors at Yale and teaching communication skills for difficult conversations to a full spectrum of health professionals. She loves being able to bicycle to and from work from Wooster Square in almost all seasons and is delighted to have the opportunity to serve the neighborhood!
Charlie Murphy and his wife, Charlotte, have lived on the corner of Academy and Greene Streets since 2003. They moved to New Haven after several years in Wallingford, CT. Over the years, their daughter Kathleen’s activities as a student at New Haven Ballet, Neighborhood Music School and the Foote School brought them to New Haven regularly. Now Kathleen works at Yale and owns a home in the Fair Haven section of the city. Charlie is a Vietnam-era veteran (U.S. Navy) and a retired librarian who worked for 16 years each at Fuss & O’Neill, consulting engineers in Manchester, CT, and before that at Penn State University in State College. He was co-chair of the Cherry Blossom Festival from 2013 to 2019.
Oyi returned to Wooster Square in 2015 and lives in the old Italian consulate with her husband, Kris Kahle, and their two children. She lived in the Strouse Adler/Smoothie apartments as a medical student at Yale and fell in love with Wooster Square. Oyi works as a Cardiologist and Global Health expert at Yale Medical School. She is very interested in creating a more family-friendly atmosphere in the neighborhood by bringing families with kids together in an active “Wooster Square Kids” group to develop resources for play and education. Oyi and Kris host the annual Wooster Square holiday party and look forward to more engagement with neighbors and the Historic Wooster Square Association!
Dustin is a Virginia native, born in the DC area, and educated in the Midwest at Ohio State. Now transplanted to New Haven, where, living for several years in Wooster Square, he has found a love for the neighborhood, and its various and wonderful idiosyncrasies. He has been an associate working for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects since moving here in 2015. During his time in New Haven, he lived on the lower third of Chestnut Street, and now is on the upper third; the current unit has a delightful interior, which he is working to fill with plants. He finds the character of this community, the people, buildings and landscape, to have an especially profound effect on the lives of those around it, and is interested in finding ways to help build this further.
Bonnie Rosenberg has been a resident of the Henry Cowell House (ca. 1869) in the Priory Condo complex on Greene Street since moving to New Haven with her partner Mark in 2004. Her first profession was that of a chemist working as an international specialist in the area of light-curing medical device adhesives. After a two-year mid-life break for international travel and art study, she embarked upon a new career in the visual arts field. Bonnie founded Art ARC (Art-Resource-Concepts) to promote and market visual artists and their work both at home and abroad, coordinated and produced live TV shows and worked on documentary films. Today she remains an avid freelance film researcher/photo archivist and earned a MLS in 2013 to pursue Digital Archiving. Bonnie loves her Wooster Square community, the best neighborhood ever due to the mix of interesting collaborative people! Having served on several community boards over the years, she still enjoys her involvement with the Historic Wooster Square Association and serving as Director of the Wooster Square Conservancy.
Cheryl currently lives on Wooster Street in the Columbus Mall co-ops with her husband Bart (aka ‘The Blossom Blogger’) and their two dogs Chyna and Roxie. She has lived in Wooster Square since returning to Connecticut in 2003. (She worked as an engineer and manager in the computer and telephone fields in the Boston area for 19 years). She has been a full time real estate agent in New Haven for 15 years at Seabury Hill Realtors on famous Wooster Street. An active member of the community, Cheryl is currently co-chair of the Cherry Blossom Festival (since 2020). She also runs Wooster Square SOUP! in the fall and winter (in non-pandemic years). Cheryl enjoys seeing positive change in the community, and is a strong advocate for New Haven and Wooster Square.
Ellen Cupo, Ward 8 Alder
Ellen Cupo lives on Brown Street, just off Wooster Street, with her husband, Ian Dunn, their baby son, Hunter (born the day his mother was elected to the Board of Alders), and their dog, Pig. She graduated from Wilbur Cross High School / Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) and New York University. A lifelong New Haven resident, she is proud to represent Ward 8 on the Board of Alders.
Charlotte C. Murphy, web manager
A New Haven resident since 2003 and of Southern CT since 1988, Charlotte is an independent writer and editor with extensive experience in local, regional, and national public relations and community relations. She designed the websites of the Historic Wooster Square Association, New Haven Farms, and Edgerton Park Conservancy and still manages the former. As Director of Communications at The Foote School in New Haven, she increased visibility for the school via active media communications and successfully initiated a community relations program. Prior to Foote she was Director of Communications at Choate Rosemary Hall. She also worked for many years at Penn State as a communications specialist for the College of Agricultural Sciences.