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 Association Board as well as the Wooster Square Conservancy board.
|Edward appreciates the chance to become involved with the HWSA! He is passionate about this neighborhood and its history, and grateful for all of the great memories his family has already made here. He has lived at 533 Chapel Street for three years with his wife, Kate. In November 2020, they welcomed their first child, Paul, into the world. Edward hopes to find ways of making it easier for renters (especially newcomers to the area) to get involved. Edward is a PhD candidate at Fordham University studying theology. His research relates to the relationship between theology and the built environment, including different philosophies of neighborhood belonging. He is also a consultant for the Proximity Project, an organization that works with faith communities to plan placemaking projects that contribute to the well-being of their neighborhoods. Once the pandemic is over, he hopes to organize the return of the Wooster Square Piano.|
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.
Charlotte has lived in Wooster Square independently for more than 5 years; her parents have been residents since 2001. She currently works for a wine and spirit distributor based in Milford, CT. Until 2020, she worked exclusively in New Haven for a variety of businesses with a focus on marketing, communications and event planning: She worked in Westville for a vaudeville theatre and a co-op art gallery as well as a boutique marketing firm. She worked for Town Green Special Services District, which helped her establish a large network of personal and professional connections with business owners, city departments, partner organizations and visitors to New Haven. Her history of volunteering in New Haven dates back to high school and includes Zeigler Head Start, New Haven Reads, ArtBra, and Semilla Collective. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Wooster Square Conservancy and as a member of the Downtown Wooster Square Community Management Team. She also serves on the Cherry Blossom committee.
Sarah Greenblatt, Secretary,
Co-Chair – Cherry Blossom Festival
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 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.
Barbara has been a property owner in Wooster Square for nearly 20 years and recently renovated her small apartment in the back of her 1844 property on Chapel Street where she moved last year. She is currently retired from her long-time position as Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of New Haven (part of the City’s Economic Development team) during the DeStefano administration, where she was responsible for some of the city’s major events, its public art, filming activities & some neighborhood programs such as the Mayor’s Community Grants. She & her staff developed the popular, award-winning Project Storefronts program and she served as the Mayor’s liaison to NH’s arts organizations and individual artists. A former Peace Corp volunteer, Barbara spent 2-1/2 years living on a remote island in the South Pacific, first as a volunteer, later consulting with the United Nations. She is a graduate of the University of New Haven with a B.A. in Finance & Economics, minoring in History and received her M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning from the London School of Economics. She loves all things New Haven and is particularly interested in the city’s interesting, fabled history.
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.
Laura Morrison arrived 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 on Wooster Square and was attracted to the neighborhood by its convenient location to downtown activities and for the friendly, diverse neighborhood feel. She especially enjoys the weekly farmer’s market and easy access to annual festivals and concerts. Laura works as a palliative care physician at Yale, taking care of people at all stages of serious illness to optimize their quality of life. She also directs the training of palliative care doctors at Yale and the serious illness communication skills training program for health care professionals at different training levels. She really loves being able to bicycle to and from work from Wooster Square in all seasons. She values Wooster Square itself as a place of much needed green space, peace and solitude. Laura is delighted to have the opportunity to serve the neighborhood on the HWSA board!
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 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!
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.
Rahul’s first experience in Wooster Square was in 2015 when his wife, Emma Lo, and he were searching for a home in New Haven. They were instantly enamored by the park, its beautiful houses, and most importantly, the people. After renting along the park for three years, a unit in their favorite house was put up for sale. Emma and Rahul seized the opportunity and are now grateful homeowners on Academy Street. Rahul completed pediatric residency at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and is currently a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Connecticut Children’s – University of Connecticut. He has specific interests in the use of point-of-care ultrasound, medical education, and legislative advocacy over issues pertinent to injury prevention. Rahul cares deeply about ensuring that his neighborhood remains walkable and family-friendly. He enjoys spending time with his neighbors and welcoming visitors to this warm community. You may find Emma or Rahul waving to you from their sunroom overlooking the park
Cheryl Szczarba, Membership Chair,
Co-Chair – Cherry Blossom Festival
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.
Alan moved to Wooster Square in late 2020 during the pandemic to begin a professorship with the CSCU system. Growing up in Philadelphia, then moving to North Carolina for college and staying nearly 20 years, Alan began volunteer work with the Humane Society in North Carolina, and ended up serving a three-year term on the WHS board during graduate school. He also served on the board of civic organization Kids-Voting (now Generation Nation), and between college and grad school worked as a legislative aide to a North Carolina State Representative. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s in public administration and a postgraduate degree in Communication.
When he accepted the professorship in CT, he reached out to friends and colleagues in the state for suggestions of where to live. One neighborhood kept coming up – Wooster Square in New Haven: a neighborhood with amazing diversity, delicious Italian food, and a community of folks who care about their neighbors and neighborhood. That’s why he joined the HWSA as a member less than a week after moving into his Chapel St, apartment. Quickly falling in love with the neighborhood, he started participating in Wooster Square Watch and the DWSCMT. Now, as an HWSA board member, he has an active role in advocating for the needs of our community and volunteering to keep Wooster Square an amazing place to live, work and play.
Ellen Cupo, Ward 8 Alder
Ellen Cupo lives on Brown Street, just off Wooster Street, with her husband, Ian Dunn, their 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 Connecticut 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.