Working to keep the 
neighborhood
strong & vibrant


Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cordalie Benoit and Erin Gustafson, Co-Presidents

Patrick J. Dunn
Sarah Greenblatt
Keith Lorch, Treasurer

Zenobia Meckley

Charles Minotti 

Charlie Murphy, Secretary
Bonnie Rosenberg
Brett Spearman

Rebekah Sturges

Cheryl Szczarba


ExOfficio:
Ward 8 Alder Aaron Greenberg
HWSA Web Manager Charlotte Murphy

The Current Board:

Cordalie Benoit, Co-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 is a board member of the CT Community Gardening Association and of the American Community Gardening Association. With the help of many other community members, she has planted more than 30 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.
Erin Gustafson 
Erin Gustafson moved to New Haven 1999 from Oregon, where she grew up, and moved to Court Street in Wooster Square in 2005. She became active in New Haven early on, serving over the years on boards of the historic Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven Sister Cities, and the Downtown-Wooster Square Community Management Team.  She also served as the Wooster Square Block Watch Captain for four years. She works for Yale as an immigration adviser, and she has been an active volunteer for Wooster Square events including the Court Street Halloween party, movie night, and the Block Party.

Charlie Murphy Secretary  
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 regulrly. 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 is co-chair of the Cherry Blossom Fstival.

Keith Lorch Treasurer 
Keith Lorch and his wife, Jackie, are 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.  Keith is also a regular volunteer at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at St. Paul & St. James.


Patrick J. Dunn  

Patrick J Dunn has lived in Connecticut since 2003 when he first moved to Hartford from Ankara, Turkey to attend the University of Hartford. What really made Patrick fall in love with New Haven, a place that was meant originally to only be a placeholder for a year, was the Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival which was held within a few weeks of his first moving into New Haven in 2011. Seeing the sense of community that is represented within the few blocks that is the Wooster Square neighborhood at the Festival made him realize that he had found a home in New Haven. Curently the executive direcctor of New Haven Pride Center, he was formerly the Development Manager at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
 

Sarah Greenblatt

Sarah Grenblatt 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 is co-chair of the Cherry Blossom Festival Planning Committee and  coordinaties participation of Authors and Artists who share their talents at the Festival. Sarah also collaborates with leadership of New Light High School in Wooster Square to award the HWSA/Start Bank community scholarship to a graduating senior. Over her 35-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 child welfare policies and practices.


Zenobia Meckley
She is a renter in the Smoothie Building on Chapel Street and has lived in the neighborhood for 3 years. Before moving into the Smoothie Building she lived at 209 Greene Street. She is a landscape architect wit the firm Reed Hilderbrand and a strong advocate for the neighborhood and the city. Prior to coming to New Haven, she lived in Brooklyn and Hong Kong, and she appreciates keenly the history and community of Wooster Square. A dog owner and new parent, she walks through the park daily and is eager to give back to the neighborhood.

Charles Minotti 

Charles Minotti lives at Town Houses on the Square (1964) at the corner of Greene Street and Hughes Place with his beloved Corgi, Sunny Slope.  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.

Bonnie Rosenberg
Bonnie Rosenberg has been a resident of the Henry Cowell House (ca. 1869) on Greene Street since moving to New Haven 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 and her involvement with the Historic Wooster Square Association and as Director of the Wooster Square Conservancy.

Brett Spearman

Brett Spearman lives with his wife, Khem, and two children, Alin and Shahn, at Town Houses on the Square (1964), at the corner of Greene Street and Hughes Place. Since 2011 Brett has served as the president of the board of the condominium association and has devoted his time to restoring the condition of the mid-century buildings. Brett helps annually in the layout planning for the Cherry Blossom Festival as well as volunteering as a face painter. A resident of Wooster Square for more than 10 years, Brett is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture and an architect at Pickard Chilton located on Chapel Street.

Rebekah Sturges

Beka Sturges has lived in the William Sears House (ca. 1825, ca. 1860) on Academy Street since moving to New Haven in 2004. A strong advocate for the open spaces and natural resources of the city, she loves the character of Wooster Square.  Her dog Chloe and son Abe share her admiration for the neighborhood and especially for the park. She is a practicing landscape architect and runs the New Haven office of Reed Hilderbrand. A Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Connecticut College, she also teaches occasionally as a guest critic at the Yale School of Architecture.


Cheryl Szczarba
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 has been a major sponsor of the Cherry Blossom Festival for many years. She is currently on the board of the Wooster Street Neighborhood Improvement Association and runs Wooster Square SOUP! in the fall and winter. Cheryl enjoys seeing positive change in the community, and is a strong advocate for New Haven and Wooster Square.

Alder Aaron Greenberg

Our Ward 8 Alder, Aaron has represented the Wooster Square, Fair Haven, Mill River and Annex neighborhoods since January 2014. As Alder, he works to improve constituent services, public safety and enhance the voice of residents in neighborhood planning and development. Aaron serves on the Public Safety Committee and as Chair of the Education Committee. Aaron is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Yale University and the Chair of Local 33-UNITE HERE, the union of Yale graduate teachers. He earned his A.B. and A.M. from the University of Chicago and lives on Olive Street.


Charlotte C. Murphy

A New Haven resident since 2003 and of the area since 1988, Charlotte is an independent writer and editor with extensive experience in local, regional, and national public relations and community relations, including successful promotion of project initiatives. 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 Agriculture and Natural Resources.


Updated 6/28/18