Historic Wooster Square Association


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

Allison  Drda
Sarah Greenblatt
Ellen Keane
Keith Lorch, Treasurer

Zenobia Meckley

Charles Minotti 

Laura Morrison

Charlie Murphy, Secretary
Nicolas Negron-Phillips
Oyi Onuma
Dustin Page
Bonnie Rosenberg

Rebekah Sturges

Cheryl Szczarba


ExOfficio:
Ward 8 Alder
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 the American Community Gardening Association as well as the Mill River watershed 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.

Allison Drda

Allison has been a Connecticut resident for about a year and a half, 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

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 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.


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.

Ellen Keane
Ellen moved to an 1870 row house on Court Street in the summer of 2018. Having admired Wooster Square from afar for a very long time, Ellen and her sons are delighted to now live there. She has a long interest in historic buildings, preservation/restoration and antiques. The daughter of an American history teacher, she grew up talking about historically important events, studying period buildings and visiting historic sites. After college, she worked in Ireland in the preservation and restoration of architecturally significant Georgian properties in and around Dublin and County Cork. Ellen spent most of her career at UConn Law School, where she was an associate dean. She is particularly interested in issues involving civil rights and the rights of children with disabilities in special education settings. She’s been active in many non-profit organizations and is eager to get involved in her new neighborhood.


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 and remain active after their move to The Union two years ago .  Keith is also a regular volunteer at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at the Church of St. Paul & St. James.


Zenobia Meckley
She is a renter in the Smoothie Building on Chapel Street and has lived in the neighborhood since 2015. Before moving to the Smoothie Building she lived at 209 Greene Street. She is a landscape architect with 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.

Laura Morrison
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 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 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 is co-chair of the Cherry Blossom Festival.


Nicolas Negron-Phillips
Nick is a communications and public relations professional working as a full-time consultant for the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Walk Bridge Program. He moonlights as a PR freelancer, specializing in generating local media coverage for nonprofit organizations and writing web-copy. Nick led community affairs and charitable donations for Alexion Pharmaceuticals between 2013 and 2017. He is an active member of the community, having served on several boards and committees across the city and state including the International Festival of Arts & Ideas’ Community Connections Committee, Southern Connecticut State University’s Biopath Advisory Board, the Connecticut Invention Convention’s Board of Directors, and many others. He is currently a member of the Gateway Community College Foundation Board, and serves on the oversight committee for the college’s Family Economic Security Program. Nick moved to Wooster Square in 2014, where he currently lives with his fiancé, Harlie, and their dog, Lillypad. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University.


Oyi Onuma
Oyi returned to Wooster Square in 2015 and lives in the old Italian consulate with her husband, Kris, 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 lay 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 Page
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 square, the neighborhood, and their various and wonderful idiosyncrasies. He is 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 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
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.

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.

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. 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.


Updated 6/8/19