Connecticut Community Foundation’s members have elected Brian M. Jones of Southbury and Stephen Seward of Roxbury to three-year terms on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Jones and Seward will join a board composed of local residents from across 21 towns in the Foundation’s service area in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.
The trustees lead the Foundation in its mission to create rewarding lives and thriving communities in the region—through stewardship of charitable funds created by donors and through grantmaking to nonprofit organizations tackling pressing community issues.
Douglas Johnson, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, said, “The talents, wisdom and energies of members of the Board of Trustees have navigated Connecticut Community Foundation though 95 years of change and renewal in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. Brian Jones and Stephen Seward, with their enormous commitments to community service and to the region, will be extraordinary assets as we look to the future.”
Brian M. Jones has lived in Southbury since 1978. For the past 29 years, he has managed a specialized, highly-credentialed and experienced financial planning, investment and insurance practice, The Jones Financial Group at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company in Southbury, serving clients in over 25 states. He is active professionally and civically. Currently, Brian serves as: Chair of Stewardship, the United Church of Christ Southbury; Board of Directors, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation; Chair for past 20 years, Southbury Celebration (an annual community food, music and fireworks event); and has been an active firefighter/engineer for 35 years with the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC®), and has numerous investment and insurance licenses.
Stephen Seward, a Roxbury resident since 2003, has been a consultant in the nonprofit sector for over 35 years. He began his career at the Foundation Center as a reference book editor and the manager of a nationwide technical assistance program for nonprofit organizations. Seward then joined the John O’Donnell Company where he eventually became the firm’s executive vice president, with clients in human services, arts and culture and international education. More recently, he has been the principal fundraiser for The Nature Conservancy’s New York City office; vice president for development at Andrus, a Westchester-based program in mental health and special education; and executive director of the Scarsdale Schools Foundation.
Michael Giardina and Doug Johnson of Cheshire and Kathy Taylor of Waterbury were also re-elected to serve second three-year terms on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Edith Reynolds, Elner Morrell and Dan Caron each are departing the board after completing six years of outstanding service.
The Foundation’s entire Board of Trustees, including their bios, can be viewed at www.conncf.org/board.
Top photo: (L to R) Brian M. Jones and Stephen Seward. Photo by Jake Koteen Photography