June 7, 2010 | last updated May 29, 2012 7:57 pm

Movers & Shakers


The Connecticut Bar Association has announced several staff changes. Mary Etter, director of internal operations, will serve as the organization's director of operations — continuing her work with administration, accounting, and technology enhancement, but now also providing greater support for sections and committees. Donald Philips, government relations counsel, will become the director of public affairs and government relations. In this new role, Philips will strengthen the association's community service, pro bono, and law-related education programs and lead its government relations efforts.

Holly Spina will implement new membership recruitment and retention campaigns. She will work on developing new member benefits, including publications such as a new pictorial member directory with expanded reference material of value to practitioners. Amanda Evans will serve as director of CLE, producing a greatly expanded seminar curriculum that she will take to new members in rural areas of the state as well as in the traditional urban corridors of Connecticut. The association will add two staff members to facilitate the outreach of educational opportunities for lawyers and paralegals.

Tara Griggs, a resident of Glastonbury, recently launched SwapMeSports.com, an online community that allows neighbors, family and friends to buy, sell or find sports equipment without listing, selling and shipping fees. Griggs, an Emerson College graduate, started her career as a publicist and ghostwriter for Hollywood publicist Michael Levine and continued her career as director of marketing at Ryan Marketing in Farmington. She has spent the last three years at Aetna, where she has been an advertising manager in corporate communications.

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John A. Brighenti, Gregory S. Oneglia and H. Ray Underwood have been appointed to Union Savings Bank's board of trustees. The three new trustees join Union Savings Bank's board after serving as board members of The First National Bank of Litchfield, which merged with Union Savings April 7. The announcement was made by John C. Kline, Union Savings Bank president and CEO, and Thomas A. Frizzell, chairman of the board.

Brighenti is vice president of Avon Plumbing & Heating Company, a third generation family-owned business that serves residential and commercial clients in northwestern Connecticut. As president and director of Classic Hotels of Connecticut, Brighenti oversaw two expansions of the Avon Old Farms Hotel and played an active role in the acquisition of other properties He is a director of Avon Water Co. and Canton Advocates for Responsible Expansion, and is a corporator at Hartford Hospital.

Oneglia also served as a director of The First National Bank of Litchfield. He is vice chairman of O & G Industries, Inc., a diversified construction services company based in Torrington. Oneglia serves as a director of the Torrington Water Co., a trustee to the Carpentry Industry Promotion Fund, Laborer's Legal Services Fund and St. Anthony of Padua Parish Council and has served in board and trustee positions with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, The Seherr-Thoss Foundation, Associated General Contractors of Connecticut and Oliver Wolcott Library. In addition to serving 12 years as a director of The First National Bank of Litchfield, Underwood owned and operated Underwood Services, an excavating company in New Preston. Underwood is a founding member of the Geological Society of Connecticut and serves as geologist for GeoDesign, a geo-engineering firm in Middlebury, and is the owner of Marbledale Self Storage in New Preston. He is chairman of the Washington Village Improvement Society and a director of the Washington Housing Trust.

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Waterbury-based Wellpath Behavioral Health for Children and Families has appointed two new directors — Catherine Scheidel and Victoria Bosse.

Scheidel, a resident of Bristol, has been named director of outpatient and community support services and will oversee the Wellpath Outpatient and Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services, among other programs. She is a Connecticut licensed marital and family therapist and previously worked for many years at the Wheeler Clinic in Plainville.

Bosse, a Naugatuck native, has been appointed director of home-based services, which includes behavioral health treatment services for youth in crisis, such as the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services and Functional Family Therapy. She recently returned to Connecticut from San Diego, where she was employed by Mental Health System, Inc. while working on doctoral studies in marriage and family therapy at Alliant International University.

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Brian Glenn has joined Barter Business Unlimited's customer service staff as a service trade broker. Previously, he was an employee with the state of Connecticut and gained barter industry experience while working with a variety of national organizations. Glenn, an Avon resident, is a longtime volunteer with the Special Olympics of Connecticut and attended the University of Hartford.

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