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Diane Berube joined CT Humanities in 2008. Diane is responsible for all general accounting as well as purchasing and administrative duties. She also oversees all financial aspects of the re-granting program and grant compliance. Diane brings several years of accounting and bookkeeping experience and was employed for over 20 years by Coca-Cola New York and Coca-Cola Enterprises, where she held several positions, including Senior Administrative Assistant and Route Settlement Analyst. For several years, Diane had sole responsibility for the financial management of a contract between Coca-Cola Enterprises and the State of CT Board of Education Services for the Blind.
Contact: 860.937.6648 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Relations Society of America and CT Chapter – Member
Aimee Cotton Bogush joined CT Humanities in 2019. At CTH, she is responsible for external communications and works closely with the executive director to coordinate advocacy initiatives involving the CTH Board, grantees, partner organizations, legislators, donors/foundations, and the public. Aimee also works with board committees, especially the Institutional Advancement Committee and the Application Review Committee.
Prior to her arrival at CTH, Aimee held positions at the Woodbridge Fire Department, CT Food Bank, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She was also an elementary school teacher. She earned an M.S.Ed. from the University of New Haven and a B.A. in Political Science from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA.
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Adrianna Chesnut joined CT Humanities in 2021. At CTH, she provides support in the areas of grant making and finance. Adrianna graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights and a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Connecticut. She grew up in Southeastern CT, where she spent six years at the Groton Public Library, working to provide efficient and ample access to public resources. During her time at UConn, Adrianna interned with the Human Rights and Alternative Press Collections of the university library archives, cataloging historical documents from 1960s Connecticut. Through these experiences, she developed a passion for furthering access to education and the humanities as they are essential to human rights.
Adrianna is excited to be a part of the CTH team as she is dedicated to the mission of the organization to strengthen the communities of the state she grew up in through informed engagement with the humanities and the world around us. Adrianna is an avid lover of cats and growing up, her family always had five or more!
Contact: 860.937.6582 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Comstock joined CT Humanities in 1990 and has worn many, many hats in that time, from Administrative Assistant in her early days to Director of Connecticut Center for the Book now. In between, she became well-versed in ITS, becoming the hands-on in-house tech support person and developing the earliest website that CTH ever had in 1999, mostly through trial and error. She has done the following in her time with CTH: publicity, office management, print layout and design, database development, programming, event planning (not unusual for a long-time employee of a non-profit). She holds a B.A. in history and English from the University of Tampa and an M.A. from Wesleyan University. She lives locally and can often be found reading a book into the wee hours of the morning draped in cats.
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As Manager of Partnerships and Projects, Mike aims to advance the impact of the humanities through strengthening and expanding relationships with all of CTH’s partners and creating new ways to make Connecticut’s cultural heritage content more accessible.
Prior to working at CTH, Mike was the repository manager for the Connecticut Digital Archive, a program of the University of Connecticut. He received his Master of Library Science, with a concentration in archives, from the University of Long Island and has worked in a variety of cultural heritage, academic, and corporate libraries and archives in and around New York City and New England.
Mike lives with his wife and son, along with their cats in Sturbridge, MA and he enjoys getting on the ice to play hockey whenever he gets the opportunity.
Contact: 860.937.6636 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Akomawt Educational Initiative – Co-founder
Brown University – Mellon Visiting Fellow in Slavery and Justice
Everyday Democracy – Civic Health Advisory Committee
Mystic Aquarium – Scientist-in-Residence
State Education Resource Center (SERC) – African American Curriculum Development Committee
Dr. Jason Mancini joined CT Humanities as Executive Director in 2018. At CTH, he is focused on strengthening organizational partnerships, engaging diverse audiences, and anchoring Connecticut’s placemaking, public history, and integrative digital initiatives.
Jason is also co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative and the former Executive Director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. During the past 30 years, he has worked with tribes and indigenous peoples of southern New England, Alaska, Hawai’i, and New Zealand. He is an ally to these communities and works to build awareness of indigenous rights and histories within non-Native contexts. His academic interests include indigenous social networks, maritime labor, and migration; indigenous citizenship and political activism; and reindigenizing public history and education.
Currently, Mellon Visiting Fellow in Slavery and Justice at Brown University, Jason served previously as Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Connecticut College, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, and Social Sciences Instructor at Sea for Sea Education Association (SEA).
Jason holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Connecticut with expertise in the archaeology and ethnohistory of New England. His article, “in contempt and oblivion”: Censuses, Ethnogeography, and Hidden Indian Histories in Eighteenth-Century Southern New England, published in the Journal of Ethnohistory and his forthcoming book projects, “Beyond Reservation: Indian Survivance in Southern New England,” to be published by SUNY Press and “The Narragansett Chief: Adventurers of a Wanderer” (an edited volume) examine the nuanced and subverted histories of the indigenous peoples of the American northeast.
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Connecticut Digital Archive – Advisory Board
Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project – Advisory Board
Association for the Study of Connecticut History – Member
National Council on Public History – Member
Gregg Mangan joined CT Humanities in 2014. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a freelance historian, writer, and editor. Gregg currently holds a Ph.D. in public history from Arizona State University. While at ASU, he also completed a graduate program in scholarly publishing. He is the author of several journal articles that appeared in publications such as the Connecticut History Review and Connecticut Explored and authored the book, On This Day in Connecticut History. As director of Digital Humanities, Gregg oversees content development for the ConnecticutHistory.org and TeachitCT.org digital history projects and the ConnTours mobile app. He also is a member of the Application Review Committee, reviewing Quick Grants applications and authoring staff reports. In addition, he serves as an editor and proofreader of organizational communications, manages the ConnecticutHistory.org social media accounts and email box, and serves on the advisory board for Connecticut History Illustrated and the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project.
Contact: 860.937.6542 | firstname.lastname@example.org
CT Library Consortium – Children’s Librarian’s Round Table, South, Co-Chair
Susan Muro joined CT Humanities in 1996. As Book Voyagers Program Officer, Muro partners with libraries, schools, and community-based organizations to provide high-quality book discussions, literature-based storytelling, and a wide variety of meaningful and creative experiences to people of all ages. With hundreds of sessions each year, thousands of Connecticut citizens can participate in engaging, relevant programming right in their own communities. This last year, Muro took on the responsibility of securing grants to fund Book Voyagers programs. Prior to CT Humanities, Ms. Muro was the Executive Director of the Southern Connecticut Library Council, a multi-type library consortium. Susan began her library career at the Hamden Library, where she held various positions, including Children’s Librarian and Head of Technical Services. Muro holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State University, is active in continuing professional development, and is a longtime member of the Connecticut Library Association.
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Sheldyn Oliver joined CT Humanities in 2020. She earned an associate degree in General Studies from Middlesex Community College and a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Wesleyan University. Having lived in Middletown since early childhood, Sheldyn is honored to have received degrees from institutions located in her hometown. Her studies, exploration, and time spent working with the professors in Wesleyan’s African American Studies Department helped to ignite her enthusiasm for history and sparked, even further, the desire to better understand how it informs the present.
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Lian Partridge joined CT Humanities in 2021. She earned a BA in English Literature with a double minor in Chinese Culture and Language and Cinema Studies from Northeastern University and a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Lian has worked with adult students in both administrative and teaching roles at various institutions, such as UCLA Extension, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and Shantou University in Shantou, China. In her teaching roles, she has enjoyed the opportunities to work with immigrant and bilingual groups and guide students to explore the intersections of language and culture.
After spending several years in California and abroad, she is happy to be returning to Connecticut where she spent half her childhood. As someone who dedicated her studies and teaching to language, literature, intercultural communication, and film, she is particularly excited about CTH’s mission of promoting public humanities, and she looks forward to learning about and helping to facilitate CTH’s support of the great humanities projects happening around Connecticut!
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Khalil Quotap is the CT Digital Heritage Program Coordinator, joining CT Humanities in 2022. He will help develop CTH’s statewide digital initiative program, working with organizations and individuals across the state to make the state’s cultural heritage more accessible to the public.
A former New Haven Social Studies teacher, he began his career in museum education at the Connecticut Historical Society, before serving as Director of Education at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT, and Director of Education at the Wood Museum & Library in South Windsor, CT. Prior to Connecticut Humanities, Khalil was the Director of Education and Engagement at the New Haven Museum, where he brought the history of New Haven to adults and children of all ages. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University.
When not working, Khalil is at home in Southington watching something Marvel o
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Cyndi Tolosa joined CT Humanities as the Development Officer in 2022. She leads CTH’s individual and corporate fundraising efforts and works to strengthen CTH’s relationship with its many supporters.
Prior to joining CTH, Cyndi was the Director of Development at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT and Development Officer at the Concord Museum in Massachusetts. At both organizations, she helped manage capital campaigns for building renovations and worked with the board and other donors on individual and corporate gifts, membership, events, and grants.
Cyndi earned a B.A. with a double major in Architecture and French from Columbia University and an M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of SUNY Oneonta. New York City is still one of her favorite places to be.
When not working or traveling, Cyndi lives in Bristol with her husband and their small menagerie (cat, dog, tortoise, turtle, and soon-to-be chickens).
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Becky Vitkauskas joined CT Humanities as a Grants & Programs Assistant in 2022. A library and archives professional, Becky earned an MS in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) with a concentration in Cultural Heritage Informatics. Becky also studied social sciences, the arts and humanities, and even culinary arts.
Having worked in public, private, nonprofit, and academic institutions, Becky has experience with many activities our grantees will recognize. These include implementing programming, managing budgets, processing archival materials, stewarding collections, assessing metadata, and improving digital processes. For Becky, this work always has been and will continue to be, focusing on marginalized and underrepresented groups and people to help build more inclusive, accessible, and equitable communities.
When not working, Becky can often be buried in yarn, with an open book, and curled up with the pets.
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Scott Wands is the Director of Grants and Programs at CT Humanities where he oversees the Connecticut Humanities Fund granting program and delivers non-grant-funded services to Connecticut’s cultural community. He is co-creator of StEPs-CT, an integrated program of training, mentoring, and grant funding that, since 2012, has helped forty-seven Connecticut cultural organizations build professionalism and remain vibrant community resources. He directed CTH’s Journalism in an Age of Fake News project (2018-19), managed Poetry Out Loud in Connecticut (2014-2017), oversaw the 2013-14 statewide Connecticut at Work initiative, and created the Heritage Resource Center (2008-12), a nationally award-winning web portal. Scott currently serves as a board member for the American Association for State and Local History *Nashville, TN) and the Connecticut Coalition for History. He is also a Connecticut Corporator for the Eastern States Exposition (West Springfield, MA). Before joining CTH in March 2008, he worked for five years at Connecticut Landmarks as Assistant Curator of Education. A graduate of Amherst College and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, Scott lives in Wethersfield, Connecticut, with his wife and daughter.
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Emma Wiley joined CT Humanities in 2021. She is a public history professional with a special interest in connecting and strengthening communities through their historical and cultural resources. Emma earned a B.A. in History with a double minor in Anthropology and Education from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Most recently, Emma served as an AmeriCorps member at Wheeling Heritage in Wheeling, W.V., where she researched and wrote historical content to help connect local communities to their historical and cultural resources. In addition, she has experience in archaeology, material culture, and community engagement. Emma is dedicated to pursuing and creating a more diverse, reflective, and accessible humanities discipline.
Frank Mitchell, Ph.D.*
Melinda D. Cruanes, CPA
The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
Members at Large
Valeriano Ramos Jr.
Jonathan Weiner, Esq.
Connecticut Supreme Court
Nicholas Bellantoni, Ph.D.
Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist
David A. Claiborn
Katherine Donovan, CPA
Catherine Keene Fields*
Litchfield Historical Society
Westport Museum for History & Culture
Sandy Grande, Ph.D.
Political Science/Native American and Indigenous Studies
Jennifer McKenna, CPA
Pratt & Whitney
Regen O’Malley, Esq.
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani
Hanna Przada, AIA
Svensk & Company Inc.
Ruth G. Torres
West Haven Mayor’s Office