Our Team

Di Masters, MPH, CHES

Executive Director

Di Masters is a passionate public health professional with more than twenty years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, programming, and development. She holds a Master’s in Public Health…

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Di Masters is a passionate public health professional with more than twenty years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, programming, and development. She holds a Master’s in Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her combined experience in the financial sector, in leadership roles in the non-profit sector and elected public service, and experience in emergency response will be put to good use as the Executive of Director Kevin’s Community Center. She will use her experience to guide the organization’s mission to provide preventive health promotion programs and continue to provide direct service for under-insured individuals in the community.

Board of Directors

Dr. Z. Michael Taweh, MD, FACS, CMD

Founder/Medical Director

Dr Taweh resides in Brookfield, CT and has been a primary care physician since 1999. He maintains his medical practice in Danbury as Comprehensive Medical Care…

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Dr Taweh resides in Brookfield, CT and has been a primary care physician since 1999. He maintains his medical practice in Danbury as Comprehensive Medical Care and PrimeMediSpa.com. Dr. Taweh is Founder and Medical Director of Kevin’s Community Center. Dr. Taweh has a particular interest in the nonprofit health care sector and works towards health care reforms for affordable healthcare for all Americans. He was presented the prestigious 2004 Dr. Melville G. Magida Award sponsored annually by the Fairfield County Medical Association and the Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Foundation. He is a fellow at the American College of Physicians and a Certified Medical Director.

Brian Fonck

President

Brian Fonck has been an employee of Newtown Savings Bank for over 16 years where he serves as the First Vice President, Co-Head Retail Banking-Operations. He is responsible for…

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Brian Fonck has been an employee of Newtown Savings Bank for over 16 years where he serves as the First Vice President, Co-Head Retail Banking-Operations. He is responsible for overseeing the operations of all the branches and Call Center at Newtown Savings Bank. In 2018, He was honored with the “New Leaders in Banking” award by the Connecticut Bankers Association. This program recognizes up and coming stars in the Connecticut Banking industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from New England College of Business and Finance and is a 2009 graduate of Connecticut School of Finance & Management. Brian and his wife, Diane reside in Newtown, CT with their children Emma Jake. In addition, he serves on the Board for TEAM, INC out of Derby, CT as the Board Vice Chairman.

Dr. Della M. Schmid, PLLC

Vice President

Dr. Schmid is the owner of Dr. Della M. Schmid, PLLC in Newtown and has been in private practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic for over 26 years. In 2011, she received the Newtown Business of the Year award…

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Dr. Schmid is the owner of Dr. Della M. Schmid, PLLC in Newtown and has been in private practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic for over 26 years. In 2011, she received the Newtown Business of the Year award from the Newtown Chamber of Commerce and the Newtown Rotary Club. Dr. Schmid holds two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Human Biology from the National University of Health Sciences and the other in Physical Education from Ithaca College. In addition to her doctorate from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL, she holds a Master of Science degree in Biomechanics from the University of Delaware. She has earned 300 postdoctoral hours toward board eligibility as a Chiropractic Orthopedic specialist. Dr. Schmid is a former adjunct university instructor in diagnostic imaging, an EMT, a consultant at Leeway Hospital’s AIDS subacute facility in New Haven and a Research Fellow at the National College of Chiropractic. She has co-chaired the annual Newtown Health and Safety Fair since its inception in 1993 and is a member of the Newtown Chamber of Commerce, BNI Business Bobcats of Danbury, and the American Chiropractic Association. She is a former member of the Newtown Public Schools Wellness Committee, past Board member of the Newtown Chamber of Commerce and past President of the Newtown Business and Professional Women’s Club. Dr. Schmid has volunteered on the medical staff of the NYC Marathon and Nutmeg Games. She lives in Sandy Hook and has two children.

Dr. Evan Pitkoff

Secretary

Dr. Evan Pitkoff received his Bachelor of Science in health science and psychology from Brooklyn College, Master of Arts in learning disabilities from New York University…

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Dr. Evan Pitkoff received his Bachelor of Science in health science and psychology from Brooklyn College, Master of Arts in learning disabilities from New York University, a second Master of Arts in educational administration from New York University, and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Columbia University. His doctoral dissertation focused on reducing teacher absenteeism.

Dr. Pitkoff spent the first decade of his career in the New York City High School division, serving in Brooklyn, New York as a special education teacher and assistant principal. Moving to Connecticut in 1988, he served as Principal of New Britain High School, Assistant Superintendent of the Hamden Public Schools, Superintendent of Schools for Region #10 (Burlington and Harwinton,) Superintendent of Schools in Newtown and in 2018 he retired as the Executive Director of Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.). He is a Past President Emeritus of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. Dr. Pitkoff is also a Justice of the Peace in Connecticut.

Paula Woodhouse

Treasurer

Paula Woodhouse is a Commercial Lender with Savings Bank of Danbury and is responsible for business development of commercial lending and deposit solutions for local businesses…

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Paula Woodhouse is a Commercial Lender with Savings Bank of Danbury and is responsible for business development of commercial lending and deposit solutions for local businesses. Paula has worked in Commercial Banking for over 25 years. Paula is active in the community and in addition to being Treasurer for Kevin’s Community Center, she is also the Treasurer for The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. Previously, Paula held the position of Treasurer for the Southern CT Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). She also was the Chairperson in 2013 and 2014 for the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk in Brookfield, where she raised almost $40,000 for the organization. Paula is a graduate of University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance.

Formerly from Sandy Hook, Paula resides in Oxford with her husband, Bryan. They have three adult children.

Dr. Susan Belanger, Ph.D

Director

Dr. Susan Belanger is a licensed psychologist in independent practice. She holds a Masters of Arts and a Doctorate degree in Applied Developmental Psychology with a Specialization…

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Dr. Susan Belanger is a licensed psychologist in independent practice. She holds a Masters of Arts and a Doctorate degree in Applied Developmental Psychology with a Specialization in Neuropsychology from Fordham University, Bronx, NY and has been practicing, publishing, and presenting in the field of child welfare and mental health with children, adolescents, and their families for more than 25 years. She formerly worked with Community Health Center, Inc., providing mental health counseling to children and their families, as well as the Department of Children and Families providing assessments to children entering the foster care system. Dr. Belanger has served on several local and national advisory boards, including Middletown CT’s Multi-Interdisciplinary Team and New York City’s Council of Family and Child Care Agencies (COFCCA) Managed Health Care Task Force, collecting data aimed at improving the delivery of quality medical and mental health services to children in foster care in New York City. Dr. Belanger has also served as an adjunct lecturer at Fordham University and Lehman College, which is part of the City University of New York. She lives in Newtown.

Andrew Urbanski

Director

Andrew has joined Wells Fargo Private Bank after 7 years as a Senior Vice President “Top 35 under 35” Wealth Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS. Prior to that, Andrew worked for 8 years…

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Andrew has joined Wells Fargo Private Bank after 7 years as a Senior Vice President “Top 35 under 35” Wealth Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS. Prior to that, Andrew worked for 8 years as a Vice President Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley where he was a firm designated Rule 144 Specialist. In addition to the Certified Private Wealth Advisor designation, Andrew has earned the Certified Financial Planner certificate from New York University, and the Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning. At the Wells Fargo Private Bank, Andrew is a Managing Director, President’s Council member Private Wealth Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager. His work focuses on structural solutions for the tax, risk, and leverage optimization of complex intergenerational portfolios including both liquid and illiquid assets.

Andrew and his wife, Barbie, reside in Miramar Beach, FL and Sandy Hook, CT with their daughter, Adamina, and son, Maxim.  Andrew has served as an Investment Committee member and emeritus Director for one of the largest and most respected eldercare facilities in the country, Masonicare (501(c)3) of Connecticut, as well as the former Eastern Region Treasurer for the Metropolitan Opera National Council at Lincoln Center in New York. He now serves as a director for Kevin’s Community Center, providing free healthcare to the uninsured and underinsured. Otherwise, Andrew can be found on his motorcycle at the beach or traveling to share ideas and experiences with friends and clients.