Flanders Annual Meeting
2022 Volunteer of the Year! This is also a good opportunity to meet our Board and share ideas and thoughts. Refreshments will be served.
Bios of Prospective Board Of Directors Through 2026
SHARON FEELEY* is a dedicated Flanders volunteer serving as Vice President, Board of Directors, Team Leader for the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation process , Chair and Secretary of the Land Acquisition Committee and Farm Day and Maple Syrup volunteer. Sharon taught mathematics in Monroe, CT followed by a career at IBM where she worked as an I/T Manager and then Executive Project Manager . Her commitment to the community has included serving as Chair of the Woodbury Open Space Committee and as a volunteer for South Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging and Literacy Volunteers of Danbury. She has recently been awarded a degree in Horticulture.
MICHAEL FRIEDMAN** has been a Connecticut resident since 2002. He currently lives in the town of Southbury with his wife and two daughters. Dr. Friedman obtained his DDS degree from SUNY Buffalo Dental School and then went on to specialize in Orthodontics at Columbia University. He practiced orthodontics at his offices in Southbury and Waterbury for over 20 years and recently retired from clinical orthodontics to spend more time with his family and give back to the local community. He also continues to serve as an orthodontic consultant. As a small business owner, he regularly supported local charities and organizations. He was an annual sponsor of the Southbury Turkey Trot and the Flanders Field & Forest 5K. He also contributed to multiple fundraisers and auctions including the Flanders 50th Anniversary Gala. He currently volunteers as a girls lacrosse coach and is looking forward to helping Flanders.
JOSH HARWOOD** is a 25-year resident of Woodbury, where he and his family have enjoyed Flanders’ many offerings for decades. He is currently an active participant on the Land Acquisitions Committee, volunteers regularly for the Flanders Field & Forest 5K and has served up flapjacks as a Pancake Breakfast volunteer. He holds a B.A. from Hamilton College and has over 3 decades of experience in book publishing sales and sales management for Random House, Houghton Mifflin, and others. He recently launched a career in real estate and as an agent, enjoys addressing local real estate and housing needs. Josh coached youth basketball and baseball locally for Woodbury Parks & Rec; served on the board of Quassapaug Sailing Center for several years where he remains an active sponsor (and kayaker), and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees, Woodbury United Methodist Church.
DON MAKI** is a 25 year resident of Woodbury. While volunteering at Flanders for the past 6 years, he has led Earth Day invasive removal projects, renovation of the 50 year old nut tree arboretum and organized various trail projects. Don is a member of the Van Vleck and Land Management committees and participates in native plant projects, energy conservation, fruit tree pruning and trails maintenance. He’s one of the project leaders striving to install solar equipment at the Van Vleck campus. Best described as an outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys foraging mushrooms and other edible plants. He’s an active Masters track and field athlete and is currently serving as the throws coach for the Nonnewaug track and field teams . In the past, he’s coached baseball in the Woodbury Little League as well as assisted other Woodbury non-profit organizations such as Dollars for Scholars and the Woodbury Bethlehem Music Foundation. He is a graduate of WPI and RPI with BS and Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering and business Management . His work career encompassed various roles with global industrial companies including project management, chemical plant management, product manager, supply chain manager and hazardous transportation management. Don is married to Jan and they have 3 adult children Peter, Sara and Alex.
PETER W. NORTH* is a native of Middlebury, but has lived in Woodbury since 1987 with his wife, Kippy, and three children. He is retired from a career in commercial real estate, received a BA from the University of Connecticut and a MA from Boston University in Preservation Studies. Peter has served on Flanders Land Trust Committee ( now Acquisition Committee) for 24 years with the first 15 years as Committee Chair.
THOMAS J. ONEGLIA (T.J.)* is an Assistant Vice President of O&G Industries Inc. He is primarily involved in management of ready mix concrete and quarry operations. Additionally, he serves as a management trustee for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 478 Health Benefits Fund. He is a graduate of the Taft School in Watertown, CT and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a degree in mathematics. After college he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and served for nine years as a pilot.
JODI R. WASSERSTEIN* is the Director of the Invest in Girls program at Westover School and is the principal of JRW Admissions Advisors, an independent college advisory firm. Prior to JRW Admissions Advisors, Jodi was an investment banker with Herbert J. Sims & Co., a privately-held firm that specializes in senior housing finance, primarily serving non-profit clients. Jodi received her Bachelors in Arts from Tufts University and a Masters in Management from Yale University. Jodi serves as President of the Board at Flanders. She lives in Middlebury, CT with her husband, A.J., 3 children, and her dog, Carl.
* renewing board member
** new board member