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Members and Officers of the Board

Bob Jaeger, PhD: President   (2013-2016)
Bob has lived in Guilford with his wife, Pat, since 1983.  He taught Philosophy at Yale in the 1970's and early 1980's, left academia for the investment management business in 1983, and is now retired.   He has been actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations, including the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Guilford Free Library, and others.
  Irene Ayres  (2015-2018)

Born and raised in Philadelphia and in 1960 moved to Wallingford, and subsequently moved to Guilford.   Irene worked for several years at Breakwater Books (her favorite book store)  and now lives in a condo in Branford. Irene is mother of three children and  has four grandchildren



Bernadette DiGiulian  (2013-2016)


After graduation from SUNY, Bernadette was first a public school teacher and later graduated from Yale Divinity School. She worked at the Pastoral Counseling Center at Hospital of St. Raphael and is a frequent speaker on geriatric care. Bernadette is a member of the Connecticut Geriatric Society, National Association of Geriatric Care Managers, Connecticut Coalition to Improve End of Life Care and the National Association of Chaplains. 

 Kathy Fox: Secretary   (2013-2016) 
Kathy and her husband Parker have been Branford residents since 1975 and have two children and three grandchildren.  Kathy graduated from UCONN with a degree in English Literature and went on to earn her MSW from New York University.  For many years, she served as a clinician and state-wide administrator for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  Recently, she closed her private practice in Branford and is providing clinical and programmatic consultation to the Institute for Professional Practice.  Kathy and her husband are both active members of the Branford Community and enjoy life on the Shoreline.  Kathy is the past moderator of the First Congregational Church of Branford and currently serves on the Branford Fire Commission
Betsy Frederick (2014-2017)

Born in ME; educated in CA; taught dance during the heart of the 60’s revolution; married; raised two children in NM; recently moved to Guilford to be closer to her daughter, Liza, and her family. Betsy’s interest in technology and high school education have made her a wonderful ambassador for SVCT’s ”Senior to Senior” program, which helps our members gain a better understanding of technology. 


 Rose Rita
  Rose Rita Riccitelli (2015-2018)

Rose Rita has lived in Branford for 15 years and enjoys writing, art, and walking/hiking on the beautiful natural trails on the shoreline. Rose Rita recently retired as the assistant director of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, and is now working part-time as a special projects coordinator at Yale.  She serves as secretary for the Branford Land Trust, volunteers for Camp Totokett, and belongs to the Women Who Write group in Guilford. 

Randy Reinhold MD: Treasurer (2013-2016)
    Recently retired as Chair of Surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael and the first President of the Shoreline Village, Randy and his wife Rita Berkson have been Branford residents for over 20 years, Randy and Rita have four children and four grandchildren, all in the Boston area. Both are committed to living independently as long as possible in their shoreline home on Linden Ave.
     Jane Rudner  MSW: Vice President  (2013-2016)
    Jane is a licensed clinical social worker who has just retired from her private practice. She specialized in working with individuals and families affected by executive functioning disorders. She and her husband, Mal Rudner, currently divide their time between Woodbridge and Madison, with the goal of transitioning to Madison more fully within the next few years. Jane's favorite activities include reading, walking and skiing. 

    Jim Ryan, DO  MBA  (2015-2018)

    Board Certified in Family Practice with extensive experience in Community Health Care,

    Jim served on the faculty of U Conn for many years. Raised in New Haven and recently

    retired to Madison with his wife Barbara, interests include working with non-profit organizations,

    Civil war History and Recycling.


    Frank Troncale MD  (2013-2016)
    Born and raised in Alabama, undergraduate Loyola and medical school Tulane. Medical internship, residency and fellowship in NYC and Boston. Full time academic faculty at Yale 3 years 1971 and in private practice since then.Currently has offices in Hamden and Guilford. Chief of Gastroenterology at Hospital of St Raphael for 18 years. Trustee of HSR Foundation and served on the Medical Board at Yale New Haven Hospital for 3 years. Married to Mary a specialist in vintage clothing. He has 3 children James, Michael and Nicole and 2 grandchildren, Luke and Marisa. Branford resident since 1971. Special interests include food,vegetable gardening,opera,obesity,vintage ties,and toy cars from the 1950's.He once carried a spear on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City during a performance of "Aida"

    Our Staff

    Sylvia De Santis -  Director of Services


    Sylvia was born and raised in Bamberg, Germany, where she obtained her degree in Geriatric Nursing, she worked in the medical field for five years. She met her husband, Ron De Santis, a graduate from The Culinary Institute of America in her hometown and after they got married they moved to the States so he could pursue his goal of teaching at his Alma Mater.  Sylvia worked for almost 20 years at The Culinary Institute of America, as an Administrative Assistant and Project Manager.  Sylvia's main priority was raising their two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie.

    She just recently relocated to Branford and enjoys the community here and being so close to the shore. 

    She is the Deputy Director for Shoreline Village.  She is primarily responsible for organizing and matching the volunteers with the members.