HEDC Board Members

The Board of Directors is comprised of eleven members, including business, banking, utility and institutional partners.


Dale Kroop, Executive Director

Dale Kroop has worked in the economic development and community development field for thirty-three years. He has written and/or administered over $99 million dollars in grants funded by state and federal programs throughout the State of Connecticut. He has planned for and has managed projects far in excess of $120 million in total funding.

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Steven R. Rolnick, President

Attorney Steven R. Rolnick has practiced law in Hamden for over thirty-five years. Until 2015 he was a partner in the law firm of Rolnick and Reger and since then has been counsel to the firm of Shapiro and Epstein. The firm is a general practice working in the areas of civil litigation, municipal law, real estate, estate and probate and condominium law. He has represented many individuals and small businesses as well as municipalities and government agencies, including the Town of Hamden. He has served as Assistant Town Attorney and Town Attorney for the Town of Hamden. He has played an active role in community affairs since moving to Hamden in 1974.

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Thomas Cariglio, Vice President

Tom Cariiglio is a Sr. Strategic Account Manager at UIL Holding Corporation, and has over 30years experience working in the electric utility industry. Tom has veld various positions with the utility such as Commercial Collections Rep, Outdoor Lighting Sales Rep, and Economic Development Specialist

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Jon Terry, Secretary

Jon Terry has been with Quinnipiac University's Facilities Department for seventeen years, serving as Assistant Director of Facilities for the last sevem years.

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John Nutcher, Treasurer

An active community member and a lifelong resident of Hamden, Mr. Nutcher spent 39 years with United Illuminating.

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Oswald Brown, Director

A founding member of the Hamden Economic Development Corporation, Mr. Brown has been at the forefront of community and economic and development in the Hamden.

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Rob Leighton, Director

Mr. Leighton has over 30 years experience managing, consulting and serving on boards of start-ups as well as established entities in both turnaround and growth stages.

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Ted Schaffer, Director

Mr. Schaffer has over 25 years of experience in the real estate business, and specializes in the representation of some of the area's highest-profile properties.

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Eric West, Director

Dr. Eric West got his Ph.D. in geography from San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004. He started working at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in New Haven at the Department of Geography in 2004 and is currently an associate professor in the Department of the Environment, Geography, and Marine Sciences. He has lived in Hamden since 2007.

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Joseph Aceto, Director

Joe Aceto is a lifelong resident of Hamden. He is a Yale College and Boston Law School graduate with wide ranging business and legal experience. He currently serves as general counsel for a Connecticut-based business.

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Anthony Rossley, Director

Mr. Rossley is a Commercial Lender with Newtown Savings Bank in their Hamden-based New Haven Regional Lending Center. In Banking since 1988, he has a diverse background focused on Commercial & Small Business Lending, Business Development and Relationship Management.

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