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CJR Announces New Board Members and Officers at Annual Meeting
Posted 11/26/2019 10:57AM

Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) Holds Annual Meeting and Announces Officers and New Board Members

      The Connecticut Junior Republic’s Board of Directors’ held its annual meeting on September 27.  Matthew P. Karpas continues as Chairman of the Board, beginning the second year of a three-year term.  Mr. Karpas has been a member of the CJR’s Board of Directors since 2011.  He is Managing Member of Karpas Strategies, LLC, an Investment Management firm based in New York City and Litchfield.  He has served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Oliver Wolcott Library and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Washington Montessori School.  Mr. Karpas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado.  He resides in Litchfield with his wife, Emily Dalton, and their two daughters.

      Frederick F. Judd III, CFP, continues as Vice Chairman. Mr. Judd is an Executive Vice President of Union Savings Bank.  He is Chairman of the Board of Camp Boyd, and previously served as a trustee of the First Congregational Church of Litchfield and on the Board of the Litchfield Community Center.  Mr. Judd holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Michael’s College and is a Certified Financial Planner.  He resides in Litchfield with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.

      Patrick J. Boland of Litchfield continues as Treasurer.  A member of CJR’s Board of Directors since 2006, he served as President from 2012 to 2015.  Prior to retirement, he worked for more than 30 years as a banker in New York City.  Mr. Boland retired from Credit Suisse First Boston where he served as a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Global Credit Risk Management Department.  Mr. Boland was Chairman of the First National Bank of Litchfield prior to the Bank’s sale to Union Savings Bank in 2010, and also served as Chairman of the Union Savings Bank Foundation.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  Mr. Boland and his wife, Nancy, reside in Litchfield.

      Carol G. Bramley of Litchfield continues as Secretary. Ms. Bramley has served on CJR’s Board of Directors since 1991.  She currently works at The Workshop and previously served as office manager at Branig Capital Markets.  A member of Litchfield‘s Planning and Zoning Commission and Design Review Advisory Committee, Ms. Bramley serves on the Board of The Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust, and is a past president of The Litchfield Aid of CJR, an organization that supports CJR.  Ms. Bramley holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and resides in the Milton section of Litchfield.

      Deborah Laviero and Kevin T. Taylor were elected to the CJR Board of Directors at the annual meeting.  Ms. Laviero is Executive Vice President of Organizational Development for OFI, a Newington-based Herman Miller furniture dealership that supports architectural and design firms.  Ms. Laviero has extensive expertise in organizational development, relationship management, acquisitions, corporate culture, and brand advancement.  She received the Hartford Business Journal’s Women in Business Award in 2014; the Construction Institute’s Distinguished Service Award; Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award; and was recognized by Herman Miller’s Best Practices/Marketing.  Ms. Laviero holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Education from the University of Hartford.  She is involved with numerous professional and community organizations and resides in Bristol with her husband, Michael Heimbach.

      Kevin T. Taylor is Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury, a non-profit, HUD-certified organization that was founded in 1980 for the purpose of revitalizing neighborhoods and creating homeownership opportunities throughout the City of Waterbury.  He is a Principal of m.e.s.h., an architectural design practice with a focus on sustainability, and serves on the boards of the Greater Waterbury Campership Fund; the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra; and the Connecticut Brownfield Land Bank.  A recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Individual Environmental Merit Award, Mr. Taylor serves on the Connecticut Community Foundation’s Environmental Committee, and is also involved with several other national and community organizations.  He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University and resides in Waterbury with his wife, Kathy, and their three children.

      “CJR is an extraordinarily special organization, which for the past 115 years has achieved great success in helping thousands of young people to become productive and fulfilled members of their communities throughout Connecticut,” stated Mr. Karpas.  “CJR’s success is due to a team of deeply passionate, skilled, and caring staff who have carried on its mission.  I am honored to be a part of the team through my role as Board Chair and thank Debbie and Kevin for joining me as members of the Board,” he continued.  

      Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic provides care, treatment, education and family support for vulnerable at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they may become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  Today, the organization’s combined programs serve more than 1,400 boys and girls annually in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.

      CJR conducts three residential programs for court-referred young men on its Litchfield campus, and longer term care at its Group Home in Winchester and REGIONS Program in Waterbury.  Regular, special, vocational and alternative education programs are provided for boys from communities throughout Connecticut at CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, based on its Litchfield campus.  Enhancement, transition and related services are also provided.  CJR also provides educational services for girls at its Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center in Bristol and for boys enrolled in the REGIONS Program in Waterbury.

      A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, substance abuse treatment, and intensive, home-based therapy and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s community locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Meriden, New London, New Britain, Torrington and Waterbury.  Behavioral and mental health services are provided at most of these locations, as well as CJR’s Litchfield Campus, and by special arrangement at the Gilbert School in Winsted.

      A private charitable organization, t he Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, and through service contracts funded by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and by Connecticut’s public schools.  For further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email:

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  • Connecticut Junior Republic
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  • Litchfield, CT 06759
  • (860) 567-9423

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