Board of Directors

"Investing in the future of our community."

Leigh Higgins

President

Leigh Curtis Higgins and her family have lived in Madison for the past 12 years. Leigh currently works at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and has extensive experience directing nonprofit youth development programs. She grew up in Manchester, CT, graduated from UConn, and served as a Peace Corps...

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Leigh Higgins

Renee Pallenberg

Vice President

Renee Pallenberg has been employed by GSB for 27 years (since 1987) in various positions, currently serving as SVP of Retail Banking and Marketing....

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Renee Pallenberg

Chip Walz

Treasurer

Charles F. Walz, IV (Chip) works here in Madison with The Walz Team at Morgan Stanley and has been a financial advisory professional since 2002. Chip earned a Master’s in Business Administration with Honors from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked...

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Chip Walz

Anne Foley

Secretary

Anne was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, then lived in Manhattan briefly, before spending 20 years in Irvington, New York. She has made Madison her home since 1993, and has been a realtor for most of that time. Anne has served on the Madison Board of Assessment Appeals and...

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Anne Foley

Elizabeth "Buffi" DePierro

Director

Elizabeth ‘Buffi’ DePierro is a Project Manager at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. where much of her work over the last decade is focused in Quality Improvement, Community Benefits and Medicare Demonstration programs....

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Elizabeth

Laurie Heflin

Director

Laurie Heflin is a founding member of The Madison Foundation, where she continues to serve as a board member on the Grants and Distributions Committee. Laurie and her husband founded the Madison Neighbor to Neighbor Fund six years ago, and she continues to serve as its director. After college in Arizona,...

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Laurie Heflin

Chris Kilbourne

Director

Chris is Director of Digital Technology for Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre, and owner of Bicoastal.com, LLC, a website design, management, and marketing firm based in Madison....

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Chris Kilbourne

Jon Leckerling

Director

Jon has practiced law for over thirty-five years and is the former general counsel for two New York Stock Exchange-listed, Fortune 500 companies. ...

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Jon Leckerling

Brandon Romanchok

Director

Brandon is the Assistant Director of Non-Governmental Organizations at Yale University. He reviews, negotiates, and approves grants, contracts, and sponsored research agreements between the university and its corporate and foundation partners....

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Brandon Romanchok

David Allen

Director Emeritus

Dave Allen has served as a director for 8 years at The Madison Foundation and during some of that time also served as Treasurer and President....

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David Allen

John Brady

Director Emeritus

John Brady has lived in Madison since 1984. He is married to Roberta Isleib. For more than 25 years, John was co-owner of Business & Legal Reports, Inc., formerly of Madison. In addition to being on the Board of the Madison Foundation, Brady’s former volunteer positions included: President of the...

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John Brady

Geoff Palmer

Director Emeritus

Geoff and his wife, Heidi, moved to Madison in the early 1970’s. He first became involved in town activities in 1976, when he was elected to a six-year term on the Board of Finance. Following that, Geoff was a founding member and Chairman of the Senior Services Commission. He joined the...

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Geoff Palmer

Alice Gordon

Director Emeritus

Alice O. Gordon, was born in River Forest, Illinois in 1941. She graduated from Dana Hall School (Wellesley, MA) in 1958, and received her B.A. from Connecticut College (New London) in 1963. Alice has lived in Madison since 1971.  She tutored students at Daniel Hand and was a member of...

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Alice Gordon