Who We Are
|WDTC members are your friends and neighbors. We bump into you at the post office; ask Jay the same how-to questions you do at Washington Supply and worry the same as you do about whether our roofs will leak when the snow piles up. |
We run the gamut of Washingtonians: from weekender to ninth-generation resident; senior citizen to single mom; worker to retiree; parent concerned about quality education to senior worried about rising property taxes.
But one thing unites us all: We love this town. We trust its citizens. We admire its spirit of volunteerism. We respect its history and traditions. We value its participatory democracy, its town meetings, its passionate debates. We even relish its occasional tempest in a teapot! And, yes, like you, we prize our town's beauty: its streams and lakes, hills and valleys, woods and open meadows.
Following are brief bios of current WDTC members.
Do let us know if you are interested in joining the Washington Democratic Town Committee. Join us at our next monthly meeting (the fourth Thursday of every month) to learn more about us and see what happens when we all work together to identify and solve problems facing Washington. We meet at 7:30 in a meeting room of Town Hall.
We'd love to have you become a part of making the Democratic Town Committee a vital force for Democratic values in our community as a volunteer or member of the Committee!
Jane Rouillion Boyer
Jane Rouillion Boyer's grandfather bought a house in Washington in 1929, and she started coming to Washington nine months before she was born! Although she went to school in New York City, as did her four children, she only stayed in the city five days a week during the school year. Her roots have always been in Washington. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, Jane worked in an invertebrate biology laboratory at the American Museum of Natural History. She served on the boards of the National Orchestral Association, the Interschool Orchestra and, for over 20 years, the Boys Choir of Harlem.
Finally, in 1987, she and her husband, Jack, moved here permanently. Jane was Chairman of the Democratic Town Committee, Chairman of the Gunn Memorial Library, a board member of the Gunnery School, the Washington Environmental Council, the United Nations Association, and the Alliance of Russian and American Women, Inc. Currently she serves on the Historic Commission and is a board member of the Washington Garden Club. She is active in the Meeting House Quilters and the Washington Art Association. Her passions are her color pencil art, music, computers, various crafts, traveling and her seven grandchildren.
"Honesty, transparency and the basic Democratic principles, not only here in this town but throughout our country, are what I strongly believe in. In this complicated and dangerous era, it is essential to plan seriously for the present and future stability and growth of our town. We can no longer honestly run this town on the "if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it" principle. The way it used to be is not necessarily the best way now, and I find that change is one of the most difficult things for most people to accept. But without it there is little growth."
Debra Radosevich, Treasurer Debra Radosevich moved to Washington in 2001 with her son Mathew and husband Chris Griffith. She holds a Master's Degree in Library Science and serves as Director of the Thomaston Public Library. Her son is a 2001 graduate of Shepaug Valley High School.
Janet Hill, SecretaryJanet Hill moved to Washington in 1980. She lives here with her husband, Newell, and her youngest son, Brendan. Janet has one of the toughest and most important jobs in Washington: Land Use Administrator. For nearly 25 years, she has been the full-time chief administrator for Washington's Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands Commission, and Planning Commission. She's the one that many commission chairs routinely turn to whenever they have a question as to how to run their agencies "by the book." Her counsel helps to shape land use policy in Washington.
"For me, the best thing about Washington," says Janet, "after its beauty, is the sense that we're all part of the Washington family. You know almost everyone, and they know you; everyone cares for each other." To Janet, the overriding issue we all face is the environment. "If we pollute the earth to the extent that it is unlivable, there are no other issues."
John Boyer was first introduced to Washington in 1959, having just become engaged to Jane (then) Rouillion. They were married in Washington in 1960. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Jack practiced law as a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City. He was active in the Lexington Democratic Club. In 1987, he and Jane moved fulltime into the Washington home they had built in 1974.
The Washington Community Housing Trust, formed by local clergy in 1987, has been a main focus of Jack's volunteer work. He served as its first President and as a Trustee to date. He was elected to the Board of Finance in 1988 and is still a member. He has chaired the Democratic Town Committee and was President of the Washington Club from 1988 to 1992.
"My great satisfaction with living in Washington," says Jack, "is the pace of life, knowing most all your neighbors, and sharing the land with the turkeys, deer, geese, and an occasional fox. We need to keep the Town vibrant by attracting artists, entrepreneurs, and writers and providing housing that our teachers and emergency service folks can afford."
Bob CorvelloBob Corvello is a native Rhode Islander, a Providence College graduate (BA. and MA), and a life-long Democrat. He and his family moved to Connecticut in 1977 and to Washington Depot in 1984. He worked as a teacher, the social studies department chairman and assistant middle school principal while at Shepaug between 1977 and 1998. Later, he was the director of a charter school in Hartford, and an administrator in Bethany and Easton. He is currently retired.
Pat CorvelloPat Corvello grew up in Rhode Island and came to Washington Depot in 1984. She is a life long Democrat who was lucky enough to attend Bill Clinton's second Inaugural in 1997. She has taught every grade level from 5 through 12, ending her professional career as principal of Plantsville School in Southington. She is currently retired.
Ralph Averill, Vice-chairRalph Averill's roots in Washington run deep. He has life-long memories of Washington as a sleepy little farm town, back when he spent summers here visiting the Averill Farm, his family's 18th Century "homestead." He grew up in Unionville and Hamden, CT, and Woodbridge, N.J., and went to high school in White Plains, N.Y. In 2003, after thirty years in San Francisco, Ralph "came home" to Washington to care for his parents, and because "Washington and the farm had always meant so much to me."
Ralph works full time as an electrician. In 2005 he was elected to the Washington Zoning Commission. "I think the greatest challenge facing Washington is how to preserve our beautiful rural environment while, at the same time, maintaining the town as a place where a vibrant middle class can grow."
Matt CainMatt and his family moved to Washington in 1999. He has been an active democrat thoughout his life in Maine, Alaska, New York and Connecticut. Matt has a BA from Dickinson College and an MA from Columbia University. He is employed as a futurist at Gartner Inc, where he focuses on the intersection of technology, society and work.
Mike SivickMichael Sivick was born in New Milford, where he lived until building his home in Washington ten years ago. Michael and his wife, Leah Chapin Sivick, a Washington native, have two sons. Cade attends Washington Primary School and Tagan is in preschool. Michael works for the Kent Highway Department. He is a member of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department.
Michael has followed local politics for the past several years. Michael is interested in supporting Washington's small town spirit and increasing participation in local government by his peers. As a young person raising a family in town, he realizes the importance of having a voice. He would like to help his peers realize the significance of decisions made at the local level. "As the number of students in the public school continues to decline, the future of the town is in jeopardy. By increasing the number of families with children and restoring balance, we will have a vibrant and active community for years to come."