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!
Kevin Cormer, ChairKevin’s professional career has been spent entirely in the field of commercial real estate. Following a period of time as the Managing Director of Deutsche Bank’s real estate group, he founded and served as Senior Managing Director of Beck Street Capital: a private real estate equity firm headquartered in New York City. Since closing Beck Street in 2013, he has been engaged in the study of issues of elemental importance to daily life: namely food and shelter.
He is currently the Chairman of the Washington Democratic Town Committee. Kevin has lived in Washington for ten years with Rick Distel: his partner of 29 years and their two rescue pups. Together with Rick he runs Hedgelawn Farm, an organic farm in Washington.
Ralph Averill, Vice-chair
Born 1951 in Madison, Wisconsin, grew up in Unionville and Hamden,Ct, Woodbridge, NJ, and high school in White Plains, NY. The cosmic center to all this moving around was the Homestead, the Averill Farm, in Washington.
Knocked around after high school, the Kerouac thing, found a home in San Francisco for 33 yrs, became an electrician along the way,and when the dot-com yuppies took away her soul, came “home” to Washingtonin in 2003; the cosmic center again.
Got drafted by the Democrats to run for Zoning, acquiesced convinced I would lose. Didn’t work out that way, but that’s life. Might retire someday soon, might not.
Vote Democratic, if you have any sense.
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."
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."
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."
Peter ArmstrongPeter Armstrong has lived in Washington with his wife and two children for fourteen years. He was a Business Analyst supporting IBM’s global Treasury operations for twelve years.
After retiring in 2009 he has been a Director on the Washington Environmental
Council for six years and a member of the Sustainability Committee reporting to the Washington Planning Commission for two years.Recently, he accepted the position of Treasurer for the First Congregational Church of Washington after serving as its Clerk for six years.
Matt CainMatt and his family moved to Washington in 1999. He has been an active Democrat throughout 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.
Mary and her family moved to Washington in 1980. She was an active PTO participant of the Washington Primary and Shepaug schools while her sons were in attendance. She was a member of the Region 12 Board of Education during the 1990s. Lately she had been an ardent supporter of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty. Mary has been a member of the POW/MIA CT Forget-Me-Nots, a public awareness group, for 30 years.
Mary graduated from the Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dental Hygiene. She worked as a registered dental hygienist for 35 years in Naugatuck. She was also employed by the Washington Warren Visiting Nurse Association as a registered dental hygienist and could be seen every February during Children’s Dental Health Month providing dental health education in local schools.
Debra RadosevichDebra Radosevich moved to Washington in 2000 with her husband, Chris Griffith and son Matthew. Active in the PTA (Treasurer) she worked at the Gunn Memorial Library and the Taft School library while earning a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She is a current member of the Rotary Club of Thomaston and has served as Secretary, Vice President and President of the Club.
Debra is employed as the Director of Library Services for the Thomaston Public Library. She has held the position for the past 10 years.