Pastoral Council Members

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Joe Nelly, President

Married to my lovely wife Ellen and proud dad of 3 children and 9 energetic grandchildren. My wife and I have been coming to St.George Church for a little over 4 years. During this time, we have met many wonderful parishioners and impressed with the many hours of service you do for the church and the local community.

For fun, my wife and I like to ride our bikes, play tennis, ping pong, dance, and enjoy our beach cottage in RI with family and friends.

Val LeShane, Vice President

My life job experiences have been serving and educating children, the community and acting as an administrator in operations of senior housing and property management.  My positive and outgoing nature has always been an asset in communicating and fostering excellent relations with co-workers, physicians, administrators, contractors, teachers, parents and staff.  My problem-solving skills and work experience has allowed me to smoothly solve problems and trouble shoot solutions in a professional manner with minimal supervision.
Both my educational background and job experiences have equipped me with understanding everyone’s diversity and individuality.  My best qualities are compassion, patience, enthusiasm, leadership, respect and a positive attitude.  My motto has always been that the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.  I am blessed with a high level of resilience, passion and concern towards others.
As a parishioner of St. George parish since 1988, I have been involved with the CCD program, the Loaves and Fishes ministry, the Thanksgiving Sharing ministry, the annual White Elephant Sale/Silent Auction,  the Pastoral Council and Little Miracles.

Joyce Ippolito, Secretary

Joyce Ippolito has been a parishioner at St. George since moving to Guilford in 2002. This is her second year on the Pastoral Council, serving as Secretary this year. She also works on the St. George Welcome Committee and helps with other parish and community events.

Sarah Celotto

I am the mother of 3 children – 12, 14 and 16 and will be coming up to 20 years married next May.  We live in Guilford and have been parishioners at St. George for ten years. I have taught CCD here for about 7 of those years and all three children are altar servers.  I love the community at St. George and all that we do as a parish for so many people and places in need.  I am also involved in the PTO at Adams Middle School and teach fitness classes and manage SHIFT Cycling and Strength right here in town.  I am thrilled to be able to serve on the parish council here at St. George as I feel it is a little way that I can give back to all that God has given to me.

Maureen M. Fuest

She and her husband Fred have been parishioners since 1985. She was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1990 and was assigned to St. George Parish. She has served as lector, Eucharistic Minister, Coordinator of Small Christian Communities, co-member of Little Miracles (Pro Life Committee), Marriage Prep Team, RCIA, Religious Ed Teacher for grades 1-adult and DRE at St. John’s Parish Old Saybrook.
She presently is a Pastoral Counselor and Spiritual Director.

Diana Harris

Diana Dart Harris has lived in Guilford for the past 20 years. She has been a member of St. George Church for the past 9 years and is active in St. George’s Kindness Project and is co-chair of the Building Bridges Ministry. Diana has degrees in Dance Education and Exercise Science and extensive experience in theater. She holds teaching positions in University of New Haven’s Theater Department, where she also serves as the resident choreographer and movement coach, and Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Dance Department and works writing grants and building community relationships for Shoreline Arts Alliance.

Harold Hutchinson

I’m married with two children and 2 grandchildren.
My wife has been coming to St. George for over 40 years. I joined St. George through the RCIA program about 15 years ago. I became an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharistic with Yale New Haven Hospital about 12 years ago through the Religious Ministries Department.
I serve Holy Communion to patients at Yale New Haven Hospital, and to sick and homebound parishioners of St. George. I’ve been a volunteer at Yale New Haven Hospital for over 35 years. I have also been a Special Olympics coach for about the same amount of time. My hobbies during the summer are cycling and kayaking. In the winter I like to cross country ski. I do a few 5k races and one or two triathlons a year. I joined St. George because I felt, and still feel, a sense of community here. I was nominated to serve on the parish council and hope I can add value.

RoseAnn Kelley

Laurie Leterza

Criona O'Brien

Criona O’Brien has been a member of the parish since moving here in 1992 and is serving her first term on the Pastoral Council. She is active in many church activities, including the Welcome Committee.

Andrew Wang

Andrew is the lesser half of Krista Dawn, with whom he has been entrusted with three beautiful children: James Benedict, Colette Claire, and Thérèse Corine Wang. They have been parishioners at St. George Church since they moved to Guilford in 2017. Andrew and Krista met rock climbing and were married in Rome, Italy. Their greatest work and hobby is raising their children to love God with all their heart, all their soul, and all their might, and to eventually return to the rock climbing and traveling that, through the intercession of St. Benedict, brought them together for Christ in the first place.

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