Pastoral Council Members

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Yolande Eldridge, President

I’ve lived in Guilford for 40 years. My husband, Howie, and I raised our three children in Guilford and Saint George Parish.  I taught catechism at Saint George for all three of our children.

We now have four grandsons, two of which live in Guilford.  Our other children and grandsons live in Boston, Massachusetts and Vail, Colorado.  We love visiting with them. I recently retired from an elementary principal position of 11 years, and assistant principal for five years.  I loved being a principal, and still miss the children and job very much! Currently, I am a board member for our Parish School, East Shoreline Catholic Academy.  I continue to be a Minister of the Eucharist for 13 years. I look forward to listening, learning, and participating in the direction and goals of our parish. My personal goals are to be inclusive, welcoming and serve others.

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.

Sue Croce

I am very excited to have been chosen to be part of the St. George Pastoral Council. I look forward to working  along side Father Dillon and other council members to continue to have St. George be the best catholic church it can be. My husband Rob and I moved to Guilford in 1995 with our three children. We quickly found out that St. George was a special spiritual community where we would find many ways to serve God, and support our fellow parishioners and the people of Guilford. Our family has celebrated  many special events at St. George including baptisms, communions, confirmations and marriages! I have taught CCD in the past and my children have been a part of the peer ministry. I love to bake and joined Martha’s Partners to bake for funeral receptions held in our beautiful church hall. We are the proud grandparents of 4 granddaughters, with another granddaughter on the way!  We are a  big sports family, from the days of watching our children play youth and high school sports in Guilford, to watching the Green Bay Packers and the New York Rangers! We also enjoy spending time at the beach with family and friends. I have just retired from working with children for 24 years in the Guilford Public Schools and I am ready to use my spare time to work on any projects that the parishioners believe are important. I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity.

Elaine Carter

I am originally from Columbus, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University (Go Bucks).  I moved to New York City in 1987 to continue my career in the financial services industry.  I retired in 2008 and my husband and l lived in NYC and NJ.  We spent many years traveling both in the US and Europe playing golf whenever and wherever we could. My husband passed away in 2016 and in 2018, I decided to move closer to my son who lives in Providence, RI. I am the proud grandmother of six adult grandchildren who are scattered throughout the country.  All but one are college graduates and two of my grandsons served in the military, one in the Navy and one in the Air Force, currently on active duty in Afghanistan. Of course, they are all attractive, smart, accomplished young adults. (Okay, enough bragging about the grandchildren!)

I keep active by playing golf, pickle ball, yoga and Tai Chi.  I am an avid reader and belong to two book clubs. I am a intense football fan, especially the Ohio State Buckeyes! I like flowers everywhere both inside and outside my home. I have been a facilitator of bible studies for many years and one of the first things I did when I moved to this area was to sign up for bible study at St. George. Bible study has afforded me the opportunity not to just learn more about the bible but to meet many wonderful people. I believe that God in His infinite wisdom led me to the Shoreline and to St. George parish.  I am humbled to be a member of the Pastoral Council and hope to help in enriching the lives of the St. George parishioners.

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.