Tunxis Community College Foundation elects new officers

Published on Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:15


FARMINGTON - The Tunxis Community College Foundation and Advisory Board has announced the election and appointment of new leadership at its annual board meeting.

New officers elected to serve for the 2019-20 term are: Cindy Bombard, president; James T. Scott, first vice president; and Keith Bernier, second vice president.

Bombard is president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, a position she has held for three years with the second-largest Chamber in Connecticut. Prior to that, she was employed by the Chamber of Commerce as chief operations officer and workforce liaison in conjunction with Capital Workforce Partners for Chamber affiliates.

Before joining the Chamber, she was employed at Bristol Hospital as director of Business Development for 12 years and as an advertising manager for The Bristol Press Publishing Company.

In addition to the Tunxis foundation, Bombard serves on several boards and committees, including the Connecticut Chapter of Chamber Executives, Metro Chambers of Commerce, United Way of West Central Connecticut, the Bristol Boys and Girls Club, and Bristol Technical Education Center Advisory Board.

She also served on the Plymouth Town Council and Plymouth Board of Education. She hails from Plymouth, where she raised her family, and now lives in Avon. She has a son and daughter, and three grandsons.

Scott is a retired Connecticut State Police sergeant, and now a full-time faculty member at Albertus Magnus College. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served in the Army National Guard for two decades, specializing in military police operations, before retiring with the rank of master sergeant.

He lives in Cheshire with his wife and daughter. In addition to his board position with the Tunxis foundation, he serves on Housatonic Community College’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

Bernier is a market manager for Webster Bank, covering the 15 offices in the greater Bristol-New Britain area. For the past 16 years, he has worked in various roles for Webster Bank’s banking centers in Bristol and Plainville.

He serves as treasurer on the board of directors for the United Way of Central Connecticut. He sits on several committees for United Way and participates in various community events in the 10 towns his territory covers. Bernier grew up in Bristol and currently lives in Farmington.

Gene Prentiss, of Gene Prentiss and Company of Bristol, will remain as the Tunxis foundation’s treasurer. Salvador Vitrano, of Vitrano, Preleski & Wynne L.L.C. in Bristol, will serve as immediate past president on the executive board.

Anyone who would like to serve on the Tunxis foundation should contact Keith Madore, executive director, at 860-253-3041 or kmadore@asnuntuck.edu.

The foundation, established in 1970, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by an executive director and managed by a board of directors composed of faculty, business and community leaders. Its mission is to raise funds for Tunxis Community College to support scholarships, special learning projects, the arts and student veterans.

For more information, visit www.tunxisfoundation.org .

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or scorica@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:15. Updated: Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:18.