Heather Scutti is a Real Estate Agent at Coldwell Banker, Milford, and the Executive Director of STARelief and Pet Assistance. Heather has been in the nonprofit sector for over 18 years and has extensive experience in fundraising, special events, grant writing, and community building. Heather has raised over $150,000 for animal welfare and children’s nonprofit organizations.
Heather is actively involved in the community. When she is not rescuing animals, her favorite pastimes are photography, blogging for West Haven: Why Not?, paddle boarding the beautiful beaches of West Haven, reading, and meeting new people.
Marilyn Wilkes is the Director of Communications at the MacMillan Center at Yale University. A lifelong resident of West Haven, she believes in the importance of being involved in the community. She has worked on a number of projects in West Haven, including the Plant A Row for the Hungry grassroots campaign with Connecticut Food Bank, as well as several political campaigns. Marilyn is the Founder and President of the West Haven Community Garden. She also sits on the board of the West Haven Land Trust, is past Chair and current member of the West Haven Beautification Committee, and recently joined the Sustainable West Haven team.
When she’s not getting her hands dirty in the garden, she loves going on adventures with her daughter, Desiree, and their sweet pooch, Scout. A master of many disguises, Halloween is her favorite holiday.
Dorinda Borer’s involvement in the community began as a PTA parent/president raising funds for her son’s school which then transitioned into serving on the Board of Education for 4 years where she began the first health and wellness committee and the City’s first Early Childhood Development Commission. She now proudly serves as a West Haven State Representative as Vice Chair of Public Health, a member of the Environment Committee and chairing the Veteran’s Committee. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven.
Her Community volunteerism includes founding the WH Italian Street Festival and chairing it for 10 years. As a member of the Ward Heitmann House, she helped to chair their fundraiser efforts in order to preserve West Haven’s rich history. She spearheaded Helping Hands which paired teens with elderly members of the community. She is a past member of the board for the Clifford Beers Children’s Health Center, the fireworks committee, the Savin Rock Festival, the Tree Lighting Committee and most recently she led the West Haven Rotary’s Vocational & Scholarship Committee. She is currently an Elk, a member to the WH Community Garden and a member of the New Haven St Patrick’s Day Parade and WH Irish Club. And in her ‘spare’ time she flips houses and loves to take her dog and buddy Eli on long walks.
Above all her greatest role is mom to her son Drew who together they love Halloween and everything spooky.