Meet Our Team

The team at American Savings Foundation strives to be accessible to anyone seeking information about grants, scholarships, or with general questions about the Foundation.

Meet the Team

Foundation Staff

The American Savings Foundation staff members are on-hand to answer your questions about grants and scholarships serving 64 towns across the state of Connecticut.


Maria A Falvo
President & CEO


Maria Sanchez
Director of Grantmaking & Community Investment


Heather Hokunson
Senior Program Officer - Scholarships


Noreen Cannamela
Operations Manager


Jenna Cowan
Program Officer - Grants


American Savings Foundation Board of Directors 2023
(L-R) Davidson, Jones, Tanner, Pasqualoni, Falvo, Miller, Lubonja, Noe, Nguyen, Bee

Meet the Board

Board of Directors

Charles J. Boulier III

Laurence A. Tanner
Vice Chair

Sheri C. Pasqualoni

David Davison

Caitlyn Bee
Michael Carrier
David Davison
Paula S. Gilberto
James Jones
James W. Little
Artila Lubonja
John Miller
Loan Nguyen
Bruce Noe
Maria A. Falvo - Ex-Officio
President & CEO

Emeritus Directors

Donald Davidson

Marie S. Gustin
Immedite Past Vice Chairman

Harry N. Mazadoorian
Immediate Past Chair

In Memoriam

Robert T. Kenney
Founding Chairman

Gregory B. Howey
Charles S. Beach
Carl R. Cicchetti
Norman E.W. Erickson
Joseph T. Hughes
Fred M. Hollfelder
Mark E. Karp
Stanley W. Shepard
Geddes Parsons

Board Profiles


Volunteer Committees


Scholarship Committee

Loan Nguyen*, Chair
Artila Lubjona*, Vice-Chair
Lynette Badu*
Caitlyn Bee*
Albana Beka*
Karen R. Bixby
Althea Brooks
Gladys Colon
Natalie Criniti*
Cassandra Darden
Paul D'Addabbo
David Davison
Joseph R. Giangreco
Paula S. Gilberto
Helen E. Kenney
Melvin Kelley, IV*
Beth Mazadoorian
James McNair
John Miller
Demesis Negorn-Figuroa*
Basil Niccolls Jr.*
Bruce Noe
James O'Rourke
Jeremy Race*
Joyce Ribeiro
Daniel Riccio*
Pat Rutkowski
Mary A. Schmelcke
James Wardwell
Abigail Woodhouse* 

Grants Committee

Charles J. Boulier, Chair
Charles P. Ahern
Michael Carrier
Dr. Angela Geddis
James Jones 
Wilson Keithline
Rebecca Karabin Ahern
Peter N. Perugini
Christopher Porcher
Susan Rathgeber
Donna Rutola
Violet Jiménez Sims
Bilal Tajildeen
Kathy Taylor
Earl T. Young

Communications Committee

Maria Falvo, Chair
Maria S. Gustin
James W. Little
Artila Lubonja*
Harry N. Mazadoorian
Sheri C. Pasqualoni
Danerick Peralta
Hollie Randall*
Abigail Woodhouse*

* Past Robert T. Kenney Scholar

Have questions?

American Savings Foundation offers a number of resources to help you get the answers you need about scholarships or grants. Read our Frequently Asked Questions to get started today.

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