The Weston Democratic Town Committee is very excited to present our 2017 candidates.
Board of Selectmen
Chris Spaulding is currently serving as a member of the Board of Selectmen. He has volunteered in Weston for the past 7 years; two as a Selectman and as a member of the Conservation Commission, and the Commission for Children & Youth. Chris has a long-term vision to protect Weston’s unique character, improve the quality of life for all residents, and maintain high performing schools in the face of changing national demographics. As a Selectman, he has been proactive in planning for Weston’s future by managing taxes, growing social services, building community, and protecting the environment. Chris drove the initiative to reform the Sustainability Committee in town. He has worked to deliver responsible budgets to keep taxes low while supporting an outstanding school district and maintaining town services for all residents. He has worked to build relationships and consensus among town departments and stakeholders to make decisions which best serve Weston. Chris and his wife Sara have lived and worked in Weston for 13 years. They are very active in the community and have two children who attend Weston Public Schools. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and a BA from Tufts University. He is a marketing strategy consultant and an Executive/Leadership Coach.
“As a parent of two young children, I am looking at Weston’s long-term sustainability, in terms of managing taxes, growing social services, building community, protecting the environment, and supporting our outstanding school district.”
Brian Gordon is a co-founder of a marketing research and strategy firm. He is a results oriented, objective leader who has been advising Fortune 1,000 corporations for more than two decades. Brian has strong leadership and management skills and recognizes the need for progress in town. Brian’s experience in business makes him a creative problem solver focused on achieving results while recognizing the need for progress. Furthermore, he knows he can help serve Weston with his sound, fiscally responsible approach while being focused on collaboratively achieving results. Brian attended the University of Pennsylvania and started his business career at Procter & Gamble. While originally from Ohio, Brian attended Staples High School where he was president of his class for two years and was also president of his college class. Brian is an active member of the Weston community and is looking forward to serving the town in a more formal role. He lives in town with his wife Kristy, and their two girls, Molly and Drew.
Board of Education
Sara Spaulding has been a member of the Weston Board of Education since the spring of 2013. She chairs the Communications Committee, serves on the Curriculum and Facilities Committees and sits as the BoE representative on the board of the Weston Education Foundation. She has served on the Negotiations, Policy and Wellness Committees and also as the liaison for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. Sara has served as Hurlbutt PTO President and on the Board at Norfield Children’s Center. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in counseling psychology from Boston College and a B.A. from Bucknell University. Sara practiced corporate and securities law at Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar in Boston. While in law school, Sara spent a summer as a legal intern for the Federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Prior to practicing law, Sara was an outreach mental health clinician for the Center For Family Development at the Beverly Hospital where she provided family and individual therapy to children and consulted with school systems. Sara has lived in Weston for 13 years with her two children and husband.
Gina Albert has been a member of the Weston Board of Education since the Fall of 2016. She serves on the Policy and Communications Committees and sits as the BoE representative on the Wellness Committee. Prior to joining the Board of Education, she was very active with school and community organizations. Gina served as President of the Weston Intermediate School PTO and Treasurer of the Weston Intermediate School PTO, Hurlbutt PTO, Weston Little League and Weston Lacrosse Club. Gina also was a founding board member of the Weston Park Project, a not-for-profit organization that raised funds for the renovation of the playground, picnic area and fitness trail at Bisceglie Scribner Park. Gina holds degrees in accounting and finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was a Certified Public Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and held a senior finance/accounting position with a large multinational corporation. Gina moved to Weston 16 years ago with her husband, Eric. Together they have three children: Andrew and Sarah, who are freshmen at Weston High School, and Eli, a 4th grader at Weston Intermediate School.
Samantha Nestor leads Chrysanthemum Partners, a strategic communications consulting business she founded in 2010. She is an entrepreneur and a strategic consultant for domestic and international, and established and emerging brands. Her background — more than two decades of experience in real estate, arts, media, and not-for profit work — has honed her skills in building common ground, negotiating, advising, writing, and adhering to strict fiduciary responsibility. Degrees in Art History and Communications from Cornell University led to positions at the New York Public Library, The Frick Collection, the New York Design Center, and Metropolitan Home Magazine. While at Met Home Samantha also authored two books published by Random House. In addition to work in the cultural arts sector Samantha also gives back as a founding Board Member of a non-partisan, not for profit organization that seeks to educate the public on the economics of social issues. She hopes to bring her strategic and financial management skills to benefit the town to ensure Weston makes appropriate investments in our local education system. She and her husband, Michael, have two young boys (ages 5,10) in the Weston school system.
Anthony (Tony) Pesco has lived in Weston for 24 years with his wife and two children. Tony received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and was a research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories before embarking on a twenty-five year career in finance. Tony recently retired from Credit Suisse where over the last 18 years he created and lead several significant businesses for the bank. Tony has also been active at his alma mater where he served on the Board of Visitors for the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and is working with Barnard College to help create better relationships with financial institutions with the goal of increasing the number of women professionals in finance. In his retirement, Tony wants to give back to the community that has given so much to his family over the years and can’t think of a better way to combine his financial and academic background than to serve the community as a member of the Board of Education.
Board of Finance
Steve Ezzes is the current Chairman of the Board of Finance and was first elected in 2009. Steve and his family moved from Westport where he also served on its Board of Finance for 10 years and Chairman for the last 8 years. Steve is a respected investment professional with over 25 years of experience in investment banking and investment management. He has also served as a Director of Westport National Bank and a Trustee of the Westport Weston YMCA.
Planning & Zoning Commission
Sally Korsh serves on the Planning & Zoning Commission and has lived in Weston since 1993. She has been an active volunteer in the Weston schools, Weston Soccer Club, Hopkins School, and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue. Sally is a licensed attorney in Connecticut and has extensive experience in commercial real estate and land use issues. She has represented domestic and international financial institutions and developers, and as an executive with the Los Angeles County Community Development Department.
Harry Falber is a consultant and served as president of an e-commerce company, retailer, restaurateur, ad agency exec, corporate marketing director, turn-around exec, new product developer and writer. He’s worked for both large and small companies. He has been, and still is, both a mentor and adviser to startups. Harry has personally led innovation and licensing initiatives, engineered corporate and brand rehabilitation, product line repackaging and strategic turn-arounds, executed international market and competitive intelligence assignments. He’s always been involved and lives and works in Weston, CT, – a twenty-year resident. His wife, Pattie, is Weston’s intermediate school principal and certified to be a school district superintendent.
Susan Moch has served on the Police Commission for the past 5 years. She is well known in Weston for moderating Town Meetings over the past 20 years, her work on the Charter Revision Commission and various community service activities. Susan and her family have lived in Weston for 24 years. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she holds a law degree from the University of Miami. A practicing attorney for 40 years, Susan began her legal career in the State’s Attorneys’ Office and is now a solo practitioner in Westport, where she specializes in family law, as well as criminal defense. She served as a Magistrate for the Judicial Department for 18 years.
Dawn Egan is an incumbent member of the Weston Police Commission and serves on the Overtime and Evaluation Committees. Dawn has held many town leadership positions, including as a four-year PTO President, President of Weston Kiwanis Club, as its first female president, 18 year Chairman of the Weston Warm-Up Fund, and 10 year member of Weston Youth Services. Her passion for service to her community has been especially true in Weston, where she is known for her significant fundraising endeavors, including her involvement in the Weston Fire Station on Lyons Plain Road, our school’s interactive Smart Board Campaign and, most recently, the addition of lighting on our sports fields on School Road. Dawn Egan has been a Weston resident for 26 years where she and her husband have raised their three children and was honored to be chosen a former Weston’s Citizen of the Year.
Board of Assessment Appeals
Denise Maxcy has served as an alternate on the Weston Board of Assessment Appeals since 2014. She and her husband Timothy moved to Weston 15 years ago and have raised their family here in Weston. Professionally, Denise has been in the Real Estate industry for over 30 years. Throughout the course of her career, she has held a broad scope of responsibilities that range from international property vetting, managing corporate and government relocation programs as well as local Real Estate sales. Denise looks forward to the opportunity to serve the town of Weston as an elected board member.
Zoning Board of Appeals
MacLeod Snaith is Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals where he has been a member since 1996. A native of Weston, his work experience is in planning, design and construction where he has overseen the development of large land parcels as well as working with individual clients on their homes. MacLeod has worked as a Surveyor’s Assistant, Assistant Superintendent, Construction and Project Manager and Designer. As a member, MacLeod’s responsibility is to consider and decide on a property owner’s request for an exception to the town’s Zoning Regulations while keeping in mind Weston’s unique character.
Don Scarborough has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals since 2015. Don and his wife, Bonnie, have lived in Weston since 2000. He graduated from Haverford College and began a 42 year career in the printing and publishing industry. Don is a member of the Casperkill Game Club where he served for 25 years as treasurer and board member. Don believes participation in local government is a natural extension of his interest in what is happening locally, being planned and contemplated in the community. He believes that it is never too late to begin local involvement.
James Low is a Weston attorney who provides legal counsel in matters of general corporate & commercial transactions including: Joint venture organization & management solutions; Entity formation, shareholder management & business operations; Financing arrangements; LLC operating agreements; Asset leveraging, transfer, due diligence & escrow; Intermediary, agency, & vendor agreements; Commercial real estate; Assessment of enterprise & commercial liability; Compliance & regulatory analysis; Multi-jurisdictional risk management & transfer options. As a newcomer to the Board, James hopes his experience and perspective will serve him well.