Meet Our Board Members & Volunteers

With diverse backgrounds in Business, Medicine, Law, Teaching, Theology, Theater and Social Work, our Board and extended Connecticut Quest for Peace community and volunteers bring a wealth of knowledge and creativity to their endeavors. This honorary talented staff of CT Quest handles the sorting and packing of donations, as well as administrative duties, including program development and management, fundraising, communications, marketing and financial oversight.

BOARD MEMBERS
Bill Evans, President

Bill first traveled in 2002 with Randy and Linda Klein and eight other Americans to Nicaragua to visit missions and centers supported by Connecticut Quest for Peace.

Read Bob's Biography


Bob grew up in Paterson, New Jersey and later attended Dickinson University where he received his BS in Advertising. As a young man Bob joined the New Jersey National Guard Reserves where he had to travel to Fort Knox, Kentucky for training.
Bob’s career began in New York City in the Media Department of Dancer Fitzgerald Sample Advertising Agency. After a few years, he switched his focus to Media Sales and spent 45 years in several Radio broadcast companies. From sales, Bob was then promoted to Office Management of thirteen offices and later to Executive Vice President. After retiring in 2008, He main focus has been to make a difference in communities around the world which includes volunteering for Connecticut Quest for Peace, Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport, CT and as the landscaping Chairman for his community where he resides.





Maureen Shanley, Vice-President

Maureen’s vocation was teaching, but her avocation is community service.

Read Maureen's Biography


After teaching for ten years, Maureen became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. When she returned to the United States she joined the board of Appalachian Volunteers, Inc. and started numerous community service programs at Helen Keller Middle School in Easton, CT. Since 1985 she has served on the board or been president of Connecticut Returned Peace Corps Volunteers where she helped create the CTRPCV Community Service Fund Grant Program for PCVs and RPCVs who are involved in local or international service projects. She is also an elected member of the Connecticut Education Association – Retired advisory board. In 1996, Maureen started attending mass at the Grange where she has found her spiritual home. The caring and kindness of the community is observable in the multitude of community service projects that church members have created or support. The summer of 2002, Maureen joined a concerned Quest for Peace group who were traveling to Nicaragua to witness the various projects that CT Quest for Peace help to support. After the whirlwind tour of Nicaragua, Maureen stayed for a month to work with a school for street boys in Granada. This was a humbling experience because one always receives so much more than one gives. Maureen joined the board of CT Quest for Peace with the following credentials: an MA in Corporate and Political Communications, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT; an MS in Secondary Education, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT; a BA in English, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT; and has attended the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain and the Sociedad de Entrenamiento y Assessoria, Ltda., Bogotá, Colombia for intensive coursework in language ans cultural studies in Spanish.





Carol Ferraro, Secretary

Since retirement in 2006, Carol continues to volunteer in her former school and also for Americares and The Fairfield Senior Center.

Read Maureen's Biography


After teaching for ten years, Maureen became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. When she returned to the United States she joined the board of Appalachian Volunteers, Inc. and started numerous community service programs at Helen Keller Middle School in Easton, CT. Since 1985 she has served on the board or been president of Connecticut Returned Peace Corps Volunteers where she helped create the CTRPCV Community Service Fund Grant Program for PCVs and RPCVs who are involved in local or international service projects. She is also an elected member of the Connecticut Education Association – Retired advisory board. In 1996, Maureen started attending mass at the Grange where she has found her spiritual home. The caring and kindness of the community is observable in the multitude of community service projects that church members have created or support. The summer of 2002, Maureen joined a concerned Quest for Peace group who were traveling to Nicaragua to witness the various projects that CT Quest for Peace help to support. After the whirlwind tour of Nicaragua, Maureen stayed for a month to work with a school for street boys in Granada. This was a humbling experience because one always receives so much more than one gives. Maureen joined the board of CT Quest for Peace with the following credentials: an MA in Corporate and Political Communications, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT; an MS in Secondary Education, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT; a BA in English, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT; and has attended the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain and the Sociedad de Entrenamiento y Assessoria, Ltda., Bogotá, Colombia for intensive coursework in language ans cultural studies in Spanish.





Bob Ferraro, Treasurer

Since retirement in 2008, Bob has been enjoying volunteering with CT Quest for Peace and Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport. In October 2017, Bob took on the role as Treasurer for CT Quest.

Read Bob's Biography


Bob grew up in Paterson, New Jersey and later attended Dickinson University where he received his BS in Advertising. As a young man Bob joined the New Jersey National Guard Reserves where he had to travel to Fort Knox, Kentucky for training.
Bob’s career began in New York City in the Media Department of Dancer Fitzgerald Sample Advertising Agency. After a few years, he switched his focus to Media Sales and spent 45 years in several Radio broadcast companies. From sales, Bob was then promoted to Office Management of thirteen offices and later to Executive Vice President. After retiring in 2008, He main focus has been to make a difference in communities around the world which includes volunteering for Connecticut Quest for Peace, Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport, CT and as the landscaping Chairman for his community where he resides.





Linda and Randy Klein, Founders

Randy claims that he and Linda became organizational leaders for CT Quest by default: Randy says, “We were the only people who showed up” for the organization’s first informational meeting in 1989.

Read Linda and Randy's Biography


Randy and Linda, along with Gail Faithfull and her husband, Leo McDonnell, are responsible for the rejuvination of CT Quest that had been previously created by Kathleen Deignan and Gina Sader-Rubenstein. As of December 2008 the Kleins moved to Managua, Nicaragua in order to oversee our programs. Randy and Linda met in college and married soon after. Though they began their professional lives as teachers, the couple switched careers in 1967 to start their own electronics manufacturing business. The couple share a deep commitment to social action, and over the years Randy and Linda have carved out significant service time for CT Quest, Maryknoll Affiliates, prison ministries and Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker hospitality houses.





Marielos Bonilla
Michael Hauck
Elisabeth Heggie 
Gloria Maria Montoya
VOLUNTEERS
All-volunteer Staff Manages Programs and Administration

In order to maximize your donated dollars and deliver as much aid as possible directly to Nicaragua’s neediest, CT Quest runs a very lean operation.

 

All administration, fundraising, communications and marketing are managed by our board and an extended network of skilled, talented and unpaid volunteers. This frugality lets us funnel 97% of donated dollars directly to programs in Nicaragua.

Please think about joining our team. Learn more about volunteering with CT Quest.

Help us cut postage costs and spend more of our budget on aid to Nicaragua’s poor: Add your name to our online mailing list.

Meet our Volunteers

In addition to the executive Board, our Quest community includes the following dedicated and highly talented volunteers.

Ana Astudillo

Carl Bailey

Binti Bana

buildOn.org

Angela Carmona

Maria Elena Castilians

Charlie's Closet, Guilford, CT 

Marie Cohen

Marilyn Correa

Ann Deignan

Kathleen Deignan

Gail Faithful

Kevin Funk

Liliana Geldmacher

Arnelly Giraldo

Sarah Hassan

Gerry Heminway & Friends

Immaculate Conception Church, East Chester, NY

Laura Klauberg

German Lopez

Sebastian Lopez

Ariadna Lopez

Consuelo Lopez Bravo

Nicholas Marin

Beatriz Mantilla

Jane McCaffrey

Gloria Maria Montoya

NCL (National Charity League)

North Madison Congregational Church, Madison, CT

Maria Paruma

Ingrid Polonius

Tom Quinn

Maria Renzulli

Ann Stubbs

Irene Tabares

Thread Collective, 6th Ave, NYC

Bernice Ullman

Ursuline School of New Rochelle, NY

Natalia Velasquez

Maria Velasquez

Alejandro Velasquez

Nancy Urquijo

Supported by the Giuliani Foundation

CT Quest for Peace is supported by a generous grant from the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion & the Arts.  Additional information here.

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Quest for Peace

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Contact: Maureeen Shanley

Email: maureenshanley@hotmail.com

Phone: 863.500.9146

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