Administration & Finance

Michael Zaleski
President & CEO
Ext. 331
Contact me about: Board Service, Government Relations, Management Plan

Peter Morse
Finance Director
Ext. 330
Contact me about: Administrative Services, Audit and Taxes, Budget, Human Resources

Venus Dickson
Finance Manager
Ext. 335
Contact me about: Accounts Payable, Billing, Office Management


Deborah Baker
Director of Development
Ext. 326
Contact me about: Fundraising Planning and Oversight, Major Gifts including Marfuggi Parks Fund, Planned Giving and Bequests, Season & Event Sponsorship

Communications & Marketing

Tara Cantor

Director of Communications & Marketing
Ext. 313
Contact me about: Communications, Marketing, Media Relations, Website Inquiries and Issues, Social Media

Events & Programs

Bridget Cooke
Director of Events
Ext. 329
Contact me about: Booking Public Events, Vending (Marketing/Food/Merchandise/Promotion), Entertainment Booking

William Sullivan
Director of Adventure Programs
Ext. 312
Contact me about: Professional Development Programs, Adventure Course, Employment/Staffing, Dragon Boat Programming and Club Practices

Margie Girardi-Telech
Volunteer & Programs Coordinator
Ext. 305
Contact me about: Volunteering, Adventure Course, Dragon Boat Programming and Club Practices, Professional Development Programs

Park Operations

Chris Hayes
Director of Operations
Ext. 324
Contact me about: Park Operations, to Report an Issue in our Parks, General Park Questions

Park Development & Construction

Marc Nicol
Director of Planning & Park Development
Ext. 334
Contact me about: Park Management and Agreements, Riverwalk Information and Connections, Park Planning and Construction

Martha Conneely
Park Development Associate
Ext. 316
Contact me about: Park Development Project Funding and Special Projects

Public Safety & Riverfront Rangers

Robert C. Allan
Director of Public Safety/Ranger Services
Ext. 325
Contact me about: Public Safety and Ranger Services

Rich Lopa
Assistant Director of Ranger Services
Ext. 315


Bryan Pape
Director of Rowing Programs
Ext. 314
Contact me about: Adult Rowing, Corporate Inquiries and Masters Rowing

Jonathan Near 
Assistant Director of Rowing
Ext. 327
Contact me about: Youth Rowing Instruction, Lessons and the Head of the Riverfront Regatta

Board of Directors

A diverse group representative of the Metro Hartford community generously contributes time and talent to Riverfront Recapture’s Board of Directors.

Dave Jenkins, Chair
David Klein, Treasurer
Gretchen Gregg, Secretary

Robert M. Annon*
Harold Blinderman*
Christopher Byrd
Lindsay Castonguay
Patrick Caulfield*
Ranjana Chawla
Peter Christian*
Susan B. Clemow
Thomas P. Cody*
Frank C. Collins, Jr.
Julio Concepción
Eric Cushman
John Henry Decker
Kurtis Denison
Susan Freedman
Sandy Fry
Joan Gentile
Scott W. Jellison*#
Marcia Leclerc*#
Kathy Lilley
Julia Miller
Christopher Montross*
Marjorie Morrissey
Thomas F. Mullaney, Jr.
Kenneth A. Pouch, Jr.
Kenneth Provencher
Michael J. Puckly*
Christina B. Ripple*
Chris Rowlins
Pasquale "Bud" Salemi
Joyce Smith
Joe L. Stanford III
Donald Trinks#
Josye Utick
Sebrina Wilson
Lyle Wray*#

*Executive Committee

Honorary Board Members

Melody Currey
Paul Eddy
Carole P. French
Donald S. Gershman
James F. Gleason
Oz Griebel
John B. Larson
Barry N. Lastra
Carleton N. Mowell
Lawrence V. Mowell, Jr.
David R. Robb
Bernadine Silvers
Tyler Smith
Margaret Tedone