BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

President (Officer)

Matt Radulski

Vice President (Officer)

John Daley

Treasurer (Officer)

Josh Russo

Assistant Treasurer (Officer)

Joe Naylor

Recording Secretary (Officer)

 Lexie Klarman

Corresponding Secretary (Officer)

Susan Rood

Membership

Josh Russo

Programs

Mike Russo

​House & Grounds

Joe Naylor

Guide & Tour Management

Susan Rood

Publicity

 Robin Comey

Preservation

Anthony Solomine

Accessions

Mary Hitchcock

​Hospitality

Rick Ninteau

Board Member

John Ifkovic

Past President

Virginia Page

Matt Radulski

Matt has been on the Board since 2016, initially serving on the Publicity Committee before becoming President in 2017. Matt was born in Rhode Island and raised in Branford, attending Branford public schools and the University of Virginia. He majored in History and International Relations while participating as a midshipman in the United States Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Upon graduation, he was commissioned Ensign and entered the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet as an officer on the guided-missile destroyer U.S.S. Richard E. Byrd and then transferred to the destroyer U.S.S. Caron, where he earned designation as a Surface Warfare Officer. During his active-duty period, he visited (in alphabetical, not chronological, order) the countries listed below [1]. As a civilian, he’s also visited a number of other countries/territories [2]; however, his favorite places to explore history and culture are New England and the western states of the U.S. He works for a local firm, coordinating projects and customer service, and is married, with his children presently pursuing college studies in California, Maine, and Washington State. He volunteers at Trinity Episcopal Church of Branford, for Parker Memorial Park, and with Branford Boy Scout Troop 428, and is a Board member of the Branford Land Trust. His interests include reading and birdwatching. Fun fact: His mother, the late Elizabeth “Tish” Radulski, was active in the Branford Historical Society and was the co-transcriptionist and co-editor (with the late Betty Linsley) of The Diary of Malachi Linsley – the manuscript of which was discovered, forgotten, in the Horace Lanphier house on Harbor Street where Matt grew up and now resides.
[1. Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Aruba, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Chile, Cuba (at Guantanamo Bay),
Curacao, Ecuador, Egypt, Grand Cayman, Israel, Italy, Panama, Peru, St. Croix, and Venezuela]
[2. Bermuda, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Scotland, and a number of islands in the Caribbean]
(Every history enthusiast loves footnotes, right?)

John Daley

John has been on the Board since 2011, serving as Treasurer and now as Vice President. He has resided in Branford for the past 25 Years with his wife and daughter in a pre-Civil War home. John attended Quinnipiac University and is currently employed as a Finance Manager.

Josh Russo

Josh has been on the Board since 2015, serving as Membership Chair and now also as Treasurer. He is a lifelong Branford resident and has a deep love of history and passion for his hometown. He is currently employed at Vista Life Innovations in Madison & Westbrook.

Joe Naylor

Joe has been on the Board since 2013, serving as Guides Chair for the Harrison House tours, and now as the House & Grounds Chair as well as Assistant Treasurer. He is a descendant of William Swaine who was one of the original settlers of Branford in 1644. Joe earned his M.S. degree from the University of New Haven and is a retiree of AT&T.

Susan Rood

Susan has been on the Board since 2014, currently serving as Corresponding Secretary and Guides & Tour Management Chair. She has lived in Branford for 45 years. Before retiring, Susan taught French and Spanish in several Connecticut towns, including Branford, having received her MML from Middlebury College. She has found history intriguing ever since she was a young student.

Lexie Klarman

Lexie joined the Board in 2019, and serves as Recording Secretary. She has resided in Branford for over 30 years, after a move from neighboring North Branford when she married her husband, Jeff. She proudly works alongside her husband at their family-owned business, W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home. She also serves on the Board of the Branford Counseling & Community Services Center, and is on the Branford Festival Committee.

​Mike Russo

Mike has been on the Board since 2008, serving as Programs Chair. He was a lifelong resident of Branford until 2017, and currently lives in North Haven. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, and works for Electric Boat in Groton. He loves Branford history and seeks to pass on that interest to others.​

​Robin Comey

Robin joined the Board in 2020, and serves as the Publicity Chair. She has lived with her husband and two kids in Short Beach for more than 25 years, and is currently the State Representative for the 102nd district. She and her husband own a small business and she is a non-profit leader helping to improve the quality of life for families. In 2009, she was co-producer with Projects2k, presenting Branford Luminata, a light and sound spectacle projected onto Branford Town Hall, depicting the rich history of Branford and its relationship to the industry and natural resources of the State of CT. Robin has also contributed to the recurring large-scale light, sound and theater outdoor programs held in the Stony Creek Quarry, known as the Terra Series. As a local advocate, she is known for efforts to enact programs and policies that support children and education. She was inducted into the 2019 Branford Education Hall of Fame for her tireless efforts in improving education in Branford and serves in numerous health, education and civic organizations.

Anthony Solomine

Anthony has been on the Board since 2011, serving as Vice President, and now as Preservation Chair. Mr. Solomine graduated from Boston College cum laude with a B.A. in 1985, where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. He then went on to law school at Suffolk University where he earned his J.D. in 1988. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar later that same year. He is now a Principal in the firm of Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell.

​Mary Hitchcock

Mary has served on the Board since 2011 as Corresponding Secretary and now as Accessions Chair. She is a fourth generation, Branford resident, and graduated from Drew University. She is a retired chemist and bookkeeper. Mary is married to Bill Hitchcock whose family has resided in Branford since the late 1600’s.

Rick Ninteau

Rick has been on the Board since 2017, serving as Hospitality Chair. Rick has lived in Branford for over 30 years, and loves his hometown, its history, and the many outdoor activities available. Rick earned an MSM degree from Albertus Magnus College and works as a Director of Management at BJM Pumps in Old Saybrook.​

​​John Ifkovic

John has been a member of the Branford Historical Society for over 30 years. During that time, he served as Programs Chair, President for two terms, and Assistant Treasurer. John was born and raised in Branford, and received degrees in history from Fordham University, Yale University, and the University of Virginia. He was a professor of history at Westfield State University in Massachusetts for 32 years until retiring.​

Virginia Page

Ginny joined the Board in 2011, serving as Accessions Chair from 2011-2013, and President from 2013-2017. She is a lifelong resident of Branford, graduated from Branford High, received a BSW degree from SCSU, and is currently employed as operations manager at New Haven Moving Equipment in East Haven, CT. Among many other contributions, Ginny helped create the Society’s first website, and was the driving force behind the purchase of the Harrison House in 2016, which saved the historic home for future generations.

Jane Bouley

Past President & Town Historian


Jane was on the Board of the Branford Historical Society for 30 years, and was President from 2011-2013. In 1985, she was appointed as Branford’s ‘Town Historian’, and has devoted hundreds of volunteer hours to the study of Branford’s history, including articles, transcriptions, compiling resources, and presenting numerous lectures on Branford history. She is the author of The Civil War Soldiers of Branford, ConnecticutMill Plain Cemetery; Stony Creek Cemetery; The Stony Creek Theatre; and is co-author of The Supply Pond and Damascus Cemetery. Jane is a recipient of an Award of Merit from the CT League of Historical Societies and was inducted into the Branford Education Hall of Fame in 1999.​