Town Council

Lisa Thomas

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Lisa Thomas and her husband Eric have lived in Coventry since 1988. Lisa was previously elected to 5 terms on the Town Council, serving as Steering Committee Chairwoman and as Town Council Chairwoman. Lisa is just completing a term on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Coventry Public Schools played a critical role in the ongoing success of her two adult daughters, Emma and Olivia. Lisa is a graduate of Vassar College and of the University of Connecticut School of Law where she focused on education and civil rights law. She is entering her 35th year as a public school teacher. Her commitment to Democratic values includes her current position as Democratic State Party Committeewoman for the 35th Senate District. Lisa is a fierce advocate for the Town of Coventry, including its children and its natural resources. She established the Future Problem Solving Program in the Coventry schools and her C.L.E.A.N. Team was responsible for the creation of the Coventry Lake Advisory and Monitoring Committee.

Lisa Conant

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Lisa Conant has lived in Coventry for more than 25 years, and both her children were educated in the Coventry schools.  She attends the First Congregational Church. Lisa is currently serving her first term and is the Town Council’s Vice Chairwoman. She is a UCONN graduate and has spent her career in the non-profit and public sectors, including six years working for the Town of Manchester, CT, two years with the Manchester Board of Education, and currently with UCONN’s Office of the Vice President for Research. She has more than 27 years of experience as a grants and contracts manager, administrator and writer, and has an extensive background in related regulatory compliance, editing and analysis. In addition to her current role in reviewing and assisting with scientific research proposals, Lisa’s professional career has included developing and getting funding for diverse programs and public services. She also served on the Lutz Children’s Museum Board of Trustees and on the Board of Directors for the Manchester Early Learning Center.

Jonathan Hand

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Jon Hand has lived in his beloved Coventry since birth.  He is currently serving his first term on the Town Council and chairs the Steering Committee.  Jon and his wife, Allyson, have two young daughters so education is very important to him.   He grew up in the village of South Coventry and moved to the North End about 17 years ago. Jon is a product of the Coventry Public School system where he was an active member of the CHS Concert Band and CHS Jazz Band. He learned, performed, and taught lessons at the Richard Risley Dance Studio for 25 years. He is a UConn graduate, where he earned his degree in Economics. As a member of the UConn Marching Band and the UConn Pep Band.  Jon was active in Coventry Volunteer Fire Assn. in his teenage years, in both firefighting and emergency medical response. His mother, Taffi Spencer,  worked as a dispatcher for the Coventry Police Department, and through her he learned about the services they provide and gained an appreciation for how they operate.

Board of Education

Jennifer E.
Beausoleil

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Jennifer Beausoleil and her husband Vern have lived in Coventry for 23 years. They are the proud parents of Kyle and Jessica who are Coventry High School graduates. Jen currently serves on the BOE as Chairwoman.During her time on the Board she has also served as Vice-Chairwoman, Chair of the BOE Policy Sub-committee, and numerous other BOE sub-committees including: Fiscal, Policy, Executive, Roof, Expulsion, Gym Naming, Field Naming, Preschool Development, Technology, and Superintendent Search. Jen graduated from Union College with a degree in Computer Engineering and currently works as a Software Engineering Manager at Adaptive Optics Associates of Northrop Grumman Corp. She has over 35 years experience leading cross discipline technology teams to develop software systems and hi-tech solutions for product development and research based companies. She is an experienced member of 20+ labor contract negotiation teams. Jen has also served our community as a founding member of Coventry Citizens for Responsible Government, as a Coventry Youth Basketball coach, a Project Graduation volunteer, and a Dollars for Scholars volunteer. In 2015, Jen was 1 of 10 recipients of the 2015 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Volunteerism Award for her community service.

 

Mary S. Kortman

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Mary Kortmann and her husband, Dr. Robert Kortmann, have lived in Coventry for 41 years. Both their sons are Coventry High graduates. Mary and Bob are proud grandparents of Silas. Mary currently serves on the Board of Education, and has served as Chair of the Board’s Fiscal Subcommittee. Mary is a graduate of Douglass College and of Rutgers University. For 26 years Mary and her husband have managed their small business based in Coventry, Ecosystem Consulting Service, Inc. Previously, Mary had a career in data processing at the Travelers Insurance Co., including 10 years as a manager. Mary’s dedication to our community includes volunteer service on the Coventry Economic Development Commission, active support for the PTOs at all 4 schools, and serving as both Treasurer and President of the Coventry High School Band Booster Club.

Eugene T. Marchand

 

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Gene Marchand has lived in Coventry for 22 years and currently serves on the Board of Education. He and his wife Patty raised two children who were educated in the Coventry school system and went on to earn college degrees. Gene graduated from Providence College with a degree in Sociology and from Syracuse University with a Masters Degree in Social Work. He has been a strong educational advocate during his 43 year professional career working with children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice fields as an administrator. After serving 15 years in municipal government, including as a police officer, and working with children and families, he was appointed to the position of Regional Director for the State Department of Children and Families. During a 29 year tenure with DCF Gene served in many capacities; including Director of Parole, Community Services Director, Contracts Manager, Director of Adolescent Services and Director of the DCF Wilderness School. Gene is a long time volunteer for our town, including as a 9 year member and vice-president of Coventry Youth Basketball. He coached boys recreational teams and the girls Travel Basketball Team during his tenure with Coventry Youth Basketball. He was also the co-founder and President of "Coventry Citizens For Responsible Government".

Zoning Board of Appeals

Elizabeth Bauer

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Elizabeth Bauer has been a resident of Coventry since 2004. She is well respected for the 14 years she served as Coventry Town Finance Director, receiving multiple awards and recognitions for her fiscal management. She retired in 2017. Her family has a long history of public service, with an uncle elected as a state senator in the 1950's, her mother a teacher, her father was a Town Manager in Connecticut and son William was a member of the North Coventry Volunteer Fire Department. She is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Beth holds her MPA from the University of Hartford. She is married to Marty Milkovic, they have two sons, and two grandsons.

Clair C. Twerty

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Claire C. Twerdy has lived in Coventry for over 50 years with her husband John, who is a lifelong resident of our lovely town. They have two children and four grandchildren. Their son, Matthew, his wife Denise and daughter, Brianna also reside in Coventry and are all involved in the community for the benefit of our town and schools. Claire and John’s daughter, Nicole, lives in Scotland with her husband, Roy Drum, and their three children. Claire is a retired probate judge, having served Coventry’s residents in this elected position for 15½ years. As an attorney, Claire also was in private practice for over 17 years. During her term as judge, she served on numerous committees of the Probate Assembly. She is a current member of the Probate Court’s Mediation Panel, the Connecticut Probate Practice Book Revision Committee, the National College of Probate Judges and the Connecticut Bar Association.

Board of Assessment Appeals

Joan Lewis
(Term 2019-2023)

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Joan Lewis was born in Coventry and never moved from this town she loves. Joan has 3 children, all of whom graduated from Coventry High School, played in the band and participated in various athletic teams. Her late husband, Wes, was the first Chairman of the Coventry Town Council. Joan is a respected and beloved member of our community. She has served Coventry in many leadership roles, including on the Town Council, the Board of Education, and as our State Representative for 4 terms, during which she served as Assistant Majority Whip and also an Assistant Majority Leader. She served 4 years as House Chair of the Government Budget Writing subcommittee of Appropriations. As our state rep., Joan brought hundreds of thousands of tax dollars back to Coventry in the form of grants. Currently, Joan is an honorary member of the North Coventry Fire Department, is Co-President of the Coventry Scholarship Foundation Trust which awards thousands of dollars each year to Coventry High School graduating seniors, co-chairs the Coventry School Readiness Council, chairs the Administration Committee of Second Congregational Church of Coventry, and is a member of both the Historical and the Agriculture Committees. Joan has been named Farm Legislator of the Year, and a Children’s Champion.

 

Jill Wood Revicsky

(Term: 2017-2021)

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Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate

Tom Boudreau

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Tom Boudreau and his wife Ellen have lived in Coventry since 1995. They are the proud parents of Justin, Corey and Meghan, all Coventry High School graduates. Tom has been an active member of the community as the previous Chair and member of the Coventry Cemetery Commission for over ten years, volunteering and activity host for the Coventry High School Project Graduation and Coventry Scholarship Foundation, coaching multiple Coventry recreational athletics for his children’s teams. Formerly a Behaviorist for the Connecticut Institute for the Blind/Oak Hill, he currently is an Educational Consultant in the Bureau of Special Education for the State Department of Education. He has served as the Vice Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board, and appointed representative to the Connecticut Council on Developmental Board and Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council of Connecticut. He is the Governor appointed Vice Chair of the State Rehabilitation Council, the state representative for the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Grant Coordinator. He is responsible for providing technical assistance, information and compliance with state and federal law regarding special education for school districts across the state of Connecticut, as well complaint resolution and outcomes of application regarding IDEA and state focus monitoring projects.  In his spare time he enjoys golf, kayaking, and hiking.

 

Valdis Vinkels

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Valdis Vinkels and his wife, Sylvie, have lived in town for 20 years. Their two grandchildren attend the Coventry schools. He has worked as an attorney for over 50 years. Valdis has served on the Coventry Town Council, the Inland Wetlands Commission, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. He also served two terms as Judge of Probate for the Andover district. I ran for office because I look to share my professional expertise in a way that supports our Coventry community.Within the framework of applicable statutes, case law and established practice in Coventry I will support equitable decisions based on the facts of each application.”