Town Council

Joan Lewis Council Chair

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 Joan was born in Coventry and never moved from this town she loves. Joan has 3 children, all of whom graduated from Coventry High School. 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.

Lisa Conant
Vice Chair


Lisa has lived in Coventry for 23 years and both her children were educated in the Coventry schools. She is a UConn graduate and a member of St. Mary’s Church. She works UConn Office of the Vice President for Research, which uses her 25 years of experience as a grants and contracts manager/administrator and writer. Her professional life includes securing funding for, and developing diverse programs and public services including: police and fire services; early childhood and K-12 education; higher education; health care; housing and homeless services; recreation; child and adult nutrition; programs for people with disabilities; emergency management planning; town clerk records management; library programs; senior services; behavioral health; veterans' programs and housing; capital and development projects. Lisa has spent her career in the non-profit and public sectors, including six years working for the Town of Manchester, CT, and nearly two years with the Manchester Board of Education.  

She has also served as secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Lutz Children’s Museum (3 years) and on the Board of Directors for the Manchester Early Learning Center (4 years).

Carolyn Arabolos


Carolyn Arabolos and her husband Greg, a retired Hartford firefighter, have lived in Coventry since 2006. Carolyn works for PayFlex Systems USA, part of Aetna. She is the Head of Financial Operations. Throughout her career, Carolyn has established a reputation for quickly bringing issues to resolution, collaborating with key stakeholders, and focusing on inclusiveness and development. She looks forward to bringing her depth of knowledge with health insurance, consumer financial products such as Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), management, compliance, corporate training, and funds management to the Town Council. She holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from St. Joseph College, an M.A. from The Graduate Institute, and an M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Patten University.

Jonathan Hand


Jon grew up in the village of South Coventry and moved to the North End about 15 years ago; providing him with multiple perspectives of life in our town. He and his wife Alyson have two young daughters. Allyson is a math teacher at Coventry High School. Jon is himself a product of the Coventry Public School system where he was an active member of the CHS Concert Band and CHS Jazz Band, and graduated near the top of his class. He learned, performed, and taught lessons at the Richard Risley Dance Studio for 25 years. His Coventry public school education prepared him well for his time at UConn, where he earned his degree in Economics. As a member of the UConn Marching Band and the UConn Pep Band, he acquired a crucial set of skills through being part of a large, interconnected team and looks forward to putting these skills to work as part of the interconnected team that is our town.

Service to others has always been valued in his family, which lead Jon to a career in civil service. He was active in Coventry Volunteer Fire Assn. in his teenage years, in both firefighting and emergency medical response. Jon’s mother, Taffy 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.

In his professional life as a state government analyst at the Department of Labor, he is very familiar with our state and local labor market information and has honed various technical and troubleshooting skills which can help when making decisions for our town.

Board of Education

Jennifer E.

Jennifer and her husband Vern have lived in Coventry for 21 years. They are the proud parents of Kyle and Jessica who are Coventry High School graduates. Jen graduated from Union College with a degree in Computer Engineering and currently works as a Hardware Engineering Manager at Adaptive Optics Associates of Northrop Grumman Corp. She has over 30 years experience leading cross discipline technology teams to develop software systems and hi-tech solutions for product development and research based companies. Jen currently serves on the BOE as vice-chairwoman.During her time on the board she has also served as Chairwoman, as well as Chair of the BOE Policy Sub-committee, and has served on numerous other BOE sub-committees including: Fiscal, Policy, Executive, Roof, Expulsion, Gym Naming, Field Naming, Preschool, Technology, and Superintendent Search. She is an experienced member of 14+ 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.


Mary S. Kortman

Mary and her husband,Dr. Robert Kortmann, have lived in Coventry for 39 years. Both their sons are Coventry High graduates, and they are proud grandparents of Silas. Mary is a graduate of Douglass College and of Rutgers University. For 24 years she and her husband have managed their small business based in Coventry, Ecosystem Consulting Service, Inc. Mary also had a 16 year career in data processing at the Travelers Insurance Co., including 10 years as a manager. She currently serves on the Board of Education, during her time on the Board she has served as Chair of the Board's Fiscal Subcommittee. 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




Gene Marchand and his wife Patty have lived in Coventry for 20 years. Their two children 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".

Peter Larson



Peter is a 14 year resident of Coventry and a graduate of Coventry High School. Many of us know him for his active involvement with drama club and musical arts at CHS. Peter graduated from UConn and is now pursuing his Masters Degree in Education at Eastern CT State University. His teaching experience and work in higher education give him important perspective for the Board of Education.