Staff

Tony Giamei, Operations Manager

Tony Giamei has been a Higganum resident for over 20 years.

– worked as a Materials Scientist at United Technologies for 33 years
– served as Haddam Registrar for 4 years and continues as assistant registrar and/or moderator
– served as a reporter on the Haddam Bulletin for several years
– has been an active member of several volunteer organizations since 1980
– loves investing, cooking, nature, baseball and fishing

Kathy Brown, Managing Editor

Kathy Brown has been a Haddam resident for over 20 years. She worked for 10 years as a technical writer and Regulatory Affairs specialist in the medical device industry before taking some time off to raise her children. Now she divides her time between this newspaper and various other volunteer activities, and a full time job as an elementary school tutor for Reading and Math.

Meghan Peterson, PhD - Reporter

Meghan Peterson is a wife, mom, political scientist, professor at UConn-Avery Point, writer, dancer, fitness instructor, avid newspaper-reader, and outdoor enthusiast. She calls Haddam home with her husband, Dave, and their rambunctious child, along with their three rather spunky pet duckies. When she is not burning dinner, carrying a mischievous baby, researching law enforcement topics, grading papers, or taking modern dance/jazz/ballet classes, Meghan can be found writing about various goings-on in Town.

Maurice Adams, Contributing Editor

Director: Connecticut River Energy, LLC

My challenge is how to combine the science from West Point of building a bridge, with the business from Stanford Business School of financing a bridge, into the actual building of many good metaphorical bridges here for the people in our communities.

Deb Thomas, Reporter/Editor

A writer since the age of 9, Deb has milked cows, mended lobster pots and worked as a photo journalist, painter and musician. After high school, she hiked extensively through the northern New England states, and section-hiked nearly all of the Appalachian Trail. After UCONN’s School of Education, Deb worked as a specialty construction underwriter until retiring to the Hidden Lake District of Higganum to raise twins. A lifelong advocate for small farms and farmland preservation, she’s worked as a writer for ConnLife, The Hometown Journal, New England Natural, and the Haddam Bulletin. Coming off four years as Chairwoman of the Higganum Village Farmers’ Market, and one of its original founders, she’s currently working on her third book. When not reading, writing or spilling paint in her garage, she is most likely working with her music partner.

Bob Herrmann-Keeling, Reporter/Editor

Rev. Dr. “Bob” Herrmann-Keeling. Former/retired printer, teacher, UCC minister, Care-Line director, CT Dept. of Children & Families. Currently: Private practice in psychotherapy, only Adlerian psychologist in CT, directs LifeCourse Institute, writes, lectures on Adlerian psychology. He has four children, eight grand children (1 at a RSD #17 school), 1 great grandchild.

Diane Kellsey, Editor/Reporter at Large

Diane was formerly the Managing Editor of the Haddam Bulletin.

Sharon Challenger, Staff Writer

Sharon has lived in Higganum with husband David for 13 years. She is the proud mother of one son and three grandchildren she cherishes. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale University School of Drama, she has worked for 30 years in various theaters in CT, MA, and NY. Volunteer work experience includes HK Now/News, Secretary HVFC Auxiliary, Red Cross Disaster Action Team, Rotary Club, Association of Yale Alumni, Griffin Hospital, This Close for Cancer Research, Artistic Associate Eugene O’Neill Theater National Puppetry Conference. Interests include, pottery, painting, puppetry, gardening, traveling, and writing.

Craig Salonia, Advertising Manager

Craig is our Advertising Manager.  Craig worked for General Electric Corporation [GE Healthcare] for 30 years and has recently retired.  Currently engaged in vacation travel, social activities and his hobby [coins].