SVA Mission Statement
The Stratfield Village Association (SVA) facilitates community inclusiveness, sustainability, awareness, investment, and involvement to promote a safe, vibrant neighborhood.
The primary goals of the SVA are to:
* Create awareness of issues that affect all residents of the neighborhood
* Build interest of residents in the welfare of the neighborhood
* Encourage participation of residents in neighborhood gatherings and initiatives
* Represent the neighborhood and its residents in the wider Fairfield community
We look forward to working with YOU to meet these goals!
(in alphabetical order)
Joel Green: Mr. Green held elected office as a five-term member of the Representative Town Meeting of the Town of Fairfield from 1997 through 2007 and was elected and served as Moderator for three terms from 2001 through 2007. Mr. Green concentrates his practice in general civil and commercial litigation and land use matters. With more than thirty five years of experience, Mr. Green has successfully pursued and defended hundreds of cases on behalf of individual and corporate clients at both the trial and appellate level. Most recently, Mr. Green was elected to the Board of Directors of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and the Bridgeport Field of Dreams Foundation.
Debra Kelly: Debra grew up in Milford, CT, but Stratfield has always been special to her, as her grandmother (along with her 12 siblings) grew up on the corner of Stratfield Road and Montauk Street. Debra has some pretty neat pictures of “Nana” and her sisters hitching rides on the horse-drawn carriages that used to deliver milk from the farms in Easton. Debra is a proud graduate of Villanova University (go ‘Cats!) and she received her law degree from Quinnipiac College. She works for the City of Milford as in-house counsel, handling all legal matters with a concentration on contract negotiations and land use. Debra lives on Buena Vista Road with her husband, David (“Woody”) Woodward and their two children; Colin, who attends Fairfield Prep, and Molly, who attends Tomlinson Middle School.
Liz Kohm: Liz grew up in Moorestown, NJ and moved from New York City to Fairfield with her family in 2010. Liz and her husband, Shannon, were drawn to the walkability, sense of community, and charm of the homes in the Stratfield Village neighborhood. After moving into their own historic home and finding receipts from the 1800s for horse wagons and sleighs in their attic, Liz began to research the history of their house which led to a compilation of the history of several homes in the area. Liz looks forward to continuing to research and compile a historical record of the Stratfield Village neighborhood. Liz is a 4th and 5th grade special education teacher in the South Bronx and her son James, attends Fairfield Warde High School and Jackson attends Tomlinson Middle School.
Erin Lopez: Erin grew up in Massena, NY and moved to Fairfield with her then-fiancé in 2000. When she and her husband were looking to buy a house in 2008, they fell in love with Stratfield Village after looking all over town. Erin has worked as a journalist and in marketing, but has focused on volunteer work since becoming a stay-at-home mom after her daughter was born. She has volunteered in various capacities with the North Stratfield School and Fairfield Woods Middle School PTAs over the last nine years. She also recently served on the RTM for three years, two as a vice-chair of the finance committee. Erin and her husband have two children, an eighth grader at Fairfield Woods Middle School and a fifth grader at North Stratfield School. Erin is leading the newly established SVA Safe Streets Committee.
Lollie Matthews: Lollie grew up in Longmeadow, MA and moved with her husband and their young daughter from NYC to Fairfield, Connecticut 13 years ago. They rounded out their family with a son and have been happily living in the Stratfield Section ever since. She currently works in Westport, Connecticut at Kat Burki Skincare handling their Public Relations and Special Events. She is excited and eager to help the Stratfield Village Association grow and become more visible within the community.
James McCusker: (Co-President) James is a Fairfield County native who moved to Stratfield Village in 2005 and was introduced to the SVA when it helped to establish special neighborhood zoning regulations to keep large chain stores from moving into the Four Corners area of the Village. As long-time supporter of community activism, James hopes to use his experience in public affairs, government relations and public relations to help the SVA bring together the entire Stratfield Village community as well as the resources of public and private organizations and businesses to help preserve and improve Stratfield Village. James is a former network television Producer who now works in Public Relations and resides in Stratfield Village with his wife Hilary and daughter Madeline who attends Stratfield Elementary School.
Dylan O’Connor: (Co-President) Dylan is a lifelong Fairfield resident and has fond memories of playing Jr. Babe Ruth baseball for S&S Auto Parts at Owen Fish. He would occasionally, against his parents wishes, walk down to the Stratfield Market to buy some cavity-inducing sweet tarts. His motivation for being a part of this group is restoring that charm back to the Stratfield Village. He lives in the Village with his beautiful wife, Kate, and their three spirited and spunky kids – Phoebe, Finn, and Meryl.
Chris Putnick: Chris is a lifelong native of Fairfield moving to Stratfield when he was in the 5th grade. He has been living in his current home since 2018 with his wife and two daughters. He is just blocks away from his childhood home where his parents still live to this day. Chris has over 12 years of experience in accounting and audit. He has provided assurance services to a wide variety of middle-market, privately held businesses with focuses on manufacturing, distribution, retail and employee benefit plans. He began his career at Deloitte and currently works at Ed Mitchells in Westport, where he holds the role of Assistant Controller. He is responsible for many areas of financial reporting including preparation of annual statements and budgets. As the SVA Treasurer, Chris looks forward to working with the SVA to continue making positive changes to our community.
Frank Tavolacci: Frank grew up in Weston, Ct, graduated from Fairfield University and has resided in Stratfield since 2002. He lives with his wife Nancy and their 3 children; all of whom attend/attended Fairfield Public Schools. Frank would like to see the SVA promote initiatives that increase property values, set standards for the beautification of the Four Corners and surrounding area, support fundraising activities for community based improvements and initiatives, and promote enhancements to both the physical and educational aspects of our schools. As a board member of the SVA, Frank will look to work with community, civic, business and government leaders to support the aspirations of the ‘Village’ and its residents as a whole.
Kurt Wayne: Kurt was born and raised in Norwalk and moved to Fairfield in high school. He is a registered Architect with over twenty years of experience with commercial, education, and residential projects, and currently works in NYC for Gensler. Kurt lives near the four corners with his wife Kara, a public school teacher at Fairfield Woods Middle School, and their two children. Drawn to the area for its storybook charm – proximity to a park, village shops, schools, churches, and attractive neighborhoods – Kurt looks to enhance the character of the community as it continues to evolve.
Jeff Winter: Jeff has been a Fairfield / Stratfield Village resident for ten years. Jeff and his wife Lauren have two sons, Reid, a 9th grader at Warde and Everett who is in 7th grade at Fairfield Woods Middle School. Prior to living in Fairfield, the Winters were in Stamford for eight years, moving to Stratfield for the great school system and welcoming community. Lauren is a life-long Connecticut resident, having grown up in Simsbury where her parents still reside. The Winters are deeply involved in the community, including being active members at both B’nai Israel Congregation in Bridgeport and Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. Jeff is an active youth sports coach in the community, with almost twenty seasons of coaching across Fairfield PAL, Wakeman Basketball, and Fairfield National Little League.