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Two Join Housatonic CC Foundation Board

Consulting Services President, Litigation Attorney Become Board Members

Maureen Dowdle, Director of Resource Development at Housatonic Community College has announced that Mary Jane Paris, president and founder of Positive Impact Consulting Services, LLC, in Shelton and R. Michael Meo, Jr., partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Stamford, have become Board members of the Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc.

Positive Impact Consulting Services specializes in the design and delivery of “Positive Workplace” leadership and professional development programs. Paris is also an adjunct instructor in the Business Administration department at Housatonic Community College.

Paris is a Leadership Studies medal of excellence recipient and graduate of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, and of Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Johnstown, NY. She is a resident of Shelton and has two sons, Timothy Paris of Guilford, and Daniel Paris of Shelton.

Meo is a member of the Shipman & Goodwin Litigation Department and co-chair of its Construction Litigation Practice Group. He practices in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation, and construction law. Meo is also actively involved in the firm’s administration. He is chair of the Associates Committee overseeing all aspects of associate training, mentoring and development. He is also a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

The firm of Shipman & Goodwin, Stamford, has been involved with the Housatonic Foundation, Inc. since its inception in 1990. Attorney Michael Widland was the second president of the Foundation. Other Board members from the firm have included Attorneys Barry Hawkins and Steven Gold.

Meo is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and earned his undergraduate degree at Trinity College in Hartford. He is admitted to the bars of Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia and is a member of national and local Bar Associations.

He is a Board member of the Stamford Rotary and a former president of that organization. He is also a Cub Scout leader in Bronx, NY, where he resides.

The Housatonic Community College Foundation was formed in 1990 to assist the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the state. The Foundation provides resources for scholarships, equipment, program enhancements, community outreach and support for the Housatonic Museum of Art. The Foundation recently concluded a major gifts campaign which exceeded $1 million and will assist the College to continue to provide convenient and affordable post-secondary training and life-long learning to those in the Bridgeport area.

Maureen Dowdle, HCC director of Institutional Advancement, says, “We are delighted to welcome Mary Jane Paris and Attorney Michael Meo to the Board of Directors of the Housatonic Foundation. They bring in depth understanding of the business community, as well as professional development and leadership expertise to the table. They will be tremendous assets to the work of the Foundation.”