Meet Suzan Kircher, President
Suzan Suddaby Kircher- I grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut. I have lived in Goshen for 25 years with my wonderful husband, Ed. Together we have raised our beautiful family here. Ed and I are on our last child of our pack, a red and white basset hound Ben.
In my free time I love to cook and bake. I also like to garden and fish with Ed. My new love is power lifting, dead lifting is my favorite!
Meet Lynn Marie Steinmayer – Vice-President
Lynn Marie Steinmayer- I grew up in the north west corner of Connecticut though only moved to Goshen ten years ago to become the Library Director of the Goshen Public Library. I have two children who are quickly approaching adulthood. Between working full-time and taking classes part-time , my schedule is filled up but I still find time for family, friends and my cats and dog.
Meet Holly Simpson, Secretary
I am a Goshen native who grew up on my Grandfather Bing’s farm (now Mohawk Bison) in West Goshen. I showed and raised American Saddle-breed horses for over 50 years and enjoyed sharing the fun and the work with my family. I have a MS in Biology and taught Biology, Genetics and Environmental Science at the Torrington High School for 39 years. Although retired , I am continuing my love of teaching by tutoring for the Torrington Board of Education. I am currently the Chair of the GCC&H Fair Committee and serve in the secretary position.
Meet Denise Leclair, Treasurer
Denise Leclair– I moved to Goshen with my family in 1999. Since that time I have worked in the Health Insurance Industry as a Healthcare Fraud Investigator and then for 8 years as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate at Bantam court. I am currently employed with the Town of Goshen Assessor’s Office. I am honored to be on the Board for such a great organization and an looking forward to doing all that I can to give back to such a wonderful community.
Meet Our Board Members for 2020
Michele Better — I moved to Goshen in 2014. I’m a Mom of four children and six grandchildren. I grew up in Litchfield and raised my family there. I’m a professor of Early Childhood Education at Northwestern CT Community College. My interests are being outdoors, swimming, horseback riding and long walks. I enjoy cooking, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.
Donna Devanna– I moved to Goshen from Pleasanton, CA. three years ago. (Drove across the country with my cat-quite an experienceJ). I have two adult sons living in Denver, CO. I am a retired administrative assistant. I currently share the care of my 93 year old mother who has severe dementia with my sister. My mom lives with me for 2-3 months, then my sister for the same amount of time. I enjoy hiking, gardening and knitting. I look forward to helping in any health care services that GCC&H has to offer.
Robert Harmon — I am a native of Goshen. I have graduated from Rumsey Hall School, The Hotchkiss School, and Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics. I am married to my wife Jo and have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. I served in the U.S. Air Force for 33 years and retired with the rank of Colonel. We live at Tyler Lake and San Ramon, Costa Rica.
Edward Kircher — Hi! My name is Edward Kircher, husband of Suzan Kircher. I graduated from O.W.T.S. in 1972. I married in 1976 and have two beautiful daughters. Started my career at Northeast Utilities in 1974 where I worked for 40 years. I have two children and three step-children. I have four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
I love to go fishing and being outdoors doing yard work and spending time with my wife and with our dog. I am also a huge Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Francine Fabbri Komisar- My husband and I lived in Branford, Ct. Our wonderful daughter was born at Yale New Haven Hospital. In 1994, a job change brought us to the Litchfield area , where I grew up. My background is interior design. I opened my own design firm, FFabbri Design about 25 years ago. I love what I do and stay very busy around Woodridge lake and the surrounding areas. I look forward to working with everyone at Goshen Hospice
Janice Laplaca- My husband, Jerry and I built our home in Goshen in 1984 and have raised our 3 daughters here, Jennifer, Julie and Janelle. I worked at C.J.R. for 33 years as a Child Care worker (7 years) and a Special Education teacher. We started our Oil and Propane business here over 36 years ago. I enjoy long walks, reading, puzzles and most importantly my friends and family. I look forward to helping where needed and giving back to the community thru my participation on the board of directors.
Mary Tracy- I have lived in Goshen since 2005. We renovated a house that stared out as a log cabin with Chestnut beams. The additional 15 acres are used to house our dairy goats. We also have chickens and board an alpaca. My husband and I have been a host family for Healing the Children for 25 years. It has been a challenging joy to have children from all over the world stay with us while they have medical treatment here in the U.S. We enjoy visiting their families when they return home.
I am a retired nurse, working with hospice since 1985. Prior to this, I have been a nurse’s aide for 15 years while raising our family of three boys. My first son was severely handicapped and he has fostered in us an appreciation for perseverance and living fully no matter what the circumstances. I have worked as a visiting nurse, staff nurse, supervisor and volunteer.
My special interests are healthcare and therapeutic horseback riding. I enjoy walking my dog each morning in the woods, going whale watching and providing goat milk and cheese to my community through the herdshare arrangement.