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Waveny Elects New Board Members; Establishes Advisory Council

Waveny Elects New Board Members; Establishes Advisory Council

Posted on March 2, 2010

Newly-elected members of Waveny Care Network’s board of directors, Thomas Lewis and Jay Twombly; Founding members of the newly-established Advisory Council include former Waveny board chairs: Arthur Nichols III, Joseph Dionne, Judy Bentley, Thomas Turrentine, Dick White, and Ted O’Hanlan (with current Chairman, Harry Rein). Not pictured: Willard Overlock, Julianne Grace and Arthur Potts.

 New Canaan – New Canaan residents Thomas Lewis and Jay Twombly were recently elected as new members of Waveny Care Network’s board of directors. Also new for this year, the board unanimously voted to establish and adopt an “Advisory Council,” comprised exclusively of former Waveny board chairs. Harry T. Rein, Ted O’Hanlan, Jeff Shaw and Kelley Franco will continue in their roles as chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer and secretary, respectively.

With more than 25 years in the private wealth management field and a long history of civic volunteerism, Thomas Lewis brings a depth and breath of financial and philanthropic experience to the Waveny board. Now with Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Lewis previously spent 23 years with Goldman Sachs & Co. where he retired as partner managing director in 2003. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado. 

Lewis was an active member of the major gifts fundraising committee for The Village at Waveny Care Center, Waveny’s assisted living residence for people with memory loss that opened in 2001, and a supporter of the capital fund that underpinned the YMCA of New Canaan’s remodeling effort. He is a former president of the board of trustees for the New Canaan Nature Center and a current member of the New Canaan Conservation Commission.

Lewis’s civic and community volunteerism extends from New Canaan to Nantucket, where he is a member of board of directors for the Nantucket Arts Council and a former member of the Nantucket Shellfish Association.

“Both seniors and healthcare in general currently face a tremendous amount of challenges,” said Lewis. “It is very exciting to become part of an organization that has consistently taken on a leadership role in tackling issues of relevance and great importance.”

With a diverse background in senior corporate management and community service, Jay Twombly joins Lewis as an incoming Waveny board member for 2010. Now an operating partner with The Snow Phipps Group LLC, a New York based private equity firm, he previously served as president and CEO of Edwards Systems Technology, Inc., which he successfully led the sale of to General Electric Company in 2005. Prior, Twombly served as vice president and treasurer of General Signal Corporation, Edwards’s parent company, and also held a number of senior management positions at United Dominion Industries Limited. He received an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and an undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University.

Twombly formerly served as a member of the Advisory Board of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. and ICx Technologies, Inc. He is presently the chairman of the board of trustees for the Congregational Church of New Canaan, president of the Old Faithful Antique Fire Company, and also serves as a volunteer EMT with the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute, first hand, to an organization that has played such a critical and positive role in healthcare for Southwestern Connecticut for decades,” he said.

Also new to the Waveny board for 2010 is an “Advisory Council” – a special consultative body comprised exclusively of former Waveny chairs. Following a unanimous vote to establish and adopt this Council, all past chairs were named founding and lifetime Advisory Council members at the most recent meeting of the board of directors.

“Through their distinct level of service, our past chairs possess a unique and intimate knowledge of our organization and the greater New Canaan community,” said Harry Rein. “We treasure their knowledge of our organization and its impact on the New Canaan Community. Their collective experience is an invaluable resource for the management and current board of Waveny Care Network.”

Waveny Care Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program that offers flexible hours and transportation six days a week, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs and hospice care at The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.