Anita Baxter, James Blackketter and Jeffrey Lalonde Join the Board of The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHWEST, CT— Anita Baxter of New Hartford, James Blackketter of Kent, and Jeffrey Lalonde of Goshen have been named to the board of directors of The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, which provides philanthropic support to 20 towns in Litchfield County.

A resident of New Hartford, Ms. Anita Baxter is a skilled corporate trainer and process improvement facilitator. Through her business, Baxter Communications, she worked with business and government organizations in process improvement, improving customer satisfaction, lowering costs and increasing profitability.

She is a graduate of Ohio University. Ms. Baxter is currently president of the Arnolda Improvement Corporation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Community Bank.

Ms. Baxter is well-known in her community having served as First Selectman for three terms in the 1980s. She has held board posts and volunteer positions with numerous local organizations, including serving on the Advisory Board of the Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and on the Boards of the Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library and the New Hartford Board of Education. She has served as president of the New Hartford Business Council, and as an EMT with the New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance Association.  

“Anita is an accomplished professional and community leader,” said Community Foundation President Guy Rovezzi.  “Her analytical skills and ability to build consensus around disparate views will be an asset to the Community Foundation.”

A resident of Kent, Mr. James Blackketter is an accomplished businessperson having served as vice president and director of strategic planning of Inmont Corporation of New York, vice president and general manager of Inmont’s RBH division in New Jersey, and director of the printing ink division of BASF in Canada.

An involved community member, Mr. Blackketter was a founding board member of the Kent Village District Committee. He served as senior deacon of the First Congregational Church of Kent, President of the Kent Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Kent Zoning Board of Appeals.

Mr. Blackketter and his wife, Gini, owned Kent’s House of Books shop for 23 years. He is a Board member for the Kent Community Fund and the Kent Library Association, a member of the Kent Board of Finance, and a volunteer at Quality Thrift shop and the Kent Food Bank.

“Jim’s impressive credentials and tireless community service make him a great resource,” said Community Foundation President Guy Rovezzi. “He will provide the knowledge and familiarity of community needs in the greater Kent area enabling the Community Foundation to improve its service to the people in that community.

A resident of Goshen, Mr. Jeffrey Lalonde is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Western New England College. He is the president of Torrington Savings Bank. He has served as vice president of commercial lending for Shawmut Bank and senior vice president, and president & CEO of Vanguard Bank.

Mr. Lalonde has served as chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Board of Trustees of the Northwest Connecticut YMCA, corporator of The Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial, a member of the CT Junior Republic Advisory Committee, and Board member the Goshen Housing Trust, vice president and board member of the Torrington Library, past president and board member of the Torrington Country Club and a board member of the Torrington Development Corporation, Hillside Cemetery, and the Ebersol Scholarship Committee.

He previously served as a board member for the Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, the Community Health & Wellness Center and as a member of the Torrington Winsted Rotary Club and the Mayor’s Insurance Committee.  

“Jeffrey is highly regarded for his sound and knowledgeable leadership,” said Community Foundation President Guy Rovezzi. “His dedication to community service and commitment to improving all aspects of community life are reflected in his extensive volunteer record.”

Established in 1969, The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 270 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $80 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3.5 million.



Nicole Easley
Communications Director
Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut