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Andstrom, Madonna elected as Corporators at Jewett City Savings Bank

Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announces two new corporators elected at the Bank’s 139th annual meeting held on March 28. They are Brian A. Andstrom of Plainfield and Theresa I. Madonna of Griswold.

“We are pleased to welcome Brian and Theresa to Jewett City Savings Bank as our newest corporators,” said Merchant. “They are a perfect choice for their new roles as additional resources for our management team, and as ambassadors of the Bank out in the community, where they are well-known and highly regarded.”

Brian Andstrom, a broker associate with the Partner Network, is a partner of B.E.B.E. Company, a land development organization. He is a licensed real estate broker in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

He began his career in real estate sales with the Petrowsky Real Estate Company, where he gained experience in residential, commercial, industrial, sub-division, new construction and foreclosure sales. He purchased the Company in 1985 and then purchased Realty World Quintal a decade later. He was the owner/broker of Realty World Petrowsky-Quintal prior to joining the Partner Network in 2008.

Andstrom is a member and previously served on the board of directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors. He also served as chairman of the Northeast Board of Realtors Professional Standards Committee for eight years.

He is a six-time recipient of the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors “Top 5% Sales” Award, and he received the award for multimillion dollar sales and listings for 21 consecutive years. In 2000, he received the “Business Person of the Year” award from the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce.

Andstrom is a 1975 graduate of Vermont Technical College, where he received an associate’s degree in civil/survey engineering.

A member of the Mohegan Striders running club, he is a volunteer leader for summer running programs through the Plainfield Recreation Department. He serves as the chaplain of the Plainfield VFW men’s auxiliary and is also a member of the Finnish American Heritage Society. He has also been prominent in the Plainfield business community, having served as a member of the Plainfield Lions Club and the Plainfield Jaycees. He was also a member of the Plainfield Economic Development Commission, and he served for four years on the Plainfield Recreation Commission.

Theresa Madonna has been a solo practitioner of law with an office in Jewett City since 2007. Her general law practice handles estate planning, elder law, probate matters, consumer bankruptcy and small business matters. She is a member of the American and Federal Bar Associations, the Connecticut Bar Association, the New London and Windham County Bar Associations, and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Prior to her law practice, she was the vice president for academic affairs and the dean of the college at Fisher College in Boston, MA. In her academic career, she also held the positions of vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty after serving as dean of graduate studies and continuing education at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI; and she was the academic director of graduate programs, College of Business following 10 years as a professor of management at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

Madonna received her Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law; a doctor of science degree in management systems from the University of New Haven; an MBA from the University of New Haven; a master of science degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven; and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ohio Dominican College.

Active in the community, she currently serves as a board member of Thames River Family Program and Martin House, both located in Norwich, and also as a board member of A Reason to Ride in Griswold, serving needy veterans. She is a member of the State of Connecticut Planning Commission for Higher Education, and she recently served on the State of Connecticut Governor’s Task Force on CHFA Loss Mitigation. She is on the board of trustees for St. Vincent’s College in Bridgeport, is a board member of the Rotary Club of Norwich, and a member of the Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce. In the Town of Griswold, she served on the board of selectmen from 2009 to 2011, and also as a member of the board of education from 2003 to 2011.

In 2009, she was the recipient of the Pro-Bono Service Award from the Connecticut Bar Foundation and the Foreclosure Prevention Pro-Bono Service Award from the Connecticut Fair Housing Authority. She is also a past recipient of the Leadership Award from Sacred Heart University.