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3 new Corporators at Jewett City Savings Bank


Three new Corporators were elected at the Jewett City Savings Bank annual meeting on March 29. They are Donna Copeland of Putnam, Courtland Kinnie of Griswold, and Susan Rourke, also of Griswold.

“These three individuals are uniquely and highly qualified to join those who serve as the Bank’s goodwill ambassadors out in the community,” said Kevin Merchant, president and CEO. “They each share our goal of strengthening our communities for the benefit of local businesses and residents. We are pleased to welcome them to the Jewett City Savings Bank team.”

Donna Copeland
Copeland, the co-owner of Copeland Rentals and comptroller of Copeland Builders, has served as the director of Westcott-Wilcox Elderly Residential Housing since 2011. Active in the community, she currently serves on the board of directors of the Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. She is a founder and steering committee member of the Women and Girl’s Fund of the Eastern Connecticut Community Foundation and a member of the Connecticut Association of Residential Care Homes.

Courtland Kinnie
Kinnie is the owner and operator of Sterry Kinnie Farm in Griswold. He assumed operation and management responsibilities for the family farm after receiving a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from the University of Connecticut in 1983. He has served the Town of Griswold on various commissions for over 20 years. He is currently chairman of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Conservation Commission and chairman of the Griswold Aquifer Protection Agency. He is also vice-chairman of the Griswold Planning and Zoning Commission and the Griswold Bicentennial Committee, and a member of the Griswold Open Space Land Acquisition Committee and the Griswold Historical Society.

Susan Rourke
Prior to her appointment as interim superintendent of schools in Griswold in January 2016, Rourke was the assistant to the superintendent and the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Griswold Public Schools. Previously, she was principal of the Griswold Elementary School and, earlier, principal of Plainfield High School. In her 26-year career in public education, she also served as the principal of Moosup Elementary School, principal/superintendent designee of Sterling Memorial School, and as a teacher and health educator at Sterling Memorial School.

Rourke holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Connecticut State University and the master of arts in teaching and sixth year certificate of advanced studies from Sacred Heart University. She also completed the executive leadership program at the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the EASTCONN executive board of the Center for Educational Leadership and a member of the Regional Staff Development Council. She is also a member of the Executive District Leaders Roundtable of the Connecticut Association of Schools, the executive board and coalition for Griswold PRIDE, Children First Griswold, and the Griswold Booster Club.