the Organizers

Nancy PelzPaget has agreed to serve as Director of our Enhancing Redding’s Future effort. As former Director of the Aspen Institute Program on Education and Society, Nancy spent over 20 years organizing learning networks and public policy workshops.  Nancy’s husband, Dennis Paget, is the author of They All Lived in Redding, a tribute to the town that inspired Mark Twain, upon surveying the countryside from his new home here, to declare: “How beautiful it all is! I did not think it could be as beautiful as this.”


Jim Lang is a 32-year resident of Redding, where four of his six children were educated in the towns various schools. Jim is a native of Minnesota, and a graduate of University of Minnesota. Jim is currently retired after 40 years in leadership positions in industry and business including retail, engineering production management, and pharmaceuticals. Post retirement, as executive director and president, Jim directed a local non-profit dedicated to granting wishes to seriously and terminally ill children. Jim has also served on various other boards including the Greenwich Choral Society, Sound Waters and Dream Come True.

Howard Sherman is a senior executive who has served as CEO for leading global organizations in both the Private and Nonprofit sectors. 

Howard spent 20 years in the marketing communications industry, most recently as Global CEO of Doremus, the world’s leading business communications company. Doremus is part of the Omnicom network, a $14 billion holding company of leading marketing services companies around the world. While at Doremus, Howard oversaw offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Frankfurt, Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Doremus grew 45% under Howard’s leadership and became one of Omnicom’s fastest growing operating companies. 

As a purpose driven leader, Howard assumed the global leadership position in 2016 of Good36O, the world’s leading Product Philanthropy organization. Good360 sources excess product inventories form leading organizations including Amazon, CVS, Walmart, Nike, RH, along with Hundreds of others and redistributes those products to its captive network of over 60,000 nonprofits. In 2020 Good360 surpassed the $10 billion mark in product redistributed and in doing so supported thousands of nonprofits and keeping millions of tons of product out of landfill. 

Claudio Rodrigo has over 40 years of Operations Management experience working for Ford Motor Co., Revlon Cosmetics, Coca Cola Bottling Co of NY and 32 years with PepsiCo. Claudio has held various leadership positions within Engineering, Packaging and Equipment Development, Food Service and Beverage Operations Management. Claudio’s last position at PepsiCo was leading an organization of over 3,000, managing the Pepsi Equipment Services across the US and Canada.  He is currently retired and has lived with his wife Joyce in Redding for the last 13 years.

Dan Souza has forty years of experience in investment banking and finance with global financial institutions. Dan began his career at Merrill Lynch and later served as President of a SEC registered securities firm in NewYork, as Director of Asia Corporate Finance at First Boston and, earlier in his career, as Chief Operating Officer of a Citibank subsidiary. Prior to retirement, Dan co-founded and managed a private equity fund for 15 years. Dan received his MBA from Harvard Business School and BA with Honors from the University of Hong Kong. Dan and his wife Tania moved to Redding four years ago after over 20 years in Westport.

Roger Van Ausdal is a 28-year resident of Redding, and his three children were educated in the Redding schools. His wife Sandi taught French and Spanish for over 20 years at Joel Barlow High School, and she was the Instructional Leader for World Languages. Roger grew up in the Boston, MA, area. He earned his BS in Chem. Eng. at Lehigh University, and his MBA at Rutgers University. He is currently retired after a career in Sales and Marketing in the chemical and microelectronics industries.

Peter Bonfanti is a retired IBM senior executive. Peter has lived in Redding for 20 years. Peter served on the Region 9 Board of Education from 2003-2007 and is also a former Connecticut Justice of the Peace. Peter has been a member of the Redding Democratic Town Committee for 15 years and its Data Director for 10 years. Peter is the founder and moderator of the highly regarded Redding Current Events Discussion Group now in its 12th year of civil discourse.

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