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Leadership

A project as far-reaching and comprehensive as the Thorne Building Community Center can only be achieved through visionary leadership that encompasses a wide range of community perspectives.  The TBCC Planning Committee includes representatives from local arts groups, businesses, and philanthropic organizations, as well as educators, senior citizens, clergy, and elected officials from both the Village of Millbrook and the Town of Washington.  TBCC’s overall day-to-day operations are handled by a Board of Directors.

The Planning Committee

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Planning Committee TBCC

From left to right: Thom Fiet, Joseph Rochfort, Charlie Pierce, Betsy Shequine, Rona Boyer, Ann Gifford,

Roderick Ciferri, Patsy Pollack, Grace Rosa, Robert Audia, Sarah Stack, George Whalen, Matthew Calkins

Missing from photo: Robert Knapp and Oakleigh Thorne.

Board of Directors

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OAKLEIGH THORNE
Chairman of the Board of the Thorne Building Community Center

I am the CEO of Thorndale Farm, Inc., the family office of the Thorne family. I grew up in Millbrook, and after graduating from Columbia Business School, worked in Chicago, where I ran a legal publishing company, and Denver, where I ran an online education company. I moved back to Millbrook in 2005, and ultimately moved our family office back here and into a new office building on Front Street. I am very proud to be the 10th generation of my family to be involved with our community, and hope that with the Thorne Building Community Center we can create a vibrant gathering place for the greater Millbrook area that will last for many generations to come.

GEORGE T. WHALEN III
Treasurer of the Thorne Building Community Center


I am President and CEO of the Bank of Millbrook, President of George T. Whalen Real Estate and an executive with George T. Whalen Insurance. I serve as trustee of Millbrook Tribute Garden, and am a former trustee of Wethersfield Foundation and Millbrook School. I am also a director of James L. Taylor Manufacturing Inc. I received my BA from Siena College and my MBA from Syracuse University.

ANN GIFFORD
Secretary of the Thorne Building Community Center


I am of counsel to the law firm of Teahan & Constantino and have lived in Millbrook for more than 44 years. My husband John grew up in Millbrook and we have raised our three children here. As a longtime member of the Millbrook Arts Group, having the Thorne Building renovated and the auditorium available for concerts, plays and other artistic endeavors is extremely important to me. The Thorne Building Community Center is an exciting project and I am thrilled to be a member of the Board.

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CHARLES PIERCE
Chairman of the Thorne Building Planning Committee and Board Member of the Thorne Building Community Center


My wife Barbara and I have lived in the Millbrook area since 1970. We happily raised our two children here. I was a Professor of English literature at Vassar College, and in 1987, I was appointed Director of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. I retired in 2007, having successfully raised the profile of the Morgan as a public cultural institution. Upon retirement, Barbara and I returned to live in Millbrook.

I have long been interested in this handsome building and so I met with Oakleigh Thorne to discover that he and I both shared a desire to use the Thorne Building to enrich the cultural, educational, social, and economic life of Millbrook. We also shared a conviction that we should go to the Millbrook community itself and discover how they thought we might best use this building, which is what we did.