Our Board

Since its founding in 2004, ELF has been governed by a non-salaried all volunteer board which seeks to represent a cross-section of the community. Our Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent assist our board in a non-voting ex-officio capacity. We also depend on many volunteers for help with our programs, events and publications.




Robin joined ELF in 2018. She is a pediatrician at Village Pediatrics in Westport. Robin lives in Easton with her husband and 3 sons who are all attending school within the district.

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Drew joined ELF in 2017 and has been president since 2019. He is a physicist working at ASML in Wilton where he oversees the technology development of machines used to manufacture computer chips. He and his wife have two children in the Easton schools.

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Dorothy Gnidula


Dorothy Gnidula joined the ELF board as Treasurer in 2012. She is presently the Vice President of Global Tax Reporting & Compliance at The Nielsen Company.



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Terri is an Xray Technologist and was previously Manager of an MRI facility at Waterbury Hospital. She has also worked as a marketing director for a clinical laboratory and a pharmaceutical sales representative for Squibb Diagnostics. Terri presently devotes her time to volunteering in the Easton school system and at St Vincent’s Medical Center. She has lived in Easton since 1996, and sent two children through the Easton school system. 

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Karen is a founding member of ELF and served as Vice President from 2004–2009. Currently, she remains an active board member of ELF. In her previous work experience, she was the Manager of Events Planning for Pitney Bowes Corp. in Stamford. Karen has lived in Easton since 1998, and sent two children through the Easton school system.

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Ande is currently working as a school counselor at Weston Middle School and has over 18 years of diverse teaching experience in a middle school setting throughout Fairfield County and in the Washington, DC area.  She and her husband Ross have been living in Easton since 2007 and have two daughters that attend Samuel Staples Elementary School.

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Joseph Plastina is Chief Financial Officer of Solve Advisors. Joe has 20 years of experience as a finance, corporate development, strategy and operations executive at enterprise technology companies, including experience purchasing and selling more than $4 billion-worth in enterprise software companies. He earned his M.B.A. from The Wharton School and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Cooper Union.



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Donna is the proud parent of three children that all graduated from the  Easton school system. She works at Samuel Staples Elementary and previously spent time as a paralegal. Donna joined ELF because of a heartfelt belief in its mission of funding grants to enhance education.

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