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Meet our Board Members!

Jeffrey Litke

Jeffrey Litke

Board of Education Chairman

Board Liaison to Maple Hill Elementary School and Hop Brook Elementary School 

I ran for the Board of Education because I believe that a quality education is important for all of our children.  It is an honor to have the opportunity to have a voice in providing that for our children and adult learners.  

Something that I hope to accomplish is encouraging community engagement in our public schools.  We our fortunate to live in a great community that supports our educations programs and I would love to see even greater involvement.  

About Jeffrey

Political Party: Republican

Current profession: Human Resources Generalist for the town of Stratford

Community & Volunteer involvement: 

  • Naugatuck Republican Town Committee, June 2017 - Present
  • Naugatuck Inland Wetlands Commission, October 2016 - November 2017
  • Naugatuck Zoning Commission, March 2007 - September 2009


Naugatuck High School, 1999

B.A. in Political Science, University of Connecticut, 2003

Masters of Public Administration, University of New Haven, 2011

Family: Husband, Andrew Cosenza

Jason Celozzi

Jason Celozzi

Board of Education Member

Board Liaison to City Hill Middle School


Diana Malone

Diana Malone

Board of Education Member

Board Liaison to Andrew Avenue Elementary School and the Early Childhood Center at Central Avenue.

About Diana

Party: Republican

Education: Associate's degree in early childhood education, Naugatuck Valley Community College

Occupation: Retired on disability

Family: Husband, Anthony; son Anthony, 31; daughter Vanessa, 30


Marilyn O'Donnell

Marilyn O'Donnell

Board of Education Vice Chair

Board Liaison to City Hill Middle School and Andrew Avenue Elementary School


Pete Hess

N. Warren Pete Hess

Mayor of Naugatuck

Board Liaison to Hillside Intermediate School and Salem Elementary School


James Scully

James Scully

Board of Education Member

About James

Party: Democrat

Education: High school graduate

Experience: Former commissioner, Charter Revision Commission; Democratic Town Committee; Board of Education, 11 years

Occupation: Contractor

Military Service: Coast Guard

Family: Wife, Rosalie; sons James Jr and Matthew; daughter Kristen.

Why did you join the Board of Education: To help the town.

What do you hope to accomplish this year? Keep budget down, keep buildings safe


Ethel Grant

Ethel Grant

Board of Education Secretary

Board Liaison to Naugatuck High School

The goal of my term is to listen and bring to the table concerns of parents about their children: that they are loved, respected and are receiving a fair education.  I would also like to see more improvement in our Math scores.  Along with the Board, I will continue to monitor our progress and support our Superintendent and professionals tasked with bringing our program along.  I also hope to be seen as a role model for diversity in education in our community.  I hope that I can enlighten someone out there (future teachers and citizens) to see that Naugatuck is a culturally diverse community who is welcoming and wanting them to bring and share their talents to help make Naugatuck even greater.

About Ethel 

Party:  Democrat

Years a Naugatuck resident: Over 40 years

Current Employment: Retired Dean of Students

Professional Memberships: Board member ACES, CT District Delegate New York Annual Conf UMC

Community Involvement: Naugatuck Board of Education, Board member Naugatuck Youth ServicesNaugatuck Community Choir, member Naugatuck United Methodist Church (Mission Chair, choir, Lay Leader, Liturgist)

EducationWeaver High SchoolCentral Connecticut State UniversitySouthern Connecticut State University: BS and Masters of Education          

Family: Husband, Bernard; daughters, Kelly and Courtney.  Interests: painting, singing, the outdoors, gardening and community service


Alicia Makowski

Alicia Makowski

Board of Education Member