Board of Directors
Lori has been active with SPHERE since 2009 and joined the Board in the winter of 2011. After a twenty-year career in Human Resources for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group, Lori retired in 1996. Lori now spends time as a community activist helping local non-profits such as Ability Beyond Disability, Kids in Crisis, Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, Founder’s Hall and Women’s Center of Greater Danbury raise money to help bridge the gap in their operating budgets and to fund programming. Lori also sits on the Women’s Center, Founder’s Hall and Ridgefield Girls Softball Boards.
Rebecca L. Ciota – Secretary
Rebecca is an attorney in private practice in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Rebecca graduated from Cornell University in 2001 and from Fordham Law School in 2005. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut. In 1997, Rebecca became a Certified Volunteer Coach in Track and Field for the Special Olympics and has maintained that connection through yearly participation in the Penguin Plunge. In addition to serving as SPHERE’s Executive Director, Rebecca is actively involved in SPHERE’s arts programs, crafts programs and with SPHERE’s members. She also serves on the Board of the Women’s Center in Danbury, Connecticut. Her twin sister, Hope, has been a member of SPHERE since 2003 and Rebecca joined the Board in 2009.
Jill Edelman Barberie
Jill is a licensed clinical social worker (Jill Edelman L.C.S.W.) in private psychotherapy practice for over three decades first in NYC and then Connecticut. She graduated with a BA from NYU and an MSW from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and received her psychoanalytic training from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) in New York City. Jill served on the board of the Mark Twain Library for eight years and was a founding member and chairman of the Allen and Helen Hermes Arts Series which provides free cultural events in the arts at the Mark Twain Library in Redding, CT. Jill is the author of two blogs: www.thecouplestoolkit.com and www.parentingadultspecialneeds.com as well as a print and e-book This Crazy Quilt: Parenting Adult Special Needs One Day At A Time with illustrations by her daughter Juliette Barberie. Jill and her husband Michael live in Redding and in addition to their daughter Juliette, a Sphere member who resides in Ridgefield, they have a son Samuel Barberie who lives and works in Manhattan.
Wendy Gannon Lionetti
Wendy is a Ridgefield, Connecticut, native and works for the Town of Ridgefield. She created the SPHERE-It Creations program three years ago to share her love of beading and creating jewelry with SPHERE members. Membership has grown to over 20 artists enabling SPHERE members to realize their creative potential in making unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Wendy is active in volunteer work – currently a leader on the Town of Ridgefield Emergency Preparedness PIO (Public Information Office) Team, a member of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), a member of the Ridgefield Military Pride Committee, and she formerly served on the Ridgefield Emmaus Board of Directors. Wendy is also involved in her church community at St. Elizabeth Seton. A graduate of the Katharine Gibbs School, Wendy’s career began at a boutique advertising and PR firm in Ridgefield. After taking a break to spend several years at home raising her children, when returning work, her love for the town led her to seek employment with the Town of Ridgefield. Wendy has been the recipient of several awards, such as the Town of Ridgefield Employee of the Year, SPHERE Volunteer of the Year, and the Town of Ridgefield Recycling Awareness Award.
Neil began to volunteer at SPHERE when his brother, Tom, became a member in 2014. Since retiring from GE, Neil has had subsequent leadership roles at Sony Music and AOL. He graduated from Fordham University and earned an MBA at Columbia University. During the past thirty years, Neil and his wife, Beth, have raised their two children here in Ridgefield. Much of Neil’s local community involvement has been focused on youth sports organizations. Tom, who lives and works in Mount Kisco during the week, visits his brother’s family each weekend. The two Gollogly brothers can always be found together at SPHERE’s Music & Performing Arts Program and Friday’s Bingo festivities.
As the CEO and owner of The Ridgefield Supply Company, Margaret Price is responsible for running all facets of the business. Margaret has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales growth in the Lumber and Building Material industry. After graduating from Wheaton College (Norton, MA) in 2000 with degrees in Political Science, International Relations, and a minor in Economics, Margaret joined the Ridgefield Supply Team. In 2001, she earned her Certified Building Material Specialist certification from the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association.
In addition to sitting on many boards within the lumber industry, Margaret has been active in the community of Ridgefield as well over the years. In 2005 she received the Young Retailer of the Year from the National Hardware Association and in 2015 she was part of the first honored class of the Pro-Sales “4 Under 40”. Besides her passion for the building industry, Margaret is a dedicated mother of two young boys. She also spends her free time competing as a top level Amateur equestrian up and down the east coast. Her love of horses has led her to open Equine Millwork, an Equestrian based Millwork specialty shop and consulting business.