Board of Selectman
Paul Honig – Paul will work collaboratively and cooperatively on the Board of Selectmen. His goal is to provide transparent, efficient, common sense government to the residents of our community. A Wharton School of Business graduate with a finance degree and 22 years of experience in fixed income
finance, Paul hopes his finance experience will be beneficial to the town. Prior to moving to Connecticut, Paul spent 12 years writing software for bond traders and salesmen and 10 years working on an interest rate trading desk. He is certified to teach math grades 7-12 in Connecticut. He taught middle school math in Cornwall for a year. He is currently retired.
Paul is actively involved in the community. He is the treasurer of Region 10 Make a Mark, an organization that funds grants to enhance the educational experiences of Region 10 students. Paul is also an Executive Board member and treasurer for the Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation. In the spring, Paul coaches the Gilbert boys varsity tennis team in Winsted. Paul was the Democratic nominee for state representative in district 76 in 2018.
Paul has lived in Harwinton with his wife, Diane, and two sons for 7 years. One son is a senior at Lewis Mills, the other a 2017 graduate.
Feel free to call Paul at 860-782-0566
Board of Finance
Robin Ruwet Turpin – Robin has over thirty years of diverse financial experience. Robin has worked as a financial analyst, cost accountant, systems analyst and project manager for the integration of complex financial and manufacturing systems.
Robin is a UCONN Honors Graduate and earned her M.B.A. from Santa Clara University while working full-time for Hewlett-Packard in California. She has been the treasurer at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington for seven years now and previously, the assistant treasurer for one year. She has served on the Church Vestry for eight years.
Robin has been a Front Desk Reception Volunteer for 10 ½ years at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Prior to living in Harwinton, she was very active with Torrington Schools and their sports’ groups. Robin has been the Harwinton Democratic Town Committee Treasurer for eight years.
She is the proud mother of three grown children and grandmother to three.
Board of Assessment Appeals
Darren Frechette – Darren is a business owner and PhD Economist who moved to Harwinton 13 years ago because of its rural character and great schools.
He is 50 years old and has 3 children and 4 step-children, ages 11 to 18.
Darren’s main community activity has been coaching youth soccer, which he has done almost every spring and fall (and sometimes winter) for the last 20 years. He loves bright fall days and fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms and orchards.
His metal fabrication business in Bristol employs 15 people and was started by his grandfather in 1937.
Before taking over the business from his father, Darren was a professor at Penn State University where he taught economics and management to students in the College of Agricultural Science and published scholarly research on commodity markets.
Darren sees serving on the Board of Assessment Appeals as an essentially nonpartisan position where his financial background will help ensure fairness for Harwinton resident concerned.
Roland Perreault – Roland currently sits on the Commission as a very active alternate. He is a healthcare manager at a large shoreline hospital with a doctorate in his profession and MBA. His experience with data collection has been useful to the Commission as they develop a new 10-year plan of development for Harwinton.
Debra Friedus – Dr. Debra Friedus is running for the Planning Commission to contribute to the civic life in her community. She is interested in land use as it relates to the character of Harwinton, conservation and the town plan for development. She wants to participate in deciding whether an application is in compliance with regulations. Dr. Freidus moved to Harwinton thirteen years ago and is currently a Planning Commission alternate.
She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Purdue Veterinary School and has lived in Connecticut and practiced Veterinary Medicine since 1984. She is a member of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Freidus has served on the Board and as an Officer for the following organizations: American Pointer Club, Pointer Club of Central New Jersey, and Pointer Assoc. of New England. She has been a member of the American Pointer Club National Field Trial Standing Committee for fifteen years and has served as event Secretary for nine years.
She has served as a delegate to the Dr. John Flaherty Field Trial Clubs Assn. for seventeen years. She has volunteered for many micro chipping and rabies clinics for pets to support various animal rescue efforts and has raised money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Dr. Freidus maintains an active interest in her hobbies, which include her dogs, antiques, and collectibles.
Diane Moriarty – Diane is the mother of two adult children, Michael and Kaitlin. She holds a Masters degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University and a Masters in Social Work from Springfield College. She has been a resident of Harwinton for two years and looks forward to serving our community.
Joseph Arcuri – Joe is a computer consultant who has run his own business since 1999.
He was on the Region 10 Board of Education for nine years, four of which he served as Board Chair.
Joe and his wife Maredith moved to Harmony Hill Rd 25 years ago and have since raised 3 wonderful children there, the youngest of which graduated from Lewis Mills in 2018.
Joe looks forward to being more involved in town activities as a member of the zoning commission.
Zoning Commission Alternate
Kevin Case – Kevin, along with his wife Linda and daughters, Emma and Sarah, both Lewis Mills graduates, have lived in Harwinton since 2006.
Kevin is in his 14th year working with the Land Trust Alliance, a national organization focused on the role of land conservation in building healthy and vibrant communities.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Kevin worked for the National Park Service. He oversaw a federal Wild and Scenic River Study on the Eightmile River and a National Scenic Trail Study for what is now the New England National Scenic Trail.
Previously, he was Executive Director of the Farmington River Watershed Association in Simsbury and currently sits on the board of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council.
As a candidate for Zoning Commission Alternate, Kevin is excited for an opportunity to have a role in making Harwinton the best community it can be.
Zoning Board of Appeals
Lynne Steincamp – Lynne is a former member of the Zoning Commission running for Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate.
Zoning Board of Appeals
Ed Moriarty – Ed is the father of four adult children and is a retired Project Manager from Downes Construction where he worked for over 25 years.
Board of Education
Scott Ragaglia – Scott is a retired financial industry executive who has a daughter in the Region 10 school system.
Board of Education
John Vecchitto – John is a retired educator who has served on the Board of Education since 2015.