2019 Candidates


Derrylyn Gorski, First Selectman & Clark Hurlburt, Selectman
Derrylyn Gorski, First Selectman & Clark Hurlburt, Selectman

Derrylyn Gorski:

  • Account Executive – SNET
  • Advocacy Director for American Heart Assn for CT
  • Bethany Resident since 1984
  • 3 daughters who attended BCS, Amity Schools
  • Elected First Selectwoman in 2003

Clark Hurlburt:

  • Bethany Resident since 1987
  • Bethany CERT Coordinator
  • Deputy Director of Emergency Management
  • 40+ years in Public Safety, Fire & EMS
  • Actor – Live, TV and Film
  • Works for Yale University Facilities Operations
  • 1 daughter who attended BCS, Amity Schools
  • Currently serving a Second Selectman


Lawrence B. Eisner
Lawrence B. Eisner
  • Currently service his fifth term as Bethany Treasurer
  • Lawyer with a practice focused on business agreements
  • Past president and a board member of his synagogue
  • Past treasurer and board member of Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

Tax Collector

Frances K. Doba
  • Tax Collector elected in 2017
  • Retired Senior Technical Director at at&t
  • Graduate of Marymount College of Fordham University with a degree in English and Politics
  • Bethany Resident since 1997

Board of Assessment Appeals

Janet Brunwin
  • Served as Sr. Vice President of Finance at Laticrete for over 15 years
  • Chair of Bethany Harvest Festival
  • Treasurer Lions Club since 2014
  • Bethany Citizen of the Year – 2014
  • MBA for UNH

Board of Finance

Elizabeth L. Thornquist
  • Currently serves on Board of Finance
  • Chief Information Officer at ProHealth Physicians
  • Board Member of the Bethany Library
  • Bethany Resident for over 20 years
James Bruni
  • Served on Bethany Board of Education
  • Educator for 12 years
  • Teacher at Bethany Community School
  • Part time faculty at SCSU
  • Former Elected Member of SCSU Alumni Assn. Board of Directors
  • Bethany Community School Strategic Planning Committee
  • 2 young children, 1 attends BCS
Sally Huyser
  • Currently serves on Board of Finance
  • Elementary School Teacher – St Mary’s Milford
  • Graduate of SCSU with BS in Early Childhood Ed. & Psychology
  • Longtime resident of Bethany

Board of Education

Angelo Amato
  • Currently serving on Board of Education
  • Amity High School Teacher for 17 years
  • Amity High School Science Department Head
  • Co-chair Amity High School Decennial Accreditation Committee
  • MS in Science Education SCSU
  • Bethany Resident since 2006
  • 2 children
Edward J. Maher
  • Graduate of NYU
  • Norwalk Firefighter
  • Move to Bethany for its rural character an outstanding schools
  • 3 daughters attending BCS
  • Currently serving on Board of Education
Doreen S. Fox
  • Special Education teacher at Hamden Collaborative Learning Center
  • Teacher for over 30 years
  • Hamden Hero Award – 2019
  • Bethany Resident for 27 years
  • 2 daughters who attended Bethany and Amity School System
  • Currently serving on Board of Education
Jennifer Turner
  • BA in History from Yale University
  • PhD in Western History – University of Wisconsin
  • Serves on Bethany Clean Energy Task Force, Sustainable Bethany Committees
  • Vice President of Bethany Library Board
  • Leading an effort to establish Bethany Arts District
  • Currently serves on Amity Regional Board of Education

Planning and Zoning

Michael Calhoun
  • Current Chair of South Central Regional Planning
  • Current Vice Chair of Planning and Zoning
  • Arborist at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden
Julia Strong
  • Educator, Monroe Public Schools
  • Former Matrimonial Paralegal, New York City
  • Trinity College, Hartford CT, BA Psychology
  • Has 2 children who attend Bethany Community School

Planning and Zoning Alternate

Bradford Buchta
  • Attorney
  • Past President – Woodbridge Child Center
  • Zoning Board of Appeals 2009-2011
  • Past Recipient of ABA Land Use Planning & Zoning & Local Government Award
  • Bethany Resident for 10 years
  • 2 daughters who attend BCS
Esperanza Criscuolo
  • Manager-Employee Relations at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford
  • Completing her PhD in Management
  • MBA Human Resources
  • 1 son who attends Amity Regional High School
Steven Thornquist
  • Pediatric Ophthalmologist for 22 years
  • Former Selectman – 8 years
  • Frequent Moderator for Annual Town Meetings
  • Past President CT State Medical Society
  • Bethany Resident for over 20 years

Zoning Board of Appeals

Mark Stricker
  • Assistant Director, Digital Strategy, Office of Public Affairs & Communications, Yale University
  • Currently serves on Zoning Board of Appeals
  • MFA in Poetry from University of Pittsburgh
  • Wife, Allyson, teaches at Amity High School
  • 2 kids, four cats, and two birds
Calen Lang
  • Cinematographer in New York City for 20 years
  • Member of Local 600 Cinematographers Guild
  • Emmy Award Winner
  • 1 Preschool age daughter

Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate

April Stirling
  • Real Estate Agent for 9 years
  • BS Environmental Science
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Previous Parish Secretary at Christ Church Bethany
  • Sewed costumes for Amity Creative Theater musical productions for several years
  • Serves on Zoning Board of Appeals -Alternate since 2017
  • Bethany resident since 2005
  • 4 daughters who attended Bethany and Amity School System
Joan Gervasio
  • Retired Sales & Marketing Professional for 20 years
  • Background in Design & Real Estate
  • 35+ years as member of Bethany Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary
  • BCS Volunteer
  • Bethany Resident for 42 years
  • Children and Grand Children all attended Bethany and Amity School System
Scott Kealey
  • Director of Seven Angels Children’s Theater
  • Teaches After School acting classes in Waterbury Elementary Schools
  • 20-Year Career as Regional Theater Actor
  • Lifelong Opera Lover
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