BCNA Board Members
The Bishops Corner Neighborhood Association (BCNA) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of local residents, businesses, non-profits, and advocates for the Bishops Corner Neighborhood of West Hartford. Contact us to get involved.
Chairman of the Board
Bob has served as Chairman of the Board for the Bishops Corner Neighborhood Association since 2012. In that role, Bob has been active in the organization’s three major goals; Beautify Bishops Corner, Increase pedestrian safety and serve as a conduit between potential developers and those that live and work in Bishops Corner.
Bob lives in Bishops Corner with his wife, Katy and their two children, Lauren and Ben who attend neighborhood schools. Bob serves in a business development role for a global medical technology company.
Why Bob Volunteers: “I volunteer to help make our neighborhood better for my kids, neighbors and community. I’m especially interested in improving pedestrian safety in Bishops Corner”.
from the Chairman of the Board
Welcome to the Bishops Corner Neighborhood Association’s (BCNA) website. I hope you find the information on this site, as well as our Facebook page and e-newsletters, to be informative.
If you’re not familiar with our organization, the BCNA is the only neighborhood association in West Hartford to be comprised of both residents and business owners. The design was intentional as we believe there are few issues that are solely “business” or “residential.” Our organization has a strong history of over 50 years advocating for the interests of Bishops Corner.
In recent years, the Association has re-energized, establishing a board comprised of both residents and business owners who have established three main goals through which we direct our efforts. They include:
Improving non-motorized forms of transportation
Serve as a conduit between developers and the town, offering our perspective on projects impacting Bishops Corner
Helping to beautify Bishops Corner
I’m proud of the accomplishments we’ve been able to do in such a short period of time. Together, we’ve established a farmers’ market, elevated the Arts via “Poetry on the Patio” and other high quality events, helped the town secure a $850,000 State DOT grant to improve the North Main Street / Albany Avenue intersection, coordinated and funded a planter program – bringing beautiful flowers to North Main Street and have met with developers to review and provide comment on projects that impact our neighborhood.
We’ve accomplished a lot but there’s more to do. All of the members of our Board are volunteers and are committed business owners or residents dedicating their time and expertise to our cause. We invite you to review our website, attend our meetings and other events and ask us how you can become part of this dynamic organization.
I hope to see you around Bishops Corner!
Bob Fressola, Resident and Chairperson,
Bishops Corner Neighborhood Association
Jon has been a resident of the Bishops Corner Neighborhood since 2012 along with his wife Kelly and son Benjamin. He joined the board in 2016 and is especially interested in the beautification of Bishops Corner. Jon is a licensed landscape architect with TO Design LLC in New Britain a full service land planning, urban design, and landscape architecture firm.
Why Jon Volunteers: “I believe that you should serve the community that serves you. As a landscape architect with an understanding of what makes a neighborhood aesthetically attractive, I want to help guide my neighborhood to be the best it can.”
Director of the West Hartford Senior Center Gina Marino, Certified Leisure Professional, began her career at the Elmwood Senior Center in 1988 and moved to the West Hartford Senior Center in 2012. She is a member of the Connecticut Association of Senior Center Personnel, Connecticut Recreation and Park Association and National Recreation and Park Association. She has a passion for improving and enriching the lives of older adults through the implementation of high quality programs and services. The multi-purpose Senior Center is a focal point in the Bishops Corner community and attracts a wide variety of adults 55 years and better. In addition to offering classes, special events and trips, the Center hosts many community meetings and private rentals. Gina lives in Rocky Hill with her husband Joe and their two sons, Joey and Tony.
Why Gina Volunteers: “Being new to the Bishops Corner area, I joined the BCNA Board to help familiarize myself with the people and businesses as well as providing an opportunity to play an instrumental role in directing our future. The Senior Center has many resources that include programs, services, volunteers, and a beautiful facility that would assist connecting residents and businesses which would ultimately enhance and promote our Bishops Corner community.”
Karen M W Fillian
Karen is the Assistant Property Manager for EDENS and manages Bishops Corner (Marshalls-HomeGoods and Koma) and Crossroads Plaza (Big Y) in West Hartford and Simsbury Commons (Bed, Bath & Beyond and Home Goods) in Simsbury; along with Campus Shopping Plaza and Sturbridge Plaza in nearby Massachusetts.
A lifelong Farmington Valley Resident Karen has lived in Collinsville for 32 years. Karen also serves as Executive Member-Recording Secretary of the Canton Youth Services Bureau (CYSB)-implementing a network of resources and opportunities for children, youth and their families. The CYSB serves as the town’s Drug and Alcohol Council. Married 38 years to Chuck; two grown daughters and their husbands and four fabulous grandchildren – known as “Grandmama!”
Why Karen Volunteers: “EDENS Purpose is to “enrich communities by creating relationships, enhancing places and cultivating community engagement.” As a Board Member Bishops Corner Neighborhood Association (BCNA) I’m pleased to contribute to the Bishops Corner Community through facilitating Poetry on the Patio and The Taste of Bishops Corner. Additionally, EDENS is proud to Provide storage space at Crossroads Plaza for the Farmers’ Market at Bishops Corner and “Popup” Art Gallery at Bishops Corner West.”
Jason is the owner of Abby Dabby Ice Cream, located in Bishops Corner. He is a neighborhood resident for 30+ years. Jason is married to wife, Leslie and has three kids attending West Hartford Public schools. As a BCNA Board member, it is my goal to help enhance Bishops Corner from both a resident and business perspective.
Why Jason Volunteers: “It is a privilege to be part of the BCNA where we can really make positive changes. As someone who has lived here for over 30 years and has a business too, it is important to me that we do all we can to make Bishops Corner an even more desirable part of West Hartford – both from a residential and commercial perspective.”
For 30 years Tom’s career has been deeply rooted in West Hartford specializing in target marketing for specialty and niche products and driving sales for clients both business to consumer and business-to-business.
For nearly five years, if you attended an off-Broadway show, opera, symphony or ballet in CT (other than Fairfield County) the playbill was published by Tom and a portion of the profits, (nearly half a million dollars) were donated back to the arts organizations. Tom has always stayed true to his community publishing roots and Living in West Hartford, Living in the Valley and Living on the Shoreline were the first of its kind, local lifestyle magazines after his playbill publishing period.
Tom’s business has evolved from Hometown Marketing, to WHMEDIA and today WEST HARTFORD MEDIA SOLUTIONS. The proud publishers, marketing and event specialists of West Hartford Magazine, We-Ha.com, #WeHaEvents and WHMEDIA he is acting Publisher, Marketing Director and President.
Supportive of many non-profit organizations, Tom continues to provide community support to West Hartford and beyond. He is currently a Board Member of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce and member of its Marketing Committee.
Tom, born and raised in West Hartford still resides in town with his wife Shevon. They have an adult son, Garrett.
Sig has been a member of the BCNA for decades. She’s passionate about using Art to improve lives and has been instrumental in our “Poetry on the Patio” series and various artistic workshops. Signe is a resident of Bishops Corner.
Scott is the owner of Anytime Fitness located in Bishops Corner. Scott has been a BCNA board member for several years and adds valuable insight as a local business owner.