Board of Directors

Bob Seelert

Bob and his wife Sarah have been residents of New Canaan since 1971. Bob has witnessed virtually all the developments in Waveny Park since Mrs. Ruth Lapham Lloyd conveyed the 296 acres to the town in 1967. Bob has been involved with a number of these, including Waveny Care Center where he served on the Board and his company contributed significant pro bono efforts to both the 25th Anniversary and the re-branding campaign to become Waveny LifeCare Network. Bob also was a supporter of the renovation and expansion of what has become the Lapham Community Center as well as the restoration of the Waveny Lodge. Now he has turned his attention to the formation of the Waveny Park Conservancy, with a view towards ensuring the Park thrives in perpetuity.

After having a successful 49-year career in business as a CEO to three major corporations, Bob authored the book Start with the Answer, which he discussed as the Inaugural Speaker in the New Canaan Library’s Conversations with Business Leaders series. Bob graduated from Harvard College in 1964 and from Harvard Business School in 1966.

Bob and Sarah have three sons.

Bill Holmes
Vice Chairman

Bill and his wife Kim moved to New Canaan in 2013 after living in Bermuda for seventeen years where he was a member of the Bermuda National Trust from 2002 and served as President from 2006 to 2010. Bill graduated from Northwestern University and received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Bill is a member of the Waveny House Commission, is on the advisory council for the New Canaan Preservation Alliance, and is on the board of the New Canaan Mounted Troops where his daughter enjoys her time riding. Bill has two children who attend St. Luke’s.

Louise Havens

Louise and her husband settled in New Canaan 25 years ago. After a career in the fashion industry in NYC, Louise retired to raise their four children. She has been very active town-wide volunteering in the New Canaan Public Schools, Meals on Wheels, National Charity League, New Canaan Garden Club and Waveny Park Conservancy. She also serves on the Board of the New Canaan Garden Club.

Susan Rein

Owner of Elm Street Books

Caroline Garrity

Recently of the New Canaan Garden Club

Scott Gress

Scott and his wife Susan have three sons who all went through the New Canaan school system and graduated from the high school. Scott grew up in New Canaan and after having spent ten years in Manhattan, returned with his family back to New Canaan.

Scott is President of Ehrlich, Gress and Co and is a graduate of Philadelphia University.

Scott served on the Board of Education for eight years, with three years as Vice Chairman. Scott was the Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as the past President for the Youth Commission. He is also currently serving as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx.

Arianne Faber Kolb

Arianne Faber Kolb, Ph.D., is an art historian and curator of old master and contemporary art. She was the Executive Co-Director of the Carriage Barn Arts Center at Waveny Park, New Canaan; a curator of paintings and drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; a visiting professor of art history at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and a researcher in the Paintings Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Philip Johnson Glass House, Arianne initiated and led the youth program tours. As a board member of the New Canaan Preservation Alliance, she founded an architecture education program for elementary school children and published the books From the Saltbox to the Glass House: Places that Matter in New Canaan and Waveny: New Canaan’s Treasure. She organized the Waveny Book Launch in 2016, and also co-chaired the Waveny 100th Celebration in 2012. She is currently on the Capital Campaign Committee of the Bruce Museum, a member of the Middlebury College Arts Council, and Co-chair of the Stoddard Art Lecture Series at the New Canaan Library.

Brock Saxe

Chris Schipper

Chris and his wife Dudley live in New Canaan and have four children, all New Canaan High School graduates, and a constant source of love and entertainment.

Chris graduated from Georgetown University and has an MBA from The Wharton School. He has since worked for Bain & Company, PepsiCo, Dell Computer Corporation, and now works for his family’s business–Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs.

Chris is currently the president of the New Canaan Land Trust where he has worked to support the mission of preserving open space, wildlife sanctuaries and the scenic beauty of New Canaan.

Keith Simpson

Keith and his wife Debera live in New Canaan. Keith has been here since 1976 and has five grown children.

Keith has headed his landscape architecture firm, Keith Simpson & Associates, here in New Canaan since 1982. He has been a guest lecturer at many universities, colleges and local organizations. Keith graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

During his time in New Canaan Keith has participated in many municipal projects, including garden restorations at Waveny Park, and site work at the Lapham Center, Kiwanis Park and Mead Park including the restoration of its Goldstar Walk. Keith has been active in local organizations including the Lions Club, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He was the town’s representative to the Southwestern Regional Planning Agency, and is a member of the Implementation Committee for the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

Eric Thorkilsen

Sally Campbell
Ex. Officio