By Jody Blankenship, CHS Executive Director
We’re pleased to welcome Bichop Nawrot as the CHS’s recently-elected president of the board. Bichop has served on our board for a decade, much of that time as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. He also worked on the strategic Planning Committee and the Executive Director Hiring Committee. And, as far as we know, Bichop is the first U.S. immigrant to be elected President of the CHS. Bichop is co-founder of Capital Strategies in Bloomfield, an investment advisory company offering comprehensive financial planning services to individuals, corporations, and institutions. He is an original member of the Registry of Financial Planning Practitioners and is a Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Professional, Certified Insurance Consultant, and a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. Mr. Nawrot and his wife, Linda, have two children, and live in West Hartford.
The CHS is also excited to welcome two new board members, Larry Mowell and Don Williams.
A former newspaper reporter, Larry was an attorney for United Technologies
Corporation from 1976 to 2008, and is currently serving as their real estate consultant. He is actively involved in the Hartford Golf Club, having served as its president, vice president, and as chair of its finance and nominating committees. Larry is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He has also served (and continues to serve) on a number of Hartford-area non-profit organization boards, including Riverfront Recapture and the UCONN Law School Foundation, for which he has served as president. Larry was previously a CHS Trustee from 2003 – 2007. He resides in West Hartford with his wife Carle.
Don Williams is a resident of Brooklyn, Connecticut and served as a state senator for 21 years (1993 – 2014), the last 10 of which were as President Pro Tempore. He is currently the deputy director of policy, research and reform for the
Connecticut Education Association in Hartford. Don has also served as Director of Development for the Connecticut Bar Association, First Selectman for the Town of Thompson, and was an attorney in private practice (among many other things). He is a graduate of Syracuse University, and holds a law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has served on the board of directors of numerous non-profits, primarily in the “quiet corner” of northeastern Connecticut. He is an avid history buff and in 2014, published a biography of Prudence Crandall.
Welcome to CHS, Larry and Don!
Jody Blankenship believes that history provides a framework and context for understanding and thriving in our ever-changing world. As executive director of the Connecticut Historical Society, he understands that Connecticut’s unique narrative encompasses a broad swath of the American experience that gives us perspective about who we are and where we are going.
Before joining CHS in 2013, Jody served as education director at the Kentucky Historical Society and outreach and field services manager at the Ohio Historical Society. He is a graduate of the American Association of State and Local History’s Seminar for Historical Administration. He received an MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York at Oneonta, and a BA in History and Education from Ohio Northern University.
Under Jody’s leadership, the Connecticut Historical Society is collaborating with the numerous historical organizations across the state that are collecting, interpreting and sharing Connecticut’s story. He continually seeks opportunities where history can be applied for the advancement of the public good, supporting the creativity, passion and courage of our state’s residents to act on the critical challenges of our time.