Delivering Results for Our Community
Leo Manfred, Chairman
Leo Manfred is a lifelong resident of Westerly. His mother, Mary Travers, was raised in Stonington Borough. Leo and the former Sandra DiPaola married in 1975 and have four children. Amy, Julie, Lauren and Michael were born, raised and educated in Westerly Public Schools. Beginning in his teen years, Leo worked with his father, Leo Manfred Sr., in all facets of the family business, Manfred Printing. Upon his 1988 graduation from Quinnipiac Law School, Leo opened a General Practice.
Leo has been a busy Rhode Island attorney since 1988, litigating in the courts of South, Newport, Kent and Providence Counties. He also has vast experience in both the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the Rhode Island Federal District Court. Leo has handled cases involving domestic, criminal, probate, DCYF, and Supreme Court appeals and prosecution. He currently serves as Prosecutor for the Town of Westerly.
Jon Lallo, First Vice Chairman
Jon D. Lallo is a lifelong resident of the Town of Westerly. He has been a member of the Westerly Democratic Town Committee since high school, attending meetings with his father, Louis E. Lallo. Jon has served as Vice Chair of the Committee for a number of years, working with the Committee on fundraising or looking for qualified candidates to run for office.
Jon attended Westerly High School, followed by Bryant University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Villanova University earning his Masters in Tax Law. He is currently a partner at Orsinger Nardone & Lallo located in Westerly. Jon's areas of practice include Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, and real estate matters.
Jon is a Solicitor fo the Westerly School Committee and has served in that position a number of years since 2000.
Diane Chiaradio Bowdy, Second Vice Chairperson
Diane Chiaradio Bowdy is a lifelong resident of Westerly and hold a Master's Degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has two children, a son and a daughter, who both graduated from Westerly High School. For over 25 years, Diane has been very active in serving our community's youth athletic programs as a member of Westerly National Little League, Westerly Pee Wee Football, and Westerly Youth Basketball League. She has been employed at Electric Boat in Groton for 20 years, currently as a Specialist Program Representative. Prior to EB, Diane spent 14 years in various positions at the former Analysis & Technology, Inc. in North Stonington, CT.
The combination of Diane's education, career experience and dedication to the development of our youth has ensured a positive contribution to the Westerly School Committee over the past 8 years. During this time, she served as the Chairperson of the School Committee for 3.5 years, and continues to serve as the Chairperson of the Health and Wellness Subcommittee of the School Committee. This subcommittee addresses, in general, student physical, emotional and mental health issues and makes recommendations to the School Committee and Administration on ways to ensure student success.
Diane's most pressing objective is improvement of Westerly Public Schools facilities. This will encompass buildings, grounds and fields, and will require strategic investment of operating, capital and bond funds. In order to ensure success we have to bring together not only the Town Council and School Committee, but also all other community stakeholders with one objective—providing facilities that will foster student achievement for years to come while also being responsible custodians of our community’s budgetary resources.
Diane has served the community well and supported all stakeholders of Westerly Public Schools. She looks forward to working with her teammates in continuing to serve our district and our community.
Michael Ober, Secretary
Michael Ober lives on Sherwood Drive in Westerly with his wife, Tammy, and his two sons, Zachary and Nathaniel. Michael has worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services for the last 30 years. He currently serves as a representative to the Department of Social Services Statewide Reopening Workgroup. Michael earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2012. He was a member of the Westerly School Committee from 1998-2004 and served as Chairman of the Capital Overview Committee from 1999-2004. During Michael’s tenure on the School Committee a new Superintendent was hired, the position of Technology Director was created to improve technological platforms and applications and academic performance improved across the board. Westerly High School was renovated to a campus setting with expansion to Babcock Hall, and the Westerly Middle School was constructed. As Chair of the Capital Overview Committee, Michael worked diligently to focus on infrastructure maintenance. Michael was a volunteer for Westerly Youth Soccer. He has served as a member of the Westerly Public Schools Policy Subcommittee and as Vice Chair of The Town of Westerly’s Board of Finance. Michael is currently Vice Chair of the Westerly Municipal Land Trust and is experienced in natural resource management. He has a comprehensive understanding of Westerly Public Schools and budgeting processes. Michael’s recent experience in creating reopening policy documents for public organizations will also prove a valuable resource for the Westerly School Committee.