CHH Welcomes New Board Members

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has announced the appointment of Maria Coutant Skinner and Douglas K. O’Connell, Esq., to serve two-year terms on the hospital’s Board of Governors.

“We are so pleased to welcome Maria and Doug to our board of dedicated and seasoned members. I know that their commitment to our community and expertise in their respective fields will serve Charlotte well.” said John Janco, Chairman of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Board of Governors.

Maria Coutant Skinner is a licensed clinical social worker and executive director of the McCall Center for Behavioral Health. Maria earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Springfield College and a Master’s degree in social work at UCONN. Originally from Torrington, she is deeply committed to Litchfield County and serves as co-chair of the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, is a board member of the Rotary Club of the Maria Coutant SkinnerTorrington and Winsted areas, is a volunteer and board member with the Winchester Youth Service Bureau and the Canton Youth Service Bureau, and an advisor to Litchfield Bancorp. Maria began working at the McCall Center in 1997 as part of the prevention team. Her life’s work includes developing programs for children, adolescents, adults and families with the goal of building capacity to cope with challenging life situations and make positive life changes. Maria and her husband Greg live in Canton with their daughters Emma and Abigail.

Doug is a partner at the Winsted law firm of Howd, Lavieri & Finch, LLP, where his practice focuses on estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate matters and tax planning for the principals of closely held businesses.  He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and received his law degree from Western New England College School of Law and a master of law degree in taxation from New York University School of Law. Doug was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Northwest Community Bank having served as an advisory board member and a Corporator of Connecticut Mutual Douglas K OconnellHolding Company for numerous years. Doug is also actively involved in many local and civic charitable organizations, and has served and currently serves on many local boards including the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, United Way of Northwest Connecticut, The Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, the Torrington Board of Education, and the Rotary Club of the Torrington and Winsted areas where he was named Paul Harris Fellow in 2007. Doug and his wife Linda reside in Torrington.

Maria and Doug join the following current members of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Board of Governors: Edward Arum, Edwin G. (Chip) Booth Jr., Jeff Borghesi, Debra Brandt, DO, Frank R. Buonocore Jr., Gladys Cerruto, Richard Dutton, MD, Stephanie K. Fowler, MD, Jamie Gregg, Kenrick Hom, MD, John Janco, John Lavieri, Diane Libby, CPA, and James O’Leary.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.

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