2023 St. Margaret Parish Council Election

We are pleased to present the following 9 parishioners who have been nominated to fill one of the six open posts on our St. Margaret Parish Council. Parishioners will be invited to cast their votes for our new Parish Council members at all Masses on the weekends of April 29th & 30th and May 6th & 7th

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Maryanne Harmuth


My husband Joe and I raised our family in Madison. We have a son , John, who lives in Guilford with his family and our daughter Elizabeth, who lives in Boston with her family. We have been members of St. Margaret’s Parish for over 30 years. My background is in Education. I taught high school   in Appleton, WI at Xavier High School before relocating to CT in 1980. After my children started school , I went back into Education as a Para Educator at Island Ave. School where I worked for 22 years.

At St. Margaret’s, I was the Pre-School Sunday School Director for almost 10 years back in the 1990’s.

My husband and I also Co-Chaired the Church Picnic for 5 years during that time as well.

Currently I am helping with Project Hope and I am a member of the Funeral Reception Committee.

In the community, I am a Trustee with Madison Historical Society and Education Chair. I am also a member of the Madison Women’s Club.

It would be an honor to serve on the Parish Council.

Sean McAuley


Over the past 25 years I have enjoyed a career in medical sales selling devices, equipment and disposables to hospitals.  I am currently a Hospital Specialist for PALL Corporation representing several lines of filtration products for breathing, respiratory, anesthesia, drug delivery and water filtration.

I have lived in Madison and been a parishioner at Saint Margaret’s for 15 years.  During that time, I coached many of my son’s athletic teams and also taught religious education at St Margaret’s for 9 years, including confirmation and a mission trip, traveling to Worcester, MA with our youth for assigned services and community work at local schools.  I volunteered to work with the former SMYLE organization preparing meals with our youth for Columbus House, traveling with SMYLE members to New Haven to serve the homeless. We also coordinated “boots to suits” for two years collecting clothing items for veterans and former military personnel looking to transition from the military to the workforce.

It would be my honor to serve our pastor and the needs of our wonderful St Margaret’s  parish.



Dave Ryan


Hi, I’m Dave. I’m 52 years old, and have been married to my amazing wife Jenny for just shy of 13 years. We have two sons Teddy (11) and Ollie (8), and have been active parishioners of St. Margaret’s since we moved to Madison in 2013. I am a school teacher, currently teaching 7th grade English at Beman Middle School in Middletown.

My Catholic roots run deep, as I was educated in Catholic schools for elementary (St. Mary’s School in Milford), high school (Fairfield Prep) and college (BA/Marist College,    MA/Fairfield University). As an adult, I was also active in Emmaus retreats through St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in East Norwalk, serving in various capacities (including on the Executive Board, as a retreat Co-Rector, and as a retreat Assistant Spiritual Director). Here in town, I am a volunteer coach for Madison Youth Football, as well as a Team Manager for the Madison Little League.

We are truly blessed to have such a vibrant Parish here at St. Margaret’s, which is something I don’t take for granted. I would be honored to serve as a member of the Parish Council, to help ensure that our spiritual home thrives for many years to come.

John Campbell

Born in Washington, D.C.; one of five children.

Member of the Shrine of The Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in D.C. and attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School grades K-2.

Member of The Church of The Annunciation Parish in Washington, D.C. and attended Annunciation Catholic School, grades 3-8.

Parents were very active within the church. My mother Elizabeth painted most of the Pastor’s portraits for the school.

My father held various positions on the Parish Council, including President, was a church lector, and was the recipient of The Archdiocese of Washington Medal of Merit.

I served   on the Church of The Annunciation Parish Council representing the Parish youth group for a couple of years.

I later attended Saint John’s Catholic High School / Military Academy in D.C.

Graduate of The George Washington University with degree in journalism.

Married 36 years this May to my wife, Karen. We have two children: Samantha and John.

Held senior executive positions with five retail companies over a 30-year span including two Fortune 500 Companies.

Lived in Connecticut since 1998 and a member of Saint Margaret’s Parish over the same period.

Following a brief break from retail, established a successful career in Real Estate in 2002. Highlights include a stint with Sotheby’s and later establishing the CHRISTIE’S brand within the Page Taft organization.


Currently, a realtor with what is now Page Taft / COMPASS Real Estate in Madison.

Jim Collins


Hello.   My name is Jim Collins.   I am very excited at the prospect of being part of the Parish Council of Saint Margaret’s Church.   A little bit about myself:   I grew up in the seaside city of Revere, MA and received my sacraments from the Archdiocese of Boston.   Work brought me to Connecticut 20 years ago and Saint Robert Ballarmine Chuch was my parish in Windsor Locks until 2018 when I moved to Madison.   My professional career has ranged from education and law to mortgages and secondary markets.   Currently, I work as a consultant for a solar energy equipment supplier.


In the short time  that  I have lived here, I have come to love the community of Madison and St. Margaret very much and wish to contribute/give back where I can.

Mary DeRome

I have been a Madison resident and St. Margaret parish member since 2001. I am married (37 years this year) with one child. Currently my husband and I have 2 dogs we rescued from a shelter in Rhode Island. I am CT born and raised (from Wallingford), a UCONN graduate, a scientist by training, and am employed as Senior Director of Medical Communications and Education at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Our office is in Norwalk CT but I work from home. In my role I am responsible for education programs for multiple myeloma patients and travel fairly extensively, both in the US and abroad, providing these programs. I also provide social media content for our corporate channels.


At St. Margaret’s I was involved in the Lector program for a few years when we first moved to town, and have been a member of the Traditional Choir for many years, serving as a cantor. If elected, I look forward to serving our St. Margaret’s community as a Parish Council member.

Anthony Sasso


My name is Anthony Sasso and I’ve been a parishioner here at St. Margaret Church for 25 years. I joined the Knights of Columbus shortly after we moved here in 1997 and I’ve served as an officer for about the last ten years. I’ve been on the marriage prep team, worked for a number of years on Home Front Day, three of those years I was house captain or co-captain helping to lead a team of 150 volunteers. I headed up the beverage tent at the parish picnic for about five years. I have worked on Operation American Soldier, Boots to Suits and I’ve worked with Justin Murphy on his Helping Hands ministry. I also have been ushering for many years and have helped Father Dan with special duties on the holidays.

Personally, I’ve been married to my wonderful wife, Lynn, for 48yrs. (Contemporary choir member) and we have two children, Kathryn and Matthew. I am in the process of retiring from a career of 50 years owning my own construction company. I’ve supervised, financed and built a number of sub-divisons and have built over 100 new homes. I would be honored to serve on the council and thank you for considering me.

Cindy Silengo


Thank you for the opportunity and nomination for St. Margaret’s parish council.  I accept the nomination with humility and with the sole intention of serving God.

My husband of 38 years and I moved to Madison 30 years ago and started attending St. Margaret’s church sometime after that.  I attended a small bible study in St. Margaret’s church hall where I met some amazing women and grew my faith.  Some years after moving to Madison, I taught CCD in an effort to give back to my community.

Before moving to Madison, I became a Eucharistic minister in 1986 and served communion at St. Barnabas church in North Haven.  Father Robert Beloin was instrumental in guiding me through this process and counseled me when I had questions about my faith.  I was an RCIA sponsor at St Barnabas at that time as well.

I started a wedding and events floral design business in 1988 and worked the business around having my family.  As my children began to leave home for boarding school and then college, my business grew into a thriving floral company where I enjoyed much success.  I still dabble in the floral business primarily around Christmas time and decorate for a couple of my established clients.

Ten years ago I began a new career in the dental industry.  After passing the radiology boards I worked my way up to my current position as treatment coordinator for an orthodontic practice in Cheshire CT.  I am responsible for greeting and making new families feel comfortable and safe as I guide them through the process of starting orthodontic treatment. I work closely with the doctor determining treatment plans and explaining in detail the different types of appliances and treatment options. I am also responsible for preparing referral and lastly reviewing insurance and payment plans.

Chas Wira


Charles (Chas) Wira and his family been a parishioners since 2006 after moving to Madison from Detroit, MI after residency.  He works at Yale in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Neurology, is a volunteer for the American Heart Association, teaches medical students and residents, performs clinical research, and has volunteered with the CT Dept. of Public Health to improve stroke care in the state.   Dr. Wira has always been engaged in the faith, having served after college for 2 years with Catholic Volunteers in FL at a center providing services to migrant farm worker children/families.  He has served in St. Margarets as a catechist and Confirmation teacher, with the towards marriage program, offered past aid to youth programs and the beyond confirmation program, worked to bring Catholic speakers to the youth of our parish, and also has volunteered in local community dining rooms and with St. Thomas More Parish’s sponsorship of an Afghanistan refugee family supported by the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services program (IRIS) of New Haven.