Board Member Biographies

Fiona Cappabianca - Chairperson

Ms. Cappabianca serves on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation CT/Western Mass Chapter. She is currently Vice-President of the Chapter. She is also past President of the PTOC, which is a district-wide council of all PTO's in Torrington. She is Chair and Co-Chair to a couple of other organizations in the Litchfield area. She is currently employed at Pension Consultant, Inc. She resides in Torrington with her husband, Steven, and their three children, who all attend Torrington Public Schools.

John Kissko- Board Vice Chair

Mr. Kissko was elected to the Board in November 2017.

John Kissko was born in Torrington and educated in the Torrington Public Schools. He earned BA and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and did further work at the University of Scranton and Southern Connecticut State University. He taught history and economics at Litchfield High School for 36 years and has also served on the adjunct faculties of the University of Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College. He was first elected to the Board of Education in 2011. He is a widower with four sons, four daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One of his grandchildren is a student at Wolcott Tech, one of his great-grandchildren attends Torrington High School, and the other is at Vogel-Wetmore School. He enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and sometimes likes the peace and quiet of being left alone.


Ellen Hoehne - Secretary

Ms. Hoehne was elected to the Board in November, 2009 and re-elected on November, 2017.  She attended Torrington Public Elementary schools and Torrington High School and is currently employed as a Business Office Associate and Accounts Payable Specialist at Renbrook School in West Hartford. She and her husband, Michael, along with her two children and four grandchildren all reside in Torrington.



Edward Corey

Mr. Corey was elected to the Board in November 2017. 


Armand Maniccia

After graduating from Torrington High School, Mr. Maniccia continued his education at NCCC then WCSU, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice and Law Administration. He then continued his education at the University of Bridgeport while interning at the Torrington Middle School and graduating with a Masters of Science in Education. While working as a teacher, Mr. Maniccia attended SCSU and completed 30 credits of  course work for a cross endorsement in special education.  He is currently a special education teacher in Naugatuck working in the transitional program.


Jessica Richardson

Jessica Richardson has lived in Torrington for 20 years and is currently employed by the Torrington Library, in the role of Development Associate.  She previously served on the Torrington Board of Education from December 2014 - November 2017, spending two years as Vice Chair, and was reappointed to the Board in March 2018.  She has an extensive background in community volunteerism, most notably working with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Team Chuck/Run For Chuck, Torrington Little League and Litchfield Mothers of Preschoolers.  She is married to Patrick, and they have two teenage children.  In her free time she enjoys reading, creative writing, and sitting on the sidelines of whatever sport her children are playing at the moment.


 Jessica Richardson
Molly Spino

Mrs. Spino  was elected to the board in November 2017. She attended Torrington Public Schools and graduated from Torrington High School in 2000. Mrs. Spino is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where she served honorably as a Motor Vehicle Mechanic & Operator during Operation Enduring Freedom. She holds a B.S. Summa Cum Laude in Legal Studies with a focus in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Post University and graduated as a University Scholar. 

Mrs. Spino is a Senior Real Estate Paralegal with Kelly Law Offices in Washington Depot. In addition to her work, Mrs. Spino is a member of VoteVets, the largest progressive veteran’s organization in the United States, where she has traveled to Washington D.C. to speak to U.S. Representatives and Senators regarding issues currently facing our Country. Mrs. Spino spent many years as a volunteer with the Torrington Warriors Football & Cheer program where she served as the Executive Board Secretary, League Mom and Team Mom for her son’s football team.

Mrs. Spino is a life-long resident of Torrington where she resides with her husband Nick, and their three children Owen, a 2017 graduate of Torrington High School, Ryan, a 5th grader at East School & Emily, a 3rd grader at East School. In her free time, Mrs. Spino enjoys baking, playing trivia games, and spending time with family & friends.



Daniel Thibault

Mr. Thibault is a life-long resident of Torrington. He was educated at East School for Kindergarten through 5th. He then attended Vogel-Wetmore Middle School for 6th. Mr. Thibault transferred to St. Francis of Assisi School for grades 7 & 8 and is a graduate of Oliver Wolcott Technical School in Torrington. He went on to manage a computer company, designing, installing and maintaining both LAN’s & WAN’s for schools and corporations in Litchfield County. During this time he took business classes at UCONN and went for his MCSE in Windows 2000 & 2000 Server. He was hired to handle Xerox Direct sales in the Litchfield and Hartford County areas. This included providing full analyst services and cost-to-value proposition breakdowns for government agencies and boards of education. He headed up Government, Education and Medical sales for Kyocera Mita America Direct in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Mr. Thibault enjoys competitive ballroom dancing in his free time.


Cathy Todor

Mrs. Todor was appointed to the Torrington Board of Education in October 2018. After 36 years in education, she retired in June 2017 having served 16 years as the principal of Torringford School.  Prior to her tenure at Torringford, she was the principal of Ann Antolini School in New Hartford.  She began her career in Region 6 as a teacher of students with special needs.  She also taught  grades 1 and  2 in Litchfield, where she also served as Lead Teacher and Math Coordinator. 

After graduating from Torrington High School, Mrs. Todor received her A.S. degree in Human Services from Green Mountain College, and her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Special Education from Purdue University. After her children were born, she received her Master’s degree from CCSU and her 6th year certificate in Administration and Supervision from SCSU.

Mrs. Todor and her husband, John have two grown children who attended East and Torrington Middle School.  They are graduates of Torrington High School.

In retirement, Mrs. Todor enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren, embracing the role of “Mimi.”  She serves on the Board of Managers and Child Care Committee at Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial.  She is active in her church community.  In her spare time, she enjoys camping, reading, and taking long rides in the country.


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