Barabra BellasBarbara Bellas Director

Barbara has been a member of the Keane Foundation for over 10 years. She is member of the board's grant committee that gives back to many organizations in town including PTO/PACs, the senior center and the Creative Arts Council .  Barbara coordinates the annual Keane Foundation 5K with Keane Foundation vice president Howard Greenblatt.  More recently Barbara has established running clubs in the grammar schools that now participate in the annual 5K.

Barbara was born and raised in Wethersfield.  She lives with her husband George and twin boys Jim and Joe. 


no imageMia Caulfield Secretary

Mia has been a member of the Board of the Keane Foundation for over 10 years.  She has been active in many of the fundraisers over the years. 

Mia works at Central Connecticut State University in the Fiscal Affairs Division.  She graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  Mia has resided in Wethersfield since 2002. 

In her spare time, she enjoys watching her sons sporting activities, exercising, gardening, reading and playing golf and tennis. 


Tim KeaneTim Keane Director

Tim is one of Dick Keane’s five sons and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. Tim has a BS in Health Care Management from SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica NY and MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY. Currently Tim is employed by The Hartford as Assistant Vice President of IT Procurement.
Tim enjoys golfing and soccer. Tim grew up and lived in Wethersfield for more than 20 years, and currently resides in Cromwell with his wife Heather and daughters Mckenzie and Lyndsey


no imageCristina Dieguez-Kuo Director

Cristina joined the Keane Foundation in 2019. She is the Campaign Director at Miss Porter's School and prior to that, held various development roles at the University of New Haven and Fairfield University. Cristina received a BA and an MBA from Fairfield University.

Cristina and Fred reside in Wethersfield and have three children, Lucas, Javier and Anabel. She is a religious education facilitator at Church of the Incarnation and is an active volunteer with NephCure Kidney International, Inc.


no image Fred J. Kuo Director

Fred, along with his wife Cristina, joined the Keane Foundation in 2019. He is a Senior Associate Director of the Annual Fund for the Loomis Chaffee School. Prior to Loomis, Fred spent nearly two decades in higher education ranging from residence life, student activities, admissions, and athletics. Fred is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of San Francisco.

Fred’s father, Frederick Kuo Jr. was among those who died on September 11, 2001. Fred Jr. worked for Washington Group International and was in the South Tower when Flight 175 struck the building. He was also present during the bombing in 1993. Fred and Cristina reside in Wethersfield and have three children, Lucas, Javier, and Anabel. He is active in the community as a coach (baseball, soccer, basketball) and Cub Scout Den Leader with Pack 246. Fred is also a Lector at Church of the Incarnation.


mike bioMike Patoske Director

Mike is a Detective with the Wethersfield Police Department where he has been employed since 1995. He has resided in Wethersfield for the past twenty years and is married with two children. He has been a volunteer with the Keane Foundation since 2013 and joined the board in 2015. Mike has coached youth sports in town and enjoys playing golf when time permits. Mike is a 1988 graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School on Cape Cod and a 1992 graduate of North Adams State College in Massachusetts (Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration).


Mark WallaceMark Wallace Co-Treasurer

Mark has been a board member and Co-Treasurer since 2006. He is a retired banker, having spent 40 years working for Shawmut Bank, Wachovia Bank and Liberty Bank. His expertise was in Retail Banking where he managed large groups of bank branches in CT and MA. During his career, he served on several local United Way and Chamber of Commerce boards.

He has a B. S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of CT. Mark and his wife, Roberta, have lived in Wethersfield for over 40 years and have two sons and two grandchildren.


judy bioJudy Keane President

Wife of Richard M. Keane, who passed away in the World Trade Center September 11th. Judy has been a resident of Wethersfield for most of her life and mother of 5 sons, and 7 grandchildren.

She is President of the Richard M. Keane Foundation, an organization established to create the 9/11 Memorial Sports Center and programs for children and their families in the community. The Keane Foundation offers after school programs, sports activities, and grants in the community.


no imageDarcy O’Connor Director

Darcy O’Connor is Director of Corporate Responsibility, Employee Engagement for Voya Financial. She leads Voya’s Nonprofit Board Placement Program, National Day of Service, Employee Giving Campaign, national volunteer team and the company's volunteer sabbatical. Additionally, Ms. O’Connor manages employee disaster relief efforts and numerous relationships with national and local nonprofit partners.

Ms. O’Connor received a B.S. in Business Admiration and a Masters in Communications and Business Information. She also holds a Corporate Citizenship Management Intensive Credential from Boston College.


no imageTed Pinto Director

Ted grew up in Hartford and he attended South Catholic high school. He graduated from Catholic University and served in the Washington D.C. National Guard. He and his wife Phyllis have been married for forty-five years. They have two children and three grandchildren. Ted attended elementary school with Judy and was fortunate to meet Dick though youth sports. He with his friends and later his son worked with middle school basketball teams in Hartford and Wethersfield for thirty-five years.


no imageCaroline Fazzina Director

Caroline Fazzina has been the Director of the Keane on Kids After School Enrichment Program since 2016. Her primary responsibilities are the design, planning and coordination of Afterschool enrichment programs at all 5 Wethersfield Elementary Schools. Caroline believes in providing quality programs to children that can help them develop a sense of competence, confidence and connection. Caroline has been very active for the past 10 years in the Wethersfield School System. She served as Co-Chair of the Wethersfield Schools Parent Council for 3 years. She has also overseen dozens of school events that provided volunteer opportunities that encourage parents to engage in the school community and her work led to being awarded the Wethersfield Public Schools Volunteer of the Year Award and the Wethersfield Schools Parent Council Volunteer Recognition Award. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and spent 10 years in the IT field before focusing on a career in child development.

(Posted 10-25-19) by WHS Blue Eagle Productions


Wethersfield High School students visited the 911 museum the day after hearing from Mrs. Judy Keane during Mr. Sand’s Current Issues Class.  She talked about the loss of her husband Richard Keane in the North Tower on 9/11.

Students sent letters of thanks to Mrs. Keane, and shared their own feelings after their visit to the National 9/11 Museum:

“Your presentation was powerful and helped our class to have a better understanding ….we have learned a lot about 9/11 and your experience helped us to understand a different perspective”

“I have been to the 9/11 Memorial once before, but this time I felt like it was different.  I came with so much more knowledge and meaning….learning about someone who is from (my) town.  I did put water over Mr. Keane’s name, and made sure to say a little prayer.  I wanted to have more of a connection than just going and looking at the name.”

“You prepared me for what I would see at the museum, which was very helpful.”

“What you talked about was very helpful when I was in the Museum because I learned some things that helped ne understand the background of that day.  I believe that it is very important for us to learn about 9/11, and hearing about it from someone who was involved with it made it even more real.”

Students also reflected about the 9/11 Memorial Sports Center in Wethersfield:

“I volunteer with Special Olympics every winter, and the practices are held at the Keane Sports Center. Now the meaning behind the building is much more real and personalized to me after hearing your story.”

“Growing up and spending so much time in the Gym at the Sports Center playing Basketball was one of my favorite things to do, and now learning all of the history behind it and how it is so much more than a Sports Center was very meaningful to me.”

Watch the Video of the WHS Current Issues Class at the National 9/11 Museum thanks to WHS Blue Eagle Productions :

Keane CAS AwardThe Keane Foundation is proud to have received the Connecticut Association of Schools Award for the 2018 Distinguished Friend of Education Award.

We are thrilled to be the recipient for our contribution to public education. The nomination was submitted by Wethersfield Assistant Superintendant Sally Dastoli and SDMS Principal Sue Czapala. Thank you!!!!
We are very honored to have received the award.

A Message from the Keane Foundation President 


As we watch the news and the projections of the Corona Virus Pandemic over the next 2-3 months, we have decided to cancel the upcoming 2020 programs. This will still not be a time to gather in groups!

This is a difficult decision. Please watch for more to come on the Keane Foundation FaceBook page and on the Keane Foundation website

This is a difficult time for everyone, but especially for our school-aged children who now have to learn in new and different ways. And of course, they no longer have the fun of the Keane on Kids After School Enrichment Programs! Take the time to call family and friends, and perhaps use some of the new videoconferencing tools to keep in touch.

Please also remember those who are not as secure in food and learning and try to help them out with a donation or a kind word.  Donate online, with a check or items to the Wethersfield Food Bank at Visit this link to make a donation or to choose the most needed foods.

Stay safe! We are thinking of every one of you!  See You Soon!!!!

The Richard M. Keane Foundation Board of Directors

I am grateful for all that you do!  

Judy Keane

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