Your Republican Elected Officials in Town

Mary Fay             Minority Leader      Town Council

Mary M. Fay, a resident of West Hartford for 15 years, is a Financial Services Senior Executive. She has held several senior business leadership roles, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sun Life Financial, where she also chaired diversity and inclusion employee resource groups and served on Sun Life boards. 

 Mary was raised in East Hartford and attended public schools.  She went on to graduate from Skidmore College, with a B.S. In business/accounting and a minor in government. 
 Active in her community.

She is a member of the Irish American Home Society and The Thistle Lawn Bowling Club, and is a parishioner at St. Timothy’s. Mary is married and has a 7-year-old daughter, Katie.

Department. A Conard High School graduate, she received her BA from UCONN and an MBA from RPI. 

Mark Zydanowicz   Town Council

Mark Zydanowicz lives with his wife and three children in West Hartford.  Mark and his wife Nella have lived in West Hartford since 1998.  Mr. Zydanowicz has served as a commissioner on the West Hartford’s Zoning Board of Appeals, 2nd Vice Chairman, 1st District for the state party, West Hartford Town Committee and three term member of the West Hartford Board of Education (BOE) receiving the most republican votes in the 2019 election.  As a former BOE member, Mark demonstrated a professional understanding in public education to set policies concerning, financial, organizational and educational matters. He also monitored and evaluated leadership, policies and recommended annual operating and capital budgets, serving as financial advisor to the BOE.


Professionally, Mark was an owner and third generation family member of Guida’s Dairy, employing 260; it was one of the largest independent dairies in New England which was founded by his grandfather in 1947.  The family sold the business where Mark helped transition with the new ownership.  Mark's business experience provides him with the acumen vital to understanding the importance of solid leadership and accountability to staff and clients.


Mark currently works as an Independent Consultant where he advises and assists in the development and execution in areas of strategy, marketing and business development to drive improved revenue and profitability growth of businesses.  This period has included advising business owners and researching/developing plans for entrepreneurial/business owner opportunities.


Mark is a retired Engineer Officer Honorable Discharged in 2016 (25 years). Retired as a Major and the Headquarters Commander of the Connecticut Training Center in the Connecticut Army National Guard.  He’s an Iraq war veteran where he earned the Combat Action Badge and a Bronze Star.


He has also coached in the Minor Division of the West Harford Girls Basketball League and West Hartford Youth Football. 


Alberto Cortez           Town Council

Al was born and raised in the City of Hartford and moved to West Hartford in 1998 with his wife Jessica Serrano where they have two boys, Gabriel who attends King Philip Middle School and Adrian, who graduated from the Post Secondary School in West Hartford. Al retired from the Connecticut Department of Corrections with 20 years of service. He is a veteran of the Connecticut Army National Guard and an active member of his church.

Dr. Gayle Harris               Board of Education

Dr. Harris has been a resident of West Hartford for most of the last 50 years. She attended public school in West Hartford and UCONN Medical School. She raised her four children in town and has practiced medicine in town for the last 20 years working in private practice as an OBGYN. She is active in her synagogue and religious life in town and has been a DCF mentor at the Village, as well as, worked with incarcerated women helping improve health outcomes in this population.

Ethan Goldman                   Board of Education

Ethan Goldman and his wife Julie have lived in West Hartford since 1989. All four of their children have grown up in West Hartford.

Ethan received a Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSE) from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty of Arts and Science. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (Harvard University) with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and also a graduate of the University of Hartford, with a Masters in Accounting and Taxation (MSAT). 

Ethan is currently working as the CFO of a midsize (international) manufacturing company. Prior to his current position, Ethan worked at ADVO as their Vice President of Network Planning. He had also has worked in Retail – for Ames Stores as their Director of Pull Replenishment. Ethan is a CPA (State of Maryland non practicing license) and worked for the public accounting firms, Coopers and Lybrands (Boston) and Touche Ross (Baltimore). 

Ethan spent over twenty years in the US Army/Army Reserve in the Army’s Field Artillery branch, retiring as a Major.

Ethan is currently serving as the Treasurer of the West Hartford Youth Soccer Assn (WHYSA) and coached in the WHYSA (Boys/Coed League) and WHGSL (Girls) for approximately fifteen years. He is also a Trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford and previously served on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford as its Treasurer.

Beth Kyle            Registrar of Voters

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