Board of Education


Amanda ("Mandy") and her husband Doug moved to Shelton in 2006.  A working mother of two, Mandy graduated from Quinnipiac University with a BS in Human Health Sciences and believes passionately in educational equity and opportunity. 


Mandy has spent her career working in various roles as a strategic resource for healthcare organizations.  In her current capacity as Associate Director for Planetree International, she guides healthcare leadership through cultural transformation, conducts organizational analyses and provides coaching and training to staff at all levels.  She works with organizations across the U.S. and around the world, and is the principal advisor to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health.  


Prior to Planetree, Mandy began her career in pharmaceutical sales before shifting over to the surgical device arena.  She went on to serve as the Regional VP of the e-health company Holon Solutions before making the move from sales to consulting.  Mandy's passion for the community and desire to make an impact led her to her role as Consulting Resource Development Director for the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, where she helped to align resources around a common vision of sustainable, achievable success for children, their families, and their communities.  


As a dedicated member of her own community, Mandy is currently serving a 2-year term as an active member of the Board of Education, providing the critical voice of a parent with 2 children currently in the public school system.  Her previous volunteer work includes serving as the Booth Hill School PTO co-Treasurer, BHS After School Programs co-Director, and as a Valley United Way Fundraising Leadership Committee member.


Mandy is committed to ensuring that the success and education of our children are a top priority in Shelton.  Using her expertise in strategy and communication, she will continue to advocate for the policies and resources that prepare our children for future success.


Patti Moonan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience of coordinating efforts between school age children, their families and school personnel for the betterment of that child’s educational experience. These efforts include attending and providing recommendations at 504 and Planning and Placement Team meetings. From December 2012 to July 2017, Patti worked as a mental health provider at a non-profit organization in Sandy Hook as that community was healing from the horrific aftermath of a mass school shooting. Currently, Patti is employed by the Town of North Haven Counseling Services as a Counselor. In this capacity, she continues to be involved with the educational concerns of her school age clients.


Patti earned her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University and her BA in English from the University at Albany.


Patti is a member of the Shelton Democratic Town Committee. She serves on the Issues Committee, is the Volunteer Coordinator and a member of the Executive Board Committee. Patti is the mother of three adult children and a grandmother of a 2 year old boy.


Diana and her husband moved to Shelton in 1999. Their daughter is a graduate of the Shelton Public School system. She became involved in local politics by helping to keep residents informed of issues in our school system with the Shelton Taxypayers Support Education Facebook page. A native of New Hampshire, Diana is a graduate of Keene State College. Her parents were educators and she grew up  listening to stories around the dinner table about the struggles that educators face.


Diana has had a career as a Credit Analyst and Manager in commercial lending for nearly 25 years working on a local, national, and international level. She spent much of her career working for a community development corporation that extended loans on behalf of the Small Business Administration in Connecticut and Rhode Island. She is passionate about helping small businesses achieve financial success. She feels her analyst background can also help the Board of Education to maximize its financial resources.

As a past member of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Women in Networking Council, she is a champion for women attaining their career goals. She has also served on the advisory board of The Animal Center of Newtown. Her family has fostered many cats and kittens (and one dog) over the years on behalf of many local rescue groups until their house became too full of ‘foster fails’.

Diana is passionate about maximizing the potential of the Shelton Public Schools and ensuring the school system succeeds for future generations.




Current Member

Endorsed Democratic Elaine Matto for Planning & Zoning  grew up in Stratford, the 4th of 5 daughters. Elaine has been a nurse for over 25 years, working in home health and hospice. She is a nurse case manager at St. Vincent’s, helping people make plans for their care after the hospital. 


Elaine moved to Shelton in 1983, when she bought a house from the late Ralph Matto. Eventually they married, and had a wonderful life immersed in the Shelton community. Ralph and Elaine were very involved in our community, and even started the first Shelton Day.  


Elaine also came to learn from him a lot about building, development, which served her well when she served on the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Since 2011, Elaine has been a Planning & Zoning Commissioner in Shelton. She is proud to work collaboratively with staff and Commissioners, regardless of political party. Elaine has a very good understanding of the Planning and Zoning process and evaluate all proposals fairly, with the interests of the citizens of Shelton as her primary consideration.  


Elaine has had a long career in nursing. She is currently working as a Nurse Case Manager at St. Vincent’s where she helps patients make plans for after hospital care.



Quinn grew up in Shelton and graduated Shelton High School. He then went on to attend Syracuse University, graduating with degrees in Political Science English. Afterwards, he went on to intern for a public health nonprofit in Washington D.C. Quinn lives in downtown Shelton and works as an income tax preparer in Milford.
Quinn is running for Planning and Zoning Commission to see that young people like him are able to stay in Shelton and have a city they can be proud of. His plans for Shelton include the continuing the revitalization of downtown Shelton by attracting new businesses into unused spaces, investing in and preserving the existing green spaces, and addressing the traffic and parking needs of the City.



​​​Nancy Dickal has been a resident of Shelton for the past 40 years. She and her husband Alan have two daughters, Dawn and Lisa, both graduates of Shelton High School. Her youngest daughter Lisa is an active state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and a Shelton/Derby animal control officer. 


Nancy is a former member of the Board of Apportionment & Taxation, former Planning and Zoning Commissioner, and currently a Planning and Zoning Alternate.


Nancy recognizes the need for continued commitment and attention for Shelton to achieve a balance of growth and address the ongoing residential, conservation, traffic concerns.


Nancy actively volunteers in her spare time helping senior citizens, assisting her daughter in animal rescues, Shelton Earth Day Sweeps and has 'Adopted A Street' to help keep Shelton litter free. As a Planning & Zoning Commissioner, she promises to continue in passionately advocating for thoughtful planning and beneficial development to help protect the character of Shelton.



John’s top priority is to maintain and improve the quality of life for the people of Shelton. John grew up in Shelton and is a product of Shelton Public Schools. He is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston with a degree in Political Science. You may recognize John from Scooter’s Deli Mart, a small business in Shelton owned by his family for 20 years.


Giving back to the community is important to John. With the experience of running a locally owned business and being a lifelong resident of the city, John will add a valuable perspective to the Planning and Zoning Commission. He supports sustainable and balanced development that will allow the city to maintain low taxes. John is optimistic that the full potential of our Downtown area can be unharnessed to become a regional center of commerce.


As a Planning and Zoning Alternate, John will be a straightforward advocate for the interests of his constituents. He prioritizes issues such as the conservation of green space and the improvement of traffic conditions. John, like everyone else, wants to keep Shelton a place you can call home."




​​​Steve Guralnick

A Long Hill neighborhood resident, Steve is married and has lived in Shelton for over 30 years. Steve is a long time animal activist and is the proud owner of 2 adopted rescue dogs.  His interest in local government, involvement with the Shelton Democratic Town Committee, and commitment to a strong community, has inspired him to serve on the Board of Apportionment and Taxation. 

Steve obtained his Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Bridgeport, following which he pursued a career in management and teaching.  After assisting Bridgeport Hospital with the development of a patient discharge program, enabling patients to safely return home with necessary medical equipment, he was launched into a career of healthcare sales where he has achieved success in companies both large and small.

Steve is committed to advocating for a balanced budget that maintains Shelton’s low tax rate. He listens to all views and will continue working to ensure that the city budget represents all Shelton residents. He will also continue fighting for full transparency in the budgeting process and for greater operational efficiency in the City of Shelton.


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Joe Knapik is seeking a third term on the Board of Apportionment & Taxation.   As a long time Shelton resident and civic affairs servant, he has held a seat on the Shelton Board of Education, the Conservation Commission, and most recently the Board of Apportionment & Taxation.  Joe also served on the Griffin Hospital Community Council.

Joe has worked in both education and industry, and has been a member of Connecticut and National Education Associations and Teamsters Local – 1150. He holds a B.A. degree from Quinnipiac University and an M.S. and Sixth Year from Southern Connecticut State University.  

If re-elected, Joe will continue to support our low tax rate and advocate for more effective use of the city’s cash flow.  He also believes that Shelton should stop taking on unnecessary debt and will continue to fight for checks and balances to ensure that City Hall is accountable and responsible in managing its city funds.



Michelle Laubin is a 1993 graduate of Wells College in Aurora, NY and a 1996 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA. She has lived in Connecticut and practiced law for more than 20 years and is now a Senior Partner with Berchem Moses, PC in Milford, representing school districts across the State of Connecticut.  She is a past President of the Connecticut School Attorneys Council.  Her work provides her with the opportunity to engage with many different municipal leaders and has given her great insights into the importance of strong local leadership. Michelle has been a resident of Shelton for more than 12 years and has enjoyed serving on the Board of Apportionment and Taxation for the last two years, where she has been a strong advocate for fair and equitable funding of the City school system.  Michelle is a member of the Democratic Town Committee and serves as Secretary to the DTC, and as a member of the Executive Board.  If re-elected to the Board of Apportionment and Taxation, Michelle will advocate for the establishment of a reserve/rainy day fund, for greater accountability and transparency in the budgeting process, and for a long-overdue operational audit of City finances.

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