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3 residents join Getabout board

Published 5:28 pm, Friday, June 27, 2014
  • From left, Amy Gildea, Virginia Sisson and Dave Cattrell were recently named to the Getabout Board of Directors. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    From left, Amy Gildea, Virginia Sisson and Dave Cattrell were recently named to the Getabout Board of Directors. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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New Canaan residents David Cattrell, Amy Gildea and Virginia Sisson have joined the board of Getabout, New Canaan's van service for seniors and those needing special assistance.

Originally from San Diego, Cattrell received his Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State and Master of Business Administration from the University of Santa Clara. He spent 39 years in commercial banking with Bankers Trust Company and Citibank. He retired as a managing director in Citi's Greenwich private banking office in 2011. Before that, he was with Lockheed Missiles & Space Company for five years as a systems engineer.

Cattrell also is vice president of the board of directors of New Canaan Group Home Inc., which owns and operates South Avenue Cottage, a home for six adults with developmental disabilities. He is active with St. Michael's Lutheran Church, where he serves on the congregation counsel as vice president and assistant treasurer. He and his wife, Penny, have lived in New Canaan for 25 years. Gildea is a member of St. Aloysius Church where she is a catechist, the Country Club of New Canaan and the Republican Town Committee. Professionally, she is a mortgage account officer/assistant vice president with People's United Bank and has been in the industry for 11 years. She has a law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law.

Among her volunteer activities include: Touching Tanzania, which funded a medical school and complex; a founder of the New Canaan High School girls hockey team; a vice president of the East School PTC; junior tennis chairman at the New Canaan Field Club; and Sports Council board member at New Canaan High School.

She has been a New Canaan resident for 28 years and has four children who attended New Canaan schools.

Sisson was born in New York City but moved to New Canaan, where she was raised on Ponus Ridge and educated in the school system. She graduated from the Taft School and cum laude from the Colorado College with a major in history and political science, focused on Latin America and Africa.

Her business career began in Telluride, Colo., as a real estate agent. She joined Harvard's World Teach Program in Costa Rica teaching English as a second language, and in 1992, co-founded a language school for multi-national corporate executives in Rio de Janeiro.

In the U.S., she began a seven-year tour with the Bank of America, ending as a vice president responsible for electronic cash management products supporting the International Financial Institutions area. Later, she worked in executive recruiting for Spencer Stuart in New York City, Herbert Mines Associates and Ross & Company.

She is active with the Taft School as class secretary and has been chairman of her class reunions. She is a former trustee of the Executive Search Roundtable and the New Canaan Nature Center.