Meet the Board

Evan Matthews, Executive Director

Evan Matthews is the executive director of the Connecticut Port Authority (CPA). He oversees and directs all business development, marketing, finance, and outreach activities of the CPA. He is also responsible for developing a strategic plan to grow the volume of cargo activity in the ports, as well as coordinating and strengthening the state’s maritime policies.

Prior to his work at CPA, Evan served as Port Director for the Port of Davisville, the public port operated by the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) in Rhode Island. He has also worked for the Port of Seattle, Foss Maritime, Foss Environmental Services Corporation, and Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, WA.

Evan serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Port and Maritime Executives (IAMPE) and is Vice President of the North Atlantic Ports Association, a regional association of ports. He is also a member of the Connecticut Pilot Commission, Connecticut Maritime Coalition and Coalition for New England Companies for Trade (CONECT).

Evan received his Master of Marine Affairs and Graduate Certificate in Global Trade and Transportation Logistics from the University of Washington in Seattle, and Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.

The Board

The Connecticut Port Authority’s governing board is composed of 15 voting members, including state officials, community leaders, port authority professionals, and individuals with knowledge related to trade, marine transportation, and finance.

Chairman Scott Bates
Deputy Secretary of the State

Appointed Deputy Secretary of the State of Connecticut in January 2017, Scott Bates has served in leadership roles at the state, national and international levels in policy development and government for over twenty five years.

Bates has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, including serving as Chief of Staff for Congressman Nick Lampson, Counsel to Congressman Jim Turner, and Senior Advisor to Congressman Maurice Hinchey. As Secretary of State (Commonwealth) and Legislative Director for Governor Douglas Wilder of Virginia, Scott focused on ethics reforms in state government and development and passage of the governor’s legislative agenda. Bates led an unprecedented expansion in appointments of women and minorities to state boards and commissions.

After September 11th, Scott became the first Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee and was the principal author of “Winning the War on Terror” which helped inform the 9/11 Commission in its deliberations and development of its report. He helped lead the team that produced a dozen reports on homeland security issues ranging from border security to bioterrorism.  He continued work on national security issues as President of the Center for National Policy, a Washington DC think tank.

Scott Bates has been on the ground in every war zone where American troops have fought in this generation. He has worked with elected leaders and activists alike to build democratic institutions and governance structures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti and the Persian Gulf. Bates has advised the Premier of South Australia and taught at the University of Pristina in Kosovo.  He has been a featured speaker on defense issues and international affairs at numerous national and international conferences.

Bates has taught Homeland Security at the National Defense University in Washington DC. He was a Visiting Professor of International Law and International Human Rights Law at the University of Indiana School of Law, Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Pristina (Kosovo) and was a Lecturer on American Government at the University of Tokyo. He has provided commentary for media outlets on five continents including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Gulf Times, The Australian, The Taipei Times, the BBC, France24 and Al Jazeera .

Scott Bates holds a JD from the University Of Virginia School Of Law, a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and graduated magna cum laude in History and Political Science from the University of Dayton.

Bates lives in his hometown of Stonington, Connecticut where he has served as Chairman of the Police Commission, a member of the Board of Burgesses and Moderator of the Annual Borough Meeting. Bates is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Port Authority.

Vice Chair Commissioner Catherine Smith
Department of Economic and Community Development

Catherine Smith is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the lead state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities. Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed her to the position in April 2011.

Prior to joining DECD, Commissioner Smith had a distinguished career in the insurance and financial services industry. She began her career at Aetna in 1983 and held various management positions, including investment officer and chief financial officer for Aetna Financial Services. Later at ING, she served in numerous leadership positions including chief operating officer for ING U.S. Financial Services, and CEO of the U.S. Insurance businesses.

In 2008, Catherine was named CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services, one of the largest defined contribution plan managers in the United States with more than $280 billion in assets under management and administration.

Catherine graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and received a Master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut.

State Treasurer Denise Nappier
Office of the State Treasurer

First elected in 1998, Denise L. Nappier is the only woman to be elected State Treasurer in Connecticut history and the first African-American woman elected a State Treasurer in the United States.

As Connecticut’s chief elected financial officer, Treasurer Nappier oversees $56 billion in state funds, including the $29 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, of which she is the principal fiduciary, and a $22 billion debt portfolio.

Treasurer Nappier previously served as Hartford City Treasurer for nearly ten years and has a broad background in finance, public policy and administration, and legislative affairs. She was the Executive Director of Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture, Inc. – a non-profit organization that successfully spearheaded the redevelopment of Greater Harford’s riverfront area, Director of Institutional Relations for the University of Connecticut Health Center, and consultant to the State’s Office of Policy and Management.

Among the quasi-public agencies of the State of Connecticut on which she serves are the State Bond Commission, the Connecticut Airport Authority, and Connecticut Innovations.

She holds a B.A. from Virginia State University and a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati.

Nancy J. DiNardo

Nancy DiNardo has spent her professional career dedicated to serving the public in a variety of schools, non-profit organizations, and local governments.

She worked in the Bridgeport Public Schools for thirty years, first as an elementary teacher, then as a school psychologist, and then 16 years as the Director of Psychological Services. After retiring from education, she volunteered at the Democratic State Party before becoming chairwoman in 2005. In 2015, she stepped down as chair last year and is currently the vice chair of the Party. She also served as chair of Trumbull Democratic Town Committee for 30 years before stepping down in 2014.

As a result of her commitment to serving, she has worked to achieve a leadership position in her time spent serving the Democratic Party. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of State Party Chairs and the Democratic National Committee – and was elected by her peers up and down the East Coast as the Chair of the Eastern Regional Caucus of the Democratic National Committee, a post on which she has served since 2010. It has given her the opportunity to network with other party and elected leaders in our neighboring states and, as a result of her national engagement, she has had exposure to plenty of the issues being discussed in our region.

In Trumbull, Nancy has served on the Town Council, Board of Finance, Board of Health and the Police Commission. She also served as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Trumbull Emergency Medical Service for 12 years. During part of that time, she was the assistant to the executive director of TEMS. While on the Board of Health, she served on a committee to develop a Bridgeport area hospice program. She is also on the Board of Directors at Griffin Hospital where she is on the Quality Assurance and the Development Fund Committees

Nancy holds a B.A. in Sociology from Emmanuel College and two Masters degrees from Fairfield University.

Nancy was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

C. Zack Hyde
Office of Policy and Management

Zack Hyde serves as a Policy and Communications Associate for Comprehensive Planning and Intergovernmental Policy at the state of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM). As the Governor’s staff agency responsible for policy and budget formulation, OPM also plays a key role in land use, capital development, and transportation financing. Zack works predominantly on transportation policy and legislative affairs. Before joining OPM, he spent four years working in a variety of roles within Governor Malloy’s Executive Office.

A native of West Hartford, Zack now resides in Hartford. He received a BA from Lafayette College and is currently pursuing a JD at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Pamela K. Elkow
Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennesey, LLP

Pamela Elkow has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in remediating or redeveloping brownfields; purchasing or selling businesses or real estate with significant environmental liabilities or challenges; obtaining permits; providing environmental, health, and safety compliance counseling; and responding to governmental enforcement. Her clients include large companies engaged in the remediation of legacy properties, portfolio companies in the business of acquiring and remediating contaminated property for investment or resale, and municipalities engaged in redevelopment efforts.

Pamela is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Energy, Environment, and Resources Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee and a frequent lecturer and writer on environmental issues for audiences such as developers, environmental consultants, and other lawyers. She is also on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and serves as the Treasurer, of the Business Council of Fairfield County.

Pamela graduated from Colgate University (BA) and the George Washington University (JD). She is a partner with the law firm of Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey, LLP, and was previously a partner with the law firm of Robinson + Cole LLP.

Pamela was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

Donald B. Frost
D.B. Frost & Associates

Donald B. Frost is a principal at D.B. Frost & Associates, Marine Transportation Planners and Consultants.

He has been employed ashore in management positions by ship owners, ship operators, shippers (miners, manufacturers, merchants and traders) regarding marketing, freight market trends, intermodal transportation and logistics functions. Additionally, Don has consulted for shippers, ship owners, ports, railroads, and development banks on shipping markets, intermodal logistics and materials handling issues. Today, Don is involved with a variety of activities, including:

  • Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc. – Active maritime arbitrator
  • Connecticut Maritime Association Inc. – Founding member (1984), elected President four times. Presently Industry Liaison and Editor of CMA’s monthly Newsletter (
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers – member of the Publishing and Maritime Economics panels
  • Columbia University’s Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (2006-2011) – commercial advisor and researcher.
  • US Merchant Marine Academy Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) (1993-1998) – lecturer on economic geography, shipping markets and shipping contracts
  • Global Business and Transportation (GBAT) program at the State University of New York Maritime College – commercial advisor and occasional lecturer on economic geography
  • US-China Business Center at Central Connecticut State University – lecturer (2010 and 11) on “The Blue Economy”.
  • National Association of Maritime Organizations (NAMO) – represent the Connecticut Maritime Association
  • Connecticut Maritime Coalition Inc. – Board member representing deepwater commercial maritime issues

Don graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College, with a B.S. in Marine Transportation and a US Coast Guard license as a Third Mate Oceans-Unlimited Tonnage with Meteorology and Radar endorsements. He sailed as navigating officer aboard U.S. flag ships engaged in international trade and raised his license to Second Mate. Don also served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve with Military Sealift Command. Upon coming ashore he went on to earn his M.B.A. degree in International Business/Marketing at Baruch School of Business, City University of New York.

Don has been a resident of Fairfield since 1977.

Don was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Speaker of the House, Representative Brendan Sharkey.

Terry Gilbertson
Town of Woodbridge

Terry Gilbertson resides in New Haven adjacent to the Port of New Haven. He is presently working for the Town of Woodbridge as its Building Official and was formerly employed by the City of New Haven in various roles of construction regulation, plan review and inspection. Mr. Gilbertson is a licensed Building Official and licensed Fire Marshal. He has recently been awarded lifetime membership status by the National Fire Protection Association and is a past president of the New England Building Code Association. Terry is actively involved with the International Code Council and maintains memberships in Building and Fire Safety Code organizations within the State.

Terry was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Senator Martin M. Looney.


John S. Johnson
Thames River Properties

John has spent his lifetime on or near the sea. A native of Mamaroneck, New York, John has lived for over 40 years in Connecticut. A graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics, he started his professional life in the international banking world. Johnson soon gravitated to a family marine hardware business and ultimately became a founding partner of Brewer Yacht Yards in Mamaroneck, NY. A born entrepreneur, John’s long list has a common underlying element: the coastal waters. His current businesses include the Gallery at Firehouse Square, a maritime art gallery located in New London, and Thames River Properties, New London; the Allen Spool Mill Building, Mystic; Newport Marine Products; JBG Ventures LLC and USA Ltd. Partnership.

John’s civic responsibilities are also numerous: Chairman OpSail Connecticut; Founding Board member National Coast Guard Museum Association; Chairman Legislative Affairs CMTA; Vice Chairman New London Port Authority. John works and resides in New London.

John was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

Dave Pohorylo
New England Shipping Company, Inc.

David E. Pohorylo, a Connecticut native born and raised in Windsor Locks, has resided with his family in Monroe, Connecticut since 1985.

Mr. Pohorylo began his career in the Maritime Industry in 1974, when he joined the Swedish Brostrom Group in New York City, as a staff accountant. Mr. Pohorylo worked with several of the group’s companies in New York and Gothenburg, Sweden, and in 1978 Mr. Pohorylo moved to the position of Manager, Finance & M.I.S. of Brostrom Shipping Company North America, the newly expanded branch office for the Swedish parent overseeing liner, bulker, tanker, trading and pool operations in the Americas. The relocation of Brostrom’s AB Atlanttrafik headquarters to the United States in 1983 allowed Mr. Pohorylo the opportunity to assume the position of Chief Corporate Controller & M.I.S. Director. Mr. Pohorylo later transitioned to the position of Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Pohorylo returned to Connecticut in 1986 to assume the position of Vice President of Tagship Inc., a major steamship agency with 14 offices on the U.S.East Coast and Gulf, and managed their representation of a container/general cargo liner service.

In 1991 Mr. Pohorylo founded New England Shipping Company, Inc., a ship agency and management company, based in New Haven, Connecticut. New England Shipping originally focused on vessels calling Connecticut’s Ports but has expanded over the years into a full-service shipping company handling all types of vessels and cargo, from bulk carriers to reefer ships, tankers to container and passenger vessels, to highly specialized vessels such as fiber optic cable laying vessels and semi-submersibles in all ports of the northeast United States along with Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and Florida. New England Shipping Company, the only Connecticut based ship agency, continues to maintain their headquarters in Milford, Connecticut and also has satellite offices in New London, Albany, and Port Newark.

Mr. Pohorylo is the current Chairman of the Connecticut Maritime Coalition, a Connecticut Cluster Organization, which has been the voice of the maritime to the State of Connecticut since its inception in 1999. He also serves the State of Connecticut as the longest sitting State Pilot Commissioner.

Mr. Pohorylo was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by House Minority Leader, Representative Themis Klarides.

Commissioner Jim Redeker
Department of Transportation

James Redeker was named Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on August 25, 2011. He is responsible for overseeing the statewide system of highway operations and maintenance, capital project design and construction, public transportation, and ports.

Commissioner Redeker serves on the board of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which is responsible for Bradley International Airport and the five general aviation airports. He also serves on the board of the Capital Region Development Authority. Mr. Redeker chairs the Northeast Corridor Commission that has responsibility for the creation and implementation of a short-term and long-term, regional investment strategy for the Northeast Corridor. He also chairs the Standing Committee on Rail Transportation. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board.

Commissioner Redeker joined CTDOT in 2009 after a 30-year career with NJ TRANSIT.

Mr. Redeker received a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science in 1977 and a Master’s in Civil Engineering in 1980 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder
Town of Old Lyme

First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder was born in New Haven, and grew up enjoying the Connecticut shoreline in Madison before moving to Old Lyme with her family. She is currently serving her third term as the First Selectwoman of the town of Old Lyme.

Bonnie received a BS in Early Childhood Education from Central Connecticut State University and, with a clear passion for education, opened her own full-care child care center at the age of 26, serving over 60 children. In 1992, she became the Director of Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center and went on to become extremely active in the Old Lyme community, serving on a variety of education committees. Since 1995, she has co-owned Photo Inspect, LLC, a home inspection firm serving new home buyers. In 2003, Bonnie was elected as a Selectwoman to the town’s Board of Selectman, and, in 2011, she became Old Lyme’s first female Selectwoman. She is also the Chairman of the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments.

Bonnie also enjoys boating, hiking, reading, and spending time with her grandson.

Bonnie was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by House Majority Leader, Representative Joe Aresimowicz.

Brian Thompson
DEEP Delegate

Brian Thompson is Director of the Land & Water Resources Division in the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP).  The Land & Water Resources Division’s mission is to restore, protect and conserve Connecticut’s inland waters and coastal resources.  Mr. Thompson oversees implementation of Connecticut’s federally-approved coastal zone management program, through which DEEP regulates work in tidal, coastal and navigable waters and tidal wetlands; restores coastal habitat; improves public access; protects water-dependent uses, public trust waters and submerged lands; promotes harbor management; and facilitates research.  Before joining DEEP in 2006, Mr. Thompson worked in various environmental management capacities in the private sector and the federal government.  Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from St. Lawrence University and a Master’s Degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.

Grant W. Westerson

Grant Westerson has been on the Connecticut waterfront and active in the Recreational Marine Industry since his youth when his family started a premium yacht dealership in Essex in the late 1950’s.  He was working full time when the business relocated to Old Saybrook as he also served with the Connecticut National Guard as a Recruiter.  He then earned a Coast Guard Master’s License and later his pilot’s license, instrument rated.  The company eventually purchased and renovated a local boatyard and café.  He managed it for 18 years as President until the property was taken to construct a new I-95 bridge.  He then completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Connecticut.  Continuing to oversee client’s vessels, he also worked with a Marine Surveying business throughout New England, inspecting vessels for prepurchase and investigating insurance claims for many leading underwriters.

Elected in 1983, Grant served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, being voted in as Chairman and then President.  For the next 33 years he served on numerous state, regional, and national organizations affiliated with the recreational boating industry, many as Chairman.  In 1996 Grant was hired as CMTA’s full time Executive Director to motivate and move the trade association forward.  He served there for the next 18 years, managing staff, membership, organizing and producing the Annual Hartford Boat Show, and on many initiatives of legislation in Hartford.  During his tenure, the Association grew in membership and recognition as a leading marine trade association.  He now works part time for himself as a Marine Surveyor.

Active in Old Saybrook, he has operated the town Marine Patrol vessel for over 30 years, served on the Board of Finance and worked as a certified Election Moderator.  He was appointed by three Connecticut Governors as Old Saybrook’s Harbormaster, to the Long Island Sound LPG Terminal Task Force, and as a Commissioner on the Connecticut Maritime Commission.  He was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano.  Grant is licensed on land, sea and air.

Parker S. Wise
American Cruise Lines, Inc.

Parker S. Wise is presently in-house counsel at American Cruise Lines Inc./Pearl Seas Cruises Inc. in Guilford CT. Before this assignment, he was Counsel at B+H Ocean Carriers Ltd. and General Counsel, Risk Manager and Corporate Secretary at Maritrans Inc.

Parker began his law practice at admiralty law firm Haight Gardner in New York, emphasizing ship financing and charter party disputes. He subsequently went in-house with Texaco in New York and then on to Conoco in Houston. Latter sent him to London for many years, where he had an oil & gas law practice involving exploration & production efforts throughout Europe/Africa. Upon returning to the United State, he became President of Scandinavian Marine, a hull insurance claims office then owned by the Norwegian hull clubs. Later, he returned to the practice of law with Trans Ocean Express, a refrigeration ship operator, followed by some years at Maritrans and B+H, and now ACL/PSC.

These positions have given him sound experience in, for example, ship financing, vessel documentation under many flags, insurance/risk management, claims, litigation management, contracts management, offshore incorporation, the negotiation and preparation of contracts having to do with the purchase/sale, chartering, construction and repair of vessels, international energy and marine-related business transactions of all kinds, and company secretarial/governance functions. He was also the company secretary of Conoco in the UK.

Parker was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.