Ralph Calabrese is the President of the Board. He has been a Member of the Board since 2014 and a PAL Coach since 2012. He played PAL Travel Basketball as a kid from 1985-1989 and traveled to Washington, DC and Niagara Falls for National PAL Tournaments. He is one of the Co-Founders of Alaris Technology and currently holds the position of Managing Partner. He
currently lives in Torrington with his wife and two children, both of whom are active participants in various PAL Activities.
Lieutenant Brett Johnson
Lieutenant Brett Johnson is the Vice President of the PAL Board; he has been involved with PAL in varying capacities for 12 years. He finds the connection between PAL officers and the local children and their families to be very important, believing that the relationships and interactions between the officers and children involved in PAL transcend the typical interaction, between police and society. He also believes that the relationships that are created in PAL make officers better at communicating with today’s youth.He has been a member of the Torrington Police Department for 12 years, currently serving as a Lieutenant. He is currently the commanding officer of the Detective Division. He lives in Torrington with his wife, Kayla, and Chocolate Lab Koco.
Officer Robert Simon
Officer Robert Simon has been a Member of the Board for 3 years. He grew upplaying PAL Basketball with Coach Rob Persechino. He was born in Torrington, attended Torrington Public Schools, and currently works for the Torrington Police Department where he is assigned to community relations and PAL.
Board of Directors
Nicholas Calabrese has been a Member of the Board since 2018. He benefited from playing basketball in the Torrington PAL and Varsity Alumni leagues as a teenager, over 25 years ago.
Allan Borghesi has been Member of the Board for 5 years. He is an engineer and gives general decision and construction advice. He is an involved citizen and the chairman of Borghesi Building.
Maria Gonzalez has been a member of the board since 2008. Her after school program, Youth Opportunities and PAL share the same goals. She is a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child and works to encourage children in the community to be the best they can me. She is the Director of Community Services at New Opportunities of Greater Torrington.
William A. Conti, Esq.
William A. Conti, Esq. serves as the Attorney for the PAL Board, he has held this position for the last 3 years. As an attorney who does criminal defense he realizes the importance of community policing and thinks PAL does an excellent job with the community. He is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School, is married to Linda Conti, and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
Robin Ledversis became a Member of the board in 2018, but has served as a volunteer coach for PAL for 20 years. She believes it is so important to get kids involved in extra-curricular activities and to get them connected in the community. Robin is married to Kevin Ledversis and has two children, Sue and Sam, who participated in PAL activities throughout their childhood. She is currently the Assistant Principal at Torrington High School.
Christopher Smedick is the Executive Director for the Board. He has been on the PAL Board for 30 years. As a police officer he was one of the charter members of PAL in the early 80’s, and has served as President, Board Member, and Coach. Chris is married to his wife Eileen of 34 years and has 2 adult children. He was a member of the Torrington Police Department for 36 years, retiring in 2018 at the rank of Deputy Police Chief.
Raymond R. Oneglia
Raymond R. Oneglia has been a Member of the Board for 20 years. He is a lifelong member of the community; he has watched the area change. PAL has integrated itself into the community by reaching out to the youth population in many ways from sports to academics and has added great value to the Torrington area. He is active as the Vice Chairman of O&G Industries, a construction company founded by his immigrant grandfather in 1923. He is married and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Currently resides in Canton with his wife and 11 year-old daughter. Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Central Connecticut State University. Employed by the Torrington Police Department since 2008. Worked in Patrol for 5 years – member of Accident Investigation Team and Tactical Narcotics Team. Promoted to Detective in 2012. Promoted to Lieutenant in November 2019. He is currently assigned to the patrol division and is the commanding officer of the midnight shift. Current Underage Drinking Task-force Supervisor. Volunteer for PAL events, Special Olympics events, Explorer Toy Drive, PAL Toy Drive and Union Food Drive.
Born and raised in Torrington, Michael Simon has come up through the Torrington public school system, participating in several high school athletics programs amongst other extracurricular community activities. Mike went on to graduate from Western Connecticut State University with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. After graduating, Mike went into the workforce as a sales rep in the medical device arena, working for Synthes and Johnson and Johnson as a spine implant sales consultant. Having recognized a void in the healthcare market as the Affordable Care Act changed existing guidelines, Mike opened his company, PRIA Healthcare in 2012. PRIA has become the country’s largest patient access firm, servicing tens of thousands of patients annually. Based here in Torrington, PRIA has made a commitment to serving our community, and supporting the PAL organization in any way possible.
Mike currently resides in Litchfield with his wife and three young children on a small farm and enjoys his summers at Highland Lake. Mike is a car enthusiast and enjoys spending as much time with his family as possible.