Northeast Advisory Board Members

Bill Buckley

Chair

Bill is the Chair of the Northeast Advisory Board.  A licensed Professional Engineer registered in the State of Connecticut, Bill has spent his professional career in Civil Engineering, working for the State Health Department, the State Department of Transportation and 25 years for the City of Danbury as its Public Works Director, its City Engineer and its Superintendent of Public Utilities. More recently Bill works with Building and Land Technology (BLT).  Bill is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and an Army Veteran, and has been to Haiti several times with Hope for Haiti to lend critical engineering expertise to local infrastructure projects. Bill Buckley is the Grandfather of Connor, 9, Blake, 5, Hannah, 7 and Maddie, 7.

Lauren Giordano

Secretary

Lauren Giordano is the Secretary of the Northeast Advisory Board. Lauren is a 2011 graduate of the Salve Regina University, in Newport, Rhode Island with a double major in Business and Marketing. She quickly began her career in business development, and upon moving back home to Connecticut, Lauren joined Building and Land Technology (BLT), where she works with the investment team and supports senior members in the company’s Fund. Soon after her journey began at BLT, Lauren was introduced to a philanthropic extension of the company’s family, Hope for Haiti. Instantly, her curiosity in the thriving organization, along with her hunger to give back to the world, allowed her to eagerly join the newly founded Northeast Advisory Board.

Scott Handelman

Member

Scott graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in 2006. Recruited during college by Barnum Financial Group an office of MetLife, Scott advised clients on all aspects of insurance and financial matters. In addition, Scott volunteered his time at Ansonia High School as part of the “Success Skills” program administered by Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut. There he taught students interviewing, resume writing, and team building skills. Currently Scott works in his family’s investment advisory business as a Securities Analyst. In his free time he loves playing hockey, squash, cycling and of course playing with his 2-year-old son Jake.

Michelle Houston

Member

Michelle serves as Chief of Staff at Building and Land Technology (BLT). Prior to BLT, Michelle served as Vice President of Events and Board Engagement for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). As founder of The Marcus Group, she provided global clients with fundraising and event production expertise. Michelle began her career in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, serving in numerous protocol positions for Presidents George H.W. Bush, and William J. Clinton. She also served as Assistant to the Social Secretary for President William J. Clinton. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Marquette University.

Alexandrea Kibbe

Member

Alexandrea has been working with Building and Land Technology (BLT), for the past three years. Prior to that Alexandrea worked for Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the renowned architectural firm, noted for designing One World Trade Center. She is a graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree from the Smeal College of Business in Marketing. Throughout college and after graduating Alexandrea worked for the Pennsylvania State Intercollegiate Athletic Department throughout the Jerry Sandusky scandal, which shook the university and the nation.

Maria Teresa Larrea

Member

Maria works at Building and Land Technology (BLT), where she is currently the Accounts Receivable Manager for the commercial portfolio. She was born and raised in Riobamba-Ecuador, Maria relocated to the United States about 20 years ago. What was a vacation destination became her new home. Maria strongly believes that giving back to the community is not just a privilege, but a necessity. She joined community development organizations in the area and actively promotes outreach programs, fundraisers for local non-profit organizations, soup kitchens, visits children’s hospitals and much more. Visiting Haiti has been an extraordinary experience that will always be treasured. She is thankful for the opportunity and very determine to help in any possible way with the amazing labor of love that Hope for Haiti carries out.

Bradford R. Orben

Vice Chair

Bradford is the Vice Chair of the Northeast Advisory Board. He has been Executive Director of the Finance and Family Office for Building and Land Technology (BLT) for the past eight years. Prior to joining BLT, Bradford worked with the Bank of New York Mellon’s Private Client Investment Services division, the Dreyfus Corporation, and Quick and Reilly. His non-profit commitments include; but are not limited to serving as Chairman of the Investment Committee for St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, Advisory Board Member of the Family Office Association, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church Finance Board, and the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club Board for the Southport Unit. Bradford is a graduate of Dickinson College with a Bachelors Degree in Economics with a concentration in Financial and Business Analysis. He lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife, Emily and four children.