Valley United Way to recognize volunteer, retired businessman at dinner

Ron Villani has been selected as the 45th Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award winner by Valley United Way.

Villani held various human resources executive positions during a 35-year career with General Electric, and has been active with many Valley-based organizations.

The award is presented for a lifetime of service to the community, encompassing more than one town or organization. It is named for the late editor of The Evening Sentinel, and has been presented annually since 1971.

On April 21, Villani will be presented with the award at Valley United Way’s 47th Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner.

“We were very fortunate that when Ron came to Shelton with GE, he ‘adopted’ the Valley as a home for his community involvement and shared his time and expertise with us so well,” said Jack Walsh, Valley United Way president and chief operating officer.

Helped with planning efforts

Villani has served four terms as a Valley United Way board member, including two years as board chairman. He also has helped lead short- and long-term planning efforts at the agency and chaired its Allocations Committee.

He served as board vice president at the Birmingham Group (now BHCare), offering guidance when that nonprofit merged with another organization.

Wharton School graduate

The New Jersey native earned an MBA degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

He then began working for GE, holding leadership assignments in nine different GE businesses. His final assignment, and the one that brought him to the Valley, was as chief human resource officer for GE Supply.

He has been an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven and run his own human resources consulting business.

Villani lives in Monroe, where he’s served 20 years on the Police Board, currently being its chairman. He is a volunteer reader and mentor in the Bridgeport public schools. He and his wife of 43 years, Peggy, have two children and two grandchildren.

Valley United Way matches the needs of the community and the interests of donors to improve the quality of life in Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Seymour. It focuses on youth, families and people.