Board of Education Members
Donald F. Harris, Jr., Chair
Donald Harris has been active in Bloomfield for many years, most recently as the town’s deputy mayor. Mr. Harris is a past principal of Bloomfield high school, vice principal of Carmen Arace middle school and director of athletics. Mr. Harris is also a graduate of Bloomfield high school and earned a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College, and master’s degree and sixth-year administration certificate from the University of Hartford.
Additionally, Mr. Harris is the past president of the Bloomfield chapter of Rotary International, he has served on the board of Directors of the Literacy Volunteers, Graylodge Shelter for Women, Seabury, and the Amistad Center for Art and Culture.
Michael R. Walters, M.S., M. Ed.- Vice Chair
Michael is a veteran educator, human resource professional and public speaker. He has been a resident of Bloomfield for approximately two decades. Michael is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Cambridge College and the University of New Haven. He has also been accepted into the doctoral program for education at Northeastern University.
As a seasoned Vice President of Human Resources, Mr. Walters has lectured to business, educational and community groups instilling motivation, communication skills and organizational effectiveness. Additionally, he facilitates lectures on Valuing Differences, Managing Diversity, EEO, Affirmative Action, Organizational Development and Employee Relations.
Mr. Walters has served on numerous community boards such as the Board of Director of the Women’s League Child Development Center; Board of Trustees of Jumoke Academy; American Society for Personnel Administration; American Society for Training and Development and the Board of Directors of the Weekly “Black Perspective” Television Program at Connecticut NBC.
Howard Steven Frydman, Secretary
Howard Steven Frydman has served as General Manager and Executive Director of Bloomfield Access Television for the past 28 years. Mr. Frydman has worked in the field of television, radio and print media for over 35 years and has coordinated many local and statewide public events. Mr. Frydman has also served politically in various elected positions including: Bloomfield Library Board of Director, Selectmen, Registrar of Voters and Justice of the Peace. Howard additionally serves on the Board of Directors for Bloomfield’s Continuing Education and Bloomfield Federation Homes. Howard was a founding member of the Bloomfield Winterfest/Light Up The Town Holiday Event.
His movie, theater and food reviews have been syndicated in several newspapers in Connecticut including: "The Airport News" the official newspaper for Connecticut's Bradley International Airport, The North Central News, CT Business Journal, Bloomfield Messenger and BATV. He is the recipient of the Connecticut "Hometown Hero" Award, Connecticut Jaycee Outstanding Citizen Award and the National Army Citizen Service Award. A Graduate of Central Connecticut State University majoring in Sociology and Bloomfield resident for over 55 years.
Quentin Johnson was elected to the Board of Education in 2014. He and his wife have a three year old daughter and have resided in Bloomfield for six years. Mr. Johnson is currently a Senior Director of General Liability Performance Analytics for the Business Insurance unit of The Travelers. He is responsible for identifying and implementing opportunities to leverage data for better business decisions. Mr. Johnson received his BA in Economics with a minor in Philosophy from Central Connecticut State University.
He is passionate about education and ensuring students receive the best opportunities for college and career readiness. He hopes to share his analytical strengths and experience to positively influence the the continued success of the Bloomfield educational system. Mr. Johnson also serves on the Assessment Appeals Board for the Town of Bloomfield.
Robert W. Ike
Robert Ike has served as a Bloomfield Board of Education member for 12 years. Mr. Ike attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is currently serving as Commissioner of the Bloomfield Housing Authority and Chairman of the Bloomfield Republican Town Committee. Mr. Ike has served on the Bloomfield Town Council and volunteered as part of the Bloomfield Library Board, the Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Committee and as Secretary of the Carmen Arace School Building Committee.
Reverend Michael C. Williams is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and a 20-year resident of Bloomfield, Connecticut. He is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University of Monroe, Louisiana; a graduate of University of Connecticut School of Social Work; a graduate of Trinity College of Vermont; and, a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s School of Business’ Executive Program in Managed Care. He is an ordained clergy.
In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, Reverend Williams is the Regional Administrator of the Department of Children and Families region 4 which includes the Hartford and Manchester area offices.
To complement these efforts, Reverend Williams serves as the President of the Christian Activities Council, a board member of Achieve Hartford the Hartford Local Education Fund, an appointed member to the State of Connecticut's Commission on Health Equity, Beta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc, a member of the Beta Tau Boule and participates in many other community activities in the greater Hartford area.
Michael is married to Lynda Hunter-Williams and has three children, Oscar, Romarius and Tiffany and two grandchildren, Journee Renee and Sahrye.
Donna Banks is currently the Executive Assistant for Brad Davis of WDRC-AM Radio and Connoisseur Media. She is a member of the Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Committee and a member of the Bloomfield Rotary Club. She also is the coordinator of the Bloomfield Back-to-School Fair held every year in August.
Previously, Ms. Banks served in various capacities on local boards and for non-profit organizations addressing issues that affect the community. She was a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, President of the Bloomfield Raiders Youth Football and Cheerleading, a member of the Building Renovation Committee for Laurel and Metacomet Elementary Schools, and a committee member of the Bloomfield Education Foundation.
Ms. Donna Banks studied as a Medial Assistant at Branford Hall in Windsor. She has two daughters, who attended Bloomfield Public Schools, and are now pursuing their own careers. Ms. Banks was recently appointed to fill a vacancy; however she hopes to make a difference by prioritizing education for all students.