Connecticut Cemetery Association Names Lisa K. Vaeth President

WEST HARTFORD, CONN.  2024) – The Connecticut Cemetery Association, Inc. (CCA) Board of Directors announced the election of Lisa K. Vaeth as the organization’s new president. “I am honored to be elected president and look forward to expanding our organization’s membership with the help of our dedicated and talented board,” said Vaeth. “Our immediate past-president, Maureen Crick Owen, has been an extraordinary role model and I am thankful for her expertise and continued guidance.”

Vaeth has been a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford (JHGH) staff for more than three decades — and for the past 20 years served as director of the Association of Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Hartford. In this capacity, she oversees 31 historic Jewish burial grounds. During her tenure at JFGH, Vaeth has also held positions in general campaign development, women’s philanthropy, young leadership, event management, office management, and as director of office operations.

“I have no doubt that the CCA will thrive under Lisa’s leadership,” said Federation President and CEO David Waren. “For over 20 years, she has led Federation’s Cemetery Association with passion and professionalism, and we are proud to see her efforts recognized at the state level.”

In 2023, Vaeth received the Greater Hartford Jewish community’s esteemed Henry M. Zachs Spirit of Judaism Award. This award, established in 2013 by the family of Henry M. Zachs, recognizes an unsung hero who has the best interests of the Jewish community at heart and serves as an inspiration for others. “No one is more deserving of that award than Lisa,” said Henry M. Zachs. “And after serving more than 20 years with [the CCA], I can’t think of anyone who has done a better job for our cemeteries. She goes beyond the call.” Vaeth also received an official citation from the State of Connecticut for her dedication, passion for helping others, and for being an advocate for the Greater Hartford community.

Vaeth graduated from the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association University program, held at the University of Memphis in 2017, where she received a full scholarship. In addition to her work with CCA, she is an active member of the New England Cemetery Association and has served as board chair and treasurer for the Jewish Cemetery Association of North America.

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