JSC: Biographies of Commission Members

Biographies of Commission Members



Robert S. Bello is an attorney in the Stamford law firm of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP.  The firm is a general practice with an emphasis on civil and criminal litigation, including personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, commercial and construction disputes as well as family law.  It also handles business and real estate transactions.  Attorney Bello concentrates in criminal litigation where he has garnered extensive trial experience, including numerous jury trials of serious felonies, winning acquittal in many.  He has also briefed and argued several criminal appeals before the Appellate and Supreme Courts.  Mr. Bello is a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, Fairfield University and St. John's Law School, where he graduated in 1961.  He has been admitted to practice in Connecticut State and Federal Courts for 50 years and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Fairfield County Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  He is a past recipient of numerous pro bono awards and citations, including a 1999 C.B.A. Pro Bono Award.  He has been a panel member and contributor to several CLE seminars on criminal law.

Mr. Bello was appointed by former Chief Justice Sullivan to the Client Security Fund Committee, where he continues to serve, having been reappointed by Chief Justice Rogers.  Previously, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Training and Employment which was the original designated community action agency in Stamford.

Robert S. Bello also served the Commission as its Chairperson from 2011-2014.  

Attorney Bello has been married for 50 years to his wife Frances, with whom he has a son Christopher, who is a Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary with General Re Life Corporation in Stamford.  Attorney Bello enjoys spending his free time with his five grandchildren.



Greg Davis is a native of Hartford.  He graduated from Tufts University and Georgetown Law School.  Greg worked at the law firm of Murtha Cullina and the Legal Department of Northeast Utilities before joining Travelers Insurance Company in 1997.  Greg currently serves as President of the Hartford Public Library and served previously as President from 2009 to 2011; and he has been on the Board of the library since 2006.  He has been an alumnus, trustee since 1991, and former Board President for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford.  Greg also serves on the Board of Overseers for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and he is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Hartford Youth Scholars.

Greg resides in Bloomfield where he is a member of The First Cathedral.


Jonathan Ferrigno currently serves as the Special Assistant to House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz. In that role, he works closely with the Speaker and his legal team on the dais during Session days dealing with the legislative procedures of the House. He also helps to facilitate the Speaker’s appointments to various state task forces, boards, and commissions.

Jonathan previously worked as an aide to Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey acting primarily as the point person for constituent services. He also served as the administrative staff for the Regional Policing Work Group of the M.O.R.E. Commission where he worked towards drafting proposed legislation that would create savings in the state budget through regional cooperation. He has also volunteered on multiple successful State Representative re-election campaigns for the House Democrats caucus.

Jonathan graduated from the University of Connecticut where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He currently resides in West Hartford.


Sarah Fryxell currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the House Republican Office in the Connecticut General Assembly. In her role, she provides legislators with guidance on legal, legislative and policy issues. Her duties include conducting legal research, drafting bills and amendments, negotiating legislative priorities on behalf of House Republican members, and serving as the caucus liaison to the Office of State Ethics, the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and the Freedom of Information Commission.

Prior to becoming Chief Legal Counsel, Ms. Fryxell served as Legal Counsel for the House Republicans for eight years focusing primarily on issues before the Judiciary, Commerce, Insurance, and Public Health Committees.

Ms. Fryxell is a Commissioner on the Connecticut State Marshal Commission and was elected to serve as a Trustee on the Library Board of Directors in Westbrook, Connecticut from 2009-2015. Ms. Fryxell is a 2001 graduate of Villanova University and a 2005 graduate of Villanova University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York.





Joseph J. McGee is Vice President, Public Policy and Programs, The Business Council of Fairfield County.  Joe has worked extensively with the business community, civic organizations and government officials in the areas of economic development, transportation, housing, energy conservation, environment and tax and fiscal policy.

His community leadership roles reflect his commitment to these priorities.  He is currently Co Chair of The Commission on Economic Competitiveness and a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection.

Joe’s major focus at the Business Council is the development of high speed commuter rail.

Following the aftermath of the extreme storms in 2011, Joe was appointed as Co-Chair of The Two Storm Panel in 2011-2012 by Governor Malloy. In 2010, he served as Co-Chair of the Policy Committee for Governor Daniel Malloy’s Transition Committee.

Before joining The Business Council of Fairfield County, Joe was Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic Development, Chairman of the Connecticut Development Authority and Chairman of Connecticut Innovations, Inc. from 1990-1994.  He served as Vice President at People’s Bank between 1979 and 1990.  Prior to joining People’s Bank, Joe served as Staff Director for Congressman Stewart McKinney in Washington, D.C. from 1971 to 1978.






Philip William Ryan is President and CEO of National Lumber Inc. in North Haven, a contractor lumberyard servicing new construction through much of the state.  Mr. Ryan is also a licensed Real Estate Broker, operating several construction and development companies, and managing multifamily owned properties throughout the Greater New Haven area.  Together, these companies' activities cover the spectrum from land acquisition, zoning, development, construction and sales. 
Mr. Ryan is a Life Member of the Board of Directors of the Greater New Haven Homebuilders' Association, and was a member of the State Board of Directors, as well as the National Association of Homebuilders, and Northeast Retail Lumbermens' Association.

Mr. Ryan is a 1963 graduate of Yale University.  He is a United States Air Force veteran who spent his first eleven years as a pilot, initially flying combat in Vietnam and Thailand.  He was among the aircrews who flew into Hanoi in February, 1972, for the initial POW release of captured military pilots.  Later, he served at the Pentagon, and completed his service as chief of Transport Pilot Assignments, at the USAF Personnel Center in San Antonio.
Mr. Ryan resides in Branford with his wife Jill (Diamond) Ryan.  They have two sons and three grandchildren.



Peter (Pete) Smith is the managing Partner of Rome, Smith & Lutz, Inc., a Government Relations firm located in Hartford Connecticut. Rome Smith & Lutz is one of the top ten lobbying firms in the state representing a variety of clients from community based non-profits, the Mohegan Tribe to fortune 25 companies.  Pete is a former state representative from Milford’s 119th district. During his time in the legislature, he was known for building consensus around issues and his passion for constituent causes. He served as co-chairman of the Conservation and Development sub-committee of the Appropriations Committee, vice chairman of the Commerce Committee, and as a member of the Environment and Transportation Committees.

Civic engagement is important to Pete. He has served on numerous boards and commissions both at the state and local level including Milford’s Fire Commission and Harbor Management Commission.  Currently, he is the Chairman of Milford’s Downtown River High Street Development Committee and is serving his second term as a member of the Judicial Selection Commission.  Pete and his family are active longtime supporters of The Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer at Yale New Haven Hospital and participate in Yale Cancer Center – “Closer to Free” bike ride.







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