Milford man is new development director at Sterling House

Former Milford Mirror newspaper editor and reporter Chris Carroll is the new director of development at the Sterling House Community Center in Stratford.

Sterling House Executive Director Amanda Meeson said this week that Carroll has replaced long-time Development Director Diane Sheridan. Sheridan retired effective Sept. 16 after 10 years at Sterling House.

Carroll comes to Sterling House from The West Haven Community House where he has served as director of development since March 2011. Previous to his stint in West Haven, Carroll was the director of development at Boys & Girls Village, Inc., of Milford for nine years from 2001 to 2010.

Local residents may remember Carroll from his newspaper career beginning in the 1980s at Citizen Publications, which published the Milford Citizen. Carroll was also an editor and executive editor at Hometown Publications – now Hersam Acorn – in the late 1980s through 1995. He was the executive editor in 1986 when the Milford Mirror debuted.

Carroll was also affiliated with Milford Patch for its startup in 2010, and was the launch editor for Stratford Patch in January 2011.

He began his non-profit development career in 1996 at ARI of Stamford, an agency that works with adults with disabilities.

“Chris’ wealth of experience in non-profit fundraising paired with a connection to the Stratford community is a powerful combination for Sterling House. We are excited to have him on board,” said Meeson.

Carroll noted that leveraging the financial and in-kind support of the community is vital to the continued success of Sterling House and its ability to serve Stratford and the surrounding communities, including Milford.

“In the coming weeks and months I will be getting out to meet as many supporters and various stakeholders as I can, including many in Milford, and I hope that everyone will continue to think of Sterling House and support its mission when they consider making a donation, especially as the holiday season approaches,” Carroll said.

Sterling House Community Center is a multi-service community center located at 2283 Main Street, Stratford, and serves thousands of children, teenagers and adults each year through a variety of programs, including its pre-school, summer camp, adult classes, athletic programs, food bank and more. Sterling House will be observing its 85th anniversary in 2017.

Carroll lives in Milford with his wife, Debby. They have seven grandchildren, five in Milford.