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 2023 RTC-endorsed Candidates 


Neighbors you know.  Leadership you can trust.

H. Perry “Grub” Garvin III

Grub Garvin, a 5th-generation Old Lyme resident, attended and graduated from the Region 18 school system. A longtime distinguished public servant, he has served on the Board of Finance for 26 years and is completely familiar with Old Lyme finances and revenue details.

Career highlights:

  • Operator of-Hawks Nest Beach rental properties (third generation), a large, family-owned business in Old Lyme



  • His children graduated from Region 18 schools and his grandchildren are attending our schools today.



Maria Corrao Marchant  (incumbent)

Maria has a strong background in finance, human resource, insurance management, and small business ownership.  Maria has been a BOF alternate since 2019.  She was a former top director of human resources in a Boston firm. For the past 20 years she has been self-employed in the healthcare insurance industry.


Other career highlights:

  • WBE, Women in Business Enterprise — current small business owner in state of Connecticut.



  • B.S., Human Resource and Sociology, University of Hartford


Maria is a lifelong resident of Old Lyme and attended Region 18 schools. She resides with her husband Chris and their two daughters who attend Region 18 schools.


Civic contribution:

  • Former vice president and treasurer, Mile Creek Elementary School PTO

  • Current board member, Shoreline Soup Kitchen finance and nominating committee

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Matthew F. Olson (incumbent)

Matt has a finance and management background and has served our BOF as an alternate since 2019.  He is currently a senior director for Travelers Insurance in Hartford.


Other career highlights:

  • US Navy retired Commander in Naval Aviation (F/A-18 pilot)

  • Awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike Flight), Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign decorations.


  • B.A., Northwestern University

  • Executive MBA, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California


Matt and his wife Cindy have three children who graduated from Region 18 schools. They have lived in Old Lyme since 2009.


Civic contribution:

  • Old Lyme Board of Finance alternate since 2019


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