Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers

Full Term

Marie Smith


Two Year Term to Fill a Vacancy

Armel Kouassi

I am on a mission to help make Edmond Town Hall a center of excellence for arts, theaters, etc. which is self-sustainable while maintaining its local charm. I believe the arts and culture participate to shape, build, and identify communities. As leader in the community, I have the responsibility to push the arts and arts venue to be more innovative and impactful.

I am a senior banker with almost 20 years of global financial management experience across Africa, Europe, and the US. I am Senior Vice President for Northern Trust Corporations, a global provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations.

My wife, Valerie, and I have three girls. Matiya, age 13, is a talented violinist and is concertmaster this year at the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra and member of a local cross-country team. Alexiane, age 10, my pescatarian daughter, loves animals; she enjoys horseback riding and plays violin and is a member of the Norwalk Youth Symphony Orchestra. Camille, our 6-year-old, splits time between violin, piano, and learning swimming. The three girls are in the Newtown school system.

We have lived in Newtown for eight years. We were looking for a place to call home and we fell in love with this quaint little town nestled in Fairfield County and an hour away from Manhattan. We love New England, and we often take short trips to Newport, R.I.; Portland, Maine; Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, etc. Prior to Newtown, we lived in multiple places Montclair, NJ, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.; St Louis, Mo.; Amsterdam, Netherlands, Berlin/Hannover, Germany; Paris & Bordeaux, France.

Valerie and I are actively engaged in the community we love. Valerie is a Captain in the US Army Reserve as well as a dentist at Dental Associates of Connecticut office in Newtown. Valerie supports and volunteers for the non-profit Young Life in Danbury, an organization helping young girls with babies, and “SOS Enfants”, which helps kids and orphans in Africa and across the world.

I serve on the board of local organizations focusing on youth empowerment, leadership development and promoting arts i.e.: 12.14 Foundation/NewArts, in Newtown, Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers, The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and other global non-profit organizations such as the Scholar of Finance, promoting ethical leadership to emerging leaders in Finance, Board of Advisers Strategic Leadership-Managing a Remote Workforce at Pace University, Lubin School of Business.