Lyme Connection

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Lyme Connection is an all volunteer initiative founded by the Ridgefield Lyme Disease Task Force (RLDTF). Our mission is simple. We want to make our community a healthier place by protecting people from contracting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and connecting patients and their families to helpful resources.

Ongoing efforts include:

Founded in 2003 with the support of Ridgefield’s First Selectman, Rudy Marconi, the group is now expanding its efforts to attract new members, additional volunteers and increased donations. Despite alarming statistics, little private, state or federal funding is directed towards community-based programs to support patients or educate the public. Ridgefield is proud of its ongoing commitment to protect residents from tick-borne diseases and support the patients who seek care.

How you can help:

For additional information, contact Karen Gaudian at

Visit our website: for a complete schedule of monthly committee meetings, ongoing support groups, educational events and patient resources. The Task Force presently meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Town Hall Annex in the first floor small conference room.

To see our many accomplishments visit

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Board Members

Name Title
Karen Guardian Chairwoman
Jennifer Reid Co-chairwoman
Doug Barile
Bita Mavadatt
Linda Miller
Erin Caviola
Elizabeth Levy
Michael Petrucelli
Lynn-Marie Wieland
Denise Fernandez
Rudy Marconi
Ed Briggs Health Director
Dr. Steve Phillips Advisor