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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Community Foundation ensures that the organization is effectively fulfilling its mission by making certain that Foundation initiatives, grantmaking, investment and donor stewardship activities all support and advance the institution's mission. Per The Community Foundation’s By-Laws, the Board of Directors consists of eleven citizens of the United States and residents of the City of New Haven, or vicinity, selected for their knowledge of the charitable or educational needs of the community; members are selected by seven appointing authorities:

It is a cardinal principle of The Community Foundation that it shall be conducted in the interests of the whole community without regard to race, color, religion, sex or creed, and that, to the greatest possible extent, all interests, classes and creeds shall be represented on the Board of Directors.

To read The Community Foundation’s By-Laws in full [PDF, 656KB]. 

Below: The appearance of an asterix next to Board member name in the Past Board section denotes service as a Board Chair.

Current Board

Khalilah L. Brown-Dean
  • Appointed by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2015
  • Member, Development, Finance, Community Strategies and Knowledge Committees

Dr. Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University and a nationally-known and respected expert on the political dynamics surrounding the American criminal justice system. Her work stands at the intersection of law, politics, pop culture and public policy.

She is featured in the documentaries "The Color of Justice" and "Extinction" and received the 2017 Game Changer Award in Public Safety and Criminal Justice. She has authored numerous academic and popular pieces on topics such as the U.S. Census, felon disenfranchisement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the death penalty, the politics of mental health and U.S. elections. Her forthcoming book from Polity Press is entitled, Identity Politics in the United States.

Dr. Brown-Dean is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, CNN,, Fox News Radio, NPR and other outlets regarding issues such as American politics, crime and punishment and political psychology. In 2014, Connecticut Magazine named Dr. Brown-Dean one of its “40 Under 40,” the best and brightest among Connecticut’s Generation Next. Diverse magazine lists her as one of its "Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond."

Dr. Brown-Dean attended the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Political Science. She has a Master’s Degree and a PhD from The Ohio State University, where she was the recipient of the Henry R. Spencer Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Graduate Associate Teaching Award.

Flemming Norcott Jr.
Vice Chair
  • Appointed by the Trustees Committee for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2016
  • Member, Development, Governance, Community Strategies and Knowledge, Mission-Related Investment Committees

A New Haven native, Justice Norcott served 22 years on the Connecticut Supreme Court. Upon graduating from Columbia University School of Law in 1968, Justice Norcott worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. A New Haven native, he became co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Advocacy, Research and Planning and a hearing examiner for the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Mr. Norcott was appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court in 1979, elevated to the Appellate Court in 1987 and subsequently to the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1992. Justice Norcott has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2002 U.S. Peace Corps Franklin H. Williams Award and the 2003 Martin Luther King Leadership Award. He is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Omega Psi Phi and Beta Tau Boule (emeritus) fraternities and the Better Officiating Committee of the New Haven Football Officials Association. He lives with his wife, Althea, in New Haven.

Maysa Akbar
  • Appointed by the Mayor of the City of New Haven for a term of seven years beginning June 1, 2017. 

Dr. Akbar is the author of ground-breaking book Urban Trauma: A Legacy of Racism. Dr. Akbar received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University in 2003.  She completed her pre-and-post doctoral work at the Yale Child Study Center, School of Medicine. She is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychologist who lives and works in Connecticut and holds a number of certifications in various areas of treatment. Dr. Akbar is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center.

Over her 15 years of clinical experience, Dr. Akbar has developed a specialty in racial trauma, focusing on at-risk children and families who live in inner-city hubs. She has a great passion for treating underserved populations, particularly diverse populations and at-risk, juvenile justice involved youth. Dr. Akbar uses her collective training and experience as the foundational competencies to urban trauma treatment, allowing the process to be collaborative and inherently respectful.

Dr. Akbar’s interest in diversity, multicultural competence, and minority mental health led her to the West Indies to receive international training at the University of West Indies and the University of the West Indies Hospital in Jamaica. During her minority, international research training Dr. Akbar developed assessment tools to measure the self-esteem, stress, and trauma symptoms in children and adolescents of color. Since her youth, it was always Dr. Akbar’s life’s mission to work with underprivileged and disenfranchised populations. Dr. Akbar dedicated herself to establishing an organization that holds communities of color as a priority. In 2008, Dr. Akbar founded Integrated Wellness Group (IWG).  IWG is a diverse, multidisciplinary psychotherapy practice rooted in New Haven, Connecticut. Since its inception, IWG is one of the fastest growing for-profit mental health practices in the northern Connecticut region.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Akbar’s background includes years of experience in cutting edge research endeavors. She has been published in a variety of professional journals including Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, The Western Journal of Black Studies, and the Journal of Black Psychology. Additionally, Dr. Akbar has been a featured writer in the Boston area bilingual magazine Salud y Familia (Health and Family); she has also written several op-eds. Dr. Akbar is well respected for her exceptional achievement in Psychology and business. In fact, she was recently select as a recipient for the American Psychological Association’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. Dr. Akbar has been recognized by Who’s Who in America and was awarded the Alumni Merit Award from Saint Louis University. She has completed leadership development training in both the Community Leadership Program and Neighborhood Leadership Program. Dr. Akbar’s work has been acknowledged by the Connecticut State Assembly, and the cities of New Haven, Hamden, and West Haven. Dr. Akbar also received the 2014 Hispanicize Positive Impact Award. She carries both minority and woman owned business certification and has successfully completed the TUCK- Dartmouth and Kellogg-Northwestern Executive Leadership Programs. Dr. Akbar is a leader and a change agent who will soon debut her book, URBAN TRAUMA in September 2017.

She currently resides in New Haven with her husband of almost 20 years Rahsaan, and is the proud mom of two fantastic children, Rahsaan Jr. and Kalilah.

Roxanne Coady
  • Appointed by the President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2016
  • Member, Audit, Community Strategies and Knowledge Committees

Ms. Coady is founder and President of R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States. She is also founder of Just the Right Book, the largest online personalized book-of-the-month subscription service. In 1998, Ms. Coady founded Read To Grow, a nonprofit organization promoting development of early literacy and language skills for all Connecticut children. Since its inception, Read To Grow has distributed more than 1.5 million books for newborns and children and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. She is currently a Director of the Connecticut Council on Education Reform. Prior to opening R.J. Julia Booksellers in 1990, she was partner and National Tax Director for BDO Seidman in New York City. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for First Niagara Financial Group and is Treasurer for the Kenyon Review Board of Trustees. Ms. Coady appears regularly on Connecticut Public Radio with Faith Middleton and periodically on the “Today” show and “Good Morning America”. She lives with her husband, Kevin, in New Haven.

Kellyann Day
  • Appointed by the Judge of Probate Court for the District of New Haven to fill the Board seat of the late James Perillo and to serve a term of her own for six years beginning January 1, 2015
  • Member, Development, Finance, Governance Committees
  • Community Fund for Women & Girls Advisory Liaison
Kellyann Day has been the CEO of New Reach, Inc., formerly New Haven Home Recovery, Inc. since 1997. New Reach is the parent company of Life Haven, Inc. as of August 2012. Both organizations provide shelter, housing and stabilization services to vulnerable members of the community. Ms. Day attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and received a BS in Psychology and has a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Administration from The University of Connecticut. Ms. Day has served as Chair to the Board of Directors of the South Central Behavioral Health Network, and the CT AIDS Residence Coalition. She has also served as the Chairperson of the Statewide Reaching Home Steering Committee and numerous boards throughout the state including: the New Haven Early Childhood Council, the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, New Haven Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS, City of New Haven’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, Supportive Housing Works, United Way of South Central Connecticut, and the Greater New Haven Opening Doors, Regional Alliance to End Homelessness.
Joseph Gordon
  • Appointed by the President of Yale University for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2017

Joe Gordon was born in Chicago to parents who were first-generation Americans. He won a full scholarship to Amherst College, where he completed a B.A. summa cum laude in English, and then moved to New Haven in 1970 to become a graduate student at Yale in that same field. A member of the English department faculty at Yale since 1976, he has taught courses in 19th- and 20th- century British fiction, the history of English poetry and expository writing, among others. 

Mr. Gordon joined the Yale College Dean's Office in July 1988 as associate dean and was named dean of undergraduate education in 1997. He became deputy dean of the College in 1998. He has also worked with planning groups in the areas of academic support technology and digital arts media, health policy, emergency preparation and crisis response, and he has chaired task forces and subcommittees to review academic policy and practices for NEASC and NCAA re-accreditation. He played a crucial role in the re-establishment of ROTC units on the Yale campus, winning the Yale Veterans Alumni Association award for his work. He is a member of the Provost's Committee on Lesbian and Gay Studies and has several times served as chair of that committee. 

His long association with Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) began at Amherst, where he was elected to membership as a junior. He was Secretary of the Alpha of Connecticut chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for over a decade and completed three six-year terms as Senator of the national Phi Beta Kappa Society. He was elected chairman of the Phi Beta Kappa Foundation for the 1997-2000 term and as national President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society for 2000-2003. He also works for the Lenfest Foundations, helping to select and mentor low- and middle-income public high school student for four-year scholarships to the college of their choice. 

Joe is married to Mark Bauer, an associate director of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale.  They share a love of music, dance, theater, border collies and travel. They reside in Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Carlton Highsmith
  • Appointed by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2015
  • Chair, Investment Committee
  • Member, Executive, Development,  Community Strategies and Knowledge Committees

Mr. Highsmith was founder of Specialized Packaging Group, recognized as the largest minority-owned firm in the State of Connecticut prior to its merger with PaperWorks Industries. He served as vice chair of the Board at SPG PaperWorks Inc. until his retirement in 2010.

Mr. Highsmith is chairman of the Board of the Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology (ConnCAT), a nonprofit organization providing market relevant and career-focused technical skills training and job placement services to underemployed and unemployed adults in the New Haven area. He also serves on the Boards of First Niagara Bank, Quinnipiac University and the Yale New Haven Hospital System.

Mr. Highsmith has received many honors for his long-time community leadership. In 2014, he was the recipient of both the Greater New Haven Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the John H. Filer Award from the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. In 2011 Gov. Dannel Malloy appointed Mr. Highsmith to the Connecticut Employment & Training Commission (CETC), where he currently chairs its Career Advancement Committee. Mr. Highsmith earned a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from Quinnipiac University and Albertus Magnus College.

Terry H. Jones
  • Appointed by the Trustees Committee for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2019

Terry Jones  is a lifelong resident of Shelton, where he has run the seven-generation 400-acre Jones Family Farms for 50 years. He is the vice president of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Board of Control, and a member of the Shelton Economic Development Commission. Mr. Jones also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the UConn College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. A passionate spokesperson for land conservation, he serves as Chairman of CT Working Land's Alliance, a wide coalition advocating for farmland preservation and healthy food. Mr. Jones is a leader in a coordinated school health initiative sponsored by the National Association of State Boards of Education, and serves on a broad-based committee to advance the development and implementation of policies to improve nutrition and the health of students. Mr. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in plant science from the University of New Hampshire.

Fernando Muñiz
  • Appointed by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2020

Fernando Muñiz has a long career in child welfare, juvenile justice and public administration. He is the CEO of Community Solutions, Inc., which provides community-based services including juvenile justice, child welfare, and criminal justice programs. Muñiz worked for more than a decade at the Dept. of Children and Families, most recently serving as deputy commissioner. Muñiz is also a member of the Progreso Latino Fund Advisory Committee, and is a former chair of the committee. 

Marcella Nuñez-Smith
  • Appointed by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2018

Dr. Nuñez-Smith, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Core Faculty in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, and Research Faculty at Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute. 

Dr. Nuñez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting healthcare equity for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on healthcare workforce development, patient assessment of healthcare experiences and healthcare system strengthening to address chronic disease in low and middle resource settings. 

She is the principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Foundation-funded research projects, including an NIH-funded project to develop a tool to assess patient reported experiences of discrimination in healthcare. 

In 2011 she received NIH funding to establish the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes and Research Network (ECHORN), a research collaborative across four Eastern Caribbean islands that will recruit and follow a community-dwelling adult cohort to examine chronic disease burden and to enhance health outcomes research and leadership capacity in the region. 

Dr. Nuñez-Smith has received numerous awards including the Association of American Medical College’s Herbert W. Nicken’s Faculty Fellowship in 2008 in recognition of her contributions to healthcare workforce diversity and healthcare equity research and a 2011 American Medical Student Association’s Women Leaders in Medicine award. Dr. Nuñez-Smith has a BA from Swarthmore College, an MD from Jefferson Medical College and an MHS from Yale University.

Gregory J. Pepe
  • Appointed by the New Haven County Bar Association for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2018

Attorney Pepe heads the Healthcare Law, Corporate & Business Transactions and Alternative Dispute Resolution & Mediation practice groups at Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C. His experience in the health care market, its accompanying regulatory constructs and related business matters provides his clients the understanding necessary to navigate the changing health care landscape. Mr. Pepe is a founder and the former President of the Board of Directors of Leeway, Inc., a not-for-profit inpatient primary care facility for people living with AIDS. Mr. Pepe is a member of the Quinnipiac University School of Law Dean’s Advisory Committee and an adjunct faculty member of Health Care Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law. He partners with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven as a Professional Advisor and is a former Board President of The Institute Library in New Haven, a member-supported library founded in 1826.

Past Board

Bruce D. Alexander
- 2003 to 2009
Vincent C. Arpaia
- 1986 to 1987
Russell H. Atwater
- 1949 to 1957
James W. Barber
- 1980 to 1986
Howard W. Beach
- 1928 to 1943
Richard G. Bell*
- 1988 to 1994
D. Spencer Berger
- 1945 to 1952
Richard H. Bowerman
- 1988 to 1994
Frederick F. Brewster
- 1928 to 1942
Clarence W. Bronson
- 1957 to 1964
Allerton F. Brooks
- 1939 to 1946
Theodore L. Brooks, Sr.*
- 2004 to 2010
Carol A. Brown
- 1994 to 2000
Norman S. Buck
- 1961 to 1962
Mary Jane Burt
- 2002 to 2008
Emily Byrne
 - 2013 to 2017
Sonia Caban Recalde
- 2000 to 2003
Alicia Caraballo

- 2013 to 2019

Donald W. Cellotto, Jr.
- 1987 to 1993
Donald W. Celotto
- 1969 to 1974
Terry Chatfield*
- 1984 to 1990
Nancy P. Ciarleglio
- 1978 to 1986
Elias Clark*
- 1968 to 1975
Clare Coe Casher
- 1980 to 1986
Jamie E. Cohen
- 2006 to 2012
Joel Cohn
- 1978 to 1978
Joel Cohn*
- 1966 to 1973
William S. Colwell*

- 2011 to 2017

James W. Cooper
- 1942 to 1949
G. Gordon Copeland
- 1949 to 1956
Charles H. Costello
- 1958 to 1965
John J. Crawford
- 2001 to 2007
J. Dwight Dana
- 1936 to 1945
Abbott H. Davis, Jr.
- 1971 to 1978
Harold C. Donegan*
- 1997 to 2003
William J. Falsey
- 1953 to 1960
Alfred B. Fitt
- 1970 to 1971
Thomas R. Fitzsimmons
- 1948 to 1950
Marcella T. Glazer
- 1987 to 1991
John M. Golden*
- 1964 to 1971
Mrs. Angus Gordon, Jr.*
- 1974 to 1980
Richard M. Grave*
- 1981 to 1987
Henry S. Graves
- 1928 to 1940
Mary B. Griswold*
- 1975 to 1981
Franklin S. Harris*
- 1968 to 1976
Hudson B. Hastings
- 1940 to 1947
Samuel B. Hemingway
- 1947 to 1954
Howard K. Hill

- 2009 to 2015

Theodore F. Hogan, Jr.*
- 1985 to 1991
James W. Hook
- 1928 to 1939
Thomas Hooker
- 1928 to 1936
Miriam B. Horowitz
- 1959 to 1966
William Horowitz
- 1952 to 1959
James S. Johnson
- 1958 to 1961
Rolan Joni Young Smith*
- 2008 to 2014
Annie Garcia Kaplan
- 2006 to 2012
Frank Kenna, Sr.
- 1941 to 1948
Harry C. Knight
- 1943 to 1949
Linda Koch Lorimer
- 1996 to 2002
Frederick P. Leaf
- 2001 to 2007
Lawrence M. Liebman*
- 1983 to 1989
Max Livingston
- 1944 to 1947
Frederic W. Loeser*
- 1967 to 1974
Charles H. Long

- 2010 to 2016 

Kica Matos*

- 2011 to 2017

F. Patrick McFadden, Jr.
- 1990 to 1996
John J. McKeon
- 1928 to 1941
Julia M. McNamara
- 1999 to 2005
Phyllis Medvedow*
- 1973 to 1979
Mrs. Clarence Mendell*
- 1961 to 1968
Jerome H. Meyer
- 1999 to 2005
Edward W. Miller*
- 1977 to 1983
E. William Muehl
- 1982 to 1988
Richard E. Nelson
- 1995 to 2001
David I. Newton*
- 2008 to 2014
John E. Padilla*
- 1994 to 2000
Philip Paolella
- 1963 to 1969
Barbara L. Pearce*
- 2002 to 2008
Joseph H. Pellegrino*
- 1974 to 1982
Mary L. Pepe*
- 1991 to 1997
James E. Perillo
- 2008 to 2014
Hugh B. Price
- 1973 to 1975
Elizabeth T. Reed
- 1954 to 1961
Matthew A. Reynolds
- 1946 to 1953
Mrs. William Robinson*
- 1973 to 1979
Fred Rodgers Fairchild
- 1956 to 1958
Louis M. Rosenbluth
- 1928 to 1944
James E. Ryan*

- 2012 to 2018

Humbert V. Sacco, Jr.
- 1995 to 2001
Shelly Saczynski

- 2009 to 2015

David R. Schaefer
- 2004 to 2010
Kenneth Schaible
- 1998 to 2004
Max H. Schwartz*
- 1962 to 1969
Cornell Scott
- 1976 to 1984
Howard J. Sullivan*
- 1970 to 1977
Richard M. Thalheimer
- 1947 to 1958
Agnes W. Timpson
- 1987 to 1993
Edgar Tullock*
- 1965 to 1972
Charles W. Twyman*
- 1992 to 1998
Anne Tyler Calabresi
- 1989 to 1995
Cheever Tyler*
- 1979 to 1985
Alan J. Tyma*
- 2005 to 2011
Barbara Wareck
- 1992 to 1998
John H. Weir
- 1955 to 1962
John W. Weir
- 1950 to 1955
Susan Whetstone*
- 2001 to 2007
Paul M. Zorn
- 1960 to 1967


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