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Staff & Board


William W. Ginsberg
President & CEO

William W. Ginsberg has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven since 2000. Mr. Ginsberg serves on the boards of numerous local organizations including New Haven Promise, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Connecticut Council on Education Reform, and the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology. He recently completed a six-year term on the board of the Council on Foundations, the national trade association for the philanthropic sector. 

From 2006-09, Mr. Ginsberg served as a Gubernatorial appointee to the Connecticut Early Childhood Policy and Research Council. In 2011, Mr. Ginsberg received the Community Leadership Award from the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, the community’s highest recognition for lifetime civic leadership. Mr. Ginsberg served in the Clinton Administration from 1994 to 2000. He was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 1994 as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development in the U.S. Department of Commerce, and served in 1995-6 as Chief of Staff to the late Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown. He was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Housing Finance Board, the Federal regulatory agency for the twelve regional Federal Home Loan Banks, from 1997-2000.

Mr. Ginsberg lived and worked in New Haven for a decade before going to Washington. As Development Administrator under Mayor DiLieto from 1984 to 1988, he was responsible for all development-related activities of New Haven’s municipal government. Ginsberg was President of the Science Park Development Corporation, a non-profit inner-city technology economic development entity, from 1988 to 1994. 

Mr. Ginsberg graduated from Columbia Law School in 1980 and practiced law in New York City from 1980 to 1984. He graduated from Trinity College in 1976. He has been married for more than 35 years to Ellen Kelly Ginsberg, who directs Yale University’s effort to
create Asia’s first liberal arts college in collaboration with the National University in Singapore, and they have two children: Emily and Connor. Will and Kel live in New

Angela G. Powers
Senior Vice President
for Planning and Operations

Angela is responsible for leading The Foundation’s multi-year strategic planning, annual operating planning and the ongoing review of progress toward goals. She also leads The Foundation's efforts to understand, document and improve Foundation systems and processes. Angela facilitates the work of the senior leadership team as well as several cross-departmental teams. In addition, Angela has responsibility for the stewardship and communications functions and continues to work with Foundation donors insuring their philanthropic goals are achieved now and in the future.
Prior to her present position, Angela was Senior Vice President for Development and Donor Services at The Community Foundation. Angela served as the first President of the Valley Community Foundation (VCF), working with its founding Board to design and grow the new organization, and she now serves on the VCF Board. Angela was a partner with Ekstrom & Associates, a consulting firm of practitioners in philanthropy whose clients include community foundations, charitable organizations, families, individuals and their advisors. Before joining Ekstrom & Associates, Angela served as the Chief Development Officer of the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Prior to that, she served eight years as Director of Development and Communications of the then-called New Haven Foundation, now The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Early in her career, Angela spent two years working in Greece with her husband at the American Community School in Athens.
Angela earned her B.A. from Fairfield University in Connecticut and is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive and trained facilitator. She and her husband, Bill, an educator, live in Hamden and enjoy visiting their two sons, Will and John, in Washington, D.C. and New York City. 

Tricia Caldwell
Director of Communications
Kathleen Cei
Communications Officer
Leigh Curtis Higgins, Ed.D
Senior Director for Professional Development
and for the Executive Office
Ratasha Smith
Communications Officer
Deborah L. Wright
Philanthropic Officer

Development and Donor Services

Dorothy (Dotty) Weston-Murphy, CAP®
Senior Vice President for Development and Donor Services

Dorothy (Dotty) Weston-Murphy is Senior Vice President, Development & Donor Services for The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, formerly Vice President Donor & Professional Services. Responsible for The Foundation’s comprehensive planned and major giving program, she works with individuals and families to reach their philanthropic goals. She oversees development and donor services and is part of the senior leadership team.   Dotty has more than 35 years experience in development, marketing, project management and leadership. 

Prior to joining The Foundation, she was an independent consultant working locally in Connecticut and served as project manager for the National Marketing Action Team (NMAT) for community foundations. Earlier in her career she was Director of Development, Shubert Performing Arts Center; Executive Director New Haven 350 Cultural & Historical Association; Associate Director, Volunteer Services, Yale New Haven Hospital and Director of Marketing & Special Programs, The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Dotty has been active in her local community and is a member and former president of the Planned Giving Group of CT. She is a graduate of the University of New Haven and received a designation as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) from the American College of Financial Services.  She lives in Guilford with her husband and is the proud parent of two adult children.  

Carmen Burgos
Development Associate
Sharon Cappetta, CAP®
Director of Development
203-777- 7071
Linda M. Estacion
Director of Donor Services and Development Operations
Liana Garcia Fresher, MS, PMP
Director of Gift Planning

Finance, Investments, Administration & Technology

A.F. Drew Alden
Senior Vice President for Investments
CFO and Chief Compliance Officer
President & CEO, TCF-Mission Investments Company

Andrew F. (Drew) Alden has served as The Community Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer since 1994. In addition, Mr. Alden also serves as Senior Vice President for Investments and Chief Compliance Officer.  In these roles, he oversees the investment, finance, audit, tax, administrative, information management and regulatory facets of The Community Foundation and its charitable Corporation. Mr. Alden has also served as CFO of The Community Foundation’s affiliated entity, the Valley Community Foundation, since its inception in 2004.

Mr. Alden also serves as President and CEO of The Community Foundation Mission Investments Company, LLC, a wholly-owned and controlled subsidiary that serves the charitable activities associated with its mission investment strategies.

Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Mr. Alden spent several years performing merger and acquisition analysis and investment banking services to middle market firms in the area of private placements and acquisition/divestitures, as well as serving as chief financial officer for a technology-based software development company. 

Mr. Alden started his career in the insurance industry performing financial reporting and analysis for institutional and individual retirement plans.

Mr. Alden’s current and past volunteer services have included: on the Merrill Lynch Community Charitable Gift Fund’s investment advisory board, The Community Foundation of America board of directors, the Whitney Center, 'r Kids Family Center and the Shubert Theater in New Haven.

Mr. Alden is a graduate of Trinity College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and currently holds a series 65 designation.

Wendy Gamba
Vice President for Finance and Operations

Wendy Gamba is Vice President for Finance and Operations at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. She oversees the reporting of combined and affiliate financial statements, assures efficiency and integrity in the management of information systems and business operations Wendy has more than 20 years of experience in financial management and operational efficiency and effectiveness. 

Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Wendy was the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Capital Workforce Partners in Hartford, the largest workforce investment board in Connecticut.  She was responsible for all administrative functions including Accounting, IT, Facilities and Human Resources and played a key role in the execution of the organizational strategic plan.

For 10 years prior, Wendy was the Controller for the New Opportunities Inc., the second largest community action agency in the state that serves Waterbury, Meriden, Torrington and 27 surrounding towns which administers a vast array of social service programs intended to move individuals and families out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.  
Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Wendy held financial positions in the private sector, security alarm industry handling mergers, acquisitions and commercial lending. Wendy has extensive experience in financial management including internal control systems, compliance and financial reporting.

Wendy currently serves as Co-Director of the Connecticut Junior Women, Inc. and is a long time member of the Shoreline Community Women, Inc.  She is a graduate of Bryant College with dual majors in accounting and business management and Champlain College with a Master of Science in Law.

Wendy resides in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband Steven, and enjoys time with her rescue pets. 

Jennifer A. Glover-Keller, MBA
Investment Services Manager
Tamara Gray
Administrative Associate
Brandi L. Kryvonis
Disbursements Officer
Marcie Monaco
Director of Finance and Accounting
Ellen Perrotti
Administrative Associate
José R. Ruiz
Endowment Associate
Vilandria Turner
Director of Information Management and Analysis
Jolyn Washington Walker
Administration Officer

Grantmaking & Strategy

Christina M. Ciociola
Senior Vice President for Grantmaking and Strategy

Ms. Ciociola was named Senior Vice President for Grantmaking & Strategy in 2014, the senior programmatic staff position at The Community Foundation responsible for the grantmaking, strategy development and implementation, and community knowledge work of The Foundation. Prior to this position, Christina was the Director of Knowledge and Evaluation at The Community Foundation for seven years, playing a central role in The Foundation’s community knowledge work and leading its efforts to promote local philanthropy through® and the The Great Give®. In addition, Ms. Ciociola has led The Community Foundation’s efforts in the workforce arena through the Partnership for Economic Opportunity.

Ms. Ciociola is a graduate of Merrimack College with a BA in psychology and sociology. She received her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work with a specialty in gerontology and her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. Ms. Ciociola is a former Board member of the Mary Wade Home, a nonprofit senior care facility founded in 1866 and located in New Haven. She is a lifelong resident of the New Haven area and lives in Killingworth with her husband Tony, a retired New Haven firefighter, and their daughter, Reese.

Sarah J. H. Fabish
Vice President for Grantmaking and Scholarships

Sarah Fabish is the Vice President for Grantmaking and Strategy for The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. She currently manages the grantmaking process for The Foundation and its partner in philanthropy, the Valley Community Foundation. 

Ms. Fabish has served in the grants and program area of The Community Foundation for 25+ years. She has developed a number of initiatives and collaborations, such as an Out of School Time Collaboration of CT Community Foundations and State Departments. That Collaboration focused for two years on building the capacity of community foundations to support positive youth development and after school programming in their communities and to encourage cross community learning. It was also primarily responsible for the development of an initiative funded by Wallace Funds to create a community of learners focused on supporting interactive learning opportunities for families where parents are supported as their child’s first teachers and the community is viewed as a classroom (PACK).

Ms. Fabish provides program support to The Community Foundation’s Community Fund for Women and Girls, Greater New Haven's only endowment promoting the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and to the Quinnipiac River Fund that supports research and remediation of the Quinnipiac River. She represents The Community Foundation on numerous youth development and education initiatives and endeavors, including serving on the City of New Haven’s Early Childhood Council, as chair of the Grant Committee. She serves on the Early Childhood Funder’s Collaborative, a group of 14 funders in the State of CT supporting strategies such as the new Office of Early Childhood that improve the early education opportunities for children. 

Denise Canning
Grants Manager
Stephanie Chung
Nonprofit Relations Manager
Eliezer Lee Cruz
Director of Community Outreach
Jackie Downing
Director of Grantmaking and Nonprofit Effectiveness
Matthew Higbee
Research and Communications Officer
Caprice Taylor Mendez, MEd
Strategic Program Manager
Logan Roddy
Grantmaking Associate
Kara Straun
Knowledge and Evaluation Manager

Human Resources and Organizational Culture

Leon Bailey Jr., MPA, DMIN
Sr. Vice President for
Human Resources and Organizational Culture

Leon Bailey came to The Community Foundation with accomplishments in both the public and private sectors. In the area of social services, Leon has a record of starting and directing innovative community based programs. His work with nonprofits includes starting the first Family Planning Clinic for men in the state of New Jersey and starting one of the first community-based alternative programs for incarceration for children in New Jersey and in the country.

In the private sector, Leon was a partner in the optical industry with the franchising chain American Vision Centers and served as Vice President of Franchising. He was instrumental in developing the operational processes that led to the success and ultimate sale of this company. American Vision Centers acquired regional chains across the country and converted the stores into owner operated franchises. The growth of this company led its purchase by Pearl Vision Centers.

Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Leon was
Vice President of Human Resources for Dianon Systems in Stratford, an anatomical laboratory specializing in the diagnosis of cancer. At the height of Dianon’s growth, there were 3,000 employees nationally.

Leon holds a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University in Psychology, a Masters in Public Administration from New York University, a Masters of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry.

Lisa Carter
Human Resources Manager
Leigh Curtis Higgins, Ed.D
Senior Director for Professional Development
and for the Executive Office

New Haven Healthy Start (NHHS)

NHHS is a federally-funded urban health initiative that focuses on infant mortality and the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes. It is supported by the federal grant (H49MC00095) from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Perinatal Health Systems. The Black infant mortality in New Haven is 2.5 times the rate of White infants, paralleling that of the US. By targeting the leading causes of infant mortality, low birth weight and prematurity/pre-term birth, NHHS has been successful in addressing infant mortality for more than a decade. For more information about New Haven Healthy Start, please contact one of the staff members below:

Kenn Harris
Vice President of Community Engagement,
and Director of New Haven Healthy Start

Kenn L. Harris' maternal and child health, public health, and fatherhood/male involvement experience spans more than 25 years. Kenn is the President of the National Healthy Start Association, in Washington, D.C., and co-creator of the Core Adaptive Model (CAM®) for Fatherhood, an evidenced-based model for fatherhood programs. 

Kenn is a national expert and facilitator on topics including community engagement, fatherhood, racism, and equity. He is a researcher and national advisor on men’s health. Kenn recently coauthored and published an article “The Health of Young African American Men” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, 2015).

Cynthia Chan
Program Assistant for New Haven Healthy Start
Margie Hudson RN, BSN, MPH
Program Manager


Rodney T. Moore
Male Involvement Coordinator for New Haven Healthy Start
Natasha Ray, MS
Core Services Manager for New Haven Healthy Start

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is an equal opportunity employer.

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].

Current Board

Khalilah 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’s current research focuses on the political dynamics surrounding the American criminal justice system. Her book Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race, Punishment, and Governance explores how mass incarceration impairs both the strength and function of American governance. Her research on the criminal justice system and voting rights policy have garnered international attention, and she was recently appointed as a Director of the Prison Policy Initiative, a national nonprofit organization working to understand the impact of mass incarceration on local communities across America.

Dr. Brown-Dean is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, CNN,, Fox News Radio, WNPR, AURN, CTV, and other outlets regarding issues such as American politics, mass political behavior, crime and punishment and political psychology. In 2014, Connecticut Magazine named Dr. Brown-Dean one of its “Forty Under Forty,” the best and brightest among Connecticut’s Generation Next.

Dr. Brown-Dean attended University of Virginia, where she received a BA in Political Science. She has a Masters 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.

Maysa Akbar
  • Appointed by the Mayor of the City of New Haven to complete the term of Ms. Emily Byrne 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 the only 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.

Alicia Caraballo
  • Appointed by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2013
  • Chair, Development Committee; Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee
  • Member, Executive, Finance Committees
  • Progreso Latino Fund Advisory Liaison

Alicia is the City of New Haven’s Adult & Continuing Education Director. Prior to her current role, Alicia served as Principal at Hill Central Elementary School and as a Social Worker at Hillhouse High School, Betsy Ross Middle School and Truman School in New Haven. Alicia earned a B.S. in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University and M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University. She currently serves on the Boards of the Neighborhood Music School, Connecticut Association of Adult & Continuing Education and Literacy Volunteers. Alicia has received two Fulbright Scholar Awards (2006, Brazil; 2012, Argentina), a TAPS Award in 1997 and Chapter 1 Principal of the Year in 1995.

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 seven year term 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

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 retired last year after serving 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.

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

Dr. Nunez-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. Nunez-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. Nunez-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. Nunez-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 the 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
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 - 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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