Board of Trustees
Officer | President
Attorney & Consultant; Retired Senior Vice President and Director of Government Affairs, The Hartford
Joel Freedman is an attorney and a public policy consultant and is a graduate of UCONN and UCONN Law School. He retired in 2008 after a 25-year career at The Hartford. Following a stint heading The Hartford’s Washington, D.C. office, he was Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel in charge of the company’s Government & Regulatory Affairs. In 2009 he became a public policy consultant and was associated with Gephardt Government Affairs in Washington for five years. He has served on the boards of many local non-profits. His wife, Susie, and he live in South Glastonbury.
Officer | Vice President
John De Laney
Senior Vice President, Business Affairs Director of International Publishing, ICM Partners
Officer | Vice President
International Group General Counsel, Travelers
Officer | Treasurer
Officer | Secretary
Partner, Cohn Birnbaum & Shea P.C.
Jeanmarie Shea practices in the areas of estate and tax planning, probate, trust administration, and charitable giving. She counsels individuals and families with respect to a variety of wealth preservation issues and techniques and works with them to develop and implement estate plans designed to meet their personal goals and objectives while minimizing applicable taxes.
David Baldacci, author, published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 31 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film, and its #1 bestselling sequel, The Keeper. A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C. While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need. David and his family live in Virginia.
Writer, Professor of English, University of Connecticut
Partner and Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Fairview Capital
Doug is a partner at the firm and serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer and as a member of Fairview’s investment team. He is responsible for financial reporting, investment operations, and administrative and compliance functions.
Retired; former President of the Friends of The Mark Twain House
Senior vice president, associate general counsel, and director of tax law at The Hartford. Before joining The Hartford, Chesman was director of the Office of Professional Responsibility at the Internal Revenue Service.
John E. Curran
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Kerry Driscoll, Ph.D.
Professor of English, University of St. Joseph
President, Elvgren Associates LLC
Rohan Freeman, PE, LS is Founder and President of Freeman Companies, LLC, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary site development, engineering design, and construction services enterprise. Mr. Freeman, an accomplished mountaineer, founded the company in 2009 shortly after summiting Mount Everest with a promise to clients to “Elevate Your Expectations”. This promise and Mr. Freeman’s career-long dedication to economic development and urban design have led to the firm’s involvement in several large-scale, transformative public projects. Rohan Freeman, who grew up in Jamaica, is the first African-American to climb the Seven Summits. He has set up a scholarship at UConn to help elevate others to overcome their own personal challenges: Freeman Companies’s BRIDGE Endowed Engineering Scholarship helps minority students with an interest in civil engineering who have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantage. His passions for adventuring and social advocacy recently collided, as he sponsored a fundraising campaign for three Hartford area youth support organizations in conjunction with his 2016 trek to the North Pole. Mr. Freeman is a popular motivational speaker, and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, U.S. Green Building Council, Construction Institute, Greater New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council and board member of several regional children’s charities. Rohan has been recognized by several local organizations for his contributions to the community. In 2015 Mr. Freeman was inducted to UConn’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers.
Former Interim Executive Director, The Mark Twain House & Museum
John N. Giamalis
John N. Giamalis Consulting
J. David Haddox
D.D.S., M.D., Vice President, Risk Management and Health Policy, Purdue Pharma L.P.
Ph.D., President of the University of Connecticut
Partner, Jackson Lewis, LLP
David R. Jimenez is a Principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations Practice Group. Mr. Jimenez also provides counsel to employers on a variety of strategic matters including HR compliance, outsourcing/in-sourcing HR initiatives, code of conduct development and organizational compliance, and management of employment law exposures.
Carolyn M. Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Solutions for Voya Financial
Johnson is responsible for Voya’s Annuities, Individual Life and Employees Benefits businesses, which comprise its Insurance Solutions organization. Johnson is focused on more closely aligning the strengths of all three businesses, and providing a holistic customer experience through complementary product offerings. Johnson also serves on Voya’s Executive Committee.
Charles H. Klippel
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Health at Aetna
Charles joined Aetna’s Law Department in 1981. After a brief assignment as an investment attorney, he became the department’s first full-time health lawyer. In that capacity, he supported Aetna’s entry into the HMO market in 1982, the formation of the company’s first PPOs a few years later and the development in 1986 of PARTNERS National Health Plans, the company’s joint venture with Voluntary Hospitals of America.
Alan J. Kreczko
Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.,worked on national security, foreign policy, and humanitarian affairs matters for over 25 years with the U.S. State Department. Following retirement from the Department, he was General Counsel of The Hartford until his retirement from there in 2015. He is a graduate of Boston College and Michigan Law School, married to Becky Latimer, with two sons, and lives in Simsbury. He is on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford and is a Corporator of The Village for Families and Children.
Maribel La Luz
Director of Communications, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
President of The Friends of The Mark Twain House
Assistant Vice President (retired), The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Managing Director, Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust
CEO and Founder of Mindset Advisors, LLC
Owner of Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ
President, McDowell Jewitt Communications
R. Paul Mehlman
Partner, Landmark Partners
Roger Michel, Executive Director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology – The IDA is a joint venture of Harvard and Oxford Universities. The IDA’s central mission is to record, preserve and, where necessary, reconstruct cultural heritage sites throughout the world. In partnership with UNESCO and ICOMOS, the IDA has concentrated its efforts on the conflict zones of the Middle East, especially Syria, Iraq and Libya. The IDA was recently selected to lead the reconstruction efforts in Palmyra, Syria. The IDA’s 2016 reconstruction of the Triumphal Arch from Palmyra on Trafalgar Square brought worldwide attention to the issue of contemporary iconoclasm. Mr. Michel has also worked for the past twenty-five years as a government lawyer specializing in criminal law, particularly high-profile murder prosecutions. He has been on the faculty at Boston University for 22 years.
Corporate Director and Strategic Advisor
John Moran, Vice President of External Communications, Assurant Inc., a global risk management firm headquartered in New York City. He previously worked as a Senior Communications Director at United Technologies Corp., as a newspaper journalist, and as an adjunct professor in Communications at Quinnipiac University.
Daniel A. Morris
Author of numerous nonfiction books and articles, Morris has served in leadership positions for many Midwestern professional organizations. He recently moved to Hartford with his wife and serves as a judge on the U.S. Immigration Court.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Frontier Communications
Executive Director, Ernst & Young
Executive Vice President, Human Resources, MassMutual Financial Group
Director, Organizational Effectiveness, Prudential Financial
Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Jennifer Tombaugh, President, Tauck Inc., is the US-based tour operator serving all seven continents with more than 140 guided travel experiences and events for culturally curious travelers on land, small ship and river cruises. Jennifer oversees Tauck’s Worldwide Operations, General Management, Reservations, Guest Relations and Sales & Marketing teams. During her 15 years at Tauck, her roles have included the launch of Tauck Bridges (family travel brand), the redesign of Tauck reservation systems, a re-launch of tauck.com and the formation of Tauck Ventures, focused on new business development. Jennifer also spearheaded Tauck’s partnership with the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns and his co-producer Dayton Duncan to form Ken Burns American Journeys. Prior to Tauck, Jennifer was Group Account Director with the advertising firm Leo Burnett in Taipei, Taiwan; in Brand Management at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia; and a management consultant with Monitor Company. Jennifer is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mark Twain House, the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Business Council, the Board of Visitors at the Jack Welch College of Business and the Connecticut River Valley chapter of YPO. Jennifer lives in New Haven with her husband and four children.
Zulma Toro, Ph.D.
President, Central Connecticut State University
Edward B. Whittemore
Partner, Murtha Cullina LLP
Alyce Alfano, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLC
Justin Bernier, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Katie Chipps, Second Vice President, External Affairs, Travelers
Donna Collins, Associate Publisher, Hartford Business Journal
Jennifer Dibella, Partner, Cranmore, FitzGerald & Meany
Brian Flaherty, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Connecticut Business & Industry Association
Raymond Hernandez, Manager, External Communications, Pratt & Whitney
Evan Johnson, Director of Grants and Economic Development, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
Barri Marks, Community Volunteer
Julie Daly Meehan, Director of Investor Engagement & Digital Media, MetroHartford Alliance
Matt Necci, Partner, Halloran & Sage, LLP
Chip Olson, Regional Wealth Management Advisor, Peoples United Bank
Heather Rhoades, Partner, Cummings & Lockwood
Asker Saeed, President, Saeed Consulting, LLC
Meg Sakellarides, Chief Financial Officer, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
Kara Sundlun, Reporter, WFSB
Jeff White, Partner, Robinson & Cole
Roy Blount, Jr.
Dr. Michael D. Coe
Dr. Alan Gribben
Dr. Robert H. Hirst
Dr. Sarah Bradford Landau
Lewis H. Lapham
David W. Clark, Jr.
Philip R. Roberts
Welles A. Standish