About

Board of Trustees

Officer | President

Paul Eddy

International Group General Counsel, Travelers

Paul joined the Travelers in 1980.  Since 2009, he has been Group General Counsel for International.  From 2004 to 2009, he was Chief Operating Officer for Travelers Special Services which manages the legacy St. Paul and Travelers run-off operations.  Before that, his responsibilities included corporate and human resources legal matters as a senior member of the Law Department.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of Riverfront Recapture, Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut and the Board of Governors of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut.  He also has been an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  Paul received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law where he was Managing Editor of the Connecticut Law Review.  He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  He and his wife, Elizabeth Normen, live in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Officer | Vice President

John De Laney

Senior Vice President, Business Affairs Director of International Publishing, ICM Partners

Officer | Treasurer

Andrew Lattimer

Partner, Blum Shapiro

Officer | Secretary

Jeanmarie Shea

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.

Director

David Baldacci

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.

Director

Gina Barreca

Gina Barreca, author of ten books and editor of 11 others, is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Connecticut and the winner of UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching. Hailed as “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane.” Her weekly columns from The Hartford Courant are now distributed internationally by the Tribune Co., and her work has appeared in most major publications, including The New York TimesThe Independent of LondonThe Chronicle of Higher EducationCosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review. Gina is a member of the Friars Club and an honoree of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She is the author most recently of If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?, which was an ELLE Reader’s Prize selection, and her earlier books include It’s Not That I’m Bitter, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor, and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League.  

Director

Annette Bolt

Retired; former President of the Friends of The Mark Twain House

Director

Michael Chesman

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.

Director

Kerry Driscoll, Ph.D.

Associate Editor, The Mark Twain Papers and Project, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Professor Emerita of English, University of St. Joseph, and author of Mark Twain Among The Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples.

Director

Bob Englehart

Cartoonist, Writer, ECSU Adjunct Professor

Director

Maureen Fitzgerald

Former Senior Manager, Social Media, UTC Communications

Director

Rohan Freeman

Rohan Freeman, PE, LS, Founder and President of Freeman Companies, LLC

Director

Amy Gallent

U.S. General Counsel, Catalina U.S. Insurance Services LLC. She formerly served as the Interim Executive Director at The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Director

John N. Giamalis

Senior VP & Treasurer, Global Atlantic Financial Group

Director

Javon Jackson

Javon Jackson, Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Director of the Jack McLean Jazz Studies Division at the Hartt School of Music.

 

Director

Maribel La Luz

Senior Adviser at Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development.

Director

Karen Licht

Former President of The Friends of The Mark Twain House

Director

Mark Marbury

Mark Marbury, Chief Technology Office of Stanley Black and Decker

Director

R. Paul Mehlman

Partner, Landmark Partners

Director

Roger Michel

Roger Michel, Executive Director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology

Director

Hans Miller

Corporate Director and Strategic Advisor

Director

John Moran

Director, External Communications, CIT Group Inc.

Director

Daniel A. Morris

Daniel A. Morris appellate judge for the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington, DC.

 

 

Director

Jeffrey Oller

Executive Director, Ernst & Young

Director

Bridget Quinn-Carey

Bridget Quinn-Carey is the Chief Executive officer of Hartford Public Library. She served as the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, and Interim president/CEO of the Queens Library in New York. She also served as Director of the Essex Library Association in Connecticut. She has a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Master in Library Science and a Master of Business Administration at St. John’s University.

Director

Zulma Toro, Ph.D.

President, Central Connecticut State University

Director

Edward B. Whittemore

Partner, Murtha Cullina LLP

Ambassadors

Alyce Alfano, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLC
Justin Bernier, Morgan Stanley
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, Director, Public Relations & Government Affairs, Otis Elevator Co.
Evan Johnson, Corporate Citizenship, ESPN
Julie Daly Meehan, Chief Operating Officer, 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

Trustees Emeriti

Carole Bailey
Coleman Casey
David W. Clark, Jr.
Jared Edwards
Eunice Groark
Nancy Grover
Barbara Kennelly
Philip R. Roberts
Welles A. Standish