Trustees and Advisory Council

Board of Trustees

Hans Miller | Chair of the Board
Ted Whittemore | Vice President of the Board and Co-Chair of the Governance Committee | Attorney and Partner (ret.) | Murtha Cullina, LLP
Kamal Agrawal | Group General Counsel | Travelers International
David Baldacci | Writer & Philanthropist
Annette Bolt (ret.) | Former President of The Friends of Mark Twain House | Public and Private Accountant
Trevon Canada | Head of Operations for Middle Market and Global Business Segments | The Hartford
Rand Richards Cooper | Contributing Editor to Commonweal, Writer-in-Residence at Amherst and Emerson Colleges, and Restaurant Critic for The Hartford
Monica Melchionni Curtis | Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at MetLife
Henry Denton | Principal at Hightree Advisors
Paul Eddy | President of the Board – Emeritus | Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel for International (ret.) | The Travelers Companies
Robert Englehart | Chair of the Program Working Group | Editorial Cartoonist and Author | The Hartford (ret.)
Ellis A. Fenwick | Lead in Commercial Real Estate Credit Risk and Portfolio Management at Fannie Mae
Sue Freedman | Chair of the Education Working Group | Of Counsel, School Law Practice Group Shipman & Goodwin, LLP
Rohan Freeman | President and CEO | Freeman Co. Engineers, LLC
Amy Gallent, President, CEO, and U.S. General Counsel at Catalina Insurance (ret.)
Annette Bolt | Former President of The Friends of Mark Twain House | Public & Private Accountant
Christina M. Greer, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Political Science | Fordham University
Javon Jackson | Director of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz | The Hartt School | University of Hartford
David Jimenez | Jackson Lewis P.C. Principal
Timothy Matson | Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer | National Guardian Life Insurance Company
Roger L. Michel, Jr. | Executive Director | Institute for Digital Archaeology
Juline Mills, Ph.D. |  Interim Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor | Westfield State University
Hon. Daniel A. Morris | Co-Chair of the Governance Committee | United States Immigration Judge
Dina Plapler | Co-Chair of the Development Committee | Director of Institutional Advancement | Kingswood Oxford School
Bridget E. Quinn | Secretary | President & CEO | Hartford Public Library
Ben Robinson | Senior Architect | Hoffman Architects
Abby Sannizzaro | Senior Specialist of Community Engagement at Stanley Black & Decker
Merche Del Valle | Senior Talent, Leadership, Organizational, Development Executive and CEO Executive | Coach Medley Professional Training and Coaching
Julie Zyla | U.S. Commercial Marketing Senior Advisor (ret.) | Cigna

2023 ADVISORY COUNCIL

Kerry Driscoll, Ph.D.

Professor of English and Mark Twain Scholar

Prof. Dr. Frieder Hepp

Director of the Palatinate Museum of the City of Heidelberg

Cindy Lovell, Ph.D.

Educator, Writer, Mark Twain Scholar, former Executive Director of MTHM

Kevin Mac Donnell

Scholar and Collector

Louise Mirrer, Ph.D.

President and CEO of New York Historical Society

Azar Nafisi, Ph.D. 

Author and Professor

Doug Preston

Journalist and Author

Dawnie Walton

Author and winner of 2022 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award

Steve White

Former President and CEO of Mystic Seaport Museum