BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Village’s Board of Directors represents a highly active group of community leaders and Village supporters, who play a significant role in The Village’s strategic planning, evaluation, financial stability, and advocacy.
Andrew G. Baldassarre, Chair*
Sr. Vice President, Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services Wealth Management
Prior to joining UBS, Andrew served as Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager with U.S. Trust Company. He began his career in Boston where he served institutional and private clients at both Keystone Investments as a member of the core equity team and Frontier Capital Management as co-manager of their large cap growth strategy.
Andrew received his designation as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and is a member of both the Hartford Financial Analyst Society and Boston Security Analyst Society. He earned a master’s in finance from Boston College and a bachelor’s in economics and business from St. Anselm College.
A Boston native, Andrew lives in Bloomfield and has three children. He is an avid sports car enthusiast through his association with the Ferrari Club of America and a recreational golf and squash player at the Hartford Golf Club. He is a Chairman emeritus of St. Agnes Family Center.
John Turgeon, CPA, HCS, Vice Chair*
John is also an experienced facilitator who has led numerous planning retreats, interactive presentations, workshops and learning programs.
Over the years, he has received special recognition from Dale Carnegie, the University of Connecticut, Western New England University, INROADS of Greater Hartford & Springfield, the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Hartford Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.
Cathy Iacovazzi, Secretary*
Cathy was serving as President of the Board of The Shelter For Women at the time of the merger with The Village. Prior to her involvement with The Shelter For Women, Cathy served in various leadership roles on the Board of Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation in Hartford.
Cathy lives in Bloomfield and has one son who is married and lives in West Hartford.
Dr. Galo A. Rodriguez, MPH*
President & CEO, The Village for Families & Children
As president and CEO of an organization that has provided social services in greater Hartford since 1809, Dr. Rodriguez feels an immense responsibility to the children and families served by The Village.
“I believe that all children, absent a major physical or mental health condition, have the potential to thrive, if given the resources and support they need to overcome barriers and challenges they face,” says Dr. Rodriguez. “The Village’s core role is to provide hope to those children and families who can’t see a successful future for themselves.”
“In many ways my role is the same as it was in the early days when I practiced medicine and 18 years ago when I provide therapeutic care for hundreds of Latino families – I still deeply care for people and want to provide them with the tools to be successful in their lives,” he says.
In his leadership role, Dr. Rodriguez provides the vision for the agency; he is often its face and its voice, speaking on behalf of its leadership team and over 400 dedicated professional staff. He has committed himself to building an organization of talented, skilled, dedicated employees, one that embraces and honors diversity, openness and innovation. He has high standards of excellence for himself and all employees – with the goal of providing the highest level of treatment, service and advocacy for our clients.
“I am grateful for the support of funders, donors and volunteers and for the solid relationships The Village has with state agencies and other service providers,” he says.
Prior to The Village, Dr. Rodriguez was the chief operating officer of Catholic Charities, overseeing programs in Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties. His career at Catholic Charities spanned 16 years, where he rose to serve as executive director of the Hartford region and director of the Institute for the Hispanic Family.
Dr. Rodriguez is active in efforts to improve partnerships on behalf of children. Toward that end, he serves on the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council, and the board of directors of the Hartford Federal Credit Union, CT Council of Family Services Agencies, Connecticut Association of Human Services, and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He also participates with the Alliance for Children and Families and National Council for Behavioral Health.
Dr. Rodriguez earned a master’s in public health from the University of Connecticut and received his training and licensure as a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Cartagena in his native Colombia, South America. His medical career included serving as a family physician with the Colombia Red Cross, in a city hospital and in private practice, as well as a physician in a psychiatry and substance abuse program in San Pablo Hospital in Cartegena.
Dr. Rodriguez, his wife Moraima, and their five children reside in Hartford.
Ellie Benson, Auxiliary Representative
While her four children were in school, she volunteered for and served as president of the PTO and on the executive board for many years afterward. While her children attended Loomis Chaffee, she served on the Loomis Chaffee Parent’s Association board in several capacities. She has also served on the Board of the Simsbury Garden Club.
She has been an active member and leader of the Simsbury Auxiliary and Second Chance Shop since 2001. She served as chairperson and in several other leadership positions, including as membership chair since 2015. Ellie also served on The Village Board as the Auxiliary representative from 2010-13 and as a member of the Communications & Marketing Committee since 2014.
Jeffrey A. Brine, Esq.
Member & Attorney at Law, Kurien Ouellette LLC
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of The Village, where he served previously as a Corporator on its Governance Committee, Jeff is also a member of the Closing and Compliance Committee of the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association, a SCORE counselor and member of the Hartford Chapter Executive Committee, supporting the formation and growth of new small businesses, and Board of Director and Legal Counsel of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce. Jeff received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and a B.S. in finance (cum laude) from Boston College. He and his wife Susan, a realtor, live in West Hartford; they have two grown daughters.
Richard (Jerry) Bundy
Jerry’s hobby has been off-road racing, in the US and Mexico. He resides in Vernon with his wife Dottie, in the same house he lived in since he was seven years old.
Vice President Group & Worksite Markets, Guardian Life Insurance Company
Previously, Wendy led training and policy development at Foxwood’s Resort & Casino, taught an intensive study skills program at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States, and was a freelance writer. Wendy earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Connecticut.
Wendy is actively engaged in numerous community based nonprofit organizations. She is an avid runner and non-fiction writer. She lives in rural eastern Connecticut with her husband, Brian.
President, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
With degrees in Computer Science and Business from Temple University, his professional background is diverse and includes working in an array of roles in the Silicon Valley software industry. Interspersed within his software career, Curt has taken on many entrepreneurial projects including real estate, founding New England Beverage Company, and now running a brewery.
In addition to the company headquarters and main brewery in Bloomfield, Curt opened a new tasting room and small batch pilot brewery at the historic Colt Building in Hartford in 2017.
In addition to his duties at the brewery, Curt is often found as a guest presenter at local organizations, industry events, and universities, including his annual engagement at Lehigh University’s School of Entrepreneurship, and a speaking engagement at Yale University on the topic of sustainability in manufacturing.
Jeanmarie H. Cooper*
She has been an active member of The Village Board since 2004 and has served in a variety of leadership positions, including Board Chair, Chair of the Development Committee, Chair of Governance and Chair of the C.E.O. Search Committee. She has also been a member of the Junior League of Hartford for many years, serving in numerous leadership positions including Director of Fund Development Council and Board Treasurer. In addition, Jeanmarie has played an active role on various fundraising committees for academic institutions, and currently serves on the Duke University Parents Committee and chairs the Parents Fund at Bates College.
Jeanmarie earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s from Bates College. She and her husband, Colin, live in Glastonbury and have two children, Ashley and Eli.
Beth A. Costello*
Executive Vice President & CFO, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Beth is executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Hartford and is responsible for finance, treasury, capital, accounting and investor relations at the company. She also serves as the executive sponsor for The Hartford’s Flex-Abilities Network, an employee resource group dedicated to finding ways to advance the philosophy that every person is capable of full productivity in work and life.
Beth’s most recent position before becoming CFO in 2014 was president of The Hartford’s Talcott Resolution business. Previously, she served as senior vice president and controller, where she oversaw corporate accounting, accounting policy and Wealth Management finance, and led the company’s finance transformation program.
Prior to joining The Hartford in 2004, Beth was a senior manager in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s audit practice and was a partner at Arthur Andersen LLP.
Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University and was a certified public accountant. Beth currently serves on the boards of The Bushnell and the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. Beth resides in Simsbury with her three children.
He is a 1985 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, a member of the American Institute of CPAs, and the Connecticut Society of CPAs. He is also a board member of the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.
Tom and his wife, Janice live in Farmington with their daughters, Rachel and Sarah.
Senior Director of Research and Acquisitions, Hart Realty Advisers
Prior to joining Hart, Kim spent 15 years at CIGNA Investment Management, most recently as Vice President, Strategy & Research in CIGNA Realty Investors. She also held other analyst positions within CIGNA Realty Investors, including asset manager, loan underwriter and investment analyst for limited partnerships. Previously, she was an investment analyst with Liberty Mutual Insurance Group in Boston.
Kim is a past president of the CFA Society Hartford and remains an active member. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a graduate business degree from Boston University. A Boston native, Kim has long resettled in the small town of West Suffield and has one daughter, who ironically has moved to Boston.
Margaret Pearl Douglas, CPA
Certified Public Accountant and CEO, Canoville Consulting, LLC
Prior to forming her own business, Pearl worked at several top accounting firms. Her most recent position was at Gelfand Rennert & Feldman, a business management firm headquartered in Hollywood specializing in the entertainment industry. There Pearl worked with renowned clients in the entertainment industry performing accounting functions and preparing tax returns for corporations, partnerships, trusts and high net worth individuals.
Pearl also served as senior tax associate at RSM McGladrey, a top 8 public accounting firm in New York City, and as accounting manager at Margolin, Winer & Evens in Garden City, Long Island.
Pearl is passionate about helping others and serving her community. Prior to her move to CT, she served for two years as treasurer on the board of The Edgemont Scholarship Council, a nonprofit at Edgemont High School in Westchester, NY.
After moving to Connecticut in 2016, Pearl began serving as a professional mentor to students in The Women’s Advancement Initiative at The University of Hartford, an organization that fosters leadership in young women; she served as a tax preparer with the VITA program, performing tax preparation for low-income families through The Village and United Way; and she was a seminar leader with The Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, teaching new business owners about bookkeeping, accounting and tax planning.
In June 2018, Pearl was appointed to the board of The Women’s Advancement Initiative at UHART and now serves as its chair. She is also a member of the Connecticut Women’s Council.
Pearl earned a BS in accounting from Baruch College of the City University of New York and is pursuing a part-time MBA at the UConn Business School. She is a licensed CPA in NY and CT and a member of the CTCPA (Connecticut Certified Public Accountants).
Pearl is married for 24 years to Dr. Montgomery Douglas, chairman of the Family Medicine Department at UConn Health. They have two children, Jamila Rose, an incoming senior at UConn studying psychology and Omari Benjamin, an incoming sophomore at UConn studying political science. Pearl and her family reside in West Hartford.
William D. Field
Bill Field has over 40 years of experience in the advertising, public relations and communications business. He’s strategically led branding, communications and marketing programs for hundreds of companies in various industries and market categories. They range from financial services and health care to building products and aerospace and defense.
He is the principal of FieldActivate, a strategic communications and branding firm that works with clients to facilitate greater brand awareness and overall business growth in the business-to-business and business-to-channel categories. Prior to founding FieldActivate in 2012, Bill enjoyed a 25-year career with Mintz & Hoke, a leading Connecticut based advertising and communications agency, in various roles including the last 10 years as President and Owner.
Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from Seton Hall University. He and his wife, Arlene, reside in Monroe.
David L. Friar, Architect
Founder, Friar Associates
In 1974, Dave was a founding partner of the architectural firm, Friar Architecture Inc., and was elected President in 1987. Along with the full range of architectural services, the firm also offers interior and landscape architecture design and enjoys its position as one of the area’s top architectural firms. Under Dave’s leadership, the firm’s commissions grew in complexity, size and stature, leading to award-winning, multi-million-dollar new construction, primarily in the K-12 school market. Other works include municipal, health care, residential, retail, religious, industrial and commercial office facilities – both new construction and renovations, including historic rehabilitation. In 2014, Dave resigned as President of the company and now serves as Founder, mentoring the organization through a seamless management transition.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Oklahoma. He is a licensed architect and registered interior designer, and maintains membership in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Throughout the years, Dave has demonstrated a commitment to helping the community in which he lives and works, focusing mainly on serving the needs of children. Dave served as Event Chairman of the Ferrari Club of America / New England Region’s premier annual Concorso Ferrari event from 2001 to 2010. Through his leadership, the club raised $750,000 for area nonprofits, primarily Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and The Village.
In 2018, Dave was honored as a Family Champion by the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies for his extensive work in analyzing The Village’s needs related to maintaining and improving our historic buildings and infrastructure.
Lawrence J. Gavrich
Founder & President, Home on The Course, LLC
Larry is founder and owner of Home On The Course, LLC, a service that matches golfers with vacation and retirement homes in the southern and northeastern areas of the U.S. He is also editor of GolfCommunityReviews.com, a blog site where he posts observations about the real estate market and reviews golf communities. He is a licensed real estate agent.
Larry served as Vice President, External Relations for the University of Hartford, where he was responsible for fund raising and communications. He had been a regent of the University and a member of the Hartford College for Women board of trustees prior to joining the university’s staff. Previously, Larry held senior communication positions at United Technologies, culminating in his position as vice president, corporate communication.
Larry has been active in such community organizations as Children in Placement and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, and national organizations such as the Council of Communication Management.
Larry and his wife, Connie, live in Avon.
Stephen E. Goldman, Esq.
Managing Partner, Robinson & Cole
Steve Goldman is the managing partner of Robinson+Cole and a nationally recognized trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience litigating and trying a diverse range of cases throughout the United States.
As an advocate and advisor for a wide range of clients, Steve has handled numerous high-impact cases arising from catastrophes such as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the anthrax scare in 2001. Steve also has significant experience litigating class actions, especially those based on insurance coverage issues and insurer market conduct.
Steve is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is a prior chair of the Connecticut State Committee for that organization. He is also a prolific speaker on insurance coverage, litigation, and ethics matters and has published numerous papers on these subjects. Steve has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Insurance Law since 2006, and was named the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Hartford in the area of Insurance Law for 2011, 2016, and 2018. He also has been selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2006 to 2018 and the Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers for 2009.
He earned his law degree from the New York University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Frederick E. Jenoure, Jr.
Owner, FEJ Consulting
Fred, who is founder and president of FEJ Consulting, has more than 30 years of experience in leadership positions with educational institutions and community organizations, focusing on management and organizational structures, diversity and inclusion, supervisory training, property management, conflict resolution, and union negotiations.
Currently, he is playing a leadership role in a project at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to improve the patient experience for people of color. This includes co-chairing a community advisory board for UMASS Medical that is composed of community and corporate leaders.
Fred worked at the University of Hartford from 1993 to 2010, where he served in numerous leadership positions including director of operations, university ombudsman, and senior advisor to the president. He also worked as director of business development for DATTCO Inc., a regional transportation firm. In addition, he has held property and facilities management positions at Long Island University, Columbia University, Brandeis University, and Harvard Community Health Plans.
Fred was named Volunteer of the Year by the Urban League of Greater Hartford and Adult of the Year from the YMCA of Central Mass. He has served in leadership positions on numerous boards and projects including for the YMCA, Connecticut Council for the Advancement of Diversity, Urban League of Greater Hartford, Upper Albany Main Street, Inc. (in Hartford), Connecticut Special Olympics Eastern Regional Games, and American Cancer Society.
Fred received his bachelor’s in education from Long Island University. He and his wife, Pamela are blessed with a daughter, Jasmin Karen and son, Frederick E. Jenoure III, and reside in Worcester, Mass.
Diana Sousa Jepsen, MBA
Associate Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs, University of Saint Joseph
During her 25+ year career, she led global marketing and communication teams for F500 companies including GE, UTC, Cigna, and Covidien.
Prior to joining USJ, Diana was head of employee communications at MassMutual where she led projects aligned to acquisitions, corporate restructuring, human resources, and technology for employees. Previously, she led global business communications at Cigna where she was responsible for CEO and executive communications, media relations, global employee communications, and global marketing communications. Her earlier career including similar roles at Covidien, and UTC. She spent most of her career in global communication roles at GE including GE Corporate, GE Capital, and NBC Telemundo.
Diana has had a lifelong commitment to community service starting out as a candy striper at age 10 in a local nursing home and stayed active in various charities through college that supported the development of women’s life and leadership skills. Since 1983, she has been active with various domestic violence services in Connecticut including serving on the Board of Directors for the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Diana earned a MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Drew University.
Richard M. Kaplan, Esq.
Associate General Counsel, United Technologies Corp.
Richard joined United Technologies Corporation in 1984 and currently serves as Associate General Counsel. He previously was Associate Counsel for Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company and an attorney with Connecticut General Life Insurance Company.
Rich received an A.B. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and his J.D. with Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He and his wife, Cathy, reside in West Hartford; they have two children, Tracy and Brandon.
Charles H. Klippel, Esq.
Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Aetna
Charlie is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health, where he currently serves as a member of the Executive Counsel for the school’s program on Health Policy and Management.
Barry N. Lastra
Principal, A & B Enterprises
Barry is a retired Chevron Oil Company public affairs executive. His career with Chevron spanned almost 37 years and involved such varied roles as worldwide management development and training; marketing and sales; directing corporate giving and community involvement; regional management of public affairs for the 27 states east of the Mississippi River; and Chevron’s representative for community issues in San Francisco, which was Chevron’s corporate headquarters.
Barry has served on the Board of Planned Parenthood of CT and as chair of United Way of San Francisco; President of a number of homeowner associations. He manages the Lastra/Coolbrith donor-directed fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the focus of which is disadvantaged young people.
He has three children and four grandchildren, all in California. His wife, Alison Coolbrith, who had a long and distinguished career as an executive at Aetna, passed away in 2015. Barry splits his time between his home in Bloomfield and San Francisco.
Patricia Marealle, Esq.
Legal Analyst, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
She was born and raised in Tanzania, and lived in various countries during her youth, moving to the United States to attend college at age 17. After receiving her bachelor’s in political science from Columbia State University, she worked as a clerk for a probate court judge. There she oversaw guardianship and conservatorships of minors and incapacitated adults. She also served as a mentor with the Truancy Intervention Project and a speaker for DARE to Dream, where she spoke to high school students about the challenges teens face concerning diversity, race relations, leadership development and personal responsibility. She also volunteered in a legitimation clinic that helped reunite fathers and their children by reinstating their parental rights.
During law school, Patricia worked with many nonprofit organizations such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, CT Legal Services and CT Fair Housing, focusing on immigration issues and helping children and families from low income populations.
Patricia earned her JD from UConn Law School and a master’s in public policy from Northeastern University.
Corporate Responsibility Lead, Cigna
Ashley is also an associate of the Health Service Leadership Program, a 5-7 year graduate rotational program that focuses on building leadership talent through executive coaching, rotational roles, and personalized development.
Prior to joining Cigna, she was a leader within the U.S. Program at Americares Foundation, the largest provider of medical aid to the U.S. health care safety net. In this role, Ashley managed partnerships with over 850 safety net partners and worked on strategic projects to help clinic partners increase capacity, provide comprehensive care, improve health outcomes and reduce costs for a network that serves over 5 million uninsured patients.
Ashley earned an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in Global Health and Development from Mount Holyoke College. She received the Sally Montgomery Award from Mount Holyoke for creation of a college awareness program supporting over 100 middle school students in Holyoke.
Dr. Elsa M. Núñez
President, Eastern Connecticut State University
Elsa is the president of Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. Prior to joining Eastern in 2006, she served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Maine System, and before that, University Dean for Academic Affairs and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York.
Under Elsa’s leadership, Eastern has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 30 public regional universities in the North; been recognized five years in a row by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For”; been named to President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; and been included in the U.S. Green Building Council’s list of the nation’s top Green Colleges.
Elsa is the author of Pursuing Diversity (1992) and Hanging Out and Hanging on: From the Projects to the Campus (2014). Hanging Out chronicles the progress of students from Hartford and Manchester, who are enrolled in a program that Elsa created, the Dual College Enrollment Program at ECSU. Hanging Out also tells the story Elsa’s own beginnings in Puerto Rico and Newark, New Jersey, of her struggles as a non-English speaking elementary school student and her triumphs in high school and college.
Elsa has also published numerous articles in the areas of language acquisition, diversity, Hispanics in higher education, cultural differences in education, and retention. She received an Ed.D. from Rutgers University, her master’s from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State College.
Brian P. Reilly*
Chief Auditor and Sr. Vice President, Travelers
Prior to joining Travelers, Brian was an audit partner at Arthur Andersen LLP, serving insurance clients such as Hartford Financial Services Group, Aetna Inc. and United Health Group during his 16 years with that firm.
Brian served in the U.S. Navy for four years, and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Connecticut Society of CPAs.
Brian resides in Kensington with his wife, Anne and their two children who graduated from Avon Old Farms and Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
*member, executive committee
Ambassadors are engaged members of the community who share a commitment to The Village’s mission and help spread the word about and garner support for The Village.
Dr. Biree Andemariam
Mark Anson and Robyne Watkin-Anson
Samuel and Janet Bailey
Hyacinth Bailey, Esquire
Andrea Barton Reeves, Esq.
Chester (Chet) Brodnicki
Patricia Campanella Daniels
Edward Casares, Jr.
Stacy Hurley Cloud
Jean and Ed Cowles
Elba Cruz Schulman
Edward Danek, Jr.
Dr. Eddie Davis
Dan and Nine Dechamps
John Henry Decker
Dr. Paul Dworkin
Marilda Gándara, Esq.
Matthew Gordon, Esq.
Dr. Walter Harrison
John Horak, Esq.
John Q. Gale
Marc and Sheryl Green
Robert Laraia and Lesa Cavallero-Laraia
Dr. Thomas Lipscomb
Peter and Rosemary Lombardo
Dr. Darcy Lowell
The Reverend William McKissick, Jr.
Dana Misorski & David Misorski
Dr. Kyle Pruett
The Honorable Matt Ritter
Dr. John Rodis
Dr. Annette Rogers
Nelly Rojas Schwan
Dr. Juan Salazar
Dr. Carlos Salguero
Anita Ford Saunders
Robert Smith, Jr.
John and Linda Zembron