Members

Francis X. Archambault Jr. is professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut and a member of its Board of Trustees. Following completion of his Ph.D. at UConn, Mr. Archambault was an assistant professor at Boston University and later was a social scientist at Abt Associates, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He returned to UConn to join the faculty in 1978. Mr. Archambault served the University as a department head, associate dean, interim executive director of information technology, and interim vice chancellor. He is the author or co-author of numerous professional publications. He has conducted research, evaluations and policy analyses for a variety of governmental agencies and private organizations at the national (National Science Foundation, Department of Education, National Institute of Education), state and local levels. Mr. Archambault has been chair of the local Board of Education, and is founding chair of the Edwin O. Smith Foundation.

Mr. Archambault holds a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Storrs.

Contact Information

72 Charles Lane
Storrs, CT 06268
860-429-7564


 

Richard M. Barry is the deputy chief risk officer for KeyBank. In this capacity, Rich is responsible for the credit risk, market risk and risk information and reporting functions for the company. Rich serves on Key’s executive council, ALCO, and Credit Risk Committees.

Rich joined KeyBank through the acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group where he was the chief risk officer. As chief risk officer, Rich was responsible for enterprise risk management strategy and operations, corporate compliance and regulatory risk, credit risk, credit risk review, consumer collections, corporate social responsibility, BSA/AML, fraud risk, market risk, and operational risk. While at First Niagara, Rich was a member of First Niagara’s Management Committee and ALCO, and was chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee. Prior to joining First Niagara in 2011, Rich spent 16 years at Citizens Financial Group, most recently as chief credit officer for the company’s wholesale bank overseeing all aspects of commercial credit. While at Citizens, Rich served as president of Citizens Bank of Connecticut with responsibility for the operating businesses in the state of Connecticut and as executive vice president and division executive with corporate-wide responsibility for the company’s restructuring function.

He is a past director and executive committee member of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and a past chairman of the Urban League of Greater Hartford.

Rich earned a B.S. degree from Bentley University and an MBA degree from Babson College.

Contact Information

KeyBank
195 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
203-789-2535


 

Andy F. Bessette is executive vice president and chief administrative officer of The Travelers Companies, Inc. He has responsibility for the functions of corporate real estate, administrative services, community affairs, aviation, internal investigations, event management, business continuity, and sports sponsorships including the company's official marketing partnership with the PGA TOUR and title sponsorship of the Travelers Championship. During his 29-year tenure with the company, Mr. Bessette has held a number of management positions across the enterprise.

He consistently has been involved with civic activities, both in Hartford and in the Twin Cities. He is the immediate past chair of the board for the Metro Hartford Alliance, as well as on the board for the University of Connecticut Foundation, board of trustees of Trinity College and board of the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.

Mr. Bessette holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Contact Information

Travelers Insurance Company, Inc.
One Tower Square
Hartford, CT 06183
651-310-7204


 

Richard Carbray is co-owner of Apex Pharmacy and Home Care Center and Annex Pharmacy in Hamden. Prior to this, he served as an adjunct lecturer for pharmacy practice at the UConn School of Pharmacy and as legislative chairman of Connecticut Pharmacists Association. He was past president of the UConn Alumni Association, the Connecticut Pharmacists Association, and the UConn Pharmacy Alumni Association and was elected to the Newington Town Council where he served eight years with four as the majority leader of the Council.

Mr. Carbray graduated from the UConn School of Pharmacy in 1975, cum laude, and was a member of Rho Chi and the Mortar and Pestle Society. He has received multiple honors including the UConn Alumni Association Service Award, UConn School of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni, US Pharmacist Service to the community national award for independent pharmacy, A.H. Robins Bowl of Hygeia national award for community service, as well as Connecticut Pharmacists Association pharmacist of the year award.

Mr. Carbray currently serves on the UConn Board of Trustees, as well as on the UConn Health Board of Directors, the UConn Club Board of Directors and is a pharmacy commissioner for the State of Connecticut. He is a life member of the UConn Alumni Association and the School of Pharmacy Alumni Association.

Contact Information

Apex Pharmacy, Home Care and Nutritional Center
2380 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
203-281-6571 


 

Cheryl A. Chase is executive vice president, principal and general counsel of Chase Enterprises, a private holding company engaged primarily in commercial real estate development and management. A graduate of Tufts University, she received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978. Ms. Chase's present affiliations include vice chair of the board of directors of UConn Health, a trustee of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, a member of the Connecticut Science Center board of trustees, a trustee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and a past director of numerous public and private institutions.

Contact Information

Chase Enterprises
225 Asylum Street, 29th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
860-293-4259


 

Sanford Cloud Jr. is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Cloud Company, LLC. He is the former president and CEO of the human relations organization National Conference for Community and Justice, which he represented as a member of President Carter’s delegation overseeing the first Palestinian elections. Before coming to the NCCJ, he was a partner at Robinson and Cole in Hartford, and prior to that he was vice president of Aetna’s Corporate Public Involvement, and executive director of the Aetna Foundation. He also helped found National Voices for an Inclusive 21st Century, a collaboration of national human relations and civil right organizations.

Mr. Cloud is a former two-term Connecticut state senator and was the primary sponsor of legislation creating the State Department of Housing. He has served on a number of boards, and currently is on the boards of Northeast Utilities, the Phoenix Companies, Inc., Ironwood Mezzanine Fund FP, the Joint Center for Political and Economics Studies, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the Connecticut Health Foundation and the Hartford Courant Foundation.

A Hartford native, Mr. Cloud is a graduate of Howard University College of Liberal Arts and Howard University Law School. He earned a master’s degree in religious studies from the Hartford Seminary. Among his many awards are an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Connecticut, an Honorary Doctor of Social Science from Providence College, and the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Anne Frank Center USA.

Contact Information

25 Mountain Spring Road
Farmington, CT 06032
Home: 860-674-9459
Work: 860-559-6386


 

Robert S. Dakers is the executive financial officer for the state of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management (OPM). His previous work with the state has included serving as director of municipal finance services with OPM, the emergency administrative and financial manager for the Waterbury state financial oversight board, the director of administration and finance for the Department of Children and Families, and assistant director of the Bridgeport state financial oversight board. Mr. Dakers joined state government in 1992. He also has worked for the City of Phoenix, Arizona in its Management and Budget Department and the Norwich and Norwalk city governments here in Connecticut.

He is a graduate of Bryant University and earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

Contact Information

Office of Policy and Management
450 Capitol Avenue, MS 55 SEC
Hartford, CT 06106
860-418-6379


 

John F. Droney is a partner at the Hinckley Allen law firm. He was a founding principal of the Farmington law firm of Levy & Droney, P.C.

A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, he received his J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1973, where he was a member of the board of editors of the University of Connecticut Law Review.

A Vietnam veteran, he has served as a special state's attorney for the judicial districts of Hartford and Waterbury and is a recipient of the University of Connecticut School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award.

He has lectured at University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac Law Schools and has served on the board of directors of Hartford Neighborhood Legal Services and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

He was the chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee of Connecticut and chairman of the Connecticut Clinton for President campaign.

Contact Information

Hinckley Allen
20 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06103
860-725-6200
jdroney@hinckleyallen.com


 

Joel Freedman has had a public policy career in the insurance and financial services industry for 40 years. He retired in 2008 as senior vice president and associate general counsel of The Hartford Financial Services Corporation. During his 25-year career at The Hartford, he served as director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for 17 years. Prior to that he opened and headed The Hartford's Federal Affairs Office. Following his retirement, he became an independent public policy consultant and was affiliated with Gephardt Government Affairs in Washington, DC. He is currently a director and chair of the Finance Committee for the Material Innovations and Recycling Authority (MIRA) which is Connecticut's trash-to-energy public/private corporation. He has also served in leadership roles for many Greater Hartford non-profits and is currently president of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Mr. Freedman received his B.A. and J.D. from UConn. He lives in South Glastonbury.

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213 Tryon Street
South Glastonbury, CT 06073


 

Susan Herbst took office as the University of Connecticut's 15th president in June 2011 and was formally installed in an inauguration ceremony on September 16, 2011.

Prior to her appointment to the presidency, Herbst served as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University System of Georgia, where she led 15 university presidents and oversaw the academic missions for all 35 public universities in Georgia. Herbst also held a faculty appointment as a professor of public policy at Georgia Tech.

From 2005 to 2007, Herbst was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at SUNY-Albany and also served as acting president of the school for a year. She served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University from 2003 to 2005.

She began her career at Northwestern University in 1989 and spent 14 years there in a variety of posts, including professor of political science, director of American Studies, and chair of the Department of Political Science.

Born in New York City and raised in the mid-Hudson Valley, Herbst received her B.A. in political science from Duke University in 1984 and her Ph.D. in communication theory and research from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles in 1989.

Contact Information

Office of the President
University of Connecticut
352 Mansfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269-2048
860-486-2337


 

Timothy A. Holt retired as a director of Virtus Investment Partners and MGIC Investment Corporation. In addition, he provides investment consulting services to insurance companies. In 2008 he retired as senior vice president and chief investment officer of Aetna, Inc., where he held many leadership, investment, finance and risk management positions throughout his career.

Mr. Holt is a UConn alumnus and has an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He lives in Glastonbury.

Contact Information

111 Fallview Drive
Glastonbury, CT 06033
860-883-2169


 

Dr. Raul Pino was appointed Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in December 2015. Previously he served as Deputy Commissioner under the leadership of DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen. He brings considerable public health, administrative, and community health expertise acquired over nearly two decades of experience in state, municipal and community public health agencies.

Prior to his appointment ad DPH Deputy Commissioner in June 2015, Dr. Pino served the City of Hartford as Director and Assistant Director of the city’s Department of Health & Human Services. In these positions, he managed the department’s budget and oversaw labor relations, public health preparedness, code enforcement and the department’s management team.

Previously he was an epidemiologist for DPH’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Program, and worked at the Institute for Community Research, Hispanic Health Council and Hartford Hospital. He is a member of the American Public Health Association and National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. Dr. Pino graduated from the University of Havana with a Doctorate in Medicine and the UConn School of Medicine with a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree.

Contact Information

Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
860-509-7101
860-509-7111 (fax)
raul.pino@ct.gov


 

Wayne Rawlins is vice president and senior medical director of healthcare services at ConnectiCare, Inc.

Previously, Rawlins served as the national medical director for racial and ethnic equality initiatives at Aetna where he was the lead clinician focused on identifying activities to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care for Aetna’s members. Rawlins joined Aetna in 1997 and during his tenure held a number of management and leadership positions. Prior to Aetna, he was a physician manager with the Northeast Permanent Medical Group for 13 years.

In 2009, Rawlins was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Subcommittee on Standardized Collection of Race/Ethnicity Data for Healthcare Quality Improvement. Rawlins also serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s Cultural Competency Expert Panel and has been appointed to the Regional Health Equity Council, Office of Minority Health with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Rawlins received his medical degree from the UConn School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Rochester in New York. He is board-certified in internal medicine. Rawlins received his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Contact Information

ConnectiCare, Inc.
175 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06034-4050
860-674-2072
wrawlins@connecticare.com 


 

Teresa M. Ressel is active across private company management. Her financial and leadership experience spans health care, defense, manufacturing and financial services over 20 years within the private sector and the U.S. Treasury.

From 2004 until 2012, Ms. Ressel served as the chief operating officer for UBS Securities LLC and the chief operating officer, UBS Americas. Prior to UBS, she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary for management and chief financial officer of the Department of Treasury. Prior to government service and banking, Ms. Ressel served as an executive at Kaiser Permanente leading regulatory compliance, change management, and financial matters related to corporate governance including government services contracts.

Ms. Ressel graduated from the University of Delaware, College of Engineering with a B.S. and M.S. in engineering. She completed her M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She currently is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, which is an independent non-partisan organization fostering education and thoughtful engagement across the spectrum of foreign policy and analysis.

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New Canaan, CT 06840


 

Kathleen D. Woods is a former vice president at various Bank of America institutions (prior to the merger and acquisition of local and regional New England banks) focusing primarily on corporate trust and investment activities in the municipal, health care, higher education and housing arena in New England. As a business development officer and account relationship manager, Kathleen has extensive experience in the administration of trustee services in connection with debt financings. Kathleen currently serves as chairperson of the Farmington Woods Golf Club and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Farmington Woods Master Association. She has been a member of Government Finance Officers Association, the Connecticut Women’s Council and the board of the Downtown Hartford YMCA. Kathleen is a graduate of Bryant University with a B.S. in business administration.

Contact Information

8 Sprucewood Lane
Avon, CT 06001
kathleen.woods@sbcglobal.net