Kenneth Alleyne, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon and health care entrepreneur. He is a native of Hartford who is committed to the betterment of his community. Dr. Alleyne serves on the boards of the Connecticut Health Foundation, Student Achievement Through Opportunity, and the Hartford City Ballet. He has served as a member of the Connecticut Commission on Health Equity and the boards of Community Health Services and the UConn Foundation.

A graduate of Williams College, Dr. Alleyne carried out his orthopedic residency at Howard University Hospital and a fellowship in knee and shoulder surgery and sports medicine at Yale University. He practices between Connecticut and New York and has the privilege to serve as the sports medicine consultant to many local athletes and teams. He is the managing partner of Harthaven Capital Partners, a health care consultancy and investment firm based in Connecticut and New York, and a founder of NextLevel Health Partners, a Medicaid and Medicare managed care company.

Contact Information

Eastern Orthopedics
701 Cottage Grove Road, Suite C10
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Phone: 860-337-2010


Francis X. Archambault Jr. is professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut. Following completion of his Ph.D. at UConn, Mr. Archambault was a 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

18 Goodwin Circle
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: 860-429-7564


Richard M. Barry is executive vice president, chief credit officer at People’s United Bank. He is responsible for oversight and management of enterprise-wide credit risk activities. Rich has more than 25 years’ experience in managing risk and growing businesses for community-centric financial services companies.

Before joining the Bank, Rich was the chief credit officer at KeyCorp where he was responsible for all credit risk activities, including oversight of a $175 billion portfolio. He joined Key from First Niagara where he was the chief risk officer, and played an integral role in the acquisition and integration of First Niagara into Key.

Prior to that, he spent more than a decade at Citizens Financial Group with roles of increasing responsibility, including President of the CT market, and most recently as chief credit officer, managing a $65 billion portfolio of mid-corporate, middle market, small business, commercial real estate and several specialty businesses.

Rich received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Bentley University and an MBA from Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Contact Information

People’s United Bank
850 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604-4913


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. He also serves on the board of the Greater Hartford Community Foundation.

He has been a member of the University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees since 2012 and serves as chair of the Financial Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the UConn Health Board of Directors, corporator for Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and member of the Board of Governors for Hartford Hospital. He serves as chairman of the MetroHartford Alliance, vice chairman of the Capital Region Development Authority, and sits on the Board of Advisors for Team Rubicon.

A member of the 1980 United States Olympic Team, 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, 2MS
Hartford, CT 06183
Phone: 860-277-6557


Richard Carbray is the owner of RTC Pharmaceutical Consulting, LLC and former co-owner of Apex Pharmacy. 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, U.S. 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

RTC Pharmaceutical Consulting, LLC
12 Maryanna Way
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Phone: 860-922-5910


Cheryl A. Chase is a principal, co-president, and general counsel of Chase Enterprises, a private holding company engaged primarily in commercial real estate development and management. She joined the family business after being admitted to the Connecticut and Florida State Bars. Cheryl presently serves as a trustee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and is a member of the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Curatorial Committee, and chairs the Facilities Committee. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Connecticut Science Center where she also serves on the Executive Committee. In addition, she is vice chair of the UConn Health Board of Directors, and chairs the Clinical Affairs Subcommittee. She is a former trustee of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, a former member of the Board of Directors of Tufts University Board of Overseers to the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a former member of the Board of Directors of Foodshare.

Cheryl received her B.A. in English and History from Tufts University, and went on to obtain her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Contact Information

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


Sanford Cloud Jr. is the chairman and chief executive officer of The Cloud Company, LLC, a real estate development and business investment firm. He is the former president and CEO of the human relations organization National Conference for Community and Justice. He was a member of President Carter’s delegation overseeing the first Palestinian elections. He also helped found National Voices for an Inclusive 21st Century, a collaboration of national human relations and civil right organizations. Before joining the NCCJ, he was a partner at Robinson+Cole in Hartford, and prior to that he was vice president of Aetna’s Corporate Public Involvement, and executive director of the Aetna Foundation, 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’s first Department of Housing. He has served on a number of boards, and currently is on the boards of Eversource Energy, Ironwood Mezzanine Fund FP, the Connecticut Health Foundation, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, and the Greater Hartford Metro-Alliance.

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

795 Prospect Street, Unit C3
West Hartford, CT 06105
Home: 860-674-9459
Work: 860-559-6386


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.

Contact Information

Joel Freedman Consulting
Mobile: 860-709-0600
Home: 860-659-8883


Timothy A. Holt is currently 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 received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut 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
Phone: 860-883-2169


Manisha Juthani, M.D., is the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Prior to her nomination to DPH, she was an associate professor of medicine and director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at Yale School of Medicine. Additionally, she has served as the associate program director for career development in the Internal Medicine Residency Program there since 2017.

Commissioner Juthani attended Edgemont High School in Scarsdale, NY, and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. She completed her internal medicine residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, where she served as an assistant chief resident. She also was a chief medical resident at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Her current research interests include merging best practices with ID and palliative medicine, specifically providing optimal infectious diseases consultation to nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and is a sought-after editorialist in high-impact journals such as JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, and the British Medical Journal.

Contact Information

Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-509-8000


Melissa McCaw was appointed by Governor Ned Lamont to serve as the secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, also known as the CT budget chief, effective January 9, 2019.

McCaw is a seasoned professional with eighteen years of budgeting, finance, operations, and planning experience in government and higher education organizations. McCaw previously served as the chief financial officer and the director of Budget, Management and Grants for the City of Hartford for three years overseeing both the budget and finance functions, with a general fund budget of $570 million and an all funds budget in excess of $1 billion. McCaw led the city through three years of intensive restructuring including significant reductions and savings, restructure of department staffing and operations, benchmarking of key areas of expenditures, labor negotiations, revenue maximization, shift to a pay-as-you-go capital improvement program, renegotiation of leases and development of the city’s municipal recovery plan, and establishing a new standard of fiscal responsibility.

Prior to this, McCaw was the budget director at the University of Hartford for nearly seven years. In this capacity, McCaw developed and managed the university budget, led the administration through years of financial challenges, implemented university wide agency reductions and/or restructures and also co-chaired strategic planning initiatives to strengthen the University’s financial and business model, maximize the use of assets and technology, and streamline operations.

McCaw began her career at the Office of Policy Management as a budget specialist within the Health and Human Service and General Government focus areas of the Budget and Financial Management division for nearly eight years.

McCaw holds a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in Public Finance and Budgeting from the University of Connecticut. She was born in Norwalk, raised in Waterbury, and has lived in the State of Connecticut for her entire life.

Contact Information

Office of Policy and Management
450 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-418-6500


Wayne Rawlins is vice president and senior medical director of healthcare services at ConnectiCare, Inc. and is charged with enhancing ConnectiCare’ s healthcare management programs to improve total population health for ConnectiCare members.

Prior to joining ConnectiCare, Dr. Rawlins held several senior leadership positions at Aetna. Most recently, he was the chief medical officer for Aetna student health. Before that, he served as the lead clinician focused on developing initiatives to address racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare for Aetna members. He also held the position of national medical director and head of medical operations for Aetna Government Health Plans; served as the corporate clinical lead representing the chief medical officer in crisis and disaster preparedness; and led the design, development, and implementation of Aetna’s industry-leading end-of-life care program.

Dr. Rawlins, a leading immunization expert, served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee until February 2017. Here he worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to advise and make recommendations on national vaccine policy. A specialist in health equity and resolving health disparities, Dr. Rawlins served on the Institute for Diversity in Health Management Board of Directors; National Business Group on Health’s Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Advisory Board; C-Change Cancer Health Disparities Advisory working group; and is co-chair of the data committee for the Regional Health Equity Council (Region 1). He was an author of the Institute of Medicine report Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement. Dr. Rawlins is also a member of National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Committee on Performance Measurement, which determines NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures. The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is one of the most widely used sets of healthcare performance measure in the United States. Dr. Rawlins has also has published several articles on immunization policy, health care disparities, and end of life issues.

Dr. Rawlins also serves as a member of the Connecticut Science Center Board of Trustees and was previously the board chairman for the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

He 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. Dr. Rawlins also received his M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Contact Information

ConnectiCare, Inc.
175 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06034-4050
Phone: 860-674-2072


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.

Contact Information

New Canaan, CT 06840