Members

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
Email: richard.barry@peoples.com


 

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
Email: rcarbray@apexpharm.com


 

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


 

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
Phone: 860-725-6200
Email: 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.

Contact Information

Joel Freedman Consulting
Mobile: 860-709-0600
Home: 860-659-8883
Email: jfreedmanconsulting@gmail.com


 

Deidre S. Gifford began service as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) in June 2019, after appointment by Governor Ned Lamont. Commissioner Gifford joined state government from the federal Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, and has wide experience in medical practice, non-profit advocacy, and government service.

On May 12, 2020, Governor Lamont also appointed Dr. Gifford to serve as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Public Health (DPH) during a national search for a new DPH Commissioner. This appointment took effect immediately and is in addition to her continuing role as DSS Commissioner.

Prior to beginning service in Connecticut, Commissioner Gifford was Deputy Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) Services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) since 2016. Before joining CMS, she served as the Director of State Policy and Programs at the National Association of Medicaid Directors where she led that organization's efforts with states to support and advance value-based purchasing in Medicaid.

From 2012 to 2015, Commissioner Gifford served as Medicaid Director in the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, having previously served as the agency's medical director. During her tenure, she advanced changes in the payment and delivery system to improve the quality of care and enhance the value of Medicaid services, including the development of numerous initiatives in care coordination, information technology, and provider payment innovations.

Commissioner Gifford was co-founder and Project Director of Rhode Island's multi-payer Medical Home demonstration, one of the nation's first and most enduring multi-payer payment reform initiatives. She was also the Director of Healthcare Policy and Programs for Rhode Island's Medicare Quality Improvement Organization.

A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Commissioner Gifford received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York. She specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and received a master of public health degree in epidemiology from UCLA.

In his appointment announcement in June 2019, Governor Lamont said: "The Department of Social Services provides an incredibly important function to the people of our state, and it is time to accelerate the pace of innovation and change in the agency. I want to refocus our energy to improve the delivery of these services utilizing innovative tools that increase the value and outcomes for consumers while also producing cost-saving efficiencies for the agency. This is exactly what drew my attention to Dr. Gifford – she has many years of experience doing exactly this both on the state and federal level. I am excited that she has agreed to come to Connecticut and help reform these efforts here – her input is going to be a big benefit as we move forward in these streamlining endeavors."

In the announcement, Commissioner Gifford said: "I am grateful to Governor Lamont for the opportunity to serve the people of Connecticut in this important role…I look forward to working with the Governor and Lt. Governor, and collaborating with my fellow commissioners to improve the lives and health of the women, men, children, and families served by DSS. It is becoming clear that improving the health of our communities requires an approach that looks beyond the traditional silos of social services. Under Governor Lamont's leadership, Connecticut has a unique opportunity to enhance the coordination and efficiency of government services in truly innovative ways that will make a real difference."

Contact Information

Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-509-7101
Fax: 860-509-7111
Email: deidre.gifford@ct.gov


 

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


 

Thomas C. Katsouleas was appointed as the 16th President of the University of Connecticut by its Board of Trustees in February of 2019, and arrived on campus in August of 2019.

Prior to arriving at UConn, Katsouleas was the executive vice president and provost at Virginia since 2015, having been appointed to the position after serving for seven years at Duke University as the dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering. As the top academic officer at University of Virginia, Katsouleas led six undergraduate and six professional schools with enrollments of more than 16,000 undergraduates and more than 6,700 graduate students.

Katsouleas earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in 1979 from UCLA, after transferring there from Santa Monica Community College, and stayed at UCLA to pursue and receive his Ph.D. in physics in 1984.

He was a researcher and faculty member at UCLA for seven years after receiving his Ph.D., before joining the University of Southern California faculty as an associate professor of electrical engineering in 1991, becoming full professor in 1997. He also was an associate dean of USC’s engineering school and vice provost of information technology services.

Katsouleas is a leading scholar in the field of plasma science and has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications. He has deep roots in academe, having served a term as president of the Faculty and Academic Senate at USC during his time in its engineering school.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). While at Duke, he also created the Grand Challenge Scholars Program of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a program now emulated at more than 120 universities across the U.S. and in several countries around the world.

In addition to focusing on the research and academic enterprises, he has a special interest in ensuring the quality of the student experience through ensuring diversity, shared values of respect and responsibility, and recruiting highly talented faculty whose backgrounds reflect those of the students they teach.

Contact Information

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


 

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
Email: 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


 

Mike Walsh is the Undersecretary of Strategic Initiatives and Accountability at Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and is responsible for the analysis, development, coordination and implementation of new statewide initiatives and special projects to streamline service delivery while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of state government. Mike is representing the Secretary of OPM on the board.

Mike has 35 years of accounting, financial, insurance, and management experience. Prior to joining OPM, he worked as the director of Finance and Benefit Delivery at the Town of East Hartford for 23 years. Before joining the town, Mike was the assistant director of Healthplan Financial Reporting for nine health maintenance organizations and one full service pharmacy fulfillment center for 11 years at CIGNA. Additional duties Mike was responsible for at CIGNA included an offshore medical malpractice insurer and corporate allocations. Finally, after graduating college, Mike worked as an accountant for a mid-sized public accounting firm in Wethersfield.

Mike is a graduate of Charter Oak State College with the majority of his undergraduate work completed at Central Connecticut State University. He lives in East Hartford.


 

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 financing. Kathleen currently serves as treasurer of the Farmington Woods Master Association and serves on its Board of Directors. 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
Email: kathleen.woods@sbcglobal.net