Jean Adnopoz, Chair
Yale University Child Study Center
Jean A. Adnopoz, MPH, Clinical Professor, is Director of In-Home Clinical Services for the Yale Child Study Center. Among these programs are the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service (IICAPS), Family Based Recovery (FBR) and the Intensive In-Home Reintegrative Service (IICARS). Ms.Adnopoz's clinical and research interests have focused on serving the needs of children who are at substantial risk for disruption of their primary relationships with caregivers and separation from their families and communities. Factors affecting these children include abuse, neglect, parental drug addiction, chronic physical or mental illness, or their own serious psychiatric and behavioral disorders, all often co-existing within the context of multi-generational psychosocial adversity. Services are delivered in the family’s home and are designed to maintain children safely within their homes and communities. Several models developed at Yale are being widely replicated in Connecticut. Ms. Adnopoz is the author of numerous articles and chapters as well as the book IICAPS: A Home-Based Psychiatric Treatment for Children and Adolescents, co-authored with Joseph Woolston, M.D. and Steven Berkowitz.
Retired Attorney, Community Volunteer
Peter Arakas worked on Special Projects for LEGO Systems, Inc. (LSI) which distributes LEGO® brand toys. From 1991 through 2009, Mr. Arakas was responsible for all of LSI's legal affairs, ranging from employment and immigration law to intellectual property rights and product liability. Before joining LSI, he was employed in the law department of Aetna Life and Casualty. Mr. Arakas is a volunteer with a number of nonprofit legal service providers, including Lawyers for Children Americas, Statewide Legal Services and the Connecticut Children's Law Center. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. After eight years of practice as a social worker, he received his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Michael Bangser, Treasurer
Michael Bangser is a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations, specializing in issues related to program design, grant making, strategic planning, and evaluation. He is also visiting professor of public policy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, currently teaching seminars entitled Inside the Nonprofit Sector and Policy Implementation Workshop. From 1989 to 2005, Mr. Bangser was president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation serving the City of Hartford and 28 surrounding towns. Before coming to the Hartford Foundation, he was senior vice president at MDRC, a major nonprofit organization that designs and evaluates programs throughout the country in the fields of education, job training, welfare reform, and other human services. Throughout his career, Mr. Bangser has served on numerous boards, task forces, and committees. Mr. Bangser received a B.A. with honors in economics from Williams College in 1974, a J.D. from Columbia University in 1977, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford in 2005.
Andy Boone is a Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services Inc. in New Haven, CT. He works with philanthropically inclined individuals, families and organizations to develop and implement their investment strategies. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Voices for Children, Andy serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, and he serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Elm Shakespeare Company. Andy earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology
Erik M. Clemons is Executive Director and President of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), a non-profit organization based on the model of the National Center for Arts and Technology, which is dedicated to creating empowering arts-based educational environments for at-risk public school students and training programs for under and unemployed adults. He has an extensive background in non-profit management. Prior to joining ConnCAT, Erik served as the Executive Director of Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), providing academic and social enrichment programs to youth. He has also served as the Director of Vocational Training at New Haven Job Corps Center. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Arts in Theology and Ethics at Hartford Seminary.
Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc.
Lynn Cochrane is a staff attorney in the Education Unit of Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc., where she has practiced for the past 27 years. Her areas of concentration have included child protection, juvenile delinquency, and special education law. She and Attorney Jill Davies are the authors of Family Problems, DCF, and the Law: A Guide for Parents. She has a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Barbara Fernandez is the first director of the Office of Insurance and Financial Services at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. This is the state's lead office for the development and implementation of policies, strategies and programs working to attract and retain insurance and financial services businesses and jobs. She spent the first 25 years of her career at companies such as The Travelers and The Phoenix where she held various positions, including Assistant Vice President of International Development. She retired from insurance in 2000 to run Guakia, the Hartford-based bilingual Hispanic performing arts organization. She serves on the boards of the CT Council for Philanthropy and the Trinity College Board of Fellows, and is also is an advisory board member of the CT Chapter of Hispanic MBAs. She earned a B.A. in economics from Trinity College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.
The Village for Families and Children, Inc.
Hector Glynn, MSW, is Vice President of Community, Family and Clinical Services at The Village for Families and Children. He has extensive experience with the juvenile justice system and the needs of urban youth. Prior to coming to the Village, he was Executive Director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, where he led the way for major reforms in the Connecticut juvenile justice system’s policies and procedures. The Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) appointed Mr. Glynn to the CGA’s Juvenile Jurisdiction Planning and Implementation Committee. He also worked for Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford for ten years in the Youth Services Division, providing direct services, program coordination, and staff supervision. He holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Southern California and a Master in School Work from the University of Connecticut.
Aviation Products Mgmt, Inc.
Fran Goldstein is a Trustee for the Judy Point Charitable Trust, along with Sandra Wagenfeld, a former board member of CT Voices. Before forming the trust, she had been involved in charitable giving and political activism over the last 30 years. Having a background in Marketing, her career has run the gamut. She has been involved in aerospace, lobbying in DC for the environment, and the production of women's hosiery. In addition to her participation on the CT Voices board, she is on the boards of Planned Parenthood and Opera Orchestra of New York. She also serves on the leadership committees of Planned Parenthood and founders committees of Save America's Treasures in DC and the Fairfield County Foundation. Fran has a B.S. in Speech Communications from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Speech-Theatre Education from NYU.
Rev. Bonita Grubbs, Secretary
Christian Community Action
Rev. Bonita Grubbs has been Executive Director of Christian Community Action since December 1988. Prior to that, she was employed as Assistant Regional Administrator in Region V (Northwest Connecticut) for the Department of Mental Health within the State of Connecticut. Present board and voluntary involvements include: board member of the Hospital of Saint Raphael and chairperson of its Mission Effectiveness Committee, Connecticut Voices for Children, the Connecticut Housing Coalition, the Community Economic Development Fund and the Quinnipiac Bank and Trust Company. She has also served as a Lecturer in Homiletics at Yale Divinity School. Rev. Grubbs holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and in the Afro-American Studies from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Public Health from Yale University. She received an honorary degree from Albertus Magnus College in 2001. She was ordained to the Christian Ministry within the American Baptist Church in November 1987.
Mary Ann Handley
Former State Senator
Mary Ann Handley served seven terms as a state senator, acting in leadership roles on the Human Services, Public Health, Higher Education, and Judiciary committees. During her time at the legislature, Ms. Handley worked to pass managed care reforms and helped write the state’s HUSKY Health Care Plan for children and families. Long active in community service, she served on the Manchester Board of Directors from 1987 to 1989 and again from 1991 to 1996 as the town's Deputy Mayor. As a retired history teacher of 30 years in the Connecticut Community College System, she has been a strong advocate for the improvement and expansion of higher education. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College and earned her Master of Arts from the University of Connecticut.
* Organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only.