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.
Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology
Erik M. Clemons is CEO 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.
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.
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.
Retired philanthropy leader
David Nee retired in 2014 as the first executive director of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, founded in 1993 to improve education for Connecticut’s children. Prior to his leadership of the Graustein Memorial Fund, Mr. Nee acted as the executive director of the Ittleson Foundation and of the Florence V. Burden Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Connecticut Academy for Education in Math Science and Technology, and Grantmakers for Children Youth and Families. He co-chaired the Governor’s Early Childhood Research and Policy Council from 2006-2009. He founded and continues to serve on the Board of the Connecticut Center for School Change. A graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Nee holds a master’s degree in English from Yale University and a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University.
Ann Baker Pepe
Ann Baker Pepe serves as the Director of Development at the Foote School, an independent K-9 preparatory school in New Haven, where she has led a steady growth in the school’s fundraising, developed alumni relations and coordinated communications for more than 15 years. Ms. Pepe previously worked at Wesleyan University in the University Relations, Annual Fund, and Admissions programs. She is actively involved in the New Haven community, especially through her volunteer work at Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) where she chaired the LEAP Dinners Committee for 10 years and currently serves as Board Chair. She received a BA in psychology with certification in elementary education from Kirkland College.
Retired philanthropy leader
Nancy Roberts is the former President of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, a regional association of grantmakers in Connecticut, where she served for 22 years. Prior to that post, she managed the Howard and Bush Foundation in Greater Hartford. She currently serves as a board member of the Hartford Seminary and Plowshares Institute. She is a past member of the advisory board of the Workforce Solutions Collaborative and the Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services, a past board member of the Foundation Center in New York and the Council on Foundations, and a founding board member and past chair of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.
Friends Center for Children
Allyx Schiavone is director of the Friends Center for Children, an early childhood education center providing year-round, full-time care for children ages three months to five years. She has an extensive background in early childhood development and elementary education as a teacher and administrator. Ms. Schiavone has served as Program Coordinator for New Haven-based Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES), Early Childhood Classroom Observer for Southern Connecticut State University, and Budget Coordinator for the New Haven Board of Education. She has taught in New York City, New Haven and Greenwich in several elementary schools and pre-school settings; directed summer camps; and written and supervised curriculums at elementary, middle and high school levels. She holds a Masters degree from Bank Street College of Education in Early Child Education and Elementary Education, and a Bachelors degree from Union College.
* Organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only.