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Board of Directors

David Nee, Chairperson
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
Jean Adnopoz, Past Chairperson
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.
Anne Alstott
Yale Law School
Anne Alstott is the Jacquin D. Bierman Professor in Taxation at Yale Law School. An expert in taxation and social policy, she was named a professor at Yale Law School in 1997 and originally named the Jacquin D. Bierman Professor of Taxation in 2004. She served as deputy dean in 2002 and 2004 and has won the Yale Law Women teaching award three times. From 2008 to 2011, she was the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to Yale, she taught at Columbia Law and before that, served as an attorney-advisor in the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Legislative Counsel.
Michael Bangser, Treasurer
Trinity College
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.
Lynn Cochrane
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.
Hector Glynn
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 bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and a Master in School Work from the University of Connecticut.
Marcella Nunez-Smith
Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center, Director of the Center for Research Engagement, Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program, and Deputy Director at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting healthcare equity for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on healthcare workforce development, patient assessment of healthcare experiences, and healthcare system strengthening to address chronic disease in low and middle resource settings.
Ann Baker Pepe

Foote School

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.

Nancy Roberts
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.

Laine Taylor
Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital

Dr. Laine Taylor is the Associate Medical Director of the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital’s Children’s Psychiatric Inpatient Service. Dr. Taylor completed medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, her Psychiatry residency at the University of Arizona and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center-Riverview track. She has a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Leadership from Rockburst University, Kansas City, Missouri. Her areas of interest are organizational development, culture in medicine, and healthcare policy. She is an advocate for children and families as a clinician and on the state level working to develop programs and legislation in the state of Connecticut. Her areas of specialty include medical education, interdisciplinary collaboration, emergency psychiatry, structural family therapy, and inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry.

* Organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only.