Board of Directors
The CHDI Board of Directors is appointed by the Children’s Fund Board and includes representatives from academia, state government, the business and finance community and parent advocates. Board members provide perspectives from a range of professions including pediatrics, psychiatry, nursing, education, law and business.
The CHDI Board of Directors is chaired by Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Annie Goodrich Professor of Nursing, Yale School of Nursing.
Andrew Agwunobi, MD, MBA
— CEO & EVP for Health Affairs, UConn Health
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi is the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs for UConn Health system. In this role he is responsible for University of Connecticut’s clinical enterprise a $1-billion operation, which includes John Dempsey Hospital, 10 UConn Health clinics and 5,529 faculty and staff.
— Community Leader
CHDI Board Secretary
Jennifer Carroll is a parent of a child with special health care needs. She is a member of the Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN) Board of Directors, a statewide advocacy organization providing direct support and broad advocacy to families raising children with disabilities and special health care needs.
Linda Mayes, MD
— Director of Yale Child Study Center
Linda Mayes, MD is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale Child Study Center. She is also Special Advisor to the Dean in the Yale School of Medicine.
— President and Chief Operating Officer, Connecticut Children’s
Children's Fund Chair
Gil Peri has more than two decades of leadership experience in strategic planning, performance improvement and business development for healthcare systems. At Connecticut Children’s, Peri serves as a member of the executive management team and reports directly to Chief Executive Officer Jim Shmerling.
James E. Shmerling
— President and CEO, Connecticut Children's
James E. Shmerling DHA, FACHE was named President and Chief Executive Officer at Connecticut Children’s on October 1, 2015. For over three decades, Jim has served in management roles in children’s hospitals and is nationally recognized as a leader in issues concerning children’s health and wellness.
Kenneth Spiegelman, MD
— Private Practice Pediatrician
Ken Spiegleman is a private practice community pediatrician in Manchester, Connecticut with over 40 years of medical experience. He was awarded the 2020 Community Physician of the Year for his dedication to patients and families at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. In addition to helping countless children and families, he works to improve children’s health policy, systems and practice.
Jeffrey Vanderploeg, Ph.D.
— President & CEO
Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut
Jeff Vanderploeg is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut and its parent organization the Children's Fund of Connecticut. He joined CHDI in 2009 and was appointed President and CEO of CHDI on October 1, 2017 and President and CEO of the Children's Fund on October 1, 2018. Jeff serves on the CHDI Board of Directors.
Moses Vargas, Esq.
— General Counsel, Connecticut Children's
Moses Vargas is General Counsel for Connecticut Children's, where he provides legal advice and support to the departments of the Medical Center, Connecticut Children's Specialty Group, Inc., the CCMC School and other CCMC Corporation affiliates.