About CHDI

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.

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Thomas Barnes Chairman of the Board of the Barnes Group, Inc.
CHDI & CFC Board Treasurer

Tom Barnes is Chairman of the Board of the Barnes Group, Inc., a diversified global manufacturer and logistical services company focused on providing precision component manufacturing and operating service support.

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Andrea Benin, MD Sr. V.P. - Quality & Patient Safety, CT Children's Medical Center

Andrea L. Benin, MD is Senior Vice-President, Quality and Patient-Safety for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center as well as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In this role, she drives the agenda and activities to provide the highest quality, safest, zero-harm care for children in Connecticut.

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Jennifer Carroll 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.

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Kevin E. Flaherty Senior Vice President, Webster Bank
CFC Board Secretary

Kevin Flaherty is a Senior Vice President at Webster Bank focusing on commercial banking clients in CT and Western MA.

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Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN Annie Goodrich Professor of Nursing, Yale School of Nursing
CHDI Board Chair and Children's Fund 1st Vice Chair

Margaret Grey was the ninth dean of the Yale School of Nursing and is the School's Annie Goodrich Professor of Nursing. She has been at Yale since January of 1993. Prior to assuming the Deanship from 2005-2015, she served as Associate Dean for Scholarly Affairs.

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Edward Keith V.P., Landmark Partners

Eddie Keith is a vice president in Landmarks private equity group. His primary responsibilities include financial modeling, underwriting, and general assessment of prospective and active transactions. Secondary responsibilities include assistance in the origination and negotiation process of private equity investments.

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Kevin W. Kelly CEO, MRM Group, LLC

With over 25 years in the healthcare and insurance industries, Kevin Kelly co-founded MRM Group™ in 2003, and serves as the company’s president and CEO.

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George Lister, MD Jean McLean Wallace Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

George Lister is the Jean McLean Wallace Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale School of Medicine. He was formerly Chair of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine and Chair of Pediatrics and an Associate Dean for Education at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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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.

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Judith Meyers, PhD President & CEO
Children's Fund of Connecticut

Judith Meyers is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Fund of Connecticut, a public charitable foundation. Since 2002, she led the Children's Fund and its subsidiary, the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut. On September 30, 2017, she stepped down from her leadership role at CHDI but continues to contribute as a CHDI Senior Fellow. Judith serves on the Children's Fund Board of Directors.

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Galo Rodriguez, MPH President and CEO, The Village for Families & Children

Galo Rodriguez, MPH is President and CEO of The Village for Families & Children. In his leadership role, Galo provides the vision for the agency; he is often its face and its voice, speaking on behalf of its leadership team and over 400 dedicated professional staff.

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Charlene Russell-Tucker Chief Operating Officer, Connecticut State Department of Education

Charlene Russell-Tucker is the Chief Operating Officer for the Connecticut State Department of Education, a role in which she leads priority project management functions to help improve the planning, efficiency, service and delivery effectiveness of the Department's programs and services.

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Juan Salazar, MD, MPH Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pediatrics at University of Connecticut Health Center, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Physician in Chief at Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Children's Fund Board Chair

Juan C. Salazar is Professor and Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Physician in Chief at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. He also directs the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Pediatric and Youth HIV Program at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

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James E. Shmerling President and CEO, Connecticut Children's Medical Center

James E. Shmerling DHA, FACHE was named President and Chief Executive Officer at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center 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.

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Kenneth Spiegelman, MD Private Practice Pediatrician

Ken Spiegelman is a practicing pediatrician in Manchester, CT and is also Medical Director of Post Graduate Medical Education at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

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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. He joined CHDI in 2009 and was appointed President and CEO on October 1, 2017. Jeff serves on the CHDI Board of Directors.

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Moses Vargas, Esq. General Counsel, CT Children's Medical Center

Moses Vargas is General Counsel for Connecticut Children's Medical Center, 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.

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