Board of Directors
The CHDI Board of Directors 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
— Interim President, UConn; Chief Executive Officer, UConn Health
Executive Vice President 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. In May 2021, Andy was also named interim President of the University of Connecticut.
— 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.
— Vice President, Landmark Partners
CHDI Board Treasurer
Maryellen Doyle is an experienced investment professional who will serve as Treasurer for CHDI's Board of Directors. She is a vice president in the investor relations group at Landmark Partners, a private equity firm in Simsbury Connecticut.
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.
Wizdom Powell, Ph.D.
— Director, University of Connecticut Health Disparities Institute
Dr. Wizdom Powell is the Director of the University of Connecticut Health Disparities Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UConn Health. She serves as the President-Elect of the American Psychological Association, Division 51 Men and Masculinities, and is an honorary professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban South Africa.
Melissa Santos, PhD
— Interim Division Chief, Pediatric Psychology, Connecticut Children's Specialty Group
Clinical Director, Obesity Center, Connecticut Children's Specialty Group
Melissa Santos, PhD is a licensed psychologist and the Interim Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where she specializes in the family treatment of pediatric obesity. She works with adolescents and their families preparing for bariatric surgery and families participating in non-surgical weight management programming. Dr. Santos also supervises psychology and medical students in clinical and research activities within the obesity program.
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.