About CHDI

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.


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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Maryellen Doyle 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.

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Jeffrey Geoghegan Chief Financial Officer, UConn Health

Jeffrey Geoghegan is the Chief Financial Officer for UConn Health, which includes the UConn School of Medicine, UConn School of Dental Medicine, John Dempsey Hospital, and the University physician practice. He has over two decades of leadership and not-for-profit healthcare and education experience. As CFO, he has responsibility for all of UConn Health’s financial operations including a $1.4 billion operating budget, financial planning and reporting, strategic planning, and all revenue cycle operations.

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Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN Annie Goodrich Professor of Nursing, Yale School of Nursing
CHDI Board 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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Larke Nahme Huang, PhD Former Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity & Senior Policy Advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Larke Nahme Huang, PhD, is a licensed clinical-community psychologist who has worked at the interface of policy, research and practice in behavioral health. Most recently she was the Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity and a Senior Policy Advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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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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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.

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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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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.​

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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.

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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 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.

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