Senior Leadership Team
CHDI is guided by a talented team of leaders dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children in Connecticut.
Jeffrey Vanderploeg, Ph.D.
— President & CEO
Jeff Vanderploeg is President and Chief Executive Officer of both 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.
Jason Lang, Ph.D.
— Vice President for Mental Health Initiatives
Jason M. Lang joined CHDI in 2007 and was promoted to Vice President of Mental Health Initiatives in 2017. He leads CHDI’s mental health initiatives including in the areas of evidence-based practices (EBPs), trauma informed care, school and community programs, and policy and system development.
— Vice President for Communications
Julie is the Vice President for Communications and is responsible for building awareness of the organization’s mission, priorities and initiatives. She oversees internal and external communications strategies, messaging, content, publications, websites, and outreach. Julie also contributes to the management and strategic direction of CHDI as a member of the senior leadership team and helps to guide CHDI’s work to address racism and promote equity. She joined CHDI in 2012.