Board Members

Thirteen members are appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, and two are students chosen by their peers. Six non-voting ex-officio members are the commissioners of the Department of Public Health, Education, Economic and Community Development, and Labor, and the Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee.

Nicholas M. Donofrio - Chair

Nicholas M. Donofrio
Nicholas M. Donofrio led IBM’s technology and innovation strategies from 1997 until his retirement in October 2008.
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Yvette Meléndez - Vice Chair

Yvette Meléndez
Yvette Meléndez, Vice President of Government and Community Alliances for Hartford Healthcare, has three decades of public policy experience.
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Richard J. Balducci

Richard J. Balducci
Richard J. Balducci of Deep River is vice president of Doyle, D'Amore and Balducci in Hartford and former Speaker of the House.
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Eugene L. Bell

Eugene L. Bell
Eugene L. Bell is seeking his Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration from Gateway Community College.
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Naomi K. Cohen

Naomi K. Cohen
Naomi K. Cohen has served in numerous educational leadership positions, including House Chair of the General Assembly’s Education Committee.
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Lawrence DeNardis

Lawrence DeNardis
Dr. Lawrence DeNardis is President Emeritus of the University of New Haven and a former United States Congressman from Connecticut.
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Matt Fleury

Matt Fleury
Matt Fleury became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Science Center April 1, 2009, after serving as the Center’s Executive Vice President and COO.
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Sarah E. Greco

Sarah E. Greco
Sarah Greco is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English at Southern Connecticut State University.
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Merle W. Harris

Merle W. Harris
Merle W. Harris has 45 years of educational experience, serving in several positions at institutions of higher education, in Connecticut.
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Craig Lappen

Craig Lappen
Craig Lappen is President of 21st Century Financial Advisors in Manchester. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and has an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut.
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JoAnn H. Price

JoAnn H. Price
Ms. Price is a co-founder and managing partner of Fairview Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private equity investment management firm based out of West Hartford
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Elease E. Wright

Elease E. Wright
Ms. Wright built a successful career at Aetna Inc., where she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources until her retirement in 2012.
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Stephen Adair

Stephen Adair
Professor of Sociology at CCSU
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Robert E. Brown

Robert E. Brown
Professor of History & English at Tunxis Community College
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Jewel Mullen

Jewel Mullen
Department of Public Health
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Sharon Palmer

Sharon Palmer
Department of Labor
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Stefan Pryor

Stefan Pryor
Department of Education
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Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith
Department of Economic and Community Development
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