Board of Directors

Gregory B. Butler

Gregory B. Butler (chair) is senior vice president and general counsel of Eversource Energy. Butler also serves on the board of directors of The Mark Twain House & Museum, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Eversource Energy Foundation, the New England Legal Foundation, and is a committee member of the Energy Bar Association.

Previously, Butler held several positions at Eversource Energy (formerly Northeast Utilities), including secretary, vice president and general counsel, and vice president of governmental affairs. He also served as vice president of federal affairs at New England Electric System and senior counsel at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, senior attorney with the United States Department of Justice and associate counsel to the minority leader for the New York State Assembly.

In addition to serving as chair, Butler serves on the foundation’s governance and public policy committees.

tina-brown-stevensonTina Brown-Stevenson

Tina Brown-Stevenson (vice chair) is senior vice president, Health System Analytics and Decision Support for UnitedHealthcare (UHC). Until mid-2012, Tina was the chief data and analytics officer for Ingenix (renamed Optum Insight), a UHC subsidiary.

Previously, Brown-Stevenson was president and head of Aetna Integrated Informatics, Aetna’s data, information, and analytics subsidiary. A certified managed care executive, she was also vice president of health care economics at CIGNA, and vice president of health system development at Partners Healthcare System in Boston.

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Harold L. Rives III (treasurer) is president of The New England Guild, Inc., a Hartford-based financial consulting firm. The former U.S. Navy officer also serves on the board of The New Britain Museum of American Art and the Connecticut Choral Artists, Inc. (CONCORA), the state’s premier professional choir, where he is treasurer.

Prior to founding The New England Guild in 1991, he was instrumental in designing CIGNA’s financial planning models and was responsible for all of Advest’s financial product lines.

He is chair of the foundation’s finance and investment committee.

Dr.-Alleyne-1065Kenneth Alleyne, MD

Kenneth Alleyne, MD (secretary)  is a board certified sports medicine orthopedic surgeon practicing in Connecticut and Manhattan. He is a clinical associate professor of Orthopedics at the University of Connecticut and clinical dean at the American University School of Medicine in Barbados. He is the managing partner of Gardiner Ebers Consulting and Harthaven Partners,  a healthcare consultancy and investment firm based in Connecticut and New York City. He is a founding partner of NextLevel Health Partners, a coordinated care entity.

He formerly served as a board member at Community Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Hartford. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Alleyne serves on the foundation’s program and finance and investment committees.

S-Anwar-0308-fullSaud Anwar, MD, MPH

M. Saud Anwar is a physician specializing in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Currently, he serves as chair of the Department of Internal Medicine of Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals.

He completed his specialty and public health training at Yale University. Dr. Anwar is also serving as Physician advisor to the Care Management Department of Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) and is also the Medical Director for the Clinically Integrated Network of Eastern Connecticut.

Dr. Anwar has been involved in humanitarian and peace initiatives nationally and internationally, and has organized medical missions for disaster relief.  He was Connecticut’s first Muslim mayor when he served as mayor of South Windsor where he is currently on the town council.  He is a leading local voice combating Muslim stereotypes. Dr. Anwar formerly served on the foundation’s Community Advisory Committee.

tanya_barrettTanya Barrett

Tanya Barrett is senior vice president of 2-1-1 Health and Human Services (HHS), a program of the United Way of Connecticut, which helps meet the needs of Connecticut residents by providing information, education and connection to services. She oversees the 2-1-1 HHS unit and specialty units including the Child Development Infoline. Previously, she worked in child protection and employment services for people with mentally illness.  She is a graduate of CT Health’s leadership program and formerly served on the foundation’s Community Advisory Committee.

J CrawfordJohn J. Crawford

John J. Crawford is currently president of Strategem, LLC. Crawford also serves on the boards of Webster Financial Corporation, St. Martin de Porres Academy, the Guilford Community Foundation, Albertus Magnus College, and Central Connecticut Coast YMCA.

Previously, Crawford served as chairman & CEO of Aristotle Corporation. Prior to that, he held top positions with the South Central Connecticut Water Authority, Holt Wexler Crawford & Merchant, New Haven Water Company, and Southern New England Telephone Company.

Crawford serves on the foundation’s finance and investment committee.

Daivid-Hadden-8221-480x700J.C. David Hadden

J.C. David Hadden is Of Counsel at Hartford-based Robinson & Cole LLP, where he was formerly a partner and the chair of the firm’s nonprofit group. Hadden is committed to volunteer work where he serves on several boards, including: Oak Hill, Colt Bequest, Inc., and the Ethics Committee of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Prior to joining the Robinson & Cole, Hadden was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. He has twice served gubernatorial-appointed terms on the Connecticut Council on Developmental Services, for which he was elected chair.

Hadden is chair of the foundation’s governance committee and also serves on the foundation’s program committee.

Chekesha-9998-700Chekesha Kidd

Chekesha Kidd is currently vice president, Group Life and Voluntary Products at The Hartford. Kidd also serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Jewish Health System of New York and the Chaka Chinyelu Foundation based in Florida. Kidd is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Previously, Kidd served as president of Aetna’s student health business, providing health insurance to more than 500,000 undergraduate and graduate students nationwide. Prior to joining Aetna, Kidd was a financial professional on Wall Street.

Kidd serves on the foundation’s finance and investment committee.

Robert Krzys

Robert Krzys is an attorney in private practice in New Hartford. His practice focuses on labor law and collective bargaining negotiations representing unions, especially in the public sector. Active in his community, Attorney Krzys serves on the Regional 7 Board of Education and the Building Committee that oversaw the renovation and expansion of the middle and high schools. Krzys is a member of the New Hartford Water Pollution Control Authority and was recently certified as an English teacher through Connecticut’s Alternate Route to Certification Program.

Prior to establishing his private practice, Krzys was staff counsel for the Connecticut State Employees Association from 1979 – 1984. In addition, he served as chairman of the New Hartford Town Committee.

Krzys serves on the foundation’s public policy, program, and governance committees.

David I. Newton

David I. Newton is president and founder of Elm Advisors, LLC. Established in 2007, Elm Advisors specializes in real estate and facilities services for not for profit institutions. He currently serves as trustee and a member on a number of boards, including: president of the Committee of Trustees of Hopkins School, Long Wharf Theatre, Greater New Haven Community Foundation, Elm Shakespeare Company and Project Access.

Previously, Newton was the associate vice president and director of University Properties at Yale University and co founder and president of the Facilities Resource Management Co.

Newton serves as vice chair of the foundation’s finance and investment committee and is also a member of its program committee.

elaine-8216-480x700Elaine O’Keefe

Elaine O’Keefe is the Executive Director of the Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP) in the School of Public Health at Yale University. O’Keefe also serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA).

Much of O’Keefe’s work has focused on redressing racial and ethnic health disparities. Prior to joining the OPHP, O’Keefe worked in the local governmental public health milieu for nearly 25 years as Health Director for Stratford, CT and AIDS Division Director for the New Haven Health Department. She is the former president of the Connecticut Association of the Directors of Health (CADH) and past president of the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).

O’Keefe serves as chair of the public policy committee and serves on the foundation’s governance committee.

MaryAnn BresciaMaryAnn Perez-Brescia

MaryAnn Perez-Brescia MSN, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Three Rivers Community College. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing.  Perez-Brescia is the immediate past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Hartford Chapter and is the current Vice President of the chapter. She is on the advisory committee of the Connecticut Nurse Coalition-Action Coalition (CNC-AC) and is the co-chair of the CNC-AC Diversity subcommittee.

Recently, Perz-Brescia became a 2015 fellow of the foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows Program. She has also been on the CT Health Community Advisory Committee.

Perez-Brescia serves on the foundation’s program committee.


Robert M. Schreibman, DMD

Robert M. Schreibman, DMD, retired from providing pediatric dental care to the Glastonbury community over 30 years. He is  co-chair of the Connecticut Mission of Mercy, a multi-chair dental clinic that provides free dental care to people of all ages in need of urgent and immediate dental care throughout Connecticut.

Previously, Schreibman was president of the Hartford Dental Society and the Connecticut State Dental Association. Schreibman has lectured throughout the U.S. and consulted in practice management and leadership development.

Schreibman serves as vice chair of the governance committee and also serves on the program committee.

Victor Villagra, MD

Victor Villagra, M.D. is the associate director of the UConn Health Disparities Institute.  He is also founder and president of Health & Technology Vector, Inc, a consulting firm that specializes in population health, technology assessment and delivery system redesign, and whose client base includes companies based in Europe, Japan and Latin America, as well as the U.S.

Villagra is former national medical director at CIGNA HealthCare and past-president of the Disease Management Association of America. He has served as an advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Villagra is chair of the foundation’s program committee.