Community Advisory Committee

The community advisory committee serves as the foundation’s eyes and ears in the community. Members provide input on existing initiatives and ideas for future programs.

Evelyn Barnum, JD

Evelyn Barnum, JD, is the chief executive officer of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, a statewide association of federally qualified community health centers. Previously, she worked in an appellate law practice and a small specialty hospital in Connecticut. Currently Barnum serves on the Community Health Network of Connecticut board of directors, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Tanya 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, HUSKY Infoline and Child Development Infoline. Previously, she worked in child protection and employment services for the mentally ill.  She is on the board of Klingberg Family Centers and the Connecticut Health Foundation’s Fellows Alumni Association.

Fernando Betancourt

Fernando Betancourt is the executive director of the Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission. Previously, he served as executive director of the United League of Latin American Citizens’ National Educational Service Center in New Haven; deputy human resources administrator for the City of New Haven; and a member of the mayor’s cabinet. Betancourt studied at the University of Puerto Rico School of Social Sciences and School of Law, and has been a guest lecturer at several Connecticut universities and colleges.

Bruce Gould, MD

Bruce Gould, MD, is a general internist and medical director of the Burgdorf Health Center in Hartford, and professor of medicine, associate dean for primary care, and the director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and and medical director of the Hartford Department of Health and Human Services. Gould serves as advisor to a host of student-run programs, including the Migrant Farm Worker Mobile Free Clinic, South Park Inn Homeless Shelter Clinic and the Willimantic Soup Kitchen Clinic. He served on the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration from 2001 to 2005.

Nancy Kingwood, MS

The Reverend Nancy Kingwood, MS, is Deputy Director of HIV Services for Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program (GBAPP), Inc., where she supervises a multi-disciplinary staff, providing outreach education to social service agencies and faith organizations. She is also the founder and visionary of the Nia Alliance for People of Color, which aims to reduce substance abuse and HIV/AIDS in communities of color in the Bridgeport area under the Ashe Faith Project, for which she is the Project Director. Kingwood holds two degrees in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Human Services with a concentration Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College. She is a 2010 graduate and class president of the Black Ministries Program at Hartford Seminary.

Tim Marshall, MSW, LCSW

Tim Marshall, MSW, LCSW, clinical manager at the Connecticut Department Children and Families Central Office (DCF), has worked for the state for 15 years, primarily as the mental health clinical consultant in local DCF area offices. Additionally, he has held a variety of positions in private clinical work and currently does volunteer work with his church.

Tung Nguyen, MS, MPH

Tung Nguyen, MS, MPH, an epidemiologist at the City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services. He also manages a local public health preparedness program that enhances a local health department’s ability to respond to public health emergencies with a detailed action plan and a system of communication that includes hospitals, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, and other response agencies. Previously, he was a research associate at the University of Connecticut Health Center where he spent several years investigating potential vaccine candidates for Lyme and Syphilis diseases. Nguyen received a master of science in molecular cell biology from New York Medical College, and a master of public health from the University of Connecticut.

Mark Schaefer, PhD

Mark Schaefer, PhD,is a clinical psychologist and director of medical policy for the Connecticut Department of Social Services. The University of Vermont graduate co-directs the department’s behavioral health service system for children and adults enrolled in the Medicaid managed care and State Chilldren’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Schaefer joined the faculty of the Yale University Child Study Center in 1996, where he developed the behavioral health services division of a Yale-owned HMO. He also served as corporate advisor for Behavioral Health for HealthChoice of Connecticut and consultant for Yale Behavioral Health.

Amos L. Smith

Amos L. Smith is the President and CEO at the Community Action Agency of New Haven, Inc., (CAANH) since May 2006. Smith is trained as a Results Based Accountability (RBA) coach with The Annie E. Casey Foundation. He is currently the President of the New England Community Action Partnership (NECAP) and Vice President of the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA). Prior to his work at CAANH, Smith was the Director of Health Grantmaking and previously, Director of Program at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Arthur L. Sperling, DMD

Arthur L. Sperling, DMD, is an oral maxillofacial surgeon who practiced in the Hartford area for more than forty years before retiring from clinical practice. He is currently an Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Previously, Sperling was one of Connecticut Health Foundation’s founding Board members. He majored at Tufts University in physics and biochemistry and later earned his DMD from Tufts. Sperling’s post graduate specialty training was completed at Harvard University in conjunction with his residency at Mass General Hospital.