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.

Arunan Aralampalam, JD

Arunan Aralampalam is an associate in Updike, Kelly, & Spellacy’s Hartford office.  He practices in the areas of health care, public finance, and business law.  Prior to law school at Quinnipiac University, where he was lead articles and notes editor of the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, he served on a number of political campaigns.

Thomas Buckley, MPH, RPH

Thomas Buckley is an associate clinical professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.  His research interests include the intersection of pharmacy and public health.  Building on extensive global work in southeast Asia, he has formed successful partnerships with community based organizations in Connecticut in order to provide culturally and linguistically competent trauma-informed care to southeast Asian refugees and immigrants.

Katrina Clark, MPH

Katrina Clark retired as executive director of the Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven after 40 years of service.  She has expertise in primary care delivery, federally qualified health center administration, and serving racially and ethnically diverse communities.  She holds an MPH from the Yale School of Public Health.

Catina Caban-Owen, PhD, MSW

Catina Caban-Owen is a social worker at North Windham Elementary School.  She is also an adjunct faculty member in the department of social work at Eastern Connecticut State University.  She is part of Hartford Healthcare’s eastern region board of directors.  She is a graduate of CT Health’s leadership fellows program.  She holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

MaryAnn Perez-Brescia MSN, RN

MaryAnn Perez-Brescia MSN, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Three Rivers Community College. She is the immediate past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Hartford Chapter. She is also one of the chairs for the CT Nurse Coalition Diversity subcommittee and is part of the 2014 CT Health Foundation Leadership Fellows Program. Brescia received her MSN and BSN at the University of Hartford and is currently pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice.

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.

Marilyn Ondrasik

Marilyn Ondrasik is a consultant working to expand Future First to the United States. Future First is a successful career readiness program in the U.K. that helps public high schools recruit their alumni to be successful role models and to provide college readiness and career guidance. Previously, Ondrasik served as the Executive Director of the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition (BCAC) for 17 years. BCAC is dedicated to improving the lives of children through research, advocacy and community mobilization, and works on health, education, early childhood, and poverty issues. She has also worked as Director of Research and Development for Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises to develop new green businesses with a triple bottom line of environmental sustainability, social good by hiring hard-to-employ populations, and urban economic development.

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.