pat-8255-480x700Patricia Baker

President & CEO

When Patricia Baker became the Connecticut Health Foundation’s founding leader in 1999, she brought over two decades of experience as a visionary and pragmatic leader in health care policy-making, service provision, advocacy, and community engagement. Prior to undertaking the directorship of the foundation, Patricia served as the national program director for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, director of Connecticut government programs at Oxford Health Plans, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, and associate executive director of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

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Rosie Armstrong

Senior Administrative Assistant

As senior administrative assistant, Rosie provides administrative support to the policy and communication departments, oversees the donor/sponsorship program and provides technological support for the foundation.

Rosie came to the foundation with more than two decades of experience in nonprofits, working in various capacities including grants management, development, community relations, budgeting and as an executive assistant. She previously worked at the Capitol Region Education Council, the YWCA Hartford Region, and Community Health Services, where her work advancing health reform efforts was recognized by the National Association of Community Health Centers.  Rosie has also served on several community boards, including Friends of Kevin D. Anderson Center, which worked to revitalize a key neighborhood recreation center in North Hartford, and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Education Partnership Advisory Council during her time at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource). She also serves as a parent coach and mentor for the Hartford Public Schools.

Arielle Levin Becker

Communications Director

As the communications director, Arielle handles the foundation’s publications, media relations and strategic communications. She and the communications team work to give voice to the mission of improving access to care and care quality, and to help showcase the work of the foundation’s grantees.

Before joining the foundation, Arielle spent six years as the health care reporter at The Connecticut Mirror, a nonprofit news organization focused on politics and public policy. She previously worked at The Hartford Courant, where she covered health care, education, criminal justice and municipal issues, and the Home News Tribune in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Her first job in journalism was at Real Change, a homeless newspaper in Seattle. She has a B.A. in history from Yale University.

Tiffany-Donelson-4644-thumbTiffany Donelson

Vice President of Program

As vice president of program, Tiffany sets the foundation’s programmatic strategy, which includes grantmaking, the health leadership fellows program and evaluation. She works to continuously ensure that CT Health’s grantmaking practices are equitable, transparent, and advancing the organization’s strategic objectives.

Immediately prior, Tiffany held several leadership roles within different business units at Aetna, Inc., the most recent of which was the deputy chief of staff for Aetna’s National Businesses Office, a segment of Aetna that comprised nine businesses within the organization. Before joining Aetna, Tiffany was a consultant at Ingenix Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She received her M.P.H. in health policy and management at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and her B.S. in biology at Georgetown University.

Sylvia-0116-700Sylvia Henderson

Grants Manager/Program Administrator

As grants manager and program administrator, Sylvia coordinates the grantmaking process and provides administrative support for the department. She originally joined the foundation as a Sr. Administrative Assistant.

Sylvia comes to the foundation following many years as a technical consultant for qualified retirement plans. She is co-founder and vice president of Partners Advancing Change in Education (P.A.C.E.) a non-profit organization dedicated to education reform within the public school system.

Liz-0106-700Liz Kellner

Digital Media Manager

In her role as Digital Media Manager, Liz uses both digital and traditional communications as essential vehicles for educating and informing state leaders about solutions for health equity and ensures that the foundation continues to stay attuned to the evolving media landscape. Joining the team in May 2016, Liz is focused on growing the foundation’s social media presence and website, coordinating informative and insightful content that engages audiences, and collaborating with team members and grantees to create targeted campaigns looking to make the greatest impact on the community through communications.

Prior to joining CT Health, Liz worked at Born Free Africa, a philanthropic initiative focused on preventing the spread of HIV from mothers to their babies. As their associate director of operations and social media guru, Liz led the development of the organization’s strategic communications initiatives – breathing new life into their website and social media platforms and coordinating the logistics and communications strategy for the organization. Born and raised right here in CT, Liz moved to Boston where she received her B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University. After years living and working in New York City, she and her husband recently returned to West Hartford, CT.


suzanne-8279-480x700Suzanne Moody

Executive Administrative Assistant

As executive administrative assistant, Suzanne provides information management support to the president and CEO and the vice president of finance & operations.

Suzanne brings to the foundation several years of experience in office administration and customer service. Prior to joining the foundation, Suzanne worked at Alternity Healthcare as an administrative assistant, and as a chiropractic assistant at The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury.

Anne O’Connell


In her role at CT Health, Anne is responsible for financial administration and reporting functions as well as providing support for human resources.

Previously, Anne was the Director of Finance and Administration for the UConn Alumni Association. In that role, Anne was responsible for financial, human resources and operational functions of the Association. Prior to that, Anne held various financial positions in affordable housing and non-profit organizations.  Anne is a life time resident of Connecticut and a Certified Public Accountant.

Carol Pollack

Vice President of Finance & Operations

Carol Pollack is the foundation’s primary liaison on asset management. She directs accounting, personnel and technology functions, and oversees office operations.

Before joining CT Health, Carol was founder and president of Diversified Financial Solutions, providing finance and operations support to several organizations, including the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. Previously, Carol served as chief financial officer for Housing Authority Insurance in Cheshire; the Comprehensive Care Corporation in Tampa, Florida; and held several positions at CIGNA Corporation in Bloomfield and Philadelphia.

Garrick-0064-700Garrick Wong

Senior Program Officer

In his role as senior program officer at CT Health, Garrick identifies and supports strategies such as grantmaking, policy advocacy, capacity building, and leadership development that advance the foundation’s goals and objectives.

Garrick previously served as a community benefit specialist at El Camino Hospital in California where he guided the organization’s grants program to address health needs across four priority areas: healthcare access, mental health, healthy eating/physical activity, and community health education. Prior to joining the hospital, Garrick was a program associate in the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s children, families, and communities program. In that role, he supported the children’s health insurance strategy which focuses on policy reforms and systems change to ensure that all children have health insurance coverage and access to quality care. Garrick received his M.P.A. from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

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