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 serves as trustee and a member on a number of boards, including Lesley University, NewAlliance Foundation, First City Fund Corporation, Elm Shakespeare Company, Project Access, and St. Martin de Porres Academy.

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. David holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

In addition to being chair of the foundation, Newton is also a member of the program and finance and investment committees.

David I. Newton


Kenneth Alleyne, MD, 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 health care 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 as vice chair of the foundation. He also sits on the program and finance and investment committees.

Kenneth R. Alleyne, MD

Vice Chair

Harold L Rives, III is Senior Advisor at Ohanesian/Lecours Investment & Advisory Services. Prior to this he was the president and founder 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, Rives was instrumental in designing CIGNA’s financial planning models and was responsible for all of Advest’s financial product lines.

In addition to serving as treasurer of the foundation, Rives is chair of the foundation’s finance and investment committee.

Harold L. Rives III

Treasurer, Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee

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 mental illness.

She is a graduate of CT Health’s leadership program and previously served on the foundation’s Community Advisory Committee.

Barrett serves as secretary of the foundation and vice chair of the program committee. She is also a member of the foundation’s policy committee.

Tanya Barrett

Secretary, Vice Chair of Program Committee

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.

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, Conn., and AIDS Division director for the New Haven Health Department. She is the former president of the Connecticut Association of the Directors of Health and past president of the National Association of City and County Health Officials.

O’Keefe serves as chair of the policy committee and is a member of the foundation’s governance committee.

Elaine O’Keefe

Chair of the policy committee

Chekesha Kidd is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and General Manager at Delta Dental of Minnesota. 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 is vice chair of the foundation’s finance and investment committee and serves on the program committee.

Chekesha Kidd


Robert Krzys is an attorney and health care consultant. As an attorney, he has represented various public sector labor unions in collective bargaining negotiations for over 30 years. The subject of health care benefits has figured prominently in his work. As the spokesperson for the coalition of all state employee unions on the statewide labor-management Health Care Cost Containment Committee, he proposed the establishment of the Health Enhancement Program which went into effect in 2011. That program contains a wide array of value-based insurance design provisions.

Krzys is an appointed member of the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) of the Connecticut State Innovation Model (SIM) grant initiative. The CAB is charged with ensuring that the interests of the consumer are fully considered in any health care reform initiatives. He also serves on the Value Based Insurance Design Consortium of the SIM initiative, which seeks to accelerate the adoption of VBID principles within the health care delivery system.

Krzys has a degree in political science from Tufts University and a law degree from Santa Clara University.

Krzys serves as vice chair of the foundation’s policy committee and is a member of the governance committee. He is also serving as a mentor in the Foundation’s Academy for Health Equity Advocacy & Leadership, and recently joined the Board of Directors of Health Equity Solutions, an advocacy group that seeks to ensure that the health care delivery system provides quality health care to all of Connecticut’s citizens.


Robert J. Krzys, JD

Vice chair of the policy committee

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.

In addition to being chair of the foundation’s governance committee, Crawford is a member of the foundation’s finance and investment committee.

John Crawford

Chair of the Governance Committee

Felicia DeDominicis serves as senior vice president, legal affairs, chief legal officer and corporate compliance officer at Hospital for Special Care, a regional specialty hospital based in New Britain. Before joining the hospital in 2005, DeDominicis practiced business, finance and health care law at Robinson & Cole LLP, and business, environmental and ERISA law at United Technologies Corporation.

DeDominicis is the immediate past co-chair of the In House Counsel Group of the Connecticut Hospital Association and is a member of the board of The Trustees of the Colt Bequest, where she serves as the Audit Committee chair and corporate secretary. DeDominicis graduated from Brown University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Felicia serves as vice chair of the foundation’s governance committee and is a member of the policy committee.


Felicia DeDominicis, JD

Vice Chair of the Governance Committee

MaryAnn Perez-Brescia MSN, RN, is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Her research focus is on access to care in underserved populations. Perez-Brescia has practiced nursing for 25 years in a variety of settings including education, acute care, mental health, and community. Perez-Brescia is the immediate past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Hartford 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.

Perez-Brescia was a 2015 fellow of the foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows Program. She has also served on the CT Health Community Advisory Committee.

Perez-Brescia serves as chair of the foundation’s program committee and is a member of the governance committee.

MaryAnn Perez-Brescia, MSN, RN

Chair of the program committee

Mikki Meadows-Oliver is a pediatric nurse practitioner and associate professor at the Quinnipiac University School of Nursing. She earned a PhD from the University of Connecticut and joint Masters’ degrees in Nursing and Public Health from Yale University.

Meadows-Oliver has been a nurse for more than two decades, working in inpatient, outpatient, home-based, and school-based health care settings. Her current clinical practice is in the student health center at Choate Rosemary Hall.

Meadows-Oliver has published more than 30 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed nursing and health care journals, and has presented at national and international conferences.

Mikki is a member of the foundation’s policy and program committees.

Mikki Meadows-Oliver, MSN, PNP

Sanford Cloud Jr., Esq., is chair and CEO of The Cloud Company, LLC. He also serves on the board of  Eversource Energy, and is lead trustee; chairs the board of the University of Connecticut Health Center; and is a member of UCONN’s Board of Trustees, The Thomas J Dodd Research Center and The Greater Hartford Alliance.

Cloud is a former president of The National Conference for Community and Justice, and former Connecticut Health Foundation board chairman and chair of its public policy committee. Cloud has held a broad range of professional and philanthropic positions, including partner in the law firm of Robinson & Cole, vice president of corporate public involvement and executive director of the Aetna Foundation, Connecticut state senator, and member of the boards of the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, and The Fund for Greater Hartford.

Cloud is a member of the foundation’s governance and policy committees.

Sanford Cloud, Jr. Esq.

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. Anwar is serving as physician advisor to the Care Management Department of Eastern Connecticut Health Network and is also the medical director for the Clinically Integrated Network of Eastern Connecticut.

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. He currently serves on the town council. He is a leading local voice combating Muslim stereotypes. Anwar formerly served on the foundation’s Community Advisory Committee.

He is a member of the foundation’s policy committee.

M. Saud Anwar, MD

Alvin W. Thompson is a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut, an appointment he has held since 1994. Thompson previously worked as an attorney at Robinson & Cole, where he served as an associate, partner, and managing partner. He has chaired and is active in the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association. He has also served on the scholarship committee for the American Bar Association’s Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Thompson serves on the Hartford Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and the Trustees of the Warburton Chapel, and has served on the Policy Advisory Committee for the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. Thompson is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.

Alvin W. Thompson

Yvette Meléndez has a wide range of experience in health care, higher education, and philanthropy. She served as vice president for government and community alliances at Hartford HealthCare, chief of staff and chief administrative officer for the Connecticut State University System, and interim president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Meléndez also served as deputy commissioner and acting commissioner of the state Department of Public Health and as board chair for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. She currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Regents for Higher Education and is a member of the board of directors of Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and completed studies in industrial and labor relations at Cornell University.

Yvette Meléndez

Barbara L. Pearce is President & CEO of H. Pearce Real Estate Company in North Haven, a full-service real estate firm with eight offices and more than 100 associates. In addition, Pearce has served as president of Grameen America’s health care subsidiary, worked as a consultant to Yale University, and practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She has been on many for-profit and not-for-profit boards, and has, among others, chaired The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Artspace, the Hospital of Saint Raphael, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, WOWPAC, Long Wharf Theatre, United Way of Greater New Haven, and the Regional Leadership Council. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College/Harvard University, the Harvard Graduate School of Business, and Harvard Law School.

Barbara L. Pearce