Patricia Baker is the founding leader of the Connecticut Health Foundation, having guided the organization since its creation in 1999. Under her leadership, the foundation has become the state’s largest independent health philanthropy and has used a combination of grantmaking, policy work, and research to improve the health status of Connecticut residents.
Patricia came to the foundation with two decades of experience as a visionary, pragmatic leader in health care policymaking, service provision, advocacy, and community engagement. She 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.
Patricia is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity; a member of the board of directors of Grantmakers in Health; vice chair of the governor’s Health Care Cabinet; chair of the State Health Improvement Plan advisory council; and serves on several other advisory committees.
She has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in urban and regional planning.
Tiffany Donelson is vice president of program for the Connecticut Health Foundation. She sets the foundation’s programmatic strategy, which includes grantmaking, the leadership program and evaluation. She works to continuously ensure that CT Health’s grantmaking practices are equitable, transparent, and advancing the organization’s strategic objectives. Tiffany is a member of several boards and advisory committees, including the board of the United Way of Connecticut and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.
Tiffany previously held several leadership roles at Aetna, Inc., including as the deputy chief of staff for Aetna’s National Businesses Office and as a director in corporate strategy. 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.
Vice President of Program
Garrick Wong is the director of grantmaking for the Connecticut Health Foundation. He identifies and supports strategies such as grantmaking, public policy, leadership development, and nonprofit capacity building 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 community health improvement initiatives and grantmaking program. Prior to joining the hospital, Garrick was a program associate in the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s children, families, and communities program, working to ensure that all children and their families have access to quality and affordable health insurance coverage. Before that, Garrick was a health policy advocate at the California Immigrant Policy Center. 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.
Director of Grantmaking
Brittney Cavaliere is a program officer at the Connecticut Health Foundation. She supports strategies such as grantmaking, convening of stakeholders, research, and technical assistance to advance the foundation’s health equity goals and objectives.
Brittney previously spent a number of years serving in the HIV field in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Raleigh, NC. As a research specialist, hospice caregiver, and case manager, Brittney sought to provide compassionate care to people living with HIV. Those experiences fuel her passion for health equity. An East Hartford native, Brittney received her M.P.H. from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and her B.A. in Urban Studies from Fordham University.
Tamisha Phillip is the grants manager and program administrator for the Connecticut Health Foundation. Tamisha coordinates the grantmaking process and provides administrative support for the department.
Tamisha came to the foundation from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where she served as an administrative assistant. She has also worked at Rockville General Hospital and Hartford Hospital. She has a bachelor’s degree in health care management from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business analytics from Quinnipiac University.
Grants Manager and Program Administrator
Policy and Communications
Geralynn McGee is the policy director for the Connecticut Health Foundation. She leads strategies for advocacy and policies that will help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and improve the health of all Connecticut residents. Before joining the foundation, Geralynn worked at Greater Hartford Legal Aid, where she most recently served as the organization’s policy advocate, representing the interests of low-income state residents to legislators, administrative agencies, and in community and advocacy coalitions. She began her career at Greater Hartford Legal Aid as an oral health policy fellow, developing an expertise in oral health issues, health equity, and advocacy through a series of rotations with advocacy, government, and nonprofit organizations. Geralynn is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Before attending law school, she spent four years as assistant director at Resources for Human Development in North Carolina, providing clinical oversight to staff and working on the operation of five mental health residential programs. She also worked as a case manager for people involved in the justice system and served as an intake specialist for the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities in North Carolina.
Arielle Levin Becker is the communications director for the Connecticut Health Foundation. She 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.
Arielle Levin Becker
Liz Kellner is the senior communications officer for the Connecticut Health Foundation. She uses digital communications to educate and inform state leaders about solutions for health equity, and ensures that the foundation continues to stay attuned to the evolving media landscape. She is focused on growing the foundation’s social media presence, managing and redesigning the website, coordinating content that engages audiences, and collaborating to create targeted communications campaigns to make the greatest impact.
Before joining CT Health in 2016, Liz worked at Born Free Africa, a philanthropic initiative focused on preventing the spread of HIV from mothers to their babies. As the organization’s associate director of operations and social media guru, Liz led the development of Born Free Africa’s strategic communications initiatives – breathing new life into its website and social media platforms and coordinating the logistics and communications strategy for the organization. Liz received her B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University.
Senior Communications Officer, Digital Media
Finance and Operations
Carol Pollack is the Connecticut Health Foundation’s primary liaison on asset management. She directs finance and 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.
Vice President of Finance and Operations
Stephanie Tatro, CPA, is the director of finance for the Connecticut Health Foundation. She is responsible for day-to-day management of the Foundation’s financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, as well as the annual audit and tax return preparation.
Prior to working for CT Health, Stephanie worked in public accounting. In between her tenures with PwC, she gained experience in not-for-profit and governmental accounting. She also spent time as a substitute teacher in her local school system. In her spare time Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, walking their two dogs, reading Stephen King novels and remodeling her house and yard. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and is a CPA.
Director of Finance
Tatia Lewis-Hayes is the office manager and executive administrative assistant for the Connecticut Health Foundation. Tatia provides administrative and logistical support to the President & CEO and Board of Directors, performs payroll and bookkeeping functions, contract management and supervises other administrative staff for the organization.
Tatia comes to Connecticut Health Foundation with extensive administrative experience in supporting senior-level executives. Prior to her position at CT Health, she served as executive associate to the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She has also worked at Saint Francis Healthcare Partners and Trinity College. Tatia has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
Office Manager/Executive Administrative Assistant
Lyniesha Barber is the receptionist for the Connecticut Health Foundation. Lyniesha reports to the office manager/executive administrative assistant and is responsible for greeting and assisting visitors and staff as well as performing various clerical functions. Lyniesha has six years of experience in customer service, most recently working as a customer service representative for Care Centrix. Currently, she is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Services.