Paul McCraven, Chair

Helene A. Augustine, Vice Chair

Thomas Beirne III, Treasurer

Sally Glick, Secretary


H. Richard Borer Jr.

Hiram Brett

Althea Marshall Brooks

Daniel N. Caron

Kevin Dougherty

John Emra

Linda Fitzgerald

Sally Glick

Lindy Lee Gold

Peter D. Graeb

Thomas S. Griggs Jr.

Allen Hadelman

Roberta Hoskie

LaKisha Jordan

Mimi M. Lines

Wilson Luna

Ruby H. Melton

Nicolas Phillips

Linda Randell

Pedro Soto

Susan Stone

Holly G. Wheeler

Ena Williams


Dr. William T. Brown

Mary Ellen Cody

Faculty Representative

Mark Lynch

Student Representative

New Student Rep Pending Election

Board of Directors


Members of the Board of Directors are community leaders from all walks of life who share a strong commitment to Gateway Community College and student success.  The Executive Committee consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Standing Committees include Finance, Scholarship, Nominating, and Resource Development.  According to its by-laws, the Board meets at least four times per year.

Paul McCraven
President & CEO of ConnCORP                                        

Paul McCraven is the President & CEO of ConnCORP (Connecticut Community Outreach Revitalization Program) a community economic development corporation focusing on community revitalization and wealth creation in low-income communities. The company helps stimulate economic activity through real estate development, food businesses and community-based business development.  It was formed by Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT). 

Previously, Paul McCraven was senior vice president of Community Development at First Niagara Financial Group. He joined the former New Haven Savings Bank, which later became NewAlliance Bank, in 1997 as vice president of Community Relations. He was responsible for all aspects of community development and affordable lending activities across First Niagara’s entire footprint.  He also served as president of First Niagara Bank Community Development Corporation and as a board member of the First Niagara Bank Foundation.   

McCraven serves on numerous other nonprofit boards, including the Amistad School, AAA of Southern New England, the Hartford Economic Development Corporation, and the NewAlliance Foundation. He is a former member of the National MS Society’s Connecticut Chapter, which honored him with a 2011 Connecticut Executive Choice Award.


He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hampshire College and holds an MBA from the Columbia University School of Business. He also is an associate fellow at Yale University’s Berkeley College.

Helene A. Augustine
Fiduciary Specialist
Wells Fargo Private Bank
Thomas Beirne III
Vice President
Halsey Associates, Inc.
A part of Washington Trust Wealth Management
Board member

Helene A. Augustine is a Vice President and Trust and Fiduciary Specialist for the Northeast region of Wells Fargo, The Private Bank.  Ms. Robbins works with clients to implement and administer trusts and estate plans to help fulfill clients' philanthropic and wealth transfer goals.  As part of a broad team of financial specialists, Helene works with individuals and their families to provide them with solutions through the various stages of their lives to help them manage, grow, and transition their wealth.  Ms. Augustine has specialized in serving trust clients at Wells Fargo and its predecessor companies for more than 35 years 

Augustine earned her Paralegal Certification from University of New Haven. She completed American Bankers Association National Trust School (1997) and National Graduates Trust School (1999), held at Northwestern University. She is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA).

An active member of the community, Helene is a past Chair of The Community Fund for Women and Girls, is Treasurer of Gateway Community College Foundation, and serves on the boards of Junior Achievement, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, and Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council.  She resides in Cheshire with her husband, Jeff Augustine.

Thomas Beirne III, CFP®  is Vice President at Halsey Associates, Inc., an investment advisory firm located in downtown New Haven.  Halsey Associates was founded in 1967 by Ralph Halsey, former Chief Investment Officer of Yale University’s Endowment Fund.  The firm provides customized asset management for individuals, institutions, and non-profit organizations.  The firm currently oversees more than $900 million of client assets.  After over 50 years of preserving and enhancing clients’ wealth, the firm remains dedicated to the principles of objectivity, discipline, and unparalleled service.

Prior to joining Halsey Associates, Mr. Beirne most recently served as Director, Vice President, and Trust Officer for People’s United Bank in their New Haven Regional Wealth Management & Trust Office.  His areas of expertise include investments, trusts, estates, and financial planning, and he is a Certified Financial Planner™.  
Mr. Beirne is a graduate of Fairfield University and an honors graduate from the National Graduate School of Banking sponsored by the American Banking Association and Fairfield University. His civic pursuits include serving on the Board of Directors of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Rotary Club of New Haven, former chairman of the Board of Trustees of The New Haven Rotary Charitable Trust, and a former member of the City of Milford Board of Alderman. Mr. Beirne’s professional affiliations include being a member of the Connecticut Tax and Estate Planning Council.  
Mr. Beirne is a native of Bronxville, New York and currently resides in Milford, Connecticut with his family.


H. Richard Borer, Jr.
Goodwill Southern New England
Hiram Brett
Brett Associates

Richard Borer has served as President of Goodwill Southern New England in North Haven since 2006, providing strategic leadership and tactical direction for the dually-branded organization with a $24 million annual budget, 14 programs, 15 retail locations, and 1,100 clients served.  He leads organizational planning, program development, budgeting, and operations, consistent with the organization’s service mission and objectives. Under his leadership, annual revenue has doubled with positive budget results and zero debt.


As Mayor of West Haven for 14 years from 1991-2005, he led a town of 52,000 residents with a $130 million annual municipal budget and 1,300 employees.  Currently, he serves on the Milford Development and Housing Commission,   the National Easter Seals Leadership Circle, and the Goodwill Industries International Board of Directors, and has served on the Board of Directors of Farnam House. 


He earned an Executive MBA from the University of New Haven, and a BS from Charter Oak State College.

As principal of his own company, Hiram Brett provides marketing and financial consulting services to small business enterprises, particularly start ups and nonprofits. He also serves as CFO for New England Broadband, a venture firm.


He began his career at General Electric, and also worked as a consultant in the energy field with ICF and Mark Battle Associates, firms that are both based in Washington, D.C. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, including senior executive level positions in marketing, finance, operations, sales, and administration with MCI, SNET, SBC, and AT&T.


Brett earned a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Political Economy from Williams College and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. He is retired from the New Haven Easter Seals Goodwill Rehabilitation Center’s Board of Directors. He is a member of both Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Phi Pi fraternities. He is the Moderator and a deacon for the Dixwell Avenue Congregational UCC Church in New Haven.

Althea Marshall Brooks
Executive Director
Waterbury Bridge to Success Community
Daniel N. Caron
TrussT Consulting LLC

Since 2003, Althea Marshall Brooks has served as president and CEO of Empower New Haven, which seeks to improve the economic status and quality of life for people, families, and businesses in Greater New Haven. She previously served as the agency’s senior program manager, overseeing its primary initiatives: Workforce and Business Development, Non Profit Capacity Building, Housing, and Homeownership.


She has worked at the grassroots level with New Haven neighborhoods, the faith community, and agencies for several years. As a Yale University President’s Public Service Fellow, she helped faith-based non-profit developers expand their fundraising capacity by 100 percent, develop public/private partnerships, and create a first-time homebuyers project. In 2004, she was inducted into the Gateway Community College Foundation Hall of Fame.


She holds a B.S. degree in Family Studies from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Science degree in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University.

Joining Alexion Pharmaceuticals at its inception, Dan Caron served as Vice President, Site Operations and Engineering, responsible for facilities at more than 30 Alexion sites around the globe.  He oversaw construction, global security, environmental health and safety, laboratory management, lease administration, and corporate responsibility. 


With a background in engineering, biomedical research, and business, he  devotes much of his time to the community.  He serves on the Connecticut Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees and sits on the Gateway Community College laboratory technician program planning committee. 


He also serves on the career advancement committee of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, and is a member of the agricultural sciences advisory committee for the Region 14 school district.  For many years, he has been a house captain for HomeFront, revitalizing schools and homes for those in need, and a mentor to students through Junior Achievement. He earned a Master of Science in Bioengineering from Polytechnic University and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Adelphi University.

John Emra
Regional Vice Pres., External Affairs
Kevin Dougherty
Growth Manager, First VP
People's United Bank

Kevin Dougherty is Growth Manager, First Vice President of People’s United Bank where he is responsible for managing retail branch network in New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties - including customer experience, deposit and loan growth, operating budget, personnel development and community leadership.


Mr. Dougherty is very involved with community organizations where he serves on several nonprofit boards.  Currently, he serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Board of Fellowship Place, New Haven, CT, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Gateway Community College Foundation.  His previous community nonprofit board terms included serving on the Board of the Directors of the Better Business Bureau of CT, the New Haven Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association, the Board of Directors of Saint Raphael’s Hospital Foundation, Special Olympics, United Way, and Connecticut Governor’s Prevention Partnership Mentoring Program.  Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Quinnipiac University and a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College.  Kevin resides in Trumbull, CT with his family.

In addition to overseeing AT&T’s relationships with local, state, and national officials, John also manages the company’s annual charitable giving in Connecticut. He previously served as SBC Communications Inc.’s national spokesperson on legislative and regulatory matters in Washington, as well as for those issues in Connecticut.


Previously, John was director of Governmental Affairs for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, putting members to work lobbying their General Assembly members. John previously served as chief Democratic staff member on the Connecticut General Assembly’s Judiciary and Labor and Public Employees committees. He was an integral part of former Connecticut House Speaker Tom Ritter’s political operation. He began his career in politics by working on the re-election campaign of then first-term U.S. Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3.


John holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University. He received a New Haven Business Times’ “Forty Under Forty” award, recognizing rising achievers in business and politics.

Lindy Lee Gold
Senior Regional Manager
State Department of Economic & Community Development
Sally Glick
Vice President & Administrator Chamber Insurance Trust

Sally Glick has served as Vice-President of Operations and CFO of G.F.S., Inc. dba Coordinated Financial Resources and, since 1992, serves as an Administrator and Co-Founder of the Chamber Insurance Trust. 


Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Shubert Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. A well-known, passionate volunteer for numerous Community Outreach Programs, she has been recognized with the Business New Haven Small Persons of the Year award and Distinguished Advocate of the Arts by the State of Connecticut. 


She was Chairperson of the Insurance Committee for the Greater New Haven Health Care Council and served as the Council’s President from 2000-2002.  She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Woman’s Corporate Leadership of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and the South Central Visiting Nurses Association.  Most recently, Sally and Steve Glick were the recipients of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Award and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership Alumni Award.

Lindy Lee Gold serves as the commissioner’s representative to all Workforce Investment Boards, the Adult Literacy Commission, the Commission on Education and Training, P-20 Council, the Green Job Consortium, Workforce Coordinating Committee, STEM Council, SMART Advisory Committee, Child Poverty and Prevention Council, and the State Leadership Innovation Initiative.


She has worked for her community as both an elected official and a tireless volunteer. She was on the Shubert Performing Arts Center Executive Board, the New Haven Board of Education (vice-chair, Intergroup Relations Taskforce), and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven (president and chair of Community Relations). She serves on the state board of the Anti-Defamation League and as an associate fellow at Yale’s Pierson College. She was founder and president of Fellowship, Inc. and Cornerstone, Inc., and is past president of the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven. She also sits on the Commission on Higher Education.


Gold has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Emerson College and has received several awards for her contributions throughout New Haven.

Thomas S. Griggs Jr.
Co-Executive Director
International Festival of
Arts and Ideas
Allen Hadelman
Hadley, Inc.

Thomas Griggs Jr. is the Co-Executive Director at the New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas. He served on the Festival Board for seven years before joining the staff. He is most proud of the community engagement activities he supports as part of his work with the Festival, highlighting the rich cultural assets of New Haven while bringing diverse communities together to experience visionary thought leaders and enjoy world class and local talent.

Prior to working with the Festival, Tom oversaw Corporate and Foundation Giving in the Yale-New Haven Hospital Office of Development. For 20 years prior, Griggs enjoyed a highly successful banking career. He worked in various branch and management positions at People’s Bank, including director of Community Relations and Corporate Contributions, branch manager of several downtown New Haven branches, Manager of Telephone Banking, and Vice President of People’s Corporate University. He earned his Real Estate license from Gateway Community College, and enjoyed a successful realty career built on his extensive knowledge of mortgage banking and the community.

Tom also served on the Board of The Connecticut Alliance for Arts Education from 1996 through 2004 and as President from 1998 through 2003.  He was appointed to the National Governance Committee of The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network in Washington D.C. from 2001 through 2003.

Allen Hadelman founded Hadley, Inc., which provides real estate management services and operates apartment buildings in Greater New Haven, in 1975. The company, which serves the needs of renters attending Yale University and those working in downtown New Haven, manages apartments predominantly located in the Whitney Avenue area, historic Westville, and the shoreline community of West Haven.


Allen has played an active role in many area nonprofit organizations. He was chair of the Building Committee for the New Haven Athletic Center Field House and has served as a member of the Amistad Academy Board. He is a former member of both the Jewish Home for the Aged and the New Haven Dixwell Community House Board of Directors. He co-chaired the Finance Committee for Denise Nappier, the first African-American woman elected to serve as a State treasurer in the United States and the first African-American woman elected to a statewide office in Connecticut.


He attended Hillhouse High School, American University in Washington, D.C., and the New York School of Finance.

Roberta Hoskie
President & CEO
Outreach Realty
Outreach School of Real Estate
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LaKisha Jordan
Corporate Responsibility Officer

Roberta Hoskie is a real estate investor and broker with 14+ years of experience in real estate management, including low-income housing tax credits, Section 8, HUD (Housing and Urban Development), housing subsidy, and conventional rental market value management.


Roberta served as chief departmental administrator at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., where she oversaw a staff of up to 50. She established the Department of Pediatrics Office of Research Development, ultimately serving as its chief business administrator, overseeing a $14 million operating budget, $13 million teaching budget and $9.6 endowment budget, and managing $20 million in Federal and State grants and contracts.


In 2004, she returned to New Haven, ultimately establishing Outreach Property Management, the residential property management company of which she is president and CEO. In 2011, she established the Outreach School of Real Estate to train and license real estate professionals, and in 2006 the Outreach Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families. She is a member of several professional, civic, minority and professional organizations.

Lakisha Jordan serves as the Corporate Responsibility Officer for KeyBank’s

Connecticut/Western Massachusetts and Hudson Valley/Metro New York markets. In her role, LaKisha is responsible for executing on KeyBank’s Community Benefits Plan and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance. Additionally, LaKisha works closely with local KeyBank leadership and community organizations in partnership on critical community issues impacting the respective markets.

LaKisha has more than fifteen years of experience in financial services and banking.  She joined KeyBank in 2016 as a Relationship Officer for the Commercial Banking team. LaKisha holds a MBA and BS from Southern Connecticut State University with concentrations in psychology, sociology, and public health.


An active community volunteer, LaKisha has been a mentor and currently serves on the board of directors for Phenomenal I Am, a nonprofit mentoring program for at risk school aged females in New Haven.  LaKisha is also the Assistant Program Coordinator for KeyBank’s mentoring program, a partnership with the New Haven Public Schools that pairs students starting in their Freshman year of high school with a Mentor at the Bank. She also serves on the KeyBank Servicing Company Board of Directors and is a member of the Hartford Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) loan advisory committee. LaKisha is a 2018 recipient “100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut” for 2018 by the State Conference of NAACP Branches. LaKisha resides in Hamden with her husband and three children.

Dr. Wilson Luna
Community Leader
Mimi M. Lines
Robinson + Cole, LLP

Mimi Lines is a lawyer in the Hartford office of Robinson + Cole LLP, one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States.  As a member of the Real Estate Group, she regularly represents landlords, tenants, buyers, sellers, owners, and lenders in connection with the sale, acquisition, financing, and leasing of commercial real estate.

Ms. Lines holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Psychology from Yale University.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.  She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Real Property Section and the Real Estate Finance Association.


She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Real Estate Law (Copyright 2016, Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, South Carolina).  She serves on the Board of The Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, and she served as the president of the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association from 2010 - 2011.

Dr. Wilson Luna retired in 2019 as the Dean of Student Affairs at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut. He served in this role since 1985. He was responsible for providing leadership in management, coordination, and evaluation of activities to all areas of student services. He worked in both public and private institutions at both the two-and four-year levels, and thus, has a superior understanding of the key issues facing such institutions.

Dr. Luna has always stressed excellence in all of his endeavors. He was an active participant in a variety of student centered initiatives, including the development of the Connecticut Strategic Plan for Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the New England Board of Higher Educations Plan for Black and Hispanic Access and Retention in New England Colleges and Universities. He was instrumental in developing an endowment for Latino scholarships through the Connecticut Association of Latin Americans in Higher Education (CALAHE) and in so doing, succeeded in raising the visibility and reputation of CALAHE statewide.

He holds an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, an M.S. from University of Bridgeport, a B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University, and an A.A. from Norwalk Community College. Dr. Luna was awarded CALAHE’s Lifetime Achievement Award in June 2012. He is currently on the Board of Directors for CALAHE, LULAC and the Community Action Agency of New Haven.

Ruby Melton
Community Leader
Nicolas Phillips
CT Department of Transportation -
Walk Bridge Program

Ruby Melton practiced maritime and international law at the New York firm of Nourse & Bowles before joining the Switzerland-based Louis Dreyfus Group, one of the world’s oldest commodities merchants. Earlier, she had begun her career with the company as an ocean freight manager and arbitration specialist for its international shipping and grain exporting businesses. Upon re-joining Louis Dreyfus in the law department, she focused on joint ventures and the development of new product areas, including energy trading in North America and Europe; orange juice processing in Brazil; and cotton exporting to China. She retired in 2008 as Deputy General Counsel of Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy, overseeing all legal and compliance functions for the company’s worldwide energy activities.

Ruby earned a B.A. in English and French Literature from Hollins University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She serves on the Advisory Council of Women’s Health Research at Yale, the National Council for the American Theatre, the Boards of the Long Wharf Theatre, the Shubert Theater-New Haven, Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and Shepherds, Inc., and served for nine years on the Board of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.  Ruby also volunteers as a mentor with the Executive Mentoring Program at Gateway Community College.


Ruby has traveled widely and has lived in New York, New Orleans, Athens, Rome, Paris and London. She now lives in West Haven with her wife, Gail McAvay, an epidemiologist by training and a Senior Research Scientist on the faculty of Yale Medical School's Program on Aging.

Nick Phillips is a communications and public relations professional working as a full-time consultant for the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Walk Bridge Program. He moonlights as a PR freelancer, specializing in generating local media coverage for nonprofit organizations and writing web-copy. Nick led community affairs and charitable donations for Alexion Pharmaceuticals between 2013 and 2017. He is an active member of the community, having served on several boards and committees across the city and state including the International Festival of Arts & Ideas’ Community Connections Committee, South Central Connecticut Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy’s Marketing Committee, Southern Connecticut State University’s BioPath Advisory Board, the Connecticut Invention Convention’s Board of Directors, and several others. He is currently a member of the Gateway Community College Foundation Board, and serves on the Operations Committee for Gateway Community College’s Family Economic Security Program. Nick has been a New Haven resident since 2014. He currently lives with his fiancé, Harlie, and their dog, Lillypad. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing. In 2015, Nick was named “New Haven’s Finest” by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Pedro Soto
Account Manager
DRT Power System LLC - SpaceCraft
Susan Stone
Community Leader

Pedro Soto is account manager at DRT Power Systyem, - SpaceCraft, a manufacturer of precision-machined parts for aircraft and land-based gas burine engines, as well as airframe components.


Before joining the company in 2007, Soto was an IT specialist at the Yale University Library. A graduate of the Hopkins School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Amherst College. In addition to his Gateway Community College Foundation Board service, he is also president of the New Haven Preservation Trust Board and a member of the City of New Haven’s Economic Development Commission.

Susan Stone’s area of expertise is children with learning disabilities and behavior problems.  She has worked in inner cities and in state facilities for incarcerated adolescent offenders, and taught and consulted in suburban schools systems.


Stone has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Professional Degree in Advanced Studies in Administration and Supervision. She has devoted many years to volunteer activities with an array of community organizations and institutions in the region.  She is a Board member as well as a member of the Community Connections Committee of United Way, and of the Women’s Initiative, a group focused on helping low income women and children. 


She has also volunteered at the Community Soup Kitchen, where she is a member of the Board, and the West Hills School.  Stone has also served on the Development Committee for AIDS Project New Haven, and has been a tutor and mentor for the New Haven Board of Education. 

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Ena Williams MBA, MSM, BSN, RN, CENP 
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer 
Yale New Haven Hospital 
Holly G. Wheeler
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey's Business Services and Labor and Employment groups

Holly G. Wheeler is an associate in Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey’s Business Services and Labor and Employment groups. Holly’s practice focuses primarily on assisting businesses in all aspects of their operations including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.

During law school, Holly served as a judicial intern for the Madison-Guilford Probate Court, and legal intern for Yale University Office of General Counsel, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the United States Coach Guard Academy, and Mitchell College.  She also served as a research intern for the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General. Prior to law school, Holly was a college lacrosse and soccer coach.

Holly holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut Law School, Hartford, CT; a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies: Concentration in Social Sciences from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History; Certificate in Italian from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. 


Her community involvement includes teaching Sunday school at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Guilford, CT, serving as a coach for 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades for Madison Youth Recreation and Travel Soccer, and as the 4th grade coach for Madison Youth Lacrosse. 

Ena serves as chief nursing officer at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). After graduating from the University Hospital of the West Indies with a diploma in Nursing, she began her career in Jamaica. She later migrated to the United States, where she joined New York’s Lebanon Hospital as a staff nurse. The following year, she came to YNHH as an OR staff nurse, quickly progressing up the leadership ladder. During her tenure as nursing director, the OR expanded to 49 operating rooms, experienced record low turnover and vacancy and increased volume growth. In 2012, she was named VP and associate chief nursing officer for YNHH’s Patient Services. She later became interim chief nursing officer and ultimately senior VP and chief nursing officer.

A prolific volunteer, she has served as a parent/advisor to the ELM City youth club of the National Association of Negro Business and Women's Club; guest lecturer and mentor to Yale School of Nursing Howard Scholars Program; and past member of the Connecticut Women to Women Advisory Council. She also served as president of the Southern Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and is now a member of the National Regional Action Coalition to advance the Future of Nursing Institute of Medicine initiatives. Ena received The Legendary Women Award, the National Black Nurses Association’s Trailblazer Award, the Cornell Scott Health Leadership Award from the NAACP of Greater New Haven, and the Trailblazer Award from the Black Heritage Ball. She was recognized by the West Indian Social Club of Hartford as an outstanding Jamaican in health care and as an outstanding Jamaican in America in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the independence. She also received the Mary E Mahoney Award from the Southern Connecticut Black Nurses Association and the National Award for Woman of Color in Health Sciences and Technology.

Ena holds a BSN from Western Governors University and an MSM/MBA from Albertus Magnus College and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree. She is a graduate of the GE Health Management Nurse Executive Fellowship and is Board certified in Executive Nursing Practice by the Association of Nurse Executives. She has published several journal and book chapters and is a frequent speaker at local/national nursing conferences.