Helene A. Augustine, Chair
Thomas Beirne III, Vice Chair
Hiram Brett, Treasurer
LaKisha Jordan, Secretary
H. Richard Borer Jr.
Althea Marshall Brooks
Daniel N. Caron
Lindy Lee Gold
Peter D. Graeb
Thomas Griggs Jr.
Mimi M. Lines
Paul A. McCraven
Ruby H. Melton
Holly G, Wheeler
Ena M. Williams
Dr. William T. Brown
Mary Ellen Cody
New Student Rep Pending Election
Board of Directors
The Gateway Community College Foundation is administered by a Board of Directors composed of community leaders representing the Greater New Haven’s business, education, government and health care sectors. The Executive Committee consists of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Standing Committees include: Finance, Scholarship, Nominating and Resource Development. According to the By-Laws, the Board meets at least four times a year.
Their voluntary efforts, and the incredible commitment of business, organizations and individuals throughout the region provide connections that, each and every day, make for a more vibrant connected community. It begins with leadership, dedication and caring, which every Board member exemplifies with distinction.
“The Board touches lives so magnificently. I was really struck by the amazing level of involvement from day one. It is truly an all-star team, with a diversity of background and expertise that makes it magical.” Thomas Beirne III, Treasurer, GCC Foundation Board; Vice President and Senior Wealth Management Planning Officer, Certified Financial Planner, Halsey Associates
Helene A. Augustine
Vice President and Trust and Fiduciary Specialist for the Northeast Region
Wells Fargo, The Private Bank
Helene A. Augustine is a Vice President and Trust and Fiduciary Specialist for the Northeast region of Wells Fargo, The Private Bank. Ms. Augustine 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 40 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 Vice Chair 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
Vice President and Senior Wealth Management Planning Officer
A Division of Washington Trust Wealth Management
H. Richard Borer, Jr.
Goodwill Southern New England
Paul A. 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.
Thomas Beirne III, CFP® is Vice President and Senior Wealth Management Planning Officer at Halsey Associates in New Haven, serving the investment, trust, and planning needs of high net worth individuals and institutions. He joined Halsey Associates as Vice President in March 2008 after serving as Director, Vice President and Trust Officer for People’s United Bank. Halsey Associates is a division of Washington Trust Wealth Management, which has a 215-year tradition of helping people reach their financial goals.
Mr. Beirne serves actively in leadership roles at numerous organizations throughout the region. Along with serving on the GCC Foundation Board, he is currently Secretary of the New Haven Symphony Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. He is past president of the Rotary Club of New Haven, and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New Haven Rotary Charitable Trust. In March 2020, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Business Hall of Fame.
Mr. Beirne is from Bronxville, NY and is a former elected member of the Board of Aldermen and Planning and Zoning Board for the City of Milford, where he currently resides with his family. His professional affiliations include membership on the Connecticut Tax and Estate Planning Council, and he has earned Certified Financial Planner™ designation.
Mr. Beirne earned his bachelor’s degree at Fairfield University, and graduated with Honors from the National School of Banking at Fairfield University.
Paul A. McCraven
President & CEO of ConnCORP
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.
Althea Marshall Brooks
Waterbury Bridge to Success Community
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.
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.
Daniel N. Caron
Cofounder, President & CEO
Protos Biologics Inc
Growth Manager, First VP
People's United Bank
A 30-year veteran in global biotech operations and management, Dan is the President & CEO of Protos Biologics Inc, a biotech startup focused on delivering solutions for lifelong health. Dan recently completed a 24 year tenure at Alexion Pharmaceuticals. He started at Alexion as a member of the founding team and went on to be instrumental in growing operations to accommodate the organization's staggering global growth from startup through IPO to fully integrated global commercial entity.
Dan is known for his exceptionally broad range of abilities, most notably his leadership skills and deep knowledge in all areas of global operations. He is passionate about working at the board level to help high growth companies and nonprofits through periods of transition and change management.
Dan served as vice chair for the Connecticut Community Foundation, served on the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission’s career advancement committee and for many years was a house captain for HomeFront, revitalizing schools and homes for those in need. Dan is a member of AmeriCares Leadership Council and sits on the board of New Haven’s ConnCAT. He is a member of the agricultural sciences advisory committee for the Region 14 school district and is 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.
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.
John R. Emra
President – AT&T New England
John Emra is president of AT&T New England. He works closely with community leaders, legislators and other policy makers, as well as local and regional business leaders and customers, to help meet AT&T’s objective of connecting people with technology everywhere they live and work.
John began his career at AT&T in September of 2001 as the company’s regional vice president for external and legislative affairs and later was promoted to Connecticut president in 2013.
Before joining AT&T, John was a consultant to the company working on the formulation of national broadband policy development by the US Congress and Federal Communications Commission as well as serving as the company’s media spokesperson. His other professional experience includes more than twenty years in the field of strategic communications including electoral politics, government service, and legislative advocacy.
Mr. Emra volunteers his time with a number of organizations including serving on the boards of CAPA Connecticut, the Southern Connecticut State University Foundation and Gateway Community College Foundation. In addition to his work at AT&T, John is an adjunct professor of communication at Fairfield University.
John has a Master’s degree from Purdue University and a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife and two children.
Regional Marketing Manager
The Americas, Crown WorldWide Group
Vice President & Administrator Chamber Insurance Trust
Linda Fitzgerald is the Regional Marketing Manager, The Americas, Crown WorldWide Group (CWG). CWG is a collection of businesses providing mobility, relocations, logistics and storage services to corporate and private customers all over the world. CWG is headquartered in Hong Kong and was established in 1965 and is currently in 266 locations in 54 countries. Linda manages the marketing and brand awareness for five business units of CWG; Crown Relocations, Crown World Mobility, Crown Workspace, Crown Logistics and Crown Records.
Linda is an accomplished marketing and communications professional with over 25 years of expertise delivering marketing strategies to increase sales and brand awareness across diverse industries. She is a strategic leader with expertise in all aspects of general marketing, communication, business development and administration, from controlling costs and maximizing revenues, to harnessing team strengths to improve company-wide performance
Linda graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Communications from S.I. Newhouse School of Communications. Prior to Crown WorldWide Group, Linda held senior management positions at Carrier Corporation, Wingsite Displays and Webster Bank.
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
Senior Regional Manager
State Department of Economic & Community Development
Peter D. Graeb, CPA
Partner, Beers, Hammerman, Cohen & Burger. P.C.
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.
Peter has been with the firm since 1986 and became a Partner in January 1993. His principal areas of expertise are accounting and tax, auditing employee benefit plans, personal financial planning and consulting. Mr. Graeb is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA). He is currently serving on the Connecticut Society’s Committee and is past Chairman and current member of the Employee Benefits Committee. Mr. Graeb is on the Board of Directors of the Elm City Club in New Haven and a member of the Planning Committee. He is also a member of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a board member of the Gateway Community College Foundation. Mr. Graeb graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1984 and received a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in finance, from the University of New Haven in 1990.
Thomas S. Griggs Jr.
Co-Director and Director of Development International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Thomas S. Griggs Jr. is the Co-Director and Director of Development 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.
Dr. Roberta Hoskie
President and CEO
Outreach Realty School of Real Estate
Corporate Relationship Responsibility Officer
KeyBank’s Connecticut, Massachusetts and Hudson Valley Markets
Dr. 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.
In 2019, Dr. Hoskie published, “Poverty Curse Broken: The Roberta Hoskie Story”. This is an inspiring true story of hope and beating the odds and conﬁrms that nothing is impossible. She writes about a poverty plagued, inner-city teenage statistic that becomes a successful real estate broker, investor, entrepreneur and founder of an international sisterhood.
LaKisha Jordan serves as the Corporate Responsibility Officer for KeyBank’s Connecticut, Massachusetts and Hudson Valley markets. In her role, LaKisha oversees a broad community engagement strategy, which includes Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance and execution of KeyBank’s $16.5 billion National Community Benefits Plan. 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 Eighteen years of experience in financial services and banking. She joined KeyBank in 2016 as a Relationship Officer for the Commercial Banking team. Prior to KeyBank, LaKisha spent 9 plus years at Bank of America in various roles in Commercial Banking. LaKisha holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut State University with concentrations in psychology, sociology, and public health.
An active community volunteer, LaKisha has served as a mentor and currently sits on the board of directors for Phenomenal I Am, a nonprofit in New Haven, which provides mentorships and empowerment enrichment workshops to at-risk female teens. She also serves as 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. Additionally, she serves on the KeyBank Servicing Company Board of Directors, Community Economic Development Fund Foundation Board of Directors, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership Board of Directors and Gateway Community College Foundation Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Hartford Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) Advisory Committee and recently joined Southern Connecticut State University’s Business Advisory Council.
LaKisha is a member of several social and professional organizations volunteering her time to various initiatives including Susan G. Komen Foundation and Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. She was named as one of the “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 whom she enjoys spending quality time with.
Dr. Wilson Luna
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.
Mimi was selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2006 to 2013. She is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Real Estate Law since 2017.
She was selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2006 to 2013 and she has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Real Estate Law (Copyright 2016, Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, South Carolina) since 2017. She served 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 H. Melton
Manager, Internal Communications
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, and the Boards of the Long Wharf Theatre, the Shubert Theatre-New Haven, Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Ruby also volunteers as a mentor with the First Generation 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.
Nicolas Phillips manages internal communications for Quadient’s North American operations. Quadient is a billion dollar organization headquartered in Paris, France. They are an industry leader dedicated to strengthening connections between people and what matters through a suite of innovative software and hardware solutions.
Nick has more than a decade of experience in communications, public relations, and community affairs across diverse and complex industries. Nick also takes on projects as a PR consultant generating local media coverage and writing web-copy for non-profits, start-ups, and small businesses.
Nick led community affairs and charitable contributions for Alexion Pharmaceuticals between 2013 and 2017. He is an active member of his 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 CT Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy’s Marketing Committee; the Connecticut Invention Convention’s Board of Directors, and several others. He currently serves on the Operations Committee for Gateway Community College Foundation’s Family Economic Security Program (FESP). The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation named Nick one of “New Haven’s Finest” in 2015.
Nick is a graduate of Central CT State University where he earned a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing. He currently lives in New Haven with his fiancée, Harlie, and their dog, Lilly.
Attorney & Consultant
Owner, President & CEO
Hygrade Precision Technologies, LLC
After many years helping clients in the energy and regulated industry sectors, Ms. Randell now primarily focuses on governance, culture, and ethics to increase understanding of how to prevent problems and how best to address issues that do occur. She is particularly interested in how lawyers can contribute to solutions and to better decision-making in the first place.
Ms. Randell is an experienced general counsel and law firm leader. She chaired the regulated industries practice at Wiggin and Dana LLP. She then served as SVP/General Counsel at UIL Holdings Corporation, an NYSE-listed utility holding company owning electric and gas companies, with responsibility for all legal matters, as well as the governance and corporate secretary functions.
After leaving UIL in 2016, Ms. Randell served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, and has chaired the Board’s Governance Committee. She previously served as Chair of the ABA’s Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law (now the Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section). Ms. Randell currently serves on nonprofit organizations’ Boards of Directors. She also served as president and as a member of the corporate Board of Directors of The Yale Law Journal, Incorporated.
Ms. Randell received an A.B. with high distinction and high honors in economics from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Pedro Soto is the owner, President & CEO of Hygrade Precision Technologies, LLC , a provider of precision grinding lapping services located in Plainville, CT. A graduate of Amherst College, Pedro started on a career in IT before joining the family business in 2007. Space-Craft Manufacturing, an aerospace manufacturing company, was started by his father John Soto in 1971.
In 2011, Pedro became Chief Operating Officer of Space-Craft. In the years following, Space-Craft achieved double digit growth, as he transitioned to company to producing components for the next generation of military and commercial jet engines. As a result of this growth, in early 2016, Space-Craft was acquired by DRT Aerospace, a diversified global manufacturer. Pedro remained through the transition and left DRT to pursue the acquisition of Hygrade in October, 2019.
Pedro is active in the community, serving on several boards and community foundations. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Components Manufacturer Association, Chair of the City of New Haven Economic Development Commission and serves on the Gateway Community College Foundation Board of Directors and the Westville Renaissance Alliance. He lives in New Haven, CT with his wife and daughter.
Holly G. Wheeler
Law Offices of Holly G. Wheeler
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.
Holly G. Wheeler, attorney and solo practitioner focuses primarily on assisting businesses in all aspects of their operations including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, tax compliance, contracts, employment and business governance. Her general practice also includes estate planning, family and custody issues, personal injury, and employment. Holly also represents children pro bono in cases of neglect through Lawyers for Children America.
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 Williams MBA, MSM, BSN, RN, CENP
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Yale New Haven Hospital
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.