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Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut Board of Directors

We gratefully acknowledge the hard work accomplished by our Board of Directors. This dedicated group of volunteers willingly gives their time, talent, and treasure to help ensure the success of Easterseals Capital Region and Eastern CT.


Tracey May, Board Chair

V. Vanessa Williams, Vice Chair

Joseph LaValla, Treasurer

Anne Iezzi, Secretary

Allen Gouse, Ph.D., President & CEO


David Bedard

Jocelyn Belisle

Taylor Curtis, Esq.

David Geetter, M.D.

Gwendolyn Hahn

Joseph La Valla

Jeanne Leduc

Karen Perham-Lippman

Michael Maglio, Esq.

E. Merritt McDonough, Jr.

Bill Selig

Saima Siddiqi

Brittany Sims

Karen Perham-Lippman


John Jezowski

John Longo

Angela Nelson

Steven Norris

Judith Stearns

Robert Pettinicchi

Sharon Pope

Easterseals’ Veteran/Servicemember & Military Family Programs

Advisory Council

To ensure Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut’s new Veteran/Servicemember & Military Family Programs “hit the mark” and make a significant positive impact on the lives of veterans/servicemembers and their families, Easterseals has created a highly selective Advisory Council that will provide insight and recommendations for program development and related matters in the military arena.


Jeff Blocker
U.S. Army

Judge John Caruso – Ret.
U.S. Marines

Dr. Victoria Cassano
MD, MPH, Captain MC U.S. Navy – Ret.

Sean Connolly
J.D., Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army,
Former Commissioner, Connecticut Veteran Affairs

Francis J. Evon, Jr.
Brigadier General, U.S. Army - Connecticut National Guard

John Hendrick
U.S. Army, Chief of Staff – Samsung & SEA Veterans Community

Manuel Meneses
Veteran Advocate - Congressman Courtney

Keith Pritchard
Colonel U.S. Army, Director Afghanistan Policy & Strategy - Pentagon

Melissa Pritchard
Military Wife/Mother

Thomas Saadi
Commissioner of CT Veteran Affairs, J.D., Major U.S. Army Reserves

Brian Theriault
U.S. Air Force

Carmen Vazquez
J.D., Major U.S. Air Force - Ret.

Dennis Williams
CAPT, U.S. Army 
AGILUS Global Services

Michael Zacchea
Lieutenant Colonel, Marines-Ret., Purple Heart
Director and Founder, UCONN EBV

Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut
Executive Leadership Team

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