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
Taylor Curtis, Esq.
David Geetter, M.D.
Joseph La Valla
Michael Maglio, Esq.
E. Merritt McDonough, Jr.
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.
Kevin Brown, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Ambassador, Mohegan Tribe
Judge John Caruso – Ret.
Dr. Victoria Cassano
MD, MPH, Captain MC U.S. Navy – Ret.
J.D., Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army,
Former Commissioner, Connecticut Veteran Affairs
Francis J. Evon, Jr.
Brigadier General, U.S. Army - Connecticut National Guard
Blue Star Mother
U.S. Army, Chief of Staff
Samsung & SEA Veterans Community
CMDCM(SS) USN - Ret.
Veteran Advocate - Congressman Courtney
Gold Star Mother
Colonel U.S. Army, Director Afghanistan Policy & Strategy - Pentagon
Commissioner of CT Veteran Affairs, J.D., Major U.S. Army Reserves
Linda Spoonster Schwartz RN, MSN, DrPH, FAAN
Commissioner CT Department of Veteran Affairs 2003-2014
Former Assistant Secretary of Veteran Affairs 2014-2017
U.S. Air Force
J.D., Major U.S. Air Force - Ret.
CAPT, U.S. Army AGILUS Global Services
Lieutenant Colonel, Marines-Ret.,
Purple Heart Director and Founder, UCONN EBV
Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut
Executive Leadership Team