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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


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

Kevin Brown, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Ambassador, Mohegan Tribe 

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

Cecile Fazio

Blue Star Mother

John Hendrick

U.S. Army, Chief of Staff

Samsung & SEA Veterans Community

Manuel Meneses


Veteran Advocate - Congressman Courtney

Leesa Philippon

Gold Star Mother

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

Linda Spoonster Schwartz RN, MSN, DrPH, FAAN

Commissioner CT Department of Veteran Affairs 2003-2014

Former Assistant Secretary of Veteran Affairs 2014-2017

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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