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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 give their time, talent, and treasure to help ensure the success of Easterseals Capital Region and Eastern CT.


V. Vanessa Williams, Board Chair

Anne Iezzi, Vice Chair

Joseph LaValla, Treasurer

Jocelyn Belisle, Secretary

Robin Sharp, President & CEO


David Bedard

Kevin Brown

Bruce Chozick, M.D.

Taylor Curtis, Esq.

Sean Connolly

Jeanne Leduc

John R. Longo

Michael Maglio, Esq.

Tracey G. May

Angela M. Nelson

Steven T. Norris

Bill Selig

Saima Siddiqi

Brittany Sims

John M. Jezowski


David M. Geetter, M.D.

E. Merritt McDonough, Jr.

Robert Pettinicchi

Judith A. Stearns

Military Services 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.

Major 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

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

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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