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
Bruce Chozick, M.D.
Taylor Curtis, Esq.
John R. Longo
Michael Maglio, Esq.
Tracey G. May
Angela M. Nelson
Steven T. Norris
John M. Jezowski
David M. Geetter, M.D.
E. Merritt McDonough, Jr.
Judith A. Stearns
To ensure Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut’s Veteran & Military Family Programs “hit the mark” and make a significant positive impact on the lives of veterans 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.
Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut
Executive Leadership Team
President & CEO, ESCREC
Execut Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
President & CEO, Reach Solutions
Dr. Victoria Cassano
Execu MD, MPH, Captain MC U.S. Navy (Ret.)
J.D., Colonel U.S. Army
Former Commissioner, Connecticut Veteran Affairs
Francis J. Evon, Jr.
Major General, U.S. Army- Connecticut National Guard
Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army- Connecticut National Guard
Blue Star Mother
CMDCM(SS) USN - Ret.
Veteran Advocate - Congressman Courtney
Gold Star & Blue Star Mother
Commissioner of Connecticut Veteran Affairs
J.D., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves
Linda Spoonster Schwartz RN, MSN, DrPH, FAAN
U.S. Airforce Veteran
Commissioner CT Department of Veteran Affairs 2003-2014
Former Assistant Secretary of Veteran Affairs 2014-2017
Veteran, Captain U.S. Army
Senior Director of Military Services, Veterans Rally Point
Veteran, U.S. Army
Veteran Outreach Program Specialist, Norwich Veterans Center
Veteran, U.S. Navy
Veteran Transitional Housing Case Manager, New London Homeless Hospitality Center
Waterford Coffee House Coordinator
Veteran, U.S. Army
Guardians of the Purple Heart
Operations, Enterprise Builders
Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Senior Director Military Services, Veterans Rally Point
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Vice President, Military Services & Economic Development, Veterans Rally Point