Our Board

Executive Board

 

President:

Adrienne Mayo

Adrianne Mayo is currently the director and vice president of business development for NetSecure, a secure IP infrastructure service provider with locations in New Haven, CT, and White Plains, NY. She developed a comprehensive business plan and go-to-market strategy that drives incremental revenue for NetSecure. She addresses incoming inquiries, generates sales targets via research, industry articles and specific targeted verticals, and stays up-to-date with current industry trends.

 

In addition, Adrianne is a strong advocate of alternative and holistic health care, good nutrition, and physical activity, for health and wellness. She is a Connecticut state-licensed massage therapist (LMT), a participant of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)-certified personal trainer (CPT). Adrianne obtained her certified health coach (CHC) accreditation from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her experience includes working with clients at New York Sports Club, Massage Envy (Milford, CT), and Balance Fitness (New Haven, CT).

 

Vice President:

Gina Calder

Gina Calder is the former Ward 2 Alderwomen and currently the Director of Geriatric Services and Business Development at Bridgeport Hospital.  She is a former Administrative Fellow at Yale New Haven Health System, Administrative Intern at Yale New Haven Hospital, Director, Quality of Life Equity at MATRIX Public Health Consultants, Inc. and Development Assistant at Clifford Beers Clinic.

 

Secretary:

Joanne Samuel Goldblum

Joanne Samuel Goldblum is the founder and president of The Diaper Bank, formerly the New Haven Diaper Bank, the largest diaper bank organization in the nation. The Diaper Bank distributes 2.6 million free diapers per year to needy families through a network of social service agencies, churches, and educational institutions in New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport, CT.  In 2007, Joanne was chosen as Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader for her work and was named 2007 New Haven Register Person of the Year.  She has received numerous other awards for her work at The Diaper Bank. 
Joanne served as a clinical faculty participant at Yale Child Study Family Support Service from 1998-2005.  She has served as Co-Chair of the Connecticut Parents with Cognitive Limitations Workgroup for the past six years and is a board participant at Edith B. Jackson Childcare Center and the Foote School.  She serves on New Haven’s Early Childhood Council and was Vice President of New Haven’s Homeless Commission from 2004-2010.  Joanne has a BA from New York University and an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work

 

Treasurer:

Cathy Graves

Cathy Graves, previously the Vice President of Finance Investments and Administration at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Vice President of Special Projects where she was responsible for developing a Mission Related Investing Program for the Foundation and for bringing the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (CONNCAT) to Connecticut.

 

David Silverstone

David Silverstone serves as Chairman and President of Science Park Development Corporation at Yale University. Mr. Silverstone served as Group Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Southern Connecticut Gas Company, a subsidiary of Connecticut Energy Corp. since 1998. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority Inc. until January 1, 2009. He serves as Director of Economic Development Corporation of New Haven (USA). He served as Director of South Central Regional Water Authority (USA) and Ansonia-Derby Water Company (USA).

 

Shafiq Abdussabur

Shafiq R.F. Abdussabur is a law enforcement officer in New Haven CT with over 18 years of community-based police training and experience. He is the founder of CTRIBAT Institute For Social Development Inc., which was initiated in the Dixwell Neighborhood.  In January 2007, Abdussabur was appointed coordinator and program writer of the New Haven Street Outreach Workers Program, a proactive social development program aimed at reducing violent crime among youth and young adults. CTRIBAT Institute For Social Development Inc. and the New Haven Street Outreach Workers Program both were awarded the All-American City Award in Tampa, Florida.

Shelby Howe

Shelby Howe is the apparel buyer for Trailblazer and Denali, outdoor lifestyle stores located throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island. Prior to Trailblazer and Denali, Shelby worked for Eco Trek Nepal, a trekking and Tour Company located in Kathmandu, Nepal.  She received her BA in International Business from Roger Williams University. A Connecticut native, Shelby enjoys traveling, horseback riding, and spending time outside.

 

Advisory Board

 

Alice Forrester

Alice Forrester, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic in New Haven, CT. Clifford Beers Clinic is a community based, mental health center for excellence for the treatment of children and families. She is currently on Board of Directors of the Connecticut Community Providers Association, and is Past-President of National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT) and Past Chair of the National Coalition for Creative Arts Therapy Associations (NCCATA). She has a Masters degree from New York University in Drama Therapy and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding University.

 

Shanna Katz-Ross

Shana Katz Ross is the founder and principal of Vili and Ve Solutions. Since 2010 she has led workshops, coached, and consulted to a variety of clients and projects.

Before founding Vili and Ve Solutions, Shana accumulated more than ten years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, for a wide variety of organizations. She served as Director of Development for Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, also providing internal consulting and interim management services as part of the executive team during a difficult leadership transition.  Before that, she served as the first Director of Communications for Neighborhood Music School, one of the ten largest not-for-profit community music schools in the US, tackling challenges of internal communication within a faculty of 150, mostly part time, as well as managing all external communications and marketing.   During her time at the Yale Office of Development, she began as an assistant in the Principal Gifts department, helping cultivation and solicitation of gifts in excess of $5 million, and then became a gift officer for the annual fund, managing direct mail, telephone, and volunteer peer to peer solicitations for 9 separate efforts, raising over $3 million annually.

 

Tagan Engel

Tagan Engel is the Community Food System Coordinator at CitySeed and is a participant of the New Haven Food Policy Council( NHFPC).  She has over a decade of professional culinary experience in kitchens in NYC, Boston and New Haven, including running her own catering business. She worked as a sustainable food consultant to small scale and institutional food operations including Yale Dinning Services and moved into the field of food policy, and community development work through her work on the NHFPC and at CitySeed. Tagan developed the bilingual cookbook New Haven Cooks/Cocina New Haven and has lead work on numerous reports on sustainable food and food access including the New Haven Food Action Plan. Her work in New Haven has focused on building support for community-based solutions to food issues like hunger, food education and growing food.

 

Anna Blanding Pilliner

Anna Blanding Pilliner is Senior Investment Officer at Choate Rosemary Hall where she works across all asset classes to manage the boarding school’s endowment. Prior to Choate, Anna worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s investment office, a $2.5 billion dollar endowment, where she worked on the Foundation’s private capital portfolio including venture capital, private equity, real estate and credit. Anna has a passion for building a strong New Haven and worked at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Connecticut Voices for Children prior to business school. Currently, she is Vice President of the board for the Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund whose mission is to build vibrant neighborhoods and communities through housing and nonprofit lending and investment.

Representation

 

Susman, Duffy & Segaloff, PC
Laura M. Sklaver, Principal
Corporate Law, Estate Planning, Commercial Finance
Since 1980, Laura has been actively involved in the representation of commercial borrowers and lenders in the closing of acquisitions, financing and refinancing transactions. Such representation has included asset-based financings, state and federal grant and loan programs, and multi-million dollar Connecticut projects undertaken by out-of-state developers.  Her corporate practice includes the formation and representation of business organizations of every description, including healthcare facilities and providers. Laura also counsels business and individual clients on estate planning and business succession planning.

 

Architect

Zared Enterprises LLC, Principal and Owner, Regina L. Winters

Zared Enterprises, established in 2003 by Principal and Owner, Regina L. Winters, is a full service design firm working in the fields of Urban Design, Planning, Architecture and Development Consulting. The collective knowledge of its team brings over 20 years of international experience in urban design and neighborhood revitalization.