Meet the Board
Board President/ Secretary
Jen is a Financial Advisor with Carroll Wealth Management Advisors of Raymond James. Before becoming a financial advisor, Jen spent 18 years in the nonprofit world. As a mother to a child with developmental and intellectual disabilities, she focused her career on disability advocacy and served as the founding executive director of CTFSN.
Jen serves on the boards of directors for several organizations, including the Child Health and Development Institute, the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, and the Cherish the Children Foundation. Along with her husband, Marty, Jen founded and serves as coordinator of the Glastonbury Hartwell TOPSoccer Organization. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Connecticut.
Jen loves to spend time with her family and friends, exercise, bake and travel. Born in Hartford and raised in South Glastonbury, she and Marty live in Glastonbury with their children, Kaitlyn, Jamie, Mattie and Halle.
Vice President and Treasurer
Attorney at Murtha Cullina LLP in the health care and nonprofit organizations practice areas
Julia advises a variety for-profit and nonprofit health care providers on health care regulatory, employment and corporate issues. She also assists nonprofit organizations on matters including governance, tax exempt questions and operational issues.
Prior to joining Murtha Cullina LLP, Julia taught legal research and writing to first year law students as a teaching fellow at American University Washington College of Law, where she had graduated with her Juris Doctor degree.
Julia is also a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human development.
Jeana Bracey, Ph.D.
Jeana Bracey is Associate Vice President of School and Community Initiatives at the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI). She oversees several school and community-based systems, development activities and programs in school-based mental health, juvenile justice diversion, health equity, and program implementation and evaluation. Jeana’s work focuses on developing effective systems, policies, and best practices to improve behavioral health outcomes for children, youth, and families through school-family-community partnerships. Currently, she coordinates several statewide initiatives, including the CT School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI), the Connecticut Network of Care Transformation (CONNECT) Initiative, and Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education).
While Jeana officially joined the CHDI staff in July 2011, has worked with CHDI since 2008 through her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at The Consultation Center at Yale University. She earned her PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jeana lives in Waterbury with her husband and three children, including one with special medical needs.
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management at Raymond James in Glastonbury
Marty is a Senior Vice President and Branch Manager with Carroll Wealth Management Advisors of Raymond James in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Before joining Raymond James in 2017, Marty spent over 19 years at Merrill Lynch serving as senior vice president and senior resident director. Prior to entering the financial services industry, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1998 as a Major and helicopter pilot. Marty earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from Boston University.
An active member of his community, Marty founded and chairs the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation annual Connecticut golf tournament, which has raised more than $500,000 to provide needs-based college scholarships for children of Marines. He and his wife, Jen, founded Glastonbury TOPSoccer – a youth soccer team for children with disabilities. Marty serves as the head coach for the team. Additionally, he is vice chair of the finance and administration committee for HARC, Inc.
In his spare time, Marty enjoys golfing, skiing, snowboarding, fishing and vacationing with his family. Son to a fellow Marine, he was born in Quantico, Virginia, and calls Fall River, Massachusetts, home. Marty and Jen live in Glastonbury with their children, Kaitlyn, Jamie, Mattie and Halle.
Erin Cornell, MPH
Associate Director, Help Me Grow National Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Erin is a public health practitioner whose work focuses on strategies to improve the health and developmental outcomes of children through systems innovation. Currently, she oversees the design and implementation of strategic initiatives within the Help Me Grow National Center, an organization that supports national replication of a model designed to facilitate developmental promotion, early identification, and linkage to services for young children and their families. Before joining Help Me Grow, Erin contributed to the implementation and evaluation of innovations in child health services, including Co-Management and Mid-Level Developmental Assessment, both programs of the Office for Community Child Health at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
While a graduate student, Erin completed a year-long assistantship as a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Fellow through the University of Connecticut University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
Erin holds a BA from Boston University, an MPH from the University of Connecticut, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health from the University of Connecticut.
Executive Program Director in the UCONN School of Social Work staffed DSS Organizational and Skill Development Department.
Sylvia has an extensive background in professional social work education, social work practice in various modalities, curricula development, non-profit administration, supervision and planning, program development and evaluation. Recently, she has devoted more time to diversity/cultural competence curricula development and training, health disparities and fund development.
Sylvia is also the DSS Commissioner’s representative on a variety of statewide work groups, commissions, councils and boards dealing with a range of health and human services issues.
Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH
Patricia is a pediatric hospitalist at Connecticut Children’s where she also is an Associate Program Director for the UCONN School of Medicine Pediatrics Residency Program. Dr. Garcia attended Rutgers University for medical and graduate school and her pediatric training at the University of Connecticut. Prior to working as a hospitalist, Dr. Garcia worked in primary care where she cared for medically complex patients.
Pediatric physical therapist and director of Children’s Therapy Services
Cindy has several years of experience as a pediatric physical therapist and director of Children’s Therapy Services. She received her degrees in Physical Therapy and Allied Health Administration from the University of Connecticut. Cindy established Children’s Therapy Services in 1987. CTS provides services to children with special needs in the Greater Waterbury and Greater Danbury areas. Cindy also established LARC ( Lefty and Righty of CT ) – a constraint-induced movement therapy camp in 2002. Cindy participates in many councils that support system improvement for children with special needs and their families. She was recently appointed by the Governor to chair the CT Birth To Three Interagency Coordinating Council. Cindy has three children and resides in Cheshire with her husband.
Maureen F. Shea
Certified School Psychologist & Licensed Professional Counselor at Lighthouse Psychoeducational Services
Maureen has several years of experience as a school psychologist in the schools of Connecticut & Massachusetts & has been a college counselor. She has earned the credentials of Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Diplomate in School Neuropsychology, Senior Disability Analyst – Diplomate Level of the American Board of Disability Analysts, & the American Mental Health Counselors’ Association Clinical Mental Health Specialist in child, adolescent, and developmental disability counseling.
Previously, Maureen was Board Secretary for the CT Special Education PTO Alliance, on the Board of Families United for Children’s Mental Health, and served on the Youth Advisory Board for southeastern Connecticut’s Youth Empowerment Group. Currently, Maureen is a member of the Connecticut Autism Alliance Coalition and the Southeastern Mental Health System of Care.
Ken Spiegelman, MD
Ken is a practicing pediatrician in Manchester, CT. He is Medical Director of Post Graduate Medical Education at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and is a board member. of Child Health Development Institute. Ken has a special interest in serving the developmental and behavior needs of children and families.
Kathleen D. Hayes
Attorney and owner of The Law Office of Kathleen D. Hayes, LLC.
Kathleen focuses her practice on serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages and levels of need. She was drawn to this practice area by her Uncle Danny, who has an intellectual disability. Though her uncle has never spoken a word in his life, he has taught Kathleen more about what truly matters than all the speeches in the world could convey. Kathleen’s Uncle Danny formed her heart for advocacy.
Kathleen is an active member of the Connecticut Bar Association and currently serves as Treasurer for the Elder Law Section. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Connecticut, and as the Vice-Chair of the North Regional Advisory Council for the Department of Developmental Services. Outside of the office, Kathleen is an avid volunteer with the Middletown Special Olympics.