Board of Directors

The UConn Foundation is governed by a dynamic volunteer board of elected directors who are drawn from corporations and community organizations, as well as ex officios from UConn's administration, faculty, and student body. The professional backgrounds, skills, and knowledge of its members enable the Foundation to carry out its ambitious goals, which include achieving UConn's educational, scientific, cultural, research, and recreational objectives. Each Board of Directors member generously gives their time, expertise, and financial resources to support UConn in being widely recognized as a world-class national public research university that produces a rich flow of ideas, sparks invention and innovation, and improves the quality of life for all people.

Board Membership





Chair Melinda T. Brown ’77 ’85
President & CEO Jake Lemon
Treasurer Michael Koppel ’78
Secretary John R. Fodor ’85
Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration and CFO David L. Carney
Senior Vice President for Development Vacant


Craig W. Ashmore ’85
Managing Director
Platinum Equity, LLC
Beverly Hills, CA
George R. Aylward, Jr. ’88
President & Chief Executive Officer
Virtus Investment Partners
Hartford, CT
Mark A. Beaudoin ’82
Partner & CFO
Ziff Capital Partners
New York, NY
Alan R. Bennett ’69
Partner – Ropes & Gray (Retired)
Washington, D.C.
Anthony C. Bland ’80
Managing Director, Market Executive
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Washington, DC
Melinda T. Brown ’77 ’85
Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller (Retired)
Tapestry, Inc.
New York, NY
Noha H. Carrington ’85
Co-Founder & COO
Wellpay Corp
San Mateo, CA
William B. Clemens III, ’89 ’98
Managing Director – Healthcare Practice
Russell Reynolds Associates
Stamford, CT
Sue A. Collins
Chief Actuary (Retired)
West Hartford, CT
Angelo DeFazio ’85
President & CEO
Arrow Pharmacy and Nutrition Centers
Hartford, CT
Craig A. Douglas ’77
Vice President/Treasurer (Retired)
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
New Britain, CT
Amy J. Errett ’79
CEO & Founder
Madison Reed
San Francisco, CA
Rich Eldh John R. Fodor ’85
Executive Vice President & Director (Retired)
American Funds Distributors, Inc.
Capital Group Companies, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
David H. Ford ’88
Senior Managing Director Pretium Partners LLC New York, NY
Susan P. Gambardella ’85
President – North America
Kimberly-Clark Professional
Roswell, GA
Carolina Giraldo, DMD ’95
Founder and Dentist
All Smiles, LLC
Norwalk, CT
Jonathan L. Greenblatt ’77
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
Legal Innovators
Washington, D.C.
Steven M. Greenspan, JD ’85
Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel
Raytheon Technologies Corporation
Farmington, CT
Debra A. Hess ’86
Chief Financial Officer (Retired)
NorthStar Realty Finance
Old Greenwich, CT
Michael G. Koppel ’78
Executive Vice President & CFO (Retired)
Nordstrom, Inc.
Bellevue, WA
Benjamin W. Michelson ’96
Managing Partner
Sail Harbor Capital LLC
New York, NY
Joseph E. Parsons ’79
Management Committee Member (Retired)
Bridgewater Associates, LP
Weston, CT
Barbara I. Poremba ’86
Vice President National Retail Sales
The Coca-Cola Company
Fairfield, CT
William J. Quinlan, III, JD ’92
President and COO, PSNH
Eversource Energy
Hartford, CT
Lori Riiska ’84
Lori Riiska CPA, LLC
Winsted, CT
Anthony Rizza ’87
Senior Managing Director/ Portfolio Manager
Columbus Circle Investors
Stamford, CT
Michael K. Rosen, MD ’89 ’93
Northeastern Anesthesia
Mount Kisco, NY
Lindsay Schine MD ’89
Physician, Internal Medicine
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
West Haven, CT
Paula Singer
Curtis Tearte James F. Whalen, Jr. ’82
TA Realty, LLC
Boston, MA

Ex Officio Members

President of the University Andrew Agwunobi, MD, MBA
The University’s Chief Academic Officer Carl Lejuez
The Senior Administrator from UConn Health Andrew Agwunobi
The Chief Financial Officer of the University  Lloyd Blanchard
The Chief Administrator from the Department of Athletics David Benedict
University Board of Trustee Andrea B. Dennis-LaVigne, D.V.M. ’03
President of the Corporation Jake Lemon
Student Foundation Representative Maggie Khuu
University Faculty Member Michael Willig