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James Michel

Board Chair

James is currently the Interim CEO for Access Health CT, which is implementing the Affordable Care Act in the state of CT.

Thomas Smith

Community Representative

Thomas Smith has been in the IT field for 25 years and has experience in multiple areas including desktop, mainframe, midrange, and cloud support.

Myron Stewart

Community Representative

Myron Stewart is employed by Praxair, Inc. where he is the Independent Distributor / Account Manager for the past 17 years.

Janelle Lester

Community Representative

Janelle Lester is the Lead Compliance Officer for Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Damien Pittola

Community Representative

Damien Pittola is currently the Vice President of Human Resources and Professional Development for Venture Community Services.

Leticia Acosta

Teacher Representative

Leticia Acosta joined the Jumoke family in 2010. She engages all her students with a nurturing heart and lives by the philosophy that teachers must continue to be life-long learners.

George Sutherland

Community Representative

Mr. Sutherland is a Philanthropist and retired Department of Corrections Counselor. He is a father of 3 and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He has an extensive background in youth counseling and experience as an Athletic Coach.

Vera Smith-Winfree

Community Representative

Vera Smith-Winfree is the Executive Director for the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. She has an extensive background in community engagement, corporate and community relations, recruitment, and retention. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has experience in community partnership development, budget oversight and fundraising.

Suzette Debeathem-Brown

Community Representative

Suzette Debeatham-Brown is the Deputy Commissioner for Aging and Disability Services. She is a former Mayor of the town of Bloomfield. She has over 20 years of Municipal Leadership, Community Engagement and Human Services experience in non-profit, corporate, State, and religious organizations. She is skilled in administrative management with core competencies in budget oversight, grant management, negotiations, team leadership and program management.