Officers

Carmen Cid

Carmen Cid

President

Carmen Cid is the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has won numerous awards for her ecology teaching/scholarship, and in 2017 was elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America for her national leadership in improving recruitment and retention of women and minorities in the sciences. She lives in Wethersfield. Cid joined the Board in 2014. In 2017, Carmen stepped up to be President.

 Nina Elgo

Nina Elgo

Vice-President

The Honorable Nina Elgo was appointed Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court in May 2017. In addition to her prior assignments as a Superior Court Judge to the civil division in Hartford and presiding judge in the child protection session, she was appointed by Governor Malloy to represent the judicial branch at the 2013 Three Branch Institute on Child Social and Emotional Well-Being Initiative. In her years on the Judicial Education Committee, she has also supported programming for judges on the issue of trauma and trauma informed practices by bringing in medical experts from the Child Health & Development Institute and Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child. She was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Fund for Greater Hartford in 2010. In 2017, she completed a two year term as President and began a one year term as Vice-President.

Christopher G. Aroh

Christopher G. Aroh

Treasurer

Christopher G. Aroh, CPA, is a partner with Cohn Reznick and has more than 16 years of diversified public accounting experience. He joined our Board of Trustees in 2012 and immediately signed on to the Finance Committee. He assumed the position of Chair of that Committee in 2013, and stepped up to become the Treasurer of the Fund in 2014

Kim Russo

Kim Russo

Secretary, Executive Director

Kimberley Russo served as Director of Community Investment for United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut for more than 10 years. Russo previously worked as a program manager for Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis and as a residential services coordinator for Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County in Rhode Island. Kimberley became the Executive Director of The Fund for Greater Hartford in September 2015 and was also elected Secretary.

Trustees

Jan-Gee McCollam

Jan-Gee McCollam

Trustee

Jan-Gee W. McCollam is a retired Managing Director of Fleet (now Bank of America) Corporate and Investment Banking Group. She is a member of the Hill-Stead Museum Board of Governors, a former member of the Board of the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation and is a lifetime trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford. She joined The Fund for Greater Hartford Board of Trustees in 2010, and served a two-year term as President. She currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee.

Raymond S. Andrews, Jr.

Raymond S. Andrews, Jr.

Trustee

Ray Andrews practiced health and business law in Hartford for many years, was active in healthcare governance, and is the retired individual trustee of the Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. He joined The Fund for Greater Hartford Board of Trustees in 2009, and has served on the Finance, Evaluation, Governance and Executive Committees. He currently chairs the Governance Committee.

Lorenzo Marshall

Lorenzo Marshall

Trustee

Lorenzo Marshall, a former teacher, is the Director of Workforce Development at the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. In that position, he coordinates all workforce initiatives and youth programs including the Summer Youth Employment Program. Lorenzo joined the Board in 2015 and is a member of the Grants Committee.

Raheem Mullins

Raheem Mullins

Trustee

The Honorable Raheem L. Mullins became a judge of the Appellate Court on May 6, 2014. Prior to this appointment, Judge Mullins served as a Judge of the Superior Court. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Mullins was an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Appellate Bureau, Division of Criminal Justice, in Rocky Hill, and an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Protection Division in Hartford. Raheem is a member of the Governance Committee.

Nelson J. Rodriguez

Nelson J. Rodriguez

Trustee

Nelson J. Rodriguez is a Financial Advisor with Barnum Financial Group in Glastonbury and has more than 18 years of experience in the Insurance and Investment space. He joined the Board in 2014 and immediately signed on to the Finance Committee.

Janel Simpson

Janel Simpson

Trustee

Janel Simpson is the Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Social Services. She started at the Department as Director of Field Operations in 2013 after a career in the insurance industry. She lives in Unionville. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Maria Sanchez

Maria Sanchez

Trustee

Maria is the Director of Grantmaking and Community Investment for the American Savings Foundation in New Britain where for more than 15 years she has been in charge of shaping the Foundation's rapidly growing grants program and manages the Foundation’s initiatives. She has more than 25 years’ experience in nonprofit management, program development and evaluation, and grant-making. Maria is the Chair of the Grants Committee.

Carl R. Ficks

Carl R. Ficks

Trustee

Carl R. Ficks, Jr. is a partner with Halloran & Sage LLP and has practiced law in the Greater Hartford community for over 25 years. For three years, he served as Vice-President of Corporate & Donor Relations for a regional specialty hospital. Carl has a long history of non-profit board service and was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Fund for Greater Hartford in 2017. Carl is a member of the Governance Committee.