Dr. Apkon is a physician executive and physician scientist serving in C-level leadership roles at several top academic hospitals in the United States and Canada as well serving as director of several new health care ventures. He most recently served as the CEO at Tufts Medical Center. In that capacity, he led a 415-bed hospital staffed by 6,000 employees, scientists, medical staff, students and volunteers with a $1B budget. Dr. Apkon currently serves as a director for 7D Surgical, a Toronto-based surgical navigation equipment manufacturer and as a director for MindBeacon, a Canadian digital mental health company. He has also served as a Director for MaRS Innovation (now Toronto Innovation Accelerator Partners), an innovation incubator serving the greater Toronto academic and healthcare communities. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board for the Network for Excellence in Healthcare Innovation based in Boston. Dr. Apkon has extensive international management experience in both pediatric and adult-oriented healthcare. He is an expert in strategy, systems development, and operations management, as well as the application of lean and high reliability organizational thinking to drive improvements in quality, safety, and efficiency. He has held faculty positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University’s School of Medicine and School of Management. Dr. Apkon has a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an MBA from the Yale School of Management where he taught healthcare management.
Roy is an experienced entrepreneur and senior level executive with over 30 years of experience in marketing, business development, and operations in the mobile telecommunications and technology sectors. He primarily works with organizations that provide services to the growing number of at-risk and underprivileged children caused by the expanding wealth and wellness gaps in the United States. Roy currently serves as Board President of the nonprofit Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center, a provider of mental health services to children and families. In 2018 he engineered the acquisition of Mid-Fairfield by New Haven-based Clifford Beers, where he is also a current board member and member of the Strategy Committee. Roy is also a member of Social Venture Partners – CT. Since 2009, he has served on the American board of Hope Homes International, a nonprofit orphanage in Eldoret, Kenya. He most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer of CycloPure, Inc., a material sciences company that develops water purification technologies. Roy is a longtime resident of Weston and lives with his wife, two children, and a fearless pack of deer which constantly devour his shrubbery.
Marie-Li Haub is on the investment team at Emil Capital Partners, a venture and growth equity fund based in Greenwich, CT backed by her family’s fifth generation retail business Tengelmann out of Germany. In her role she is focused on supporting growth stage consumer businesses that aim to be better for you, for society and for the planet. Previously, Marie-Li worked at Goldman Sachs in Asset Management as a portfolio manager and also served as the Chief of Staff of the firm’s women’s affinity network. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College, where she currently serves on the Board of Regents, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Marie-Li has been a supporter of the National MS Society by participating in the annual NYC Marathon and Bike MS NYC events. She is also a member of the American Prairie Reserve’s Young Professionals Leadership Council, whose mission is to create the largest nature reserve in the U.S.
Since 2000 Kathy Hodge has been president and founder of Sage Design, a renovation and interior design firm in Fairfield, Connecticut, which provides construction consulting, millwork design and interior design to residential and commercial clients. Previously, Kathy worked in foreign exchange sales and trading at JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers in New York and in private practice as a marriage and family therapist in both Washington DC and Connecticut. Kathy served on the Horizons at Greens Farms Academy Board from 2007 to 2016 and was Board Chair from 2009 to 2015. Annual fund raising rose nearly 70% during her tenure and she was also instrumental in raising a separate $1,000,000 scholarship fund for Horizons students to attend Greens Farms Academy. Kathy is currently president of the Kreitler Foundation, a family foundation whose emphasis is on education as a means to expand life opportunities for Bridgeport public school students. Kathy graduated from Princeton University with an AB in English and from Fairfield University with a Masters in Family Therapy degree.
Juanita T. James is President & CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Formerly, she was Pitney Bowes’ Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and a member of the Chairman’s Council and enjoyed a 20-year career with Time Warner and Bertelsmann, holding several senior executive positions, including President & CEO of Time-Life Libraries. Juanita is a Director for Asbury Automotive Group; a Director for First County Bank; Audit Committee chair for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a Director of CFLEADS and former Director of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the Rouse Company. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Lesley University, a Trustee Emerita of Princeton University and a former Trustee of UCONN. Juanita was named a Savoy Magazine “Power 300 - Most Influential Black Corporate Directors” in 2015, and a “2018 Most Influential Corporate Director” from Women Inc. Some of the honors bestowed upon her include: League of Women Voters “Outstanding Woman in Philanthropy Award”; Connecticut Center of Philanthropy “Martha Newman Award” and American Cancer Society “Women Leading the Way to Wellness”. Juanita earned a master’s degree in Business Policy from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She also holds Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Mitchell College and Fairfield University, and an Honorary Associate Degree in Humane Letters from Housatonic Community College.
Don Kendall, Co-Founder and Board Chair of 4-CT, is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. Don’s career as a for-profit founder spanned four start-ups, with one big success (largest restaurant company in Central Europe, with $3B market cap and 40,000+ employees), one massive failure ($88M worth of venture investment down the drain), and many lessons learned along the way. He founded his first company in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, his second in San Francisco in the early days of e-commerce, and his fourth took him to more than 70 countries around the world, including challenging places to visit like Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. In 2008, Don made the transition to philanthropy and social impact. Since then, he has helped launch four nonprofits, made several dozen impact investments, and has been an active grantmaker, board member and executive coach. Today, his work centers on finding and supporting scalable solutions to close the glaring gap in educational and employment opportunities for low-income families in Connecticut. Don is the co-founder and board chair of Social Venture Partners Connecticut (SVP-CT). Currently SVP-CT has 180 Partners working on 15 engagements across the State, making it the largest venture philanthropy organization in Connecticut. Don serves on the boards of Advance CT (Vice Chair), Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, All Our Kin, Hopkins School, Smart Tech Foundation and Southwest Regional Communications Center. Don is a certified and practicing volunteer EMT in the town of Weston, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Rick Kleeman is a founder and Managing Partner of Wheelock Street Capital (“Wheelock”), a real estate private equity firm established in 2008. Since its inception, Wheelock has raised seven funds comprising over $4 billion of equity capital and has acquired over 160 properties nationwide. Before founding Wheelock, Mr. Kleeman spent over 15 years at Starwood Capital Group, where he was one of the earliest partners and served as Senior Managing Director and Head of Acquisitions. At Starwood, Mr. Kleeman was directly or indirectly involved in the majority of the firm’s investments, which comprised over 215 transactions within all major asset classes, across eight equity funds and totaling $6 billion in institutional capital commitments. Mr. Kleeman led the acquisition of Westin Hotels & Resorts, National and American Golf, and Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts in collaboration with Starwood Hotels, helped lead the acquisition of ITT Sheraton, and led the formation of Starwood Land Ventures and the growth of Troon Golf. Mr. Kleeman serves on the Boards of the Norwalk Open Doors Shelter, The Waterside School in Stamford, CT and is a member of the President’s Leadership Council of Dartmouth College. Mr. Kleeman received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He is the proud father of three children, Amanda, Andrew and Serena.
Emily Huntress Lamont is an organization builder who is passionate about politics, policy, healthcare, and startups. In the past decade, she has worked in a range of fields: campaigns, consulting, healthcare policy, startups, and venture capital. She was until recently a Policy Associate for Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign, and a program manager at 4-CT. At 4-CT, she developed and operated the 4-CT Card program - providing direct financial assistance to Connecticut families impacted by COVID-19. Previously, she served as COO & CFO for the successful 2018 campaign for Governor of Connecticut. Prior to the campaign, she was the Director of Growth & Strategy at Oxeon Partners where she launched a venture studio and venture fund, currently known as Town Hall Ventures. Emily currently serves on the SeriousFun Children’s Network YEX Board and the Governor’s Innovation Fellowship Advisory Board. She received an AB from Harvard College, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
R. Adam Norwitt has served as a Director and Chief Executive Officer of Amphenol Corporation (NYSE: APH) since 2009 and as President since 2007. He joined the Company in 1998 as an intern in Taiwan and China working in mergers and acquisitions. Amphenol Corporation, which is headquartered in Wallingford, CT, generated 2019 revenues of $8.2 billion, and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high technology interconnect products, antennas and sensors. The Company employs more than 80,000 across more than 200 operations around the world, and supports customers in the military, commercial aerospace, industrial, automotive, mobile networks, mobile device, IT datacom and broadband markets. Mr. Norwitt received an MBA from INSEAD in France, has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan as well as a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He serves on the Board of Directors of AdvanceCT, Connecticut’s economic development organization, as well as on the Board of Advisors of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
JoAnn Price is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Fairview Capital Partners, a member of Fairview’s investment committee and manager of all Fairview-sponsored funds. Prior to co-founding Fairview, Ms. Price served as president of the National Association of Investment Companies headquartered in Washington, D.C. Ms. Price serves on a number of national advisory committees and private equity advisory boards. Ms. Price is currently on the Howard University Board of Visitors and the YMCA of Greater Hartford Board of Trustees. Ms. Price is on the board of the Apollo Theater Foundation in New York City and is the former Chairperson of the Amistad Center for Art & Culture in Hartford, Connecticut. Ms. Price also serves as Chairperson of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and is on the Executive Committee of Trinity Health of New England. Ms. Price is a graduate of Howard University and enjoys the quiet but strong support of her husband of many years, now a retired Tax attorney.
Ted Yang is Co-Founder and CEO of 4-CT. He is the author of Table for Five, a memoir about the birth of his premature triplets at 24 weeks. Previously, he founded 13 startups and non-profits with total current revenues over $50MM and several exits including Daily Voice, MediaCrossing, the Stamford Innovation Center and Social Venture Partners, CT. His career portfolio includes CTO and leadership positions at leading banks and funds including Ultra Capital, Citigroup, Tudor, Citadel, and Bridgewater. Ted is an angel investor with multiple exits, advisor to multiple companies and VC / PE firms, is Chairman of Connex International and sits on several other boards including ChemPacific Corporation and non-profits such as the Wiki Education Foundation. Ted is an MIT Engineer, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NPR and Fox Business News, and has spoken at MIT, Wharton, Babson, NYU, Columbia and Fairfield Business Schools.