Staff & Board of Directors

Connecticut Humanities is fortunate to have a dedicated team of staff and a board of directors committed to our vision and mission. Meet them below!

Board of Directors

*Indicates Gubernatorial Appointee

Executive Committee

Helen Higgins

Vice Chair
Frank Mitchell, Ph.D.*

Rorie Rueckert

Melinda D. Cruanes, CPA
The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

Members at Large
Valeriano Ramos Jr.
Everyday Democracy

Jonathan Weiner, Esq.
Connecticut Supreme Court



Nicholas Bellantoni, Ph.D.
Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist

David A. Claiborn

Katherine Donovan, CPA
Whittlesey PC

Catherine Keene Fields*
Litchfield Historical Society

Ramin Ganeshram
Westport Museum for History & Culture

Akeia Gomes de Barros
Mystic Seaport Museum

Sandy Grande, Ph.D.
UConn Professor
Political Science/Native American and Indigenous Studies

Elaine McDonald*
Nonprofit Consultant

Jennifer McKenna, CPA
Pratt & Whitney

Regen O’Malley, Esq.
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Hanna Przada, AIA
LyonsPlain Architecture

Bob Svensk
Svensk & Company Inc.

Ruth G. Torres
West Haven Mayor’s Office


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