Graeme Peña - President
Graeme is a Senior Director in Aetna's International Business, responsible for healthcare network strategy and transformation. He collaborates with the global network teams on the development and execution of strategic initiatives, identification and implementation of opportunities to improve processes and services, and coordination of key network functions around the world.
During his twenty-plus-year career, Graeme worked in a variety of roles across healthcare and insurance. He started as a consultant designing health and benefits strategies for employers. After graduate school, he joined Aetna and during tenure helped develop the company's response to the Accountable Care Act, built an internal Health IT start-up, partnered with a subsidiary to launch an Accountable Care product, negotiated and executed a joint venture health plan with a health system, launched value-based contracting (VBC) models with health providers, and partnered with the network team in SE Asia to improve their network processes.
Graeme graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA with a B.A. in Business Administration and received his M.B.A from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA.
Graeme had a childhood friend who suffered from an undiagnosed, untreated mental health condition. He saw first hand how his friend was shunned by the education system and the negative impact it had on his life. CCGC's mission to support children with behavioral and emotional issues, and help them realize their full potential in a nurturing, respectful environment resonated with Graeme. This mission combined with the dedication, dynamism and enthusiasm of the leadership, staff and board convinced him to get and stay involved.
Graeme and his family enjoy travelling and exploring new places and experiences. When he isn't travelling you can find him following his favorite soccer team The Arsenal FC, or tearing up part of his house for a new home improvement project.
George Michna, Ph.D. - Vice President
Board of Directors for MARCH Inc.; UConn School of Education; East Windsor Board of Education; Charter Oak Health Center (Hartford CT)
Gregg Tolman - Treasurer
Aetna; Society of Information Management; Boy Scouts of America
Sarah Daly- Secretary
Sarah Daly is the Vice President of Talent at Awareness Technologies, Inc., where she leads the creation and strategy of the human resources function for the company to attract and retain talent, enable organizational effectiveness and growth, foster company culture, employee engagement, and career development.
Sarah is an experienced HR professional who has spent her career collaborating with business leaders to align human capital and talent initiatives to drive critical business outcomes through enabling a high-performance culture and employee engagement. She has worked in small, mid-size, and Fortune 500 global companies with a concentration in the Manufacturing, Insurance, and Technology industries.
Sarah earned her B.A. in Psychology from Hofstra University and holds a Certificate in Human Resources Studies from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute, a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SHRM-SCP) from the Society of Human Resource Management and a Compensation Professional Certification (CCP) from World At Work. Aside from CCGC, Sarah serves as the Board Treasurer for the Connecticut SHRM State Council, and is also a member of several strategic HR groups in order to stay abreast of emerging HR trends and best practices.
Sarah is strong advocate for mental health support and wellbeing and CCGC’s mission to help children struggling with mental health conditions reach their full potential resonates with her personal beliefs. She also enjoys collaborating with such an enthusiastic and dedicated leadership team and board who have such passion for their work.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, taking motorcycle rides and eating great food. She also has a passion for the arts, particularly ballet and music.
Lee Hay, Ph.D. - President Emeritus
Lee Hay is a retired educator who was a high school teacher of English and former district assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools. Upon retirement, he became the director of the CT Alternate Route to Teacher Certification for the CT Department of Higher Education, and then a staff associate for the Connecticut Association of School Administrators. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for UConn, Boston College, and Sacred Heart University.
Among his many honors was being named the National Teacher of the Year in 1983, the second Connecticut teacher to be so honored. He was appointed to numerous state and national committees including NASA’s Teacher in Space selection committee, the Presidential Scholar’s Commission, and Connecticut’s original Common Core of Learning Commission. He has also been honored as a distinguished alumnus by his high school, SUNY Cortland, and UConn.
Lee earned his B.A. in English at SUNY Cortland and his M.A. in Theatre and Ph.D. in Curriculum at UConn. He has presented keynote speeches and workshops for educators in 44 states and several countries. Among the highlights of his career was being elected President of ASCD, an international education organization of over 150,000 members in over 100 countries.
Currently, Lee is the volunteer manager of the Cornerstone Food Cupboard in Rockville, CT. He and his wife of over 50 years live in Vernon. His son and family live in Hudson, MA and his daughter and family live in Clifton Park, NY.
The many vital services that CCGC provides for children and their families is especially important to Lee because his daughter is a Special Education teacher and his wife was a paraprofessional in Special Education. He also has a grandson who has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.
Connecticut Association of Schools, Foundation for Manchester Public Schools, Hockanum Valley Community Council, New England Association for College Admission Counseling, Connecticut Counseling Association, Connecticut School Counselor Association, Phi Delta Kappa, UCONN Chapter
Danielle Chenard, MPH
Danielle is a Senior Research Program Manager at Connecticut Children’s, where she leads the strategic development, implementation, and evaluation of several complex departmental and institution-wide programs to further the advancement of the Connecticut Children’s Research Institute (CCRI). Danielle serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Goodwin University in the Undergraduate Public Health Program. She also is a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission in her hometown. Past work experience includes 10 years at Hartford Hospital in a variety of positions including Oncology Clinical Research. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Charter Oak State College in Hartford, and her Masters of Public Health from Capella University Minneapolis, MN.
Danielle has combined her commitment to public health education with a pursuit of excellence in research in the domain of pediatric mental health wellbeing. She is an advocate for pediatric mental health and devotes her professional research career to focus on the Emergency Department with Suicide Prevention research. She is a QPR suicide prevention certified trainer within the state of Connecticut. Danielle is connected to the CCGC mission to help children with emotional and behavioral issues.
Robert G. Pethick currently serves as in-house counsel for a nation-wide renewable energy developer and provider, advising on complex project-level and back-leveraged financings, as well as helping structure agreements to ensure bankability for future debt and equity investments.
Prior to practicing as an in-house attorney, Robert worked at law firms in New York and Connecticut in the business and corporate services departments. He represented companies of all sizes and maturities in connection with acquisitions and divestitures across numerous industries, in addition to providing comprehensive transactional services and regulatory representation to banks, financial institutions, small business investment companies, private debt and equity funds and other institutional and non-institutional lenders.
Robert graduated from Quinnipiac University, magna cum laude, and received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law, cum laude. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York.
Mitch Flagg is an Accounting Manager at HubSpot, Inc., where he leads a team of accountants to close the books and deliver monthly financial results for the publicly-traded marketing, sales and customer service software company.
Prior to moving into an internal accounting role, Mitch worked in public accounting as an auditor for KPMG in both the Hartford and Boston offices. He has experience working with clients from a wide array of industries, including not-for-profit entities, higher education, government agencies, private equity funds, and real estate investment firms.
Mitch graduated magna cum laude from Bentley University with a B.S. in Accountancy, and is also a licensed CPA in Massachusetts.
Mitch is proud to be part of CCGC and is passionate about the organization’s impact on the children and families it serves.
Outside of his work and volunteerism, Mitch enjoys spending time on the golf course and riding his motorcycle.