Lee Hay, Ph.D. - President
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.
Graeme Peña - Vice President
Aetna; Volunteer Budget Coach; United Way of Central and Northeastern CT; Soccer Coach, Hartwell Soccer Glastonbury
Gregg Tolman - Treasurer
Aetna; Society of Information Management; Boy Scouts of America
George Michna, Ph.D. - Secretary
Board of Directors for MARCH Inc.; UConn School of Education; East Windsor Board of Education; Charter Oak Health Center (Hartford CT)
Manchester Garden Club - Chair; CT Federated Garden Clubs
Independent Contractor - Healthcare Field; Moderator, Center Congregational Church; DCF Regional Advisory Committee
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
Sarah Daly is the Head of Human Resources and Talent Management at Corbin Advisors, where she leads the creation and strategy of the human resources function for the company to attract and retain talent, enable organizational effectiveness and scalability, and foster 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 and Insurance 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.
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.
Biography and photo coming soon.
Biography and photo coming soon.