The Mark Twain House & Museum Board of Trustees

OFFICERS:

President - Joel Freedman, Attorney & Consultant; Retired Senior Vice President and Director of Government Affairs, The Hartford

Joel Freedman is an attorney and a public policy consultant and is a graduate of UCONN and UCONN Law School.   He retired in 2008 after a 25-year career at The Hartford.  Following a stint heading The Hartford’s Washington, DC office, he was Sr. VP and Associate General Counsel in charge of the company’s Government & Regulatory Affairs.  In 2009, he became a public policy consultant and was associated with Gephardt Government Affairs in Washington for five years.  He has served on the boards of many local non-profits.  His wife, Susie, and he live in South Glastonbury.

Vice President & Treasurer - Gregory Servodidio, Partner, Pullman & Comley, LLC

Secretary - Jeanmarie Shea, Attorney, Robinson & Cole, LLP

 
DIRECTORS:

David Baldacci David Baldacci, Author, published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 31 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film, and its #1 bestselling sequel, The Keeper. A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C. While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s  Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need. David and his family live in Virginia.

Tim Bannon, Attorney

Bethany Berger, Professor of Real Property Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

John J. Bermel, Consultant, Retired Aetna Executive

Doug Boains, Partner and Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Fairview Capital

Annette Bolt, Retired, and former President of the Friends of The Mark Twain House

Stephen Carter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Yale

Garry Michael Cooper, BushCooper, Business Consultant, Business Legal Matters

John E. Curran, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

John De Laney, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs Director of International Publishing, ICM Partners

Paul H. Eddy, International Group General Counsel, Travelers

Anne Elvgren, President, Elvgren Associates LLC

Rohan Freeman Rohan Freeman, PE, LS is Founder and President of Freeman Companies, LLC, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary site development, engineering design, and construction services enterprise.  Mr. Freeman, an accomplished mountaineer, founded the company in 2009 shortly after summiting Mount Everest with a promise to clients to “Elevate Your Expectations”.  This promise and Mr. Freeman’s career-long dedication to economic development and urban design have led to the firm’s involvement in several large-scale, transformative public projects. Rohan Freeman, who grew up in Jamaica, is the first African-American to climb the Seven Summits. He has set up a scholarship at UConn to help elevate others to overcome their own personal challenges: Freeman Companies’ BRIDGE Endowed Engineering Scholarship helps minority students with an interest in civil engineering who have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantage. His passions for adventuring and social advocacy recently collided, as he sponsored a fundraising campaign for three Hartford area youth support organizations in conjunction with his 2016 trek to the North Pole.  Mr. Freeman is a popular motivational speaker, and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, U.S. Green Building Council, Construction Institute, Greater New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council and board member of several regional children’s charities. Rohan has been recognized by several local organizations for his contributions to the community. In 2015 Mr. Freeman was inducted to UCONN’s Academy of distinguished engineers.

John N. Giamalis, John N. Giamalis Consulting

Ann B. Glover, Chief Marketing Officer, Voya Financial

J. David Haddox, D.D.S., M.D., Vice President, Risk Management and Health Policy, Purdue Pharma L.P.

Susan Herbst, Ph.D., President of the University of Connecticut

Harry E. Hosmer, Chairman, Royale Energy Inc.

Hugh Howard Hugh Howard, Writer and Historian, is the author most recently of Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson (Bloomsbury, 2016). An Americanist with a passion for art, architecture, and, in particular, historic homes, Hugh’s other books include Houses of Civil War America, House-Dreams, Houses of the Founding Fathers, and The Painter’s Chair. Together with his wife, Betsy, he divides his time between New York’s Columbia County and New Hampshire’s Upper Valley. 

David Jimenez, Partner, Jackson Lewis, LLP

Alan J. Kreczko, Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.worked on national security, foreign policy and humanitarian affairs matters for over 25 years with the U.S. State Department. Following retirement from the Department, he was General Counsel of The Hartford until his retirement from there in 2015. He is a graduate of Boston College and Michigan Law School, married to Becky Latimer, with two sons, and lives in Simsbury. He is on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford and is a Corporator of The Village for Families and Children.

Andrew Lattimer, Tax Partner, Blum Shapiro

Karen Licht, President of The Friends of The Mark Twain House

Frank Lord, Assistant Vice President (retired), The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Maribel La Luz, Director of Communications, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Matthew Maclean, Managing Director, Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust

James Mallozzi, CEO and Founder of Mindset Advisors, LLC

Jamie McDonald, Owner of Bear's Smokehouse BBQ

Duby McDowell, President, McDowell Jewitt Communications

Patricia McEvoy, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, The Hartford

R. Paul Mehlman, Partner, Landmark Partners

Roger L. Michel, Jr, Attorney and Executive Director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology

John Moran, Director, Public Relations, United Technologies Corporation

Mark Nielsen, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Frontier Communications

Jeffrey Oller, Executive Director, Ernst & Young

Debra Palermino, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, MassMutual Financial Group

Allan Polak, Director, Organizational Effectiveness, Prudential Financial

George Scurlock, College Admissions Consultant

Kathryn Sherer, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Jennifer Tombaugh Jennifer Tombaugh, President, Tauck Inc., the US-based tour operator serving all seven continents with more than 140 guided travel experiences and events for culturally curious travelers on land, small ship and river cruises.  Jennifer oversees Tauck’s Worldwide Operations, General Management, Reservations, Guest Relations and Sales & Marketing teams.  During her 15 years at Tauck, her roles have included the launch of Tauck Bridges (family travel brand), the redesign of Tauck reservation systems, a re-launch of tauck.com and the formation of Tauck Ventures, focused on new business development.  Jennifer also spearheaded Tauck’s partnership with the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns and his co-producer Dayton Duncan to form Ken Burns American Journeys. Prior to Tauck, Jennifer was Group Account Director with the advertising firm Leo Burnett in Taipei, Taiwan; in Brand Management at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia; and a management consultant with Monitor Company.  Jennifer is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mark Twain House, the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Business Council, the Board of Visitors at the Jack Welch College of Business and the Connecticut River Valley chapter of YPO. Jennifer lives in New Haven with her husband and four children. 

Edward B. Whittemore, Partner, Murtha Cullina LLP

 
AMBASSADORS

Alyce Alfano, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLC

Justin Bernier, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Katie Chipps, Second Vice President, External Affairs, Travelers

Donna Collins, Associate Publisher, Hartford Business Journal

Jennifer Dibella, Partner, Cranmore, FitzGerald & Meany

Brian Flaherty, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Connecticut Business & Industry Association

Raymond Hernandez, Manager, External Communications, Pratt & Whitney

Evan Johnson, Director of Grants and Economic Development, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

Barri Marks, Community Volunteer

Julie Daly Meehan, Director of Investor Engagement & Digital Media, MetroHartford Alliance

Matt Necci, Partner, Halloran & Sage, LLP

Chip Olson, Regional Wealth Management Advisor, Peoples United Bank

Heather Rhoades, Partner, Cummings & Lockwood

Asker Saeed, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Day Pitney

Meg Sakellarides, Chief Financial Officer, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

Kara Sundlun, Reporter, WFSB

Jeff White, Partner, Robinson & Cole

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Roy Blount, Jr.

ChristopherBuckley

Dr. Michael D. Coe

Dayton Duncan

Wilson Faude

Dr. Alan Gribben

Dr. Robert H. Hirst

Hal Holbrook

Garrison Keillor

Dr. Sarah Bradford Landau

Lewis H. Lapham

David McCullough

Frank Rich

Bob Schieffer

Calvin Trillin

Garry Trudeau

 
TRUSTEES EMERITI

Carole Bailey

Coleman Casey

David W. Clark, Jr.

Jared Edwards

Eunice Groark

Nancy Grover

Barbara Kennelly

Philip R. Roberts

Welles A. Standish

 

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