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
Dr. George Michna, Bureau Chief of the Community Living Division at the Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services, is an experienced professional dedicated to educational leadership. Formerly the Director of Assessment at the University of Connecticut, he ensured equity and integrated technology for inclusive assessment practices. With a background in high school administration and central office roles, George contributed significantly to Bristol and Hartford Public Schools and the State Department of Education. Actively engaged in national networks, he holds an affiliated faculty appointment at UConn's Department of Educational Psychology. George, with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Fordham University, excels in advancing education. Personally, he enjoys traveling, concerts, and food festivals with his family.
Gregg Tolman - Treasurer
Aetna; Society of Information Management; Boy Scouts of America
Sarah Daly- Secretary
Sarah Daly is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at HomeRiver Group, where she leads the creation and strategy of the talent 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, Financial Services, Technology and Real Estate 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.
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
Mitch Flagg, CPA
Mitch is a Solution Consultant at Oracle NetSuite, where he works on the pre-sales team advising technology companies on best practices in ERP selection and implementations.
He began his career as an auditor at KPMG, where he served clients from a wide array of industries, including non-profit entities. After KPMG, he worked at HubSpot in Cambridge, MA, where he led the financial close process for the publicly-traded, billion dollar software company.
Mitch graduated magna cum laude from Bentley University with a B.S. in Accountancy, and is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Human Animal Bond Foundation, a non-profit in Columbia, CT dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals of all ages through animal assisted therapies.
Chelsea serves as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, working to ensure everyone in Connecticut has a safe, affordable home in an equitable community. Over the last 15 years, Chelsea has focused on the housing needs of our most vulnerable neighbors across roles in statewide and national housing policy organizations.
As a mother, her passion extends to ensuring comprehensive mental health care and supportive educational opportunities for families.
Chelsea holds a Masters in Public Administration, a Graduate Certificate Non-Profit Management, and Bachelors of Social Work. She also serves on the board of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and Girls on the Run Greater Hartford.
Beyond work and volunteering, Chelsea spends her time on outdoor adventures, cooking up a storm, and long-distance running.