SARAH Inc.’s Board of Directors
SARAH Inc. is committed to enhancing skills and enriching lives of all individuals with differing abilities. The SARAH Inc. Board of Directors strive to further every aspect of our mission. All members of the Board are dedicated and passionate about what they do and the population we serve. If you have any questions or want to reach us at SARAH Inc. please call (860) 399-1888.
Dan Brill, President
Dan is currently an advisor for H.S. Grace & Co., Inc. which specializes in helping attorneys decipher complex business issues. Dan is also board member and treasurer of MADISON Lyric Stage. As a cultural companion at IRIS , Dan helps incoming refugees to U.S. He also helps entrepreneurs at SCORE, the New Haven Business Academy and Yale University’s Office of Cooperative Research start and growth new businesses. At EMERGE in New Haven, Dan helps formerly incarcerated people earn high school degrees. He likes to golf, walk and especially visit his three children and five grandchildren. Before “retiring” in 2012, he was senior executive at Citibank responsible for leading several global businesses and risk functions.
Deb Palmer, Vice President
Deb is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board Member with more than 40 years of success across the legislative and domestic international insurance industries. Throughout her executive career, Deb has held leadership positions at MassMutual Financial Group, PAL Associates, LLC, and Aetna, Inc. She has been responsible for leading the turnaround of strategic people practices for a Fortune 500 Company. Thanks to her work, that company earned national recognition including ranking as a “Top 50 Company for Diversity” by Diversity, Inc., and a “Top 10 Company for Female Executives” by the National Association of Female Executives. Deb holds a B.A. in Spanish and Education from Manhattanville College, as well as an M.B.A. in Organizational Effectiveness from the University of Hartford. She has held board positions with various nonprofits and was awarded the Women of Excellence Award as a Corporate Women’s Champion by the National Association of Female Executives.
Joe Norris III, Secretary
Joe was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree, and completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the Kogod Business College, American University. Joe served more than 32 years at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. before retiring in 2009. During his 32-year career, he held various leadership positions, most recently as the Deputy Executive Officer of the Environment and Natural Resources Division.
Abby Patrizio, Treasurer
Abby currently works at the Guilford Savings Bank in the audit, compliance and risk area. She is an avid dog lover and is a licensed judge with the American Kennel Club. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education and is a Child Life Specialist.
Linda Vigorito, Immediate Past President
Linda Vigorito returns to the SARAH Inc. Board of Directors as President. Linda previously served on the SARAH Inc. Board from 1997 to 2008. She has remained active with SARAH most recently as the SARAH Foundation Board President. Her son Matt has worked on SARAH Inc. employment crews and receives residential supports through SARAH Tuxis. Linda is retired from the management ranks of AT&T.
Joe Guay, Director
Joe is a practicing attorney who specializes in commercial real estate law. He is Real Estate Section Leader and co-chair of the Hospitality, Resort and Timeshare Group, of Holland and Knight’s New York Office. As a member of the firm’s executive management team Joe is responsible for managing and overseeing approximately 220 real estate attorneys and professionals. His work has appeared in numerous publications and he has been the featured speaker at dozens of national conferences.
Laurie-Jean Hannon, Director
Laurie-Jean is currently the Vice President of Sports and Local Programs for Special Olympics Connecticut and Treasurer for the Town of North Haven. Laurie-Jean has an active history of volunteering in her community: she previously served on the Board of Directors for ARC of Greater New Haven and is currently serving as the chairperson of the Police Pension Board for the town of North Haven.
Claudio Denoya, Director
Claudio Denoya is an advocate of people with disabilities and a supporter of nature conservation. He is currently a member of the Old Lyme Land Trust Board of Directors (CT) and is a long-time member and/or supporter of over a dozen humanitarian and conservation organizations. Dr. Denoya holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, a M.S. in Biochemistry and Microbiology, and a B.S. in Clinical Analysis and Biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires. He has a storied career both in the United States and internationally that includes five Pfizer Global R&D distinguished awards for his scientific and mentoring contributions and is credited with numerous distinctions, awards, patents, book chapters and journal articles.
Fred Brisbois, Director
Fred is retired from a long and distinguished career in the aerospace industry where he developed world class safety programs for military and civil helicopter operations, the helicopter manufacturing industry, nuclear system safety missile programs and the International Helicopter Safety Team. He demonstrated increasing levels of responsibility at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation where he worked for almost 40 years. Fred is a military veteran with twelve years of active duty, twelve years in the Army National Guard and one year of combat to his name. He demonstrated success as an officer and leader in the U.S. Army and is recognized as a civic leader serving in leadership roles on local Government Commissions and Non-Profit organizations. Fred has served on the SARAH Foundation Board and the SARAH Inc. Board and currently has a daughter who receives services from SARAH Inc.
Kelly Falvey, Director
Kelly Falvey is a Branford resident personally connected to the SARAH Inc. community; her sister Erin is an active participant in services at SARAH Inc.’s North Haven and Westbrook campuses. Kelly learned the organizational importance of diverse perspectives and dedicated committees through her board work with the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies and her study of Nonprofit Management at Goodwin College. Kelly’s university studies, which include Southern Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Washington, prepared her for a range of experiences in Connecticut public education. She has served professionally as a high school Social Studies/History teacher, School Library Media Specialist, beginning teacher mentor, Technology Project Leader, and as a founding member of a magnet school. Kelly is passionate about inclusivity, equity, and personal growth.
Colin Dugan, Director
Colin has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry where he has spent his career servicing high net worth individuals and families. Colin’s positive and encouraging attitude is evident whether he is serving clients, assisting their business partners or giving back to his community. He works directly with clients attending to their day-to-day financial needs and works tirelessly behind the scenes to help out clients reach their goals. Prior to Principle Wealth Partners, Colin held relationship and operational management positions for boutique, Connecticut-based wealth management firms. Colin and his wife Liz reside in Old Saybrook with their two young children, Jack and Isla.
Richard Dapra, Director
Richard is responsible for establishing and growing the leadership assessment practice for BTS. He has held the most senior level development position at Pitney Bowes and Aetna. Most recently, he served as CLO at the Liberty Mutual where he was responsible for executive and management development, executive succession and performance management for the 50,000 employee global organization.
Rich pioneered selection and assessment center work in industry (e.g. Westinghouse, Rainier Bank, Safeco Insurance) and in government (e.g. the FBI, EEOC and Department of Agriculture).
In an early career consulting role with Development Dimension International. He has conducted, led and reviewed innumerable job and needs analysis projects. He has taught at the university level and is a former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
James Baron, Director
James Baron is the William S. Beinecke Professor at the Yale School of Management. Jim joined the Yale faculty in 2006, after 24 years on the faculty at the Stanford Business School. He received his B.A. from Reed College, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the determinants and consequences of organizational structures and human resource policies, particularly their effects on organizational performance and on workers’ careers. Jim teaches M.B.A., executive MBA, and doctoral courses on organizational behavior and human resources, as well as lecturing on management and leadership topics to audiences in the United States and abroad. Jim consults on strategic, organizational, and human resource issues to corporations, law firms, government agencies, and nonprofits. He resides in New Haven with his young son.
Pete Edmunds, Board Fellow
Pete is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management focused on social enterprises and impact investing. He is committed to helping mission-driven organizations scale by providing capital and expertise.
Prior to Yale, Pete was a management consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice where he helped public, private, and nonprofit clients address their most pressing and complex business problems. During his nights and weekends, he ran a national nonprofit consulting firm that connects management consultants from leading firms with local nonprofits for strategy projects. Pete also has investment banking experience and received a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College.