Business Notes, August 28, 2022

WATERBURY — Connecticut Community Foundation members elected three community leaders with a history of community service to join its board of trustees. James A. Higgins, Janie L. McDermott and Adrienne Parkmond will join a board made up of local residents from 21 towns in the foundation’s service area in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

Trustees lead the foundation in its mission to foster an equitable and inclusive community by inspiring giving, supporting local organizations and developing effective leaders.

Kathy Taylor, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, said, “I look forward to welcoming and working alongside Adrienne, James and Janie on our Board. Each of them is talented and involved; but, more importantly, they are committed leaders who are excited about the Foundation’s mission to foster an equitable and inclusive community in Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills. They represent Litchfield, Naugatuck and Waterbury. As the Foundation prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, I am confident that everyone brings much to the Board and positions the Foundation to continue supporting organizations, developing leaders and bringing stakeholders together around the important issues facing our communities face. By generously sharing their unique expertise, time, networks, perspectives and backgrounds, they add to the rich diversity of our Board of Directors where we show that we are always better together.

Higgins is a resident of Naugatuck. He serves on the Naugatuck Board of Finance and is involved in parent-teacher organizations at four of Naugatuck’s public schools. James serves on the committees and boards of several organizations, including Young Professionals of Waterbury Region (YPOWR), Exchange Club of Waterbury, Credit Union League of Connecticut, and Connecticut Community Foundation’s Building Equitable Opportunity Grants Committee.

He became a licensed foster parent in 2019 and has cared for several youngsters by opening his home and providing care to those in need. James is the President and CEO of Skyline Financial Federal Credit Union and seeks to further serve the community with financial wellness for all. He graduated from Albertus Magnus College with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and an MBA in Business and Leadership.

McDermott is a solicitor with Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, in its Waterbury office. Her practice primarily focuses on trusts and estates, non-profit matters and land use issues. Janie is a member of the Pro Bono committee and the DEI committee of Carmody. Previously, she worked with the Appalachian Research and Advocacy Fund of Kentucky (AppalReD), the ACLU of Connecticut, and was a member of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School.

McDermott currently serves on the Litchfield Community Center Board of Directors and volunteers with the Pro Bono Partnership and Lawyers for Children America. She lives in Litchfield.

Parkmond is a Waterbury resident and COO of The WorkPlace, Inc. With nearly 20 years of experience in the field, Adrienne has developed and implemented industry-leading workforce development programs recognized at national scale. Adrienne is currently Chair of the Waterbury Promise Board of Directors, President of the New Haven Pearls of Excellence Foundation, and a member of the Connecticut Community Foundation’s Building Equitable Opportunity Grants Committee. In addition to these roles, Adrienne has been a board member or volunteer for several other organizations over many years of community service.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Villanova University and a Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Adrienne was named one of the NAACP’s 100 Most Influential Black People in CT in 2021.

In addition to electing new trustees, foundation members re-elected Kathy A. Brochhausen of Naugatuck for a second three-year term on the board. Reginald Beamon, Valerie Friedman and Kathryn Kehoe will leave the foundation’s board of directors, having completed the maximum six years of service.

Ocean State Job Lot donates backpacks

Ocean State Job Lot recently announced the success of its “Buy-Give-Get” backpack program to help students in need prepare for the upcoming school year.

The program started on July 25. Customers were encouraged to buy a select backpack for $15 and donate it to the store as a donation to a child in need. Each customer who participated received a $15 “Crazy Deal” gift card per backpack, to be used on a future purchase. OSJL sold the 34,000 backpacks that were reserved for the program in just over two weeks.

“We are fortunate to have some of the most generous and loyal customers,” said David Sarlitto, executive director of the Ocean State Charitable Foundation. “Despite supply chain issues that delayed our shipment of backpacks, our customers stepped up and we racked up more donated backpacks in a shorter window this year than we have in the past few years. four weeks of last year’s program. We are very proud of this effort and look forward to helping more than 30,000 children in need return to the classroom well-equipped this year.”

The purchased and donated backpacks were filled with back-to-school items and will be distributed in partnership with the USA Veterans and Military Support Foundation, as well as various support agencies and state police departments in the area. Since its inception five years ago, the Buy-Give-Get backpack program has provided more than 100,000 backpacks to students in need, including children from military families.

Heaton was appointed to the Governor’s Certificates of Need Task Force.

Nancy Heaton, CEO of the Foundation for Community Health, has been named to the new Governor’s Certificates of Need task force.

The creation of the task force was included in the TB 2022 state budget and is responsible for studying and making recommendations to the Office of Health Strategy with the goal of improving the certificate of need process. the state.

The CON program regulates certain health care providers (eg, hospitals) requiring them to obtain state approval before making major changes. These potential changes include mergers, major capital investments in new equipment or facilities, changing access to services, or discontinuation of a medical service.

Some of the issues this 16-member task force was tasked to investigate include, but are not limited to: analysis of services and facilities and their impact on equity and underserved populations; authorize OHS to require investments to meet community needs; ensure local community representation on hospital boards; set standards for measuring quality indicators after consolidations; enact tougher penalties for non-compliance and increase enforcement staff

The task force is to make recommendations on the initiatives by January 15, 2023.

According to Heaton, she is “interested in exploring the balance between the state’s responsibility to ensure access to health care for all residents, especially those living in rural areas and on Medicaid and with limited resources. , with the reality that health care is provided by private entities (both not-for-profit and not-for-profit) that have their own business needs, models, and fiscal realities.

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