Founders, Board & Team

Meet the ReadyCT Team

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Roots are important. It is from our roots that we can grow.

That’s why we remain incredibly grateful to the committed men and women who brought our organization to life.

A brief history

In 2010, Gov. M. Jodi Rell commissioned a task force to examine the achievement gap — the difference in academic performance between Connecticut’s low-income and non low-income students. At the time, Connecticut had one of the worst achievement gaps in the country, largely because our low-income students were performing in the bottom third of the nation.

That task force was led by Steven J. Simmons, who went on to chair the ReadyCT Board of Directors which today includes four other original task force members. When the task force submitted its 2011 report, the members deemed their findings so valuable that they formed a nonprofit — the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, now known as ReadyCT — to pursue the policies it recommended.

Download the 2011 Taskforce Report

Founders & Board Members

Since the beginning, our founders and board members have steered us toward success. ReadyCT has been involved in nearly 80 separate legislative efforts to improve education in Connecticut, with over half of them reaching implementation! This happened because of the dedicated individuals who have worked tirelessly to ensure opportunity reaches all Connecticut public school students.

Board of Directors

Jeff Auker – Chair
Associate Vice President – Head of Innovation and Delivery, Infosys (Hartford Hub)

Rick Sharma – Vice Chair
Chief Legal Advisor, Bridgewater Associates 

Marinka Natale – Secretary & Treasurer
CEO & Founder, HealthLynxIQ 

Andrew Bond
Vice President, Human Resources, General Dynamics Electric Boat

William T. Brown
Associate Vice President for Strategic Economic & Workforce Partnership Development, Connecticut State Community College

Tracy Church
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Hartford HealthCare

Chris DiPentima
President/Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Business and Industry Association

Donna Galluzzo
President (ret.), The Corridor Group

William W. Ginsberg*
President/Chief Executive Officer, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Jason Howey
President/Chief Executive Officer, Okay Industries, Inc.

Gordon Hui
Senior Vice President, IoT Product Management and Marketing, Munich Re / HSB Meshify

Gladis Kersaint
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Connecticut

Jeffrey A. Klaus
Regional President, Berkshire Bank

Matt McSpedon
Market Executive, Connecticut & Western MA Middle Market Banking and Specialized Industries, JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking

Fran Rabinowitz
President, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS)

Alan Schnitzer
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Travelers

Dave Smith
Vice President, Global EHS Governance, Stanley Black & Decker

Melissa Turner
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Yale New Haven Health

Ron Utterbeck
Chief Information Officer, Eversource

Michael Van Leesten
Director, Organization Development & Stakeholder Engagement, Social Venture Partners – Connecticut



Steven J. Simmons

Ramani Ayer

David E. A. Carson

Roxanne Coady

William W. Ginsberg*

Carla Klein

Yvette Melendez

Peyton Patterson

Steve Preston

John R. Rathgeber

Dudley N. Williams, Jr. 

*current Board of Directors member

Creating a ready Connecticut is our passion, and maybe it is yours, too.

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