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Capital Community College Foundation Adds Eight New Directors


Capital Community College’s (CCC) nonprofit foundation expanded its board of directors at its October 25th annual meeting by electing eight new business and community leaders from insurance, banking, health care and youth-serving organizations.


The CCC Foundation, which raises funds and advocates for Hartford’s public, two-year college, will be led by David M. Seder who was re-elected Chair for 2018-2019. Seder is Director of Reinsurance Placement at Travelers where he has worked for 18 years. He is a volunteer leader of a national Military and Veterans’ Diversity Network. Thomas Wood, a CPA and manager at Whittlesey Advising, was re-elected Treasurer.


CCC interim Chief Executive Officer, Dr. G. Duncan Harris, will serve as Foundation Secretary, succeeding Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, CCC’s President, who retired last July. Dr. Harris, formerly Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Manchester Community College, was appointed to lead CCC in July.


Newly elected directors include Anthony G. Barrett, executive director of the YMCA Wilson-Gray Center; the Rev. Trevor Beauford, pastor of Union Baptist Church in Hartford; Nicole Hughey, an assistant Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion at Travelers; Florence Johnson, RN, a consulting manager for Qualidigm and President of the Northern CT Black Nurses Association; Jorge L. Marimon, a consumer & health services executive at Aetna; Abdul Mohammad, founder of My People Clinical Services in Hartford; Melissa E. Schwalbach, Chief Compliance Officer and Counsel for CT State Colleges and Universities, and; Steven Taylor, Vice President and branch manager at United Bank.


The new directors will be joining current three year term board members:  Ana Alfaro, Corporate Relations Officer relations officer at Eversource; John H. Driscoll, Jr., Senior Vice President, Webster Private Bank; Jodi Greenspan, Claims Chief of Staff at the Hartford Financial Services Group; Marjorie Jones, a Vice President at Farmington Bank; David McCluskey, CT Department of Corrections; John A. Perkins, alumnus and Hartford Public Schools; John Robinson, IT Director, Bloomfield Public Schools; Marcus T. Smith, Senior Manager Health Homes, CT Children’s Medical Center; Atty. George C. Springer, Jr, Rogin Nassau. College representatives on the board are: Marie Basche, Director of the Academic Success Center and Student Marlene Pereira of the Student Senate.  John McNamara, the College’s Director of Institutional Advancement, is the staff liaison to the Foundation. 


Seder, who has served on the Foundation since 2012, thanked new and returning directors saying “we are in a stronger position to forge new partnerships and to increase support for Capital’s programs and initiatives.”


Dr. Harris also thanked directors for their participation and pledged to work with the Foundation in addressing current needs at the downtown campus that include a new nursing classroom, a fitness and wellness center, summer pre-college bridge programs, expanded child care for students’ children and upgraded labs.


The College Foundation (  was founded in 1985 to support CCC through gifts to scholarship and endowment funds.

For information about the CCC Foundation and giving opportunities at Capital contact the Foundation and Institutional Advancement Office, 950 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103. Email: . 860-906-5102. ###

Photo IDs from left: Steven Taylor, Nicole Hughey, Abdul Mohammad, Florence Johnson and Jorge L. Morimon