True Colors Board of Directors

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Carter Johnson (President) joined the True Colors Board of Directors in 2014. She serves as the Vice President of Communications for GSG’s busy New England office where she designs strategic communications and advocacy campaigns for clients in heavily regulated industries. An expert in government affairs and communications advocacy, Carter brings her knowledge of government acquired from over 20 years of service in the public and private sectors to clients who face substantial challenges. Whether it’s siting the first commercial wind energy project in a state, or rallying grassroots support for vital safety net services, Carter is adept at creating effective messages and campaigns that get results. Prior to her role at GSG, Carter worked as the Operations Manager/Digital Strategist at a leading lobbying firm, a committee clerk in the Connecticut legislature and as a Frauds Investigator with the Department of Consumer Protection. She also ran her own ethics compliance practice for several years. She was elected Board President in June, 2016.

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Jacquelynn M. Russo-Boudinot (Secretary) is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a certified divorce mediator with a private practice in Essex, Connecticut. Jackie also works with Old Saybrook Youth and Family as a counselor for individuals, couples and families and facilitates a variety of groups for the community. She is on the Board of Directors for Tri-Town Youth Services in Deep River and joined the True Colors Board of Directors earlier this year. Jackie holds A.S. degrees from Johnson & Wales University and Capitol Community College, a B.A. in Psychology from Argosy University and graduated with distinction from Capella University with an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. An active member in both her community and church, Jackie lives in Centerbrook with her husband and her two teenage sons. She also has a son in Arizona and a son and daughter-in-law in California.

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Larry Dubey is Senior Program Manager for Comcast Cable’s Northeast Division. In this role he is responsible for overseeing data and telecommunication deployments to over 1,700 employees throughout Connecticut, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts. In 2016 Dubey joined the board of True Colors, an organization he felt strongly about after volunteering at their Youth Conference in 2003. Larry has volunteered for a number of causes over the years including organizing a team for the Aids CT walk and coordinating fundraisers for local food pantries and homeless shelters. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Human Service and Administration from Springfield College in, his Paralegal Certification from Elms College and is working towards his Master’s degree in Organizational Change at Northeastern University.

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Tyrone Walker (Treasurer) joined the board of Directors in 2012. Tyrone is a Quality Assurance Manager at Pratt and Whitney. He served as a True Colors mentor for several years prior to joining the Board of Directors. Tyrone also serves on the Board of the Christian Activities Council, a community stabilization and re-development organization in the Upper Albany Area of Hartford, where he is on the Long-range Planning and Finance Committees. Tyrone recently was elected to the 6th District Town Committee for the Hartford Democratic Party, which represents the South End of Hartford. Tyrone has graduated from Howard University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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Elena M. Gervino is Vice President, Claim Services at Travelers where she leads the National Subrogation organization and is the Manager of Operations for Claim Legal setting overall recovery strategy and operations for Commercial and Personal Lines of Business. Elena is a certified Travelers Diversity Training Officer. Outside of her responsibilities at Travelers, Elena serves on the Board of Directors for Arbitration Forums as well as the Executive Board of Directors for the National Association of Subrogation Professionals. Elena began her career with Travelers in 1996 after working as a trial lawyer at Day Berry & Howard and Bingham McCutchen in Hartford, CT. Elena graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1982. In 1985, she graduated cum laude from Western New England College School of Law where she was a Notes Editor on the Law Review and was named Outstanding Woman Law Student. She lives in Storrs with her partner and their two daughters.


Larry Dubey is Senior Program Manager for Comcast Cable’s Northeast Division. In this role he is responsible for overseeing data and telecommunication deployments to over 1,700 employees throughout Connecticut, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts. In 2016 Dubey joined the board of True Colors, an organization he felt strongly about after volunteering at their Youth Conference in 2003. Larry has volunteered for a number of causes over the years including organizing a team for the Aids CT walk and coordinating fundraisers for local food pantries and homeless shelters. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Human Service and Administration from Springfield College in, his Paralegal Certification from Elms College and is working towards his Master’s degree in Organizational Change at Northeastern University.


Barry Walters is an Outreach Manager for Aids Project New Haven. He joined the True Colors Board in 2014. He and his partner have one son.

As CREC’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Ellen Retelle oversees the research of best practices relating to instruction, assessment, school turnaround, and family support. Dr. Retelle has over 27 years of experience in education and has taught children and adults from different socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds in public and independent, urban inner-city and suburban, under privileged and affluent, neighborhood and international schools. She is committed to a multicultural and social justice vision and mission of education. Prior to joining CREC, Dr. Ellen Retelle served as an associate professor in and chair of the Educational Leadership department at Central Connecticut State University, training aspiring administrators in the best practices needed for successful school leadership. Dr. Retelle was also an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge, Canada, and instructor and adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia. Her most recent publication was a book chapter entitled, Social Justice and District Leadership in Public Schools, published in 2013. Dr. Retelle was an elementary principal of an international school in Japan. Additionally, she has taught and worked effectively and successfully in diverse, multicultural schools in the United States, Antigua, Taiwan, Japan, and Canada. Dr. Retelle obtained her BS in Elementary Education at Salem State College in Massachusetts; MS in Educational Leadership and Supervision at the University of Houston in Texas, and her Ph.D. in Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia in Canada

Evelyn Mantilla is a highly experienced political consultant, with decades of proven experience across many levels of government and communities. With ten years experience as a Representative in the Connecticut General Assembly, Evelyn brings a unique perspective to every issue. Known as a strong communicator, an effective coalition builder, and a highly respected leader among social, political, and business circles, she provides a breadth of knowledge guaranteed to provide strong results. As an activist and legislator, she has spent her professional career working on civil rights and equality issues – particularly focusing on her work with disenfranchised communities. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve as Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives as well as the first openly gay woman in the Connecticut General Assembly. During her tenure as a legislator, she represented an urban district with an overwhelming majority of Latinos / Puerto Ricans – a district with one of the highest populations living in poverty in the state. She has held leadership positions with the National Council for Community and Justice and the Hartford Sexual Assault Crisis Service, and has received awards from the Connecticut Institute for Community Development and the National Association of Social Workers, among others. In addition to her legislative work, Evelyn has worked as an advocate for women’s rights and as a small business owner consulting to nonprofits, businesses and electoral campaigns for over 22 years. She has served on numerous boards, commissions, and public committees, and uses her unique combination of talents, multiculturalism, and activist experience to be an advocate for social justice issues.

Recently retired from active practice, Art Webster is a lawyer and law professor. As an attorney, he spent 35 years  in courtrooms arguing for the protection of children and youth from abuse, neglect and delinquency. He is a noted authority on complex medical-legal issues, including diagnostic and treatment decision-making, HIV/AIDS, religious exemption laws and end-of-life issues. As a teacher and an author, he has instructed hundreds of students, attorneys, judges, other professionals and citizens on the impact of law on children, parents and the government. Art is a graduate of Bradley University, B.A., summa cum laude,  and Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

 

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