SCSU Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors
Paula Armbruster, M.A., M.S.W. is a retired Associate Clinical Professor from the Yale School of Medicine. She also served for over twenty years as Director, Outpatient Services and as Director, Social Work Training of the Yale Child Study Center. Nationally recognized, Ms. Armbruster chaired the National Consortium for Children's Mental Health Services. She is also a founder of several preventive community programs for youth including Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (L.E.A.P.) of New Haven. In addition, she is a member of the Yale Women's Council and is co-chair of Yale Women Connecticut. She also serves on the boards of various local organizations. Ms. Armbruster received her B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Social Work from the University of Connecticut; and her M.A. in Southeast Asia Studies from Yale University. Ms. Armbruster is the chair of the SCSU Foundation Development Committee, Governance Committee and Executive Committees.
Michael Chambrello '79, Treasurer
Michael Chambrello was appointed CEO of IGT’s North America Lottery on March 23, 2015. IGT is the world’s leading end-to-end gaming company, uniquely positioned to provide the government-sponsored and commercial gaming industry with proven solutions across the entire continuum of gaming products and channels, including retail, web, and mobile. Its holding company headquarters are in the United Kingdom, with operating headquarters in Rome, Italy, Las Vegas, Nevada and Providence, Rhode Island. IGT is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "IGT." IGT provides customers with best-in-class solutions, and creates maximum value for shareholders, by adhering to the highest levels of service, integrity, responsibility, and innovation. Mr. Chambrello is also responsible for the global instant ticketing printing business as well. Prior to IGT, Michael Chambrello was the Chief Executive Officer - Asia-Pacific Region of Scientific Games in New York City. Scientific Games is a global technology leader and provider of comprehensive, gaming solutions to the lottery and pari-mutuel racing industries. Previously, Mr. Chambrello was President and CEO of Environmental Systems Products Holdings, Inc. (ESP) and CEO of Transmedia Asia Pacific, Inc. and Transmedia Europe Inc. Mr. Chambrello has served on the Board of Directors of various public and private high technology companies as not for profit organizations. Mr. Chambrello earned a B.S. in Economics from SCSU and attended Graduate School at the American University's Kogod College of Business. He is the Treasurer of the SCSU Foundation Board of Directors, Chair of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Executive and Governance Committees.
Lindy Gold has worked for the State of Connecticut since 1998. She is currently a senior specialist in the Department of Economic and Community Development where she is responsible for business retention, recruitment, and expansion. She represents the commissioner on all workforce development and education boards and commissions. Prior to her position with the State, Lindy was the Director of Development and Community Relations at the Connecticut office of Mothers against Drunk Driving. She has served on the Board of Aldermen in New Haven and in leadership roles on the boards of multiple non-profits organizations. Lindy attended Hamden Hall Country Day School and then Emerson College in Boston, where she majored in Theatre Arts. She is very active with the Jewish Community of the Greater New Haven area and is the former Chairperson to Gateway Community College Foundation. She resides in New Haven and has one son, Joshua Kroop, and a grandson, Ari John Kroop. Ms. Gold serves on the Development Committee and the Governance Committee.
Michael Katz, '66, '76
Michael Katz played offensive guard for the NFL's New York Jets from his graduation until 1968. He was best known internationally as an amateur and professional bodybuilder, winning the "Mr. America title in 1970, "Mr. Universe" in 1972, "Mr. World" in 1972, and "Mr. Olympia" runner-up in 1975. He co-starred in the 1977 hit documentary "Pumping Iron." Katz was a highly respected judge for the International Federation of Bodybuilding and was a 1996 inductee of the New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame. In 1979 he was President of World Gym Fitness in Branford and Hamden. In 2004, he switched to a Planet Fitness franchise which he runs alongside his son, Michael Jr. He spent 33 years as a Hamden educator and coach. He resides in North Branford with his wife, Pam, and has 2 children. Mr. Katz serves on the Finance and Development Committees.
Thomas J. Madigan, '98
Thomas Madigan works as a Financial Advisor for UBS Financial Services in New Haven where he is the Senior Vice President - Wealth Management and a managing partner of the Lelas / Madigan / Curtis Wealth Management Group. Mr. Madigan specializes in wealth management for high net worth individuals and also manages pension plans, 401k plans and corporate assets. He received his Bachelors degree from SCSU in Business Management. While an undergraduate student at Southern, Thomas was a 4 year starter for the SCSU Fighting Owls football team. Thomas resides in Branford and has two sons. He serves as Chair of the Investment Committee and also serves on the Executive and Finance Committees.
David R. McHale, '82, Chair
David R. McHale is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the EversourceEnergy. He is responsible for Customer Care, Energy Efficiency, Information Technology, Supply Chain, Environmental Affairs, Property Management and Energy Supply. Mr. McHale received his B.S. degree in Economics from SCSU and his MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of New Haven. In addition, he attended both the Executive Financial Management and the Executive Strategy and Organization Programs of Stanford University. In 2010, Mr. McHale was the recipient of Southern's Distinguished Alumnus Award. He serves as the Chair of the SCSU Foundation Board of Directors as well as Chair to the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Audit, Development, Finance, Governance and Investment Committees.
John J. Mezzanotte is a CPA and Partner-in-Charge for Marcum LLP (Greenwich Office) and is a member of its National Alternative Investment and Healthcare Industry groups. He offers more than 30 years of tax and consulting experience serving closely-held companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Mezzanotte has an in-depth knowledge working with hospitality business within domestic and international markets. his global engagements for private international clients and foreign governments span more than 30 countries. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Mezzanotte held executive level positions in finance as Chief Financial Officer, Principal of an investment banking firm, Co-Trustee for a large marital trust and managing Director of a world-renowned hotel and resort. He will serve as Chair of the SCSU Foundation's Audit Committee and a member of the Development Committee.
Martha N. Okafor, Ph.D., M.A., M.P.A.
Martha serves as the head of the Community Services Administration in New Haven. In this role she oversees the New Haven Health Department, the Department of Elderly Services, the Youth Services Department and works with the state Department of Social Services to provide resources through State Administered General Assistance (SAGA). Before accepting this position in 2014, Martha was the director of the Division of Behavioral Health and an assistant professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Georgia. She also served as a faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Massachusetts. She has previously served as a high-level administrator at the Georgia Department of Human Resources in the Public Health Division and the Division of Family and Children Services. Previously, in Connecticut, Martha has served as Director of the Family Health Division of the State Department of Public Health and Director of the Strategic Planning Division at the state Department of Social Services. Martha Okafor earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Nigeria. She also has a Master of Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria), a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Morehouse School of Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology/Medical Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. She is an officer of the SCSU Foundation serving as Secretary and a member of both the Development and Governance Committees.
William H. Pratt, Esq., '76
William Pratt is a partner for the law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner of Washington, D.C. His practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property transactions and licensing, government contracts, and the arbitration of intellectual property disputes. He advises corporations both in the United States and abroad on a wide range of licensing issues across a broad spectrum of technologies. Mr. Pratt received his B.S. degree from SCSU, his M.P.A. from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and his J.D. from Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C. He serves on the SCSU Foundation Audit and Finance Committees.
In 1970, John Soto founded Space-Craft Manufacturing, Inc. in Milford, CT (now located in New Haven). The company manufactures complex precision-machined components from super alloy materials for the aerospace industry. In April 2004, Mr. Soto received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Award for Outstanding Philanthropists. He was nominated for the award by Gateway Community College in New Haven, where he has been actively involved. In August 2003, Mr. & Mrs. Soto established an Endowed Scholarship for full-time undergraduate students of Hispanic descent. Mr. Soto previously served on the SCSU Foundation Board from 2001-2011. He is currently serving on the Development Committee.
Anthony Verlezza, '74, Vice Chair
Anthony F. Verlezza is the former Vice President of Supply Chain for Unilever's North American Ice Cream group, the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of ice cream products including Breyers, Ben & Jerry's, Klondike, Popsicle, and Good Humor. Mr. Verlezza also held positions during his career with The Borden Co. and Kraft, Inc. He currently serves in an industry supply chain business advisory role to food manufacturing companies and private equity groups. In 2005, Mr. Verlezza was the recipient of Southern's Distinguished Alumnus Award. A native of West Haven, Connecticut, Mr. Verlezza graduated from Southern with a B.S. degree in Biology and later earned his MBA in Management from LaSalle University. He serves as the Chair on the SCSU Foundation's Governance Committee and also serves on the Investment Committee and the Executive Committee.
Pieter van Vredenburch
Pieter van Vredenburch is the Head of Linear USD Rates at HSBC Bank USA. He was previously the Global Head of U.S. Rates and Trading for the Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. van Vredenburch began his career in finance with the Swiss Bank Corporation and served as the director of Rates and Trading where he was a trader of derivatives and U.S. government bonds. Following Swiss Bank Corporation's merger with UBS in 1997, Mr. van Vredenburch held the position of Senior Swap Trader. Mr. van Vredenburch graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a B.A. in Economics and has Certifications of Series 7, 63, and 24. Mr. van Vredenburch currently serves as a board member for the SCSU School of Business as well as both the SCSU Foundation Audit and Investment Committees.