Our Board

Alycia Santilli

President

Alycia Santilli, MSW, is Director of the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE), co-housed at Southern CT State University and the Yale School of Public Health. Building on her previous work as a community organizer – organizing people to influence state health policy – she started her research career to explore the important link between policy change and research. She began coordinating community-engaged research projects at the Yale School of Public Health in 2005. Alycia then joined CARE shortly after its inception in 2007 and has been integral in providing administrative oversight and strategic direction for the organization, quickly rising to a leadership position. In addition to managing grants, budgets, and human resources, she directed all research and other activities conducted in community settings, including organizing with low-income communities to develop health interventions.

Alycia brings research skills in survey design; recruitment of hard-to-reach study participants; project management; training lay-people in research, including data collection; IRB and data collection protocol development; and dissemination of research results to the community. In 2009, 2012, and 2015, she hired, trained, supervised, and directed 20 surveyors to complete >1200 household surveys in two months, as part of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment.

In 2016, Alycia transitioned to the role of Director when CARE merged Southern CT State University, bringing with her a decade of experience in community engagement and deep ties to the New Haven community. She has authored several academic papers and numerous community reports.

Alycia has a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing from the University of Connecticut. She received a BA in English and was certified in K-6 from Eastern Connecticut State University. Alycia is a Connecticut native and has lived in New Haven for nearly 15 years.

Supriya Laknidhi

Vice President

Supriya is the Chief Operating Officer for Bend Health, a virtual pediatric mental health company. Prior to this role, Supriya spent nearly 8 years at CVS Aetna leading Medicaid and Health Equity for CVS Virtual Care, a Medicaid Member "Next Best Action" product and Aetna Strategy. Throughout her experiences over the last 8+ years, Supriya has seen the need to improve Health Equity to truly impact people's health.

Prior to CVS Aetna, Supriya spent over 15 years as a strategy consultant and 5 years in global corporate banking where she had the fortune of living in many countries (Singapore, Germany, Italy, Spain) and cities within the US (Chicago and New York City). Supriya received her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Science in Economics and Biology from the University of Michigan.

Supriya now lives in West Hartford, CT with her family – her husband, two children, and their dog

Barr Even

Treasurer

Barr Even is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Rebalance Capital, an investment firm dedicated to investing in technology solutions that reduce barriers to upward mobility for low-income populations. He invests in financial, education and workforce technology companies.

Previously, Barr managed the private investment portfolio at the Dalio Family Office, including a portfolio of investments in mission-driven for-profit organizations. He has worked at Al Gore’s mission-driven investment firm, Generation IM, and served as a public health officer in the Israeli medical corps.

Barr passionately believes that ensuring health services are accessible, effective, and affordable for all is a key requirement for a just society in which everyone can reach their potential. As part of his graduate work, he received a Master in Public Health from Columbia University through which he studied the complex ecosystem of medical and non-medical factors that must be addressed to achieve health equity.

An immigrant twice over, Barr was born in Israel and grew up in the UK before moving to the United States in 2014. He has been living with his husband in Connecticut since 2017, initially in Norwalk, and now in New Canaan.

Barr received a BA from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard University

Alina Penny

Secretary

Alina Penny is a Senior Associate for Growth and Operations strategy at PURE Insurance, a specialty high net worth insurance company. Prior to the role, she helped build the Member Experience department at PURE and lead the organization to becoming a digital first company, including the development of a mobile app, online client portal and robo-advisory coverage tool. She also helped inaugurate the PURE Insurance Foundation and sits on the national committee.

Alina received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and American Studies from Williams College and now serves as Secretary for Alumni Relations.

Lawrence Davis

Director

A resident of Hartford, Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Gettysburg College. He is an active member in greater Hartford, serving as a board member of Achieve Hartford, a corporator of the Hartford Public Library, and a board member of the MetroHartford Alliance, of which he is a former chairman of the Chamber Board. Davis has also previously served as chairman of the City of Hartford Audit Commission; secretary and executive board member of Urban League of Greater Hartford; and has volunteered with Hartford Public Schools.

Robert Krzys, J.D.

Director

Robert Krzys is an attorney and health care consultant. As an attorney, he has represented various public sector labor unions in collective bargaining negotiations for over thirty years. The subject of health care benefits has figured prominently in his work and as the spokesperson for the coalition of all state employee unions on the statewide labor-management health care cost containment committee, he proposed the establishment of the Health Enhancement Program which went into effect in 2011.  That program contains a wide array of Value Based Insurance Design provisions.

Attorney Krzys is an appointed member of the Consumer Advisory Board of the on-going Connecticut SIM initiative. The CAB is charged with ensuring that the interests of the consumer are fully considered in any health care reform initiatives. He also serves on the Value Based Insurance Design Consortium of the SIM initiative which seeks to accelerate the adoption of VBID principles within the health care delivery system.

Bob is also on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Health Foundation whose mission is to eliminate health disparities for people of color. He also serves on the Foundation’s Governance and Public Policy Committees. He is also serving as a Mentor in the Foundation’s newly launched Academy for health leaders.

Bob has been active in advocating for the interests of working people throughout his career and is familiar with the workings of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of Connecticut government. In conjunction with a local union he helped establish a coalition of assisters to promote enrollment in Access Health CT, Connecticut’s health insurance exchange.

Attorney Krzys has a degree in Political Science from Tufts University and a law degree from Santa Clara University.

David Newton

Director

David I. Newton is president and founder of Elm Advisors, LLC. Established in 2007, Elm Advisors specializes in real estate and facilities services for not for profit institutions. He serves as trustee and a member on a number of boards, including Lesley University, NewAlliance Foundation, First City Fund Corporation, Elm Shakespeare Company, Project Access, and St. Martin de Porres Academy.

Previously, Newton was the associate vice president and director of University Properties at Yale University and co-founder and president of the Facilities Resource Management Co. David holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Amy Romano

Director

Amy Romano, MBA, MSN, CNM, FACNM, is a maternity care leader focused on care model innovation, community-integrated care, and quality improvement. With a clinical background as a nurse-midwife, Amy has spent her career working to improve maternity care and has particular expertise in primary prevention of cesarean and preterm birth, midwife-led and collaborative care models, shared decision making, and quality improvement.

Amy is the Founder and CEO of Primary Maternity Care, a consulting services company focused on strengthening community-based care models to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and reduce disparities. Prior to this, Amy led the development and implementation of clinical, wellness, and quality management programs at Baby and Company, a multi-state network of freestanding birth centers integrated with regional health systems. She has also previously developed quality improvement toolkits, advocacy programs, and clinical practice resources with organizations including the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement, Childbirth Connection, Jacaranda Health, and Lamaze International.

Author of many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, Amy also co-authored Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach, which was named Book of the Year by the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 2013. She also was on the editorial team and authored three chapters for the ninth edition of the landmark women’s health book, Our Bodies, Ourselves. 

Amy received her Masters of Science Degree in Nurse-Midwifery from the Yale School of Nursing and a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Leadership from the Yale School of Management. She lives in Milford, Connecticut with her husband and two teenage children.

Karen Wang, MD, MHS

Director

Dr. Wang is an assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine and core faculty at the Equity Research and Innovation Center and Yale Center for Medical Informatics. Her work is at the intersection of health equity, informatics, and data justice with a focus in optimizing health and health-related information, data, and technology for marginalized communities. Her research goal is to improve the health of marginalized communities by engaging them in the collection and use of health data and improving the quality of social and structural determinants of health data, such as race, ethnicity, and residential address.

She leverages a participatory approach to center marginalized communities in the design, collection, (re-) use of their health data; understand communities' information and technology needs, improve information resources, and accelerate the dissemination of useful data back to communities, from electronic health record data to research study data.