Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors is a select group of senior community leaders from a broad range of education- and health-related organizations and institutions. These individuals are not employed by the college but guide, advise, and support the administration in furthering the college’s overall strategic interests and directions.

Learn more about getting involved with the ENHP Board of Visitors by contacting Cesarina Thompson, dean of the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, at

Current Board Members

David Bosso, Ed.D., M'04 - Chair (2019-2022)
2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year
Social Studies Teacher
Berlin High School

Melissa Bavaro-Grande
Superintendent of Schools
East Granby Public Schools

Mark Benigni, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Meriden Public Schools

Allan M. Hoffman, Ed.D., CHES
Retired - Formerly President, The Institute for Clinical Social Work

Robert J. Krug, M.D.

James Michel
Chief Executive Officer
Access Health CT

Steve Minkler, Ed.D. ’08, M ’00
Chief Executive Officer
Middlesex Community College

Tim Nee
Managing Director, Montessori Training Center Northeast
Capitol Region Education Council

Rita Parisi                                                         
Senior Vice President
HHC Community Network

Markham Rollins III
Rollins Consulting Group LLC

Steven J. Sigal
Retired - Formerly Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Health New England

Joan Sittard
Implementation & Training Manager
McCracken Financial Solutions Corp.

Maria Tackett, RN, MSN, Ed.D.'10, Vice Chair (2019-2022)
Nursing Director, Professional Practice
Hartford Hospital

Lydia Tedone A'77 (HCW)
Connecticut Association of Boards of Education

Cesarina Thompson, PhD, RN, ANEF
College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Dianna Wentzell, Ed.D. ’11
Director of Clinical Education
University of St. Joseph

Lisa Zapatka, MSN, RN, NEA-BC   
Regional Chief Nursing Officer
Trinity Health of New England

Honorary Board Members

David Gordon '75
Vice President of Product and Product Development
Member, Board of Regents, University of Hartford

James L. Starr
Chief Financial Officer
Essence Healthcare

Edward Weinswig
Professor Emeritus
University of Hartford