Board of Directors
Gary Brochu, Chair
Gary Brochu is a partner with the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin, LLP. Prior to serving on the Coram Deo Board of Directors, Gary was a member of the Berlin Board of Education for 19 years, serving as its President for 17. During this period he also served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He continues to work with the Connecticut Center for School Change as a facilitator as part of its Parent Education outreach. In 2011, Gary received the Richard Peronace Sr. Community Volunteer Award for his contributions to the Town of Berlin. The Hartford Insurance Company awarded Gary its Community Service Award in 2002. In addition to his board service he lectures and writes on governance issues for volunteer boards, and regularly delivers presentations and workshops on this topic locally and nationally. Gary explains his passion for Coram Deo's mission as part of a lifelong understanding and commitment to the importance and value of women to children and families, having lost his mother as a young boy. He resides in Berlin, CT with his wife, Kathy, and his daughters Mallory and Lindsey.
Tom has worked in senior non-profit leadership positions for over 40 years. In all of his assignments he has held primary responsibility for fundraising and brings extensive experience in annual and capital campaigning, special events, foundation and endowment development to Coram Deo. He served as a CEO in the YMCA movement for 25 years and 18 years as an independent consultant.
As the Director of Development Tom is charged with expanding donations to allow Coram Deo to expand and continuously improve services. He has led dozens of social service programs and organizations including transitional and supportive housing and emergency shelter. He shares a deep understanding and commitment to Coram Deo’s mission, approach and work.
Kevin S. Colvin, MSMFT
Kevin Colvin started his career in construction and property management. He managed 5 buildings at a computer center in Fairfield as well as renovating departments within. He managed a million dollar renovation of a former warehouse on the property into premier call center and office spaces. Kevin went on to earn a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. This led him to the Medicaid world, running Provider Relations departments which included interfacing with various state agencies advocating for Medicaid members and providers working to help them with medical and behavioral health issues. This included sitting on two legislative sub-committees. He also met with health centers statewide as well as building relationships with community advocates in soup kitchens and shelters. Kevin currently, along with his wife Sylvia, runs a real estate business. His experience in these diverse areas brings to Coram Deo an ability to oversee property issues and maintenance. He will also be able to advocate with legislators when necessary on our behalf and that of our clients. His community experience brings an empathy and enthusiasm to our organization and the ladies who benefit from our programs. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys participating in community organizations such as his local Rotary club and Chamber of Commerce. He resides in Bloomfield, CT with Sylvia and their two dogs.
Meri Horowitz, Treasurer
Meri Horowitz is a Director of Strategy and Operations with Aetna Accountable Care Solutions in Hartford, CT. Accountable Care is about empowering Healthcare Providers to effectively manage all patient populations to improve the quality, cost and patient satisfaction associated with the delivery of healthcare. Meri’s 25-year professional career and educational training has been in Healthcare Finance. Her volunteer leadership opportunities include Junior Achievement and the Junior League of Greater Springfield, where focus has been on impacting the well being of women and children. Meri joined Corum Deo in 2013 recognizing the unique value that they bring to the community by helping women struggling with abuse and addiction rebuild their lives and families in a supportive and sober environment. She resides in Longmeadow, MA with her husband, Arnold, and sons Mark and Max
Lorraine La Vigne
Lorraine La Vigne, RSM is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently in private practice in Newington, CT. Prior to this she served as the Executive Director of a number of non-profit counseling agencies in the Greater Hartford area. She has also developed and presented workshops on such topics as effective family functioning, communication and conflict management, women’s issues and individual personal growth. Lorraine has served on several boards, as well as conducted education and formation programs for Boards of Directors in non-profit organizations. From 1996-2001 she served initially as Treasurer and then as President of the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapist. Lorraine is a Sister of Mercy, living in Hartford. She enjoys her early morning walks and cross country skiing or snow shoeing in the local parks. As a therapist Lorraine has worked with many women struggling with addiction and not having an adequate support system. The service Coram Deo provides for women with addictions motivated her to be a part of this organization’s mission. As she continues to meet some of the women who participate in the program and learn more about the programs she sees how necessary such an organization is to the community.
Jackie McDonald is a Senior Consultant in the Joint Venture Accounting department at Aetna in Hartford, CT. She received her Bachelor’s in Accounting at Central Connecticut State University, and her Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus in management, at University of Hartford. Prior work experience includes accounting within the revenue and claim departments at UnitedHealthcare, as well as customer billing at UTC Aerospace. Jackie enjoys volunteer work and helping others in any way she can. Past volunteer experience includes KaBOOM! playground builds, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Junior Achievement, and Raise a Paw against Leukemia. Jackie joined the Coram Deo Board of Directors in July of 2018. She also sits on the board for another local non-profit, The Rob Branham Foundation. To improve upon public speaking and leadership skills, Jackie became a member of Toastmasters International in February of 2018, where she also holds an officer position. Coram Deo’s mission and vision for the future is one that she is very passionate about. As someone who’s had friends and family experience addiction, Coram Deo quickly became an important organization in Jackie’s life and one she very much wanted to be a part of. She resides in Berlin, CT with her boyfriend and two fur-babies, Bo (dog) and Arrow (cat).
Rosalind H. Nash
Rosalind H. Nash is a manager at Aetna in their internal audit department. Rosalind is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has an extensive background in audit and finance. Her prior work experience includes public accounting at PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Arthur Andersen, and financial reporting for ESPN Internet Ventures. Rosalind earned a Bachelor’s degree from CCSU and a Masters in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Hartford and is a proud alumna of Weaver High School in Hartford CT.
Rosalind has a passion to serve and to help others recognize and achieve their personal goals and she also enjoys volunteer work. Prior volunteer experience includes Junior Achievement, preparing and serving meals at homeless shelters (men and women), and participating in annual fundraising walks/runs. Her favorite charity is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With its mission to serve and meet the needs of women with substance abuse as well as help reunite moms with their children, Coram Deo is a natural and ordained fit for Rosalind.
David is a partner with Foreign Exchange Analytics, a capital market advisory firm providing analysis, strategy and consulting. Being an original founder of the firm as well as earning an MBA in finance, he brings a broad range of financial, strategic and start-up/small business experience. His previous volunteer activities include mentoring and consulting with local businesses for the Small Business Administration and as an instructor for the Connecticut Association of Human Services (CAHS)/CT Money School. David resides in Madison with his wife and has 2 children. The critical services that Coram Deo Recovery provides and understanding that everyone's road to recovery is unique were key factors in David's decision to become involved with this important organization.
Meirui Zhang joined Aetna in 2017 as a part of a finance rotational program and has worked in areas such as Institutional Businesses and Corporate Development. She is an alumni of Emory University graduating from Goizueta Business School in Finance and Chinese Literature and Language. In the past, Meirui has worked for several service organizations including volunteering as an Advanced EMT servicing Emory University and the greater Decatur area. Meirui joined Coram Deo in 2018 due to her passion for volunteerism and support for Coram Deo’s mission having seen Coram Deo’s profound ability to aid women recovering from addiction and abuse. She resides in East Hartford, CT with her 9 year old cat.