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Board of Trustees

Like all Community Action Agencies, Community Renewal Team has a Board of Trustees with equal representation from three sectors: The private (business) sector; the public (government) sector; and the neighborhood (community) sector. Public policy and corporate experience are joined with the authentic perspective of those who live in our neighborhoods. This powerful combination enables CRT to respond flexibly and creatively to local needs.

Why do you serve on the CRT Board of Trustees?

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    Fernando Betancourt
    Chair, CRT Board of Trustees


    “At CRT we are determined to help reverse the trends of unemployment, housing loss, and economic distress. I am proud to serve as Chair of the CRT board, and to help develop policies that have an impact on the 140,000 individuals that come through our doors every year. I ask that you join us in preparing to meet our next set of challenges—for our community and for our agency.”

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    Marta Bentham
    Vice Chair, CRT Board of Trustees

    Director of Family Services, Hartford Public Schools

    “CRT provides excellent early care and education services to over 1,400 children every year. Children are excited and prepared for a lifetime of learning when they enter the public school system. CRT’s partnerships ensure children and families receive services to address their needs, enabling families to become stronger, self-reliant, and better educated.”

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    Gloria Jones
    Vice Chair, CRT Board of Trustees

    Acute Care Liaison, Charter Oak Health Center

    “I see how CRT’s Behavioral Health program has made a positive impact on those who use its services. The program is accredited by the Joint Commission which assures you that CRT’s dedicated and professional behavioral health staff provide the best services available.”

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    Norman Jones
    Vice Chair, CRT Board of Trustees


    “I can attest first hand to the quality of education my children received in CRT’s Head Start Program. Today, CRT’s centers are NAEYC accredited—the Gold Standard for quality early care and education programs nationwide.”

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    Walter L. Benjamin
    Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

    President/CEO, WLB Group of Companies

    “As Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee I know the importance of financial accountability. CRT’s management and staff are committed to their fiscal stewardship of hard earned tax dollars, as demonstrated year after year by our clean financial audits.”

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    Faith Jackson
    Secretary, CRT Board of Trustees, Chair, Human Resources

    Human Relations Director, Human Relations Commission, City of Middletown

    “I know the importance of having the right person in the right job. CRT’s talented staff is truly committed to customer empowerment. It is what they do, and they do it very well.”

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    Dr. Wilfredo Nieves
    Planning and Assessment Committee Chair

    President, Capital Community College

    “Nothing changes lives more than education—an early childhood education, a GED or higher education. CRT is there each and every step of the way. Education is truly one of the Steps to Success.”

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    Robert Benzinger
    VP Operations, Phalcon Ltd.; Chairman of The Meadows

    “I got involved with CRT’s real estate development affiliate, The Meadows, more than a decade ago. It is exciting to help reverse poverty by giving people affordable housing options. I am proud to have helped with the development of low-cost housing for individuals, families, elderly and even grand-families.”

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    Robert A. Carubia
    Certified Public Accountant

    “I have been on CRT committees for over 30 years, and have just joined the board. It’s a matter of giving back: You really have to take care of the community in every way possible. Working with CRT is my contribution. I’m proud to help with CRT’s mission, which is to lift up the community.”

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    Eric Coleman
    Superior Court Judge

    “The community benefits when people can access a broad range of supports in a coordinated fashion. There are few organizations that can accomplish this as effectively as CRT. I have long supported CRT’s work with ex-offenders, preschool children and grandparents raising their grandchildren.”

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    Mary Everett
    League of Women Voters

    “I believe strongly in the importance of quality programming which is why I serve as a member of the CRT Planning and Assessment Committee. It is important to visit our programs while in full operation to evaluate their effectiveness and make improvements along the way.”

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    Robert Fishman
    Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

    “To continue to be innovative, we must be vigilant on the legislative front. CRT is very effective at advocating on behalf of our customers on the local and national stage. Legislators turn to CRT when they need to understand the concerns of Central Connecticut's citizens.”

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    Mui Mui Hin McCormick
    Clinical Director of Adult Residential Services at Rushford Center

    "I want to contribute in making positive changes in our communities so everyone can have opportunities to succeed. CRT is community focused and a great resource, providing numerous programs that are beneficial in so many ways. Allowing others to dream big and achieve more."

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    Daniel Schaefer
    Board of Trustees

    “CRT is dedicated to providing quality services for all and fiscal accountability for each funder. I serve on the CRT planning and assessment committee so that I can influence the start-up and oversight of programs that help our community.”

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    Navarda Williams
    Board of Trustees