Trustees & Ambassadors

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The Rev. Dr. Dean Ahlberg

Senior Minister, First Church of Christ, Congregational, Redding, CT

Mr. Shakeeb Alam

Co-Founder and President of East Bridge Capital Management, L.P.

The Rev. Dr. Karen Bailey-Francois

Alumna and Minister, Second Congregational Church of Cohasset, MA

Ms. Noora Brown

Chairwoman of Interfaith and Outreach, Farmington Valley American Muslim Center Inc.

Mr. Martin L. Budd, Esq., Treasurer

Retired Partner, Day Pitney, Stamford, CT

Temple Emanu-El, New York

Rabbi Debra Cantor

Congregation B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, Bloomfield, CT

Ms. Allison Chisolm

Principal, Choice Words/Chisolm & Co.

Wesley United Methodist Church, Worcester, MA

Mr. John Cordani

Intellectual property attorney, Robinson & Cole, Hartford, CT

Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton (Faculty Trustee)

Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

Mr. Imran Eba

Partner at Action Potential Venture Capital in Cambridge, MA

Principal of Ahlulbayt School for Knowledge

Ms. Clare R. Feldman, Chair

Retired Senior Vice President Citizens Bank

Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford, CT

Rev. Dr. Sheila Harvey '07

Alumni representative. Pastor, Union Congregational United Church of Christ, West Palm Beach, FL

Mr. Thomas C. Hofstetter

Managing Director – Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors

Dr. Hossein Kamaly (Faculty Trustee)

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies

Mr. Peter Kelly

Senior Principal, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC

Dr. Joel N. Lohr

President, Hartford International

The Rev. Jean Amos Lys

Alumni representative

Ms. Gertrude “Trudie” Prior

President and General Manager, Coral World Ocean Park

Member of the Board, Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas USVI

Mr. Frank R.A. Resnick, Secretary

Retired Chief Financial Officer, Mandell Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center

Beth El Temple, West Hartford, CT

Ms. Nancy P. Roberts, 2nd Vice Chair

Retired President, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Hartford, CT

St. John’s Episcopal Church, West Hartford, CT

Mr. James K. Robertson Jr., Esq., Chair Emeritus

Alumnus and Partner, Carmody & Torrance, Waterbury, CT

First Congregational Church of Watertown, Watertown, CT

Mr. Edmund (Ted) See

Retired Partner, Day Pitney LLP

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, Hartford, CT

Mr. Naseem Shaikh, 1st Vice Chair

Vice President and CFO for global operations and supply chain functions of UTAS, a division of United Technologies

The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, Berlin, CT

Dr. Ali Shakibai                                                            




Ambassadors serve as valued champions of Hartford International University (HIU) by advancing its mission within their personal and professional networks, as well as the larger community. Ambassadors are nominated by the Governance Committee and voted in by the Board of Trustees to serve for an initial one-year term. Members in good standing are eligible for re-election to additional terms of up to three years each.

Ambassadors are knowledgeable about HIU – its history, mission, and strategies for achieving its mission – and stay informed about its work in the community. They share their affiliation and information about the work, mission, and needs of HIU among their networks in a variety of ways.

Ralph Edgar Ahlberg Shirley Dudley Molly O'Neill Louden
Saud Anwar Julie P. Fewster Hugh McLean
Mohammad Saleem Bajwa Shawn R. Fisher Kate McLean
Courtney B. Bourns James P. Friedman Jonathan Rosenbaum
David Brandwein Harriet H. Gardner Pilar R. Schmidt
Gordon Scott Cady Wendy M. Haller John L. Selders Jr.
Sajjad B. Chowdhry Alyce F. Hild Joseph M. Tobin Jr.
Joseph Colletti Robert B. Hoffman Sr.  
William J. Cronin Jr. Molly F. James  


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