Leadership & Governance
Board Of Directors
Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
Moses Weitzman Health System
Joseph J. Cherico
McCarter & English, LLP
United States Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut
Rosendo Garza, Jr.
Day Pitney LLP
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Deep Hollow Farm
William J. Pieper
Pentegra Retirement Services – Retired
Pratt & Whitney
Walden, Macht & Haran, LLP
United States Senator, Connecticut
Kevin P. Brown
Chairman, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
Colonel, US Army, Retired
Former Executive Director, VA Connecticut’s Errera Community Care Center
Professor Michael Wishnie
Yale Law School
Meet Our Board of Directors
Listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Joseph J. Cherico
Joe Cherico is a litigator and the office managing partner for the Stamford office of McCarter & English. Joe typically represents financial institutions and other corporate clients in commercial litigation matters in the state and federal courts of Connecticut and New York. Joe has been appointed to serve in a variety of roles throughout the Connecticut Superior Court, including as a Magistrate, Special Master, Fact-Finder and Arbitrator, and he is member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators. Joe is the Immediate Past President of the Fairfield County Bar Association and continues to serve on its Executive Board. He graduated from Fordham University in 1992 and Fordham Law School in 1995. Joe is a long-time supporter of the CVLC and has devoted a significant amount of time to representing veterans on a pro bono basis.
Margaret M. Donovan is an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Connecticut. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Margaret served six years in the United States Army as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. She served on two combat deployments as a legal advisor in the fight against the so-called Islamic State. In that role, she provided legal advice on airstrikes and other lethal engagements in Iraq and Syria. Outside of her combat deployments, Margaret deployed to Liberia as a legal advisor to the military unit that led the United States’ response to the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak. Prior to that, she completed a 14-month overseas assignment where she provided legal assistance to Soldiers and Commanders stationed on the Korean peninsula. She holds a B.A. from Fordham University and a J.D. from Fordham Law. As a federal prosecutor, her cases frequently involve national security and cybercrime offenses.
Rosendo Garza, Jr.
Rosendo is an attorney in Day Pitney LLP’s Hartford office. He advocates for clients in energy-related matters, including regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters, frequently handling proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy, and federal courts. Also, Rosendo is a member of the team of lawyers serving as general counsel to the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), a regional utility consortium engaged in the wholesale markets for electrical power. In this role, Rosendo represents NEPOOL before the FERC and regularly provides counsel related to the design and operation of the region’s wholesale electric markets. Prior to joining Day Pitney, Rosendo served as a law clerk for the Honorable Alexandra D. DiPentima, former Chief Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court.
Before becoming an attorney, Rosendo spent ten years on active duty, serving as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. During this time, he deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Now, Rosendo holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) and continues serving in the Marine Corps Reserves, where he currently holds the position of Deputy Operations Officer for a reserve unit based out of Quantico, VA.
Rosendo hails from Chicago and currently resides in Hartford. He holds bachelor degrees from the University of Chicago and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Paul Greatsinger is a Vice President with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Stamford, CT, where he provides Financial Advice and Planning to families and businesses. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Paul served twenty years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. An Infantry Officer, he served in more than 40 countries, to include deploying in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Joint Endeavor prior to his retirement in 2006.
Brian Hughes is the Managing Director of Deep Hollow Farm, producing organic
fruits and vegetables in Chester, Connecticut. A former Sergeant in the US Army,
Brian served in the Ranger Regiment on three deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
He is a graduate of Yale University and of the University of Connecticut School of
Kevin Lenehan is the Senior Counsel Litigation at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut. Kevin manages and directs most litigation at Sikorsky, including all products liability matters, contracts and insurance-related litigation. Kevin has been at Sikorsky in that role since 2008. Prior to joining Sikorsky, Kevin was a litigation associate at LeBoeuf Lamb/Dewey LeBoeuf in Hartford. Kevin retired from the US Navy as a Commander (O-5) after 22+ years. During that time we was, among other things, a helicopter pilot with experience flying the H-53D/E, the UH-60, the TH-57 and the T-34. Kevin lives in Connecticut with his wife Mary and has three children, Kathryn (Katy), Kevin Jr. and Patrick. Kevin has been active in veterans causes since his retirement and during his time at Sikorsky he has taken a leadership role in the Sikorsky Homerun for Heroes (HFH) fundraiser which raises money and awareness for CVLC, Harkness House and the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation. This year, HFH will also support the Madaras House, a community-based transitional home for homeless female Veterans in Connecticut.
Aza G. Mosley serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of CT (Environment Area). Her previous experience was Counsel for the State of CT, Department of Insurance (2020-2022). Prior to that, she worked as Prosecutor for the State of CT, Division of Criminal Justice (2018 – 2020). Before that position, she worked for Bendett and McHugh, P.C. as an Attorney specializing in foreclosure mediation (2013 – 2018). Aza taught Paralegal courses as an Adjunct for the State of CT Community College system. She serves in a variety of organizations. She is a Director on the Board of the CT Veterans Legal Center, a member of the Waterbury (CT) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, a member of the Manchester Community College Paralegal Advisory Committee, a Commissioner on the CT Judicial Selection Committee, and the President- Elect of George W. Crawford Black Bar Association (Director & Chair of the Membership Committee 2018 -2020). Other legal organizations she has served in include the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court (Barristers member 2016-2019), and the CT Bar Association (Women and the Law Section 2017 -2018 & CT Lawyer Advisory Committee 2018-2019).
Aza received her A.S. from Naugatuck Valley Community College, her B.A. from the University of Hartford, and her J.D. from Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law. She is a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Wilby High School in Waterbury, CT. Aza resides in Waterbury with her husband Mr. Sean Mosley and their daughter.
Bill Pieper is a retired senior trust officer, who worked for several banks and for a leading national provider of retirement plan outsourcing solutions. With 40 years of experience in trust administration and investments, he provided fiduciary services to retirement plans, foundations, endowments, and high net worth individuals. Bill also currently serves as the 2nd Selectman for the Town of North Haven. Bill retired as an Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 23 years of military service while on active duty and in the National Guard and the Army Reserve.
Brian Pierne is a financial executive with Deloitte & Touche LLP focused on financial planning, operations improvements, and controller activities. Brian has led projects ranging from due diligence on acquisitions to financial transformations during his 25+ years at Deloitte. Brian holds a BS from the University of Connecticut and a MS from Fairfield University.
Steve is a former Army Judge Advocate who now works at the Pratt & Whitney division of Raytheon Technologies, where he is Associate General Counsel for the Military Engines business. Steve earned his commission through the Army ROTC program at Syracuse University, and is also a graduate of George Washington University and Harvard University. He is married to Lisa Rice, who is a librarian at the town library in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, where they live with their two elementary-aged boys.
Kathleen (Kathi) Tourjee has served as head of Human Resources of WebMD since September 2011. She joined WebMD in December 2010 as Sr. Director, Total Rewards. Prior to joining WebMD, Ms. Tourjee was Sr. Director, Global Compensation at Pfizer, Inc. Her career at Pfizer spanned 29 years and several divisions, beginning in 1981 as a chemical process engineer and progressing through increasing levels of responsibility during 12 years in pharmaceutical manufacturing and 17 years in Human Resources.
Kathi earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MS in Business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
She lives in Norwalk with her husband and has two grown children. Her previous volunteer work has included many years of youth coaching as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Family Service of Southeastern Connecticut. She is delighted to be joining the CVLC Board, at least in part, as a tribute to her late father, who did a tour of duty with the Marines. His service, although brief, helped define his own values and those of his children.
Jeffrey Udell is a partner at Walden Macht & Haran LLP. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal and regulatory defense, corporate monitorships and internal investigations, frequently handling matters investigated or brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other law enforcement authorities. From 1999-2005, Jeff served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (Criminal Division) in the Southern District of New York. Jeff chaired the New York City Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee from 2008-2011, where he supervised the issuance of reports, commentary and proposals regarding New York’s legal ethics rules. Jeff is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia College and he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Korman, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of New York.
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Client Hector Alicea (left) and Client April Pearson (right). Photos by Desirea Photography.