Foundation

Overview

Jeff Leake: Chairperson & Finance Committee Representative
Vice President, Connecticut Education Association (CEA)

The vice-president assists the president in representing the Association as spokesperson, and is an integral part of CEA’s legislative and political action leadership effort. Mr. Leake is the president of the Connecticut Education Foundation, the CEA charitable foundation that administers the Children’s Fund, the Minority and DiGiovanni Scholarship Funds, the Boland Fund, and the Holiday Bear Project.


George Coleman: Program Committee Representative

Mr. Coleman retired from the Connecticut State Department of Education after having served in senior level positions in the agency including as the Interim Commissioner of Education and Deputy Commissioner. He was appointed to the State Education Resource Center Board of Directors by the State Board of Education. Mr. Coleman, who had previously served as associate commissioner of the Division of Teaching and Learning Programs and Services since 1998, joined the State Department of Education in 1987 as an education consultant in kindergarten and the primary grades. He served as chief of the Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction and of the Bureau of Early Childhood Education and Social Services before becoming associate commissioner. Mr. Coleman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Tuskegee Institute. He also earned graduate degrees in both early childhood education and curriculum and instruction from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. He has taught courses in early childhood education and history at Tufts University, Western Connecticut State University and the University of New Haven. He has authored a number of publications. Mr. Coleman serves on many professional and community boards and councils, including the state and local United Way, the Connecticut State Birth-to-Three Council, Connecticut Commission on Children and Junior Achievement. He also chairs the Board of Directors of The Hord Foundation, based in Danbury. Mr. Coleman and his wife, Carrie, reside in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown. They are the parents of one daughter, Olga Coleman Williams, and have four grandsons.


Marilyn Calderon
Executive Director of Connecticut Parent Power

Marilyn Calderon is a passionate bilingual leader with strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Marilyn has an extraordinary record serving our most vulnerable children/youth/families throughout the state, with increasing organizational structures, building diverse community constituents, board members and financial competencies. Her high energy approach and passion for social justice through a mindset of earned excellence is what continues to drive her vision in fostering the growth of a "new Connecticut" by developing parent leaders that embrace diversity with a "shared vision" approach to life. She believes in making things happen versus waiting for things to happen with and for the well-being of our diverse children and parents, which is exemplified in all that she commits to!


Paul F. Flinter
Director, Wallingford Adult Education

Paul F. Flinter, Ph.D. is the Director of Wallingford Adult Education and he joined the Wallingford Public Schools in the summer of 2011. Prior to his appointment, Paul worked in the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and his section had responsibility for areas supporting students’ social, emotional, physical and mental health, School-Family-Community Partnerships and Adult Education. In his earlier tenure at the CSDE, he was the Bureau Chief of Early Childhood and Social Services and served as an Education Consultant in Special Education. He has been an Assistant Professor at St. Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut and he was an elementary/special education school teacher for 7 years. His advance degrees are in education psychology and child development. He has coauthored several articles and continues work on efforts that assist teachers and schools to be more effective in their instructional practices and involvement with parents.


Jessica Sager
Co-Founder & Executive Director of All Our Kin

Jessica received her B.A. from Barnard College and worked as an artist-in-the-schools in New York City before attending Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Teaching Fellow. In 1999, she received her J.D. from Yale. Upon graduation, she was awarded both the Mary McCarthy and Liman Public Interest Fellowships. She founded All Our Kin with Janna Wagner in the fall of 1999. In addition to her work at All Our Kin, Jessica co-teaches a college seminar on “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy” with Janna Wagner at Yale. She is a trustee of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, and is active in numerous local, state and national initiatives to improve the quality and sustainability of child care in low-income communities. In 2001, Yale University and the City of New Haven awarded Jessica a Seton Elm-Ivy Award for her efforts to strengthen partnerships and understanding among the New Haven and Yale communities. Jessica is also a recipient of Working Women's "Twenty Under Thirty" award; Business Times’ "Forty Under 40" award; and the Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut’s “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” award. She was a finalist for Cookie magazine’s “Smart Cookie” award, has been recognized as a “Wonking Class Hero” by Miller-McCune magazine, received the Northeastern Region Ruby Award for Women Helping Women from Soroptimist International, was honored by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, and was named the 2012 Small Business Administration's Women in Business Champion of the Year for Connecticut. Most recently, she was selected as an “Extraordinary Female Social Entrepreneur” for the New Profit Accelerator.


Deborah Stanley-McAulay
Chief Diversity Officer, Yale University

Deborah Stanley-McAulay is a native of New Haven, CT. After attending the New Haven Public School system, she obtained her bachelors of Science from the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University. Upon returning to New Haven, Debbie began teaching business education courses for the New Haven Board of Education where she focused on the Adult population. While teaching business education courses at the New Haven Adult & Continuing Education Center she enrolled at the University of Bridgeport. Deborah obtained her masters of science in the Secondary Business Education. She then left the public school system to begin working for the Hospital of St. Raphael (HSR) as a Training Coordinator in the Educational Resource Center. Under Debbie’s direction HSR piloted several new educational initiatives in the areas of computer education, health education and management development. In 1995 Debbie joined the management staff at Yale University. She entered the institution as the Manager of Training and Process Improvement, Yale School of Medicine, Office of Professional Services (OPS). She then became the Director of Learning in the Organizational Development and Learning Center and in 2008 was appointed as Yale’s chief diversity officer.


Ex Officio members:

  • SERC Executive Director – Ingrid Canady (Executive Director)
  • Director of the SERC Foundation – Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D.