Jeff Leake: Chairperson & Finance Committee Representative

Fifty-year CT educator and Past President of the Connecticut Education Association, the largest teachers’ union in CT.

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
Education Consultant

Paul F. Flinter, Ph.D. is the former Director of Adult Education for the Wallingford Connecticut School District and currently works part time as the Adult Education Grants Coordinator. Prior to his Wallingford positions, 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 a special education teacher for 7 years in Connecticut school districts. 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.

Dr. Agnes Quiñones

Dr. Agnes Quiñones was born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. As an undergraduate student in Amherst, Massachusetts, she was often the only Latina in many of her math and science classes. Dr. Quiñones holds advanced degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in future studies and Multicultural organization development.

For the last 23 years, she has served as Program Manager for state funded after-school programs, Neighborhood Youth Centers Program, and Youth Service Bureaus in the Connecticut State Department of Education. Dr. Quiñones was selected as the 2008 Latina Citizen of the Year by the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission; was named the 2009 Latino de Oro Education Award Recipient by Hartford’s Identidad Latina Newspaper, was selected the 2011 CT After School Champion by the After School Alliance, an nationally recognized organization. In 2013, Dr. Quinones was awarded the Literacy Advocacy Award by the Reading and Language Arts Department at Central Connecticut State University.

Most recently, Dr. Quinones was selected as one of fifty most influential in state and local government after school leader by the National After School Alliance. Dr. Quiñones has contributed more to the growth of afterschool programs in Connecticut than any other single individual. She is committed to promoting academic excellence, and her leadership in the policy arena has significantly improved learning opportunities for young people, both during and after school.

She is a great believer of lifelong learning. Dr. Quinones credits her maternal grandmother for her success and achievements. She is well known for her commitment to equity in education and is very passionate about opening doors for all underrepresented students. Her colleagues regard her as brilliant and visionary, a true and inspiring leader, and they value her expertise. She is one of those who takes a good idea and makes it great, yet she knows how to collaborate and make all the partners feel appreciated.