Board of Directors

Connecticut Health Advancement and Research Trust (CHART)

  • Dan Livingston, J.D., Chair
  • Nancy Burton, CNM, MS, Vice-Chair
  • Cornell Wright, Treasurer
  • Candida Flores Secretary
  • Dr. Stephen Smith
  • Monte Wagner
  • Evelyn Mantilla
  • Beverley Brakeman
  • Janée Woods Weber
  • Laura McCargar
  • Amanda Skinner

Universal Health Care Foundation 

  • Nancy Burton, CNM, MS, Chair
  • Candida Flores, Vice Chair
  • Cornell Wright, Treasurer
  • Beverley Brakeman, Secretary
  • Dan Livingston
  • Evelyn Mantilla
  • Janée Woods Weber
  • Laura McCargar


Universal Health Care Staff

Frances G. Padilla

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Frances G. Padilla was appointed President of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut in September 2012.

Since joining Universal in 2004, Frances has held various leadership positions in addition to spearheading Universal Health Care’s research and policy initiatives, which led to the design of the landmark SustiNet law in 2009, and building block health care reform legislation passed in 2011. Her career in philanthropy, which began as a program officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, spans over 30 years. She later held positions at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven before running her own business, New Paradigms Consulting.

Frances serves on the Connecticut Health Care Cabinet for which she chairs a work group on prescription drug costs focusing on transparency and fair pricing. She also serves on the steering committee of the State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative, advising on implementation of a $45 million federal grant to the state of Connecticut. SIM is designed to improve community health and eliminate inequities, ensure superior access and quality to care, empower individuals to actively participate in their care, and improve affordability of health care costs. In addition, Frances is a founding member and co-chair of the Leadership Council of the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative.

She serves on the boards of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Qualidigm, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.

Frances is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Rosana G. Ferraro

Program Lead for Health Justice Policy Advocacy
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Rosana G. Ferraro is a Policy & Program Officer at Universal Health Care. She supports the Foundation’s policy, advocacy, and grantmaking priorities to achieve accessible, equitable, affordable, high-quality health care for all.

Rosana has worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years, focusing on children, youth, and families, predominantly in the New Haven area. She was a fellow in the Annie E. Casey Foundation Elm City Fellowship for Children and Families.

Just prior to working at Universal Health Care, she completed an internship at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC, as a Fisher Cummings Fellow from Columbia’s School of Social Work. She received her BA from Yale University and graduated from Columbia with a Masters of Social Work, with a focus in Social Policy. She is originally from Puerto Rico.

Rabera Sharon

Program Lead for Health Justice Organizing & Advocacy
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Rabera is the Program Officer for Health Justice. She believes in the power of cross-movement work for greater impact because social justice issues are interconnected. Rabera supports Universal’s Health Justice work being done in collaboration with CT-based grassroots organizations and advocates working to address the Social Determinants of Health in Connecticut.

Rabera has worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years. She has worked with feminist grassroot organizations in Sub-Sahara Africa working to address Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights around the continent. Rabera has also collaborated with various organizations across the state working on a range of social justice issues.

Lynne Ide

Program Lead for Communications, Outreach & Engagement
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Lynne Ide is Director of Program and Policy. She began her work at Universal Health Care in 2006 as coordinator of the healthcare4every1 campaign, a broad-based, grassroots effort that won passage of a landmark health reform law in 2009. She has been a leader in the Protect Our Care CT campaign, which formed in 2017 to protect against cuts to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and women’s health.

She is responsible for the development, coordination, and execution of Universal Health Care’s health care policy advocacy, outreach and education efforts, consumer engagement, convening partners, and grant-making strategy.

Prior to joining Universal Health Care, Lynne served as Associate Director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition, Director of the Legislative Electoral Action Program (LEAP), and Director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG).

She has been involved in coalition building, organizing and issue advocacy in Connecticut since 1981.

Eboney D. Rose

Executive Assistant
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Eboney D. Rose is the executive assistant. She supports Universal Health Care’s president as well as the staff as a whole. Eboney has worked in the non-profit sector for over five years, has two children, and is an active leader in her church community in Hartford.