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
Universal Health Care Foundation
Nancy Burton, CNM, MS, Chair
Candida Flores, Vice Chair
Cornell Wright, Treasurer
Beverley Brakeman, Secretary
Universal Health Care Staff
Frances G. Padilla
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.
Director of Program & Policy
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.
Senior Policy Officer
Jill Zorn, who serves as Senior Policy Officer, joined Universal Health Care in 2006. She is responsible for monitoring and analyzing state and federal health policy trends, health policy research and strategy development, and cultivating key partnerships for the foundation. Her policy advocacy work focuses on addressing high health care prices and how states can put building blocks in place to move toward quality, affordable health care for all.
A frequent public presenter on health care reform, Jill brings a background in health care administration to her post. Her former positions include Assistant Vice President for Planning at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Support Services Administrator for Kaiser Permanente’s health centers in the Hartford area, and Chapter Programs Director for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Connecticut Chapter. She is a graduate of Brown University and received her MBA in Health Care Management from Boston University.
Rosana G. Ferraro
Policy & Program Officer
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.
Cheryl Sellars, who serves as the Finance Officer, joined the Foundation in May 2014. She is responsible for the Foundation’s finances, technology and human resources duties.
Cheryl has over 40 years of experience in finance and accounting; the last 25 years of which have been with non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Finance Director for the American Red Cross CT and RI Region, CFO for Girl Scouts CT Trails Council, Finance Director for the Portland VNA, and Accounting Director for Pomperaug Woods. She was also a part-time corporate and personal finance instructor for University of Phoenix for 6 years.
Eboney D. Edwards
Eboney D. Edwards 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.
As communications associate, Jackie Nappo works to connect Universal Health Care’s policy and program work to the general public in a way that increases its impact. Before starting at the Foundation, Jackie worked as a reporter at the Journal Inquirer covering town politics and boards of education. She graduated in May of 2018 from the University of Connecticut with a double major in communications and journalism.
Director of Donor Communications and Advising
Heidi Green is director of donor communications and advising. The lead ambassador to donors and supporters, Heidi works to raise operating and grantmaking dollars to fuel the fight for health care for everybody. Heidi is an experienced nonprofit leader who has raised current use and planned gifts for her alma mater Trinity College, built out the mid-level donor program for Save the Sound, and was the first Executive Director at 1000 Friends of Connecticut. Her volunteer service includes CT Humanities. Heidi works with progressive, high-net-worth individuals, foundations, legacy donors and monthly givers. She welcomes the opportunity to help you make your mark.