To ensure Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut’s Veteran/Servicemember & Military Family Programs “hit the mark” and make a significant positive impact on the lives of veterans/servicemembers and their families, Easterseals has created a highly selective Advisory Council that will provide insight and recommendations for program development and related matters in the military arena.


Jeff Blocker
U.S. Army

Kevin Brown, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Ambassador, Mohegan Tribe

Judge John Caruso – Ret.
U.S. Marines

Dr. Victoria Cassano
MD, MPH, Captain MC U.S. Navy – Ret.

Sean Connolly
J.D., Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army,
Former Commissioner, Connecticut Veteran Affairs

Francis J. Evon, Jr.
Major General, U.S. Army – Connecticut National Guard

Cecile Fazio
Blue Star Mother

John Hendrick
U.S. Army, Chief of Staff

Samsung & SEA Veterans Community

Manuel Meneses
Veteran Advocate – Congressman Courtney

Leesa Philippon
Gold Star Mother

Thomas Saadi
Commissioner of CT Veteran Affairs, J.D., Major U.S. Army Reserves

Linda Spoonster Schwartz RN, MSN, DrPH, FAAN
Commissioner CT Department of Veteran Affairs 2003-2014
Former Assistant Secretary of Veteran Affairs 2014-2017

Brian Theriault
U.S. Air Force

Carmen Vazquez
J.D., Major U.S. Air Force – Ret.

Dennis Williams
CAPT, U.S. Army
AGILUS Global Services

Michael Zacchea
Lieutenant Colonel, Marines-Ret., Purple Heart
Director and Founder, UCONN EBV

Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut
Executive Leadership Team