To ensure Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut’s Veteran & Military Family Programs “hit the mark” and make a significant positive impact on the lives of veterans 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.


Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut
Executive Leadership Team

Robin Sharp
President & CEO, ESCREC

Kevin Brown
Execut Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
President & CEO, Reach Solutions

Dr. Victoria Cassano
Execu MD, MPH, Captain MC U.S. Navy (Ret.)

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

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

Benjamin Neumon
Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army- Connecticut National Guard

Cecile Fazio
Blue Star Mother

Manuel Meneses
Veteran Advocate – Congressman Courtney

Leesa Philippon
Gold Star & Blue Star Mother
Army Veteran

Thomas Saadi
Commissioner of Connecticut Veteran Affairs
J.D., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves

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

Lori Marriott
Veteran, Captain U.S. Army
Senior Director of Military Services, Veterans Rally Point

Natalie Martinez
Veteran, U.S. Army
Veteran Outreach Program Specialist, Norwich Veterans Center

Mirca Reyes
Veteran, U.S. Navy
Veteran Transitional Housing Case Manager, New London Homeless Hospitality Center

Jim Reid
Veteran, USMC
Waterford Coffee House Coordinator

Doug Capazzi
Veteran, U.S. Army
Guardians of the Purple Heart

Eric Lamore
Veteran, USMC
Operations, Enterprise Builders

Vincent O’Neill
Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Senior Director Military Services, Veterans Rally Point

Ron Welch
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Vice President, Military Services & Economic Development, Veterans Rally Point