BOE Members

Jan
27

Tyrone Walker

Tyrone Walker has been a Hartford resident for 20 years, and has volunteered for over 15 years with community-based organizations focused on youth and community development/empowerment. Beyond serving on the Hartford BOE, he is the board chair for the Center for Leadership & Justice, which focuses on community empowerment/development in the Upper Albany and North […]

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Jan
27

Yahaira Escribano, Secretary

Yahaira Escribano is a proud life-long Hartford North-end Latina resident, a 1st generation high school and college graduate, and a proud product of the Hartford Public School system. She was the first person in her family to make it past the tenth grade, eventually earning a B.A. degree in Urban and Community Studies and a […]

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Jan
27

Francoise Deristel-Leger

Francoise Deristel-Leger was born and raised in Hartford, CT. Her parents were born and raised in Haiti before coming to the United States. Since her parents believed that education was the key to survival and success, Francoise attended Kingswood-Oxford School. This gave her the foundation for work in education and philanthropy. She graduated from UConn […]

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May
27

Dr. James Shmerling

James E. Shmerling is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, a nationally recognized leader for driving innovation in pediatrics and cutting-edge pediatric research. Connecticut Children’s serves as the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children. For over four decades, Dr. Shmerling has served in management roles […]

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May
27

Yvette Bello

Yvette Bello is a first-generation Mexican American who was born and raised in Hartford.  She is a veteran of the Connecticut Army National Guard and holds a Masters Degrees in Business Administration, a Masters Degree in Business Management and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College. Yvette currently works as a Senior […]

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May
26

Rev. AJ Johnson, Vice Chair

Rev. AJ Johnson is a faith-influenced voice for urban resurgence and revival and a pace-setting champion for justice and community-wide uplift. As a trailblazer, Johnson leads The Urban Hope Refuge Church, an influential church where passionate worship and community activism meet in Hartford, Connecticut. Johnson works at the Center For Leadership and Justice as a […]

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Dec
05

Philip Rigueur, Chairperson

Philip Rigueur serves as VP, Enterprise Transformation for Hartford HealthCare (HHC), Connecticut’s most extensive integrated healthcare system- with over 30,000 employees. In his role, he is responsible for the development and execution of transformative approaches for the various HHC business segments and generating partnerships that expand HHC’s access in additional geographical markets, including increasing retail […]

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Feb
27

Kimberly D. Oliver, Second Vice Chair

Kim Oliver was born, raised, and is currently a resident of the North End of Hartford. She is a proud graduate of Hartford Public Schools and received her Bachelor of Art degree in Economics from Yale University and a Master degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kim has a deep commitment to Hartford […]

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