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Board of Directors

MICHELLE PUZZO, PRESIDENT
Michelle graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1998 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She has worked as a Physical Therapist in outpatient clinics and for the last eight years in homecare. Michelle has developed a passion for writing and is inspired by her two boys, Oliver and Finnigan, who are featured in her two recently released children’s books. She has combined her passions and created UR Community Cares, Inc. to help others and make communities better. She feels driven to bring people together to enrich their lives.
JAYNA VELEZ-MOLINA, SECRETARY
Jayna Velez-Molina graduated at Roger Williams University with a Juris Doctor Degree and a B.S in Business Management with a minor in Human Rights. She is an immigration attorney at J. Molina Immigration Law LLC., she’s dedicated exclusively to practicing United States Immigration Law. She comprehends the legal complexities of the Immigration system, as well as the personal challenges many face with the immigration process. Attorney Velez-Molina’s mission is to educate and guide you through this process with integrity, compassion, and positive results. La Abogada Velez-Molina Habla Español.
M.D. BIRMINGHAM, TREASURER
M.D. graduated from the University of Connecticut with his B.S. in Sociology and received his M.S. from the University of New Haven, School of Education. He is an entrepreneur and inventor, with an intellectual property portfolio of U.S. and international patents. He is an independently published writer, founder Eternal Optimism App, and other ventures applicable to the global community. He was born in Trinidad and Tobago.

Advisory Board

Donna Powell
Donna Powell
Donna Powell advises us on engagement strategy and implementation. She is founder and president of YCommunic8, LLC, a strategic communications practice supporting Connecticut-based businesses, sustainable tech start-ups and organizations with missions of inclusion and healthy aging. She holds a B.A. in Consumer Behavior from the University of Connecticut and volunteers with Masonicare Hospice, Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Manchester Community Services Council.
Eileen Faust
Eileen received her B.S. in Sociology and her M.A. in Human Development/Gerontology. She currently works as the Director of the Senior Center in Manchester, CT. She is a staff liaison for Town of Manchester w/ Elderly Services Committee and was on the Friends of the East Hartford Senior Center BOD from 2004-2007.
Maggie Kossa
Maggie went to Merrimack College and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and she graduated from the University of Phoenix with her Master’s in Curriculum and Design. She is the CEO of The Alchemists, Your Wealth Concierge. She is on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club in Northern RI, enjoys Volunteering and playing competitive sports.
Wesley Hopkins
Wesley is a recent graduate from UConn’s School of Business with his MBA. He attended UConn as an undergrad and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Wesley said he wanted to join UCC “I believe in the organization’s mission and can relate to it on a personal level.” As a sales and marketing professional, he enjoys utilizing his skills in fundraising, social media & digital marketing to promote and advance organizational goals and objectives. He is also a strong supporter of organizations that take steps to ensure that their business practices have a positive effect on society and the environment.

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