Biographies of Commission Members
Leander A. Dolphin, Chair
Leander A. Dolphin is managing partner at Shipman and Goodwin.
Leander is a partner in the School Law Practice Group. In private practice and as former vice president of human resources and general counsel for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Leander has dedicated her career to advising educational institutions and organizations that foster the development of children, youth and young adults. An effective litigator and counselor, she draws on her dispute-resolution experience to help clients identify shared goals and find common ground with staff, parents, students and community stakeholders.
Leander advises universities, colleges, public school districts, independent schools, and other public- and private-sector clients on the full range of education and employment matters. Schools are often at the forefront of legal, regulatory and societal concerns; in this regard, she provides guidance on fast-developing issues involving sexual harassment (Title IX) and workplace health and safety standards in the COVID-19 era, as well as a range of equity, discrimination and reverse-discrimination considerations.
She also works with clients to develop and implement effective policies on Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations and to address teacher, staff and student discipline concerns, confidentiality and privacy issues in education, and special education disputes, among other areas.
When disputes arise, Leander represents clients in all phases of investigations, negotiations, pre-trial discovery, trials and appeals. She has successfully defended and pursued claims in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in alternative-dispute resolution forums across the state. Leander understands the unique challenges facing parties in education-related litigation, not the least of which is that administrators, teachers, parents and students involved in a dispute will often continue to work together for years after the issue has been resolved. With this in mind, Leander is both focused and forthright, giving clients the answers and information they need (and not always what they want), with a focus on achieving results that foster ongoing collaboration.
A skilled educator in her own right, Leander has been an adjunct professor of education law at Quinnipiac University School of Law. She also conducts a wide range of workshops for public- and private-sector clients on topics such as sexual harassment, bullying, special education, disability and other forms of discrimination, and confidentiality.
Leander is a trusted advisor to many of her clients and is regularly sought out for her guidance and access to resources in areas beyond education and employment law. Her executive experience at the Girl Scouts of Connecticut imbues her advice with practicality that her clients appreciate.
Steven M. Greenspan, Vice Chair
Steven M. Greenspan is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Raytheon Technologies Corporation, the same role he played from 2011 through 2020 for United Technologies Corporation. In his role, he actively manages worldwide litigation for the company and each of its four operating business units. He also oversees the legal team that supports the company’s environmental health and safety, real estate and risk management functions.
Attorney Greenspan was a trial lawyer in private practice from 1986 – 2010 with the Hartford-based law firm of Day Pitney, LLP (formerly Day Berry & Howard) and was elected a Partner of the firm in 1993. While in private practice, he tried cases to jury verdicts and court judgments in numerous federal and state courts across the country.
Attorney Greenspan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 with an Economics degree and from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1985, from which he graduated with maximum honors. While in law school, he was the managing editor of the Connecticut Law Review. After law school, he served as a judicial law clerk for Associate Justice David M. Shea, Connecticut Supreme Court.
Attorney Greenspan also served as an adjunct professor at University of Connecticut School of Law from 2004 – 2010, teaching courses involving commercial law.
Attorney Greenspan’s current professional affiliations include his service on the boards of directors of the Horace Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Mandell Jewish Community Center, and the University of Connecticut Foundation. In addition, Attorney Greenspan is a past President of the Hartford County Bar Association and a former member of the House of Delegates of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Attorney Greenspan grew up in West Hartford, attending public schools through graduation from Hall High School in 1978. He still lives with his family in West Hartford.
Ashley T. Foreman
Ashley T. Foreman currently serves as Policy Counsel to the House Majority Leader. Attorney Foreman started her time at the Connecticut General Assembly serving as Sessional Legal Counsel to the Majority Leader of the House. In her roles at the CGA, Ashley has worked on a wide array of legislation on topics such as housing, cannabis, and planning and development.
Ashley graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University earning her B.A. in Criminal Justice. She then went onto earn her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Prior to joining the Connecticut General Assembly, Ashley served as a Public Defender in the Meriden G.A.
Attorney Foreman is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the District of Columbia. She is a lifelong Connecticut resident and currently resides in Farmington with her family.
Aza G. Mosley serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of CT (Environment Area). Her previous experience was Counsel for the State of CT, Department of Insurance (2020-2022). Prior to that, she worked as Prosecutor for the State of CT, Division of Criminal Justice (2018 – 2020). Before that position, she worked for Bendett and McHugh, P.C. as an Attorney specializing in foreclosure mediation (2013 – 2018). Aza taught Paralegal courses as an Adjunct for the State of CT Community College system. She serves in a variety of organizations. She is a Director on the Board of the CT Veterans Legal Center, a member of the Waterbury (CT) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated and the current President- Elect of George W. Crawford Black Bar Association (Director & Chair of the Membership Committee 2018 -2020). Other organizations service included the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court (Barristers member 2016-2019), and CT Bar Association (Women and the Law Section 2017 -2018 & CT Lawyer Advisory Committee 2018-2019).
Aza received her A.S. from Naugatuck Valley Community College, B.A. from the University of Hartford, and her J.D. from Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law. She is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Wilby High School in Waterbury, CT. Aza resides in Waterbury with her husband Mr. Sean Mosley and their daughter.
Dan DeBarba is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nuvance Health, a health and hospital system serving communities in both Connecticut and New York. He previously served in the same role with Catholic Health, a health and hospital system serving the Long Island community.
Prior to his role at Catholic Health, Dan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwalk Hospital and later President of Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital as part of Nuvance Health’s predecessor, Western Connecticut Health Network. He spent the first decade of his career in accounting and consulting roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Ernst & Young (EY).
Dan is a certified public accountant and holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Hartford. He is a life-long Connecticut resident and lives in Orange, Connecticut with his wife Lynn.
Kenneth (Ken) Saccente is a seventeen year veteran of the Connecticut State Capitol, having worked for both the Connecticut House of Representatives and the Connecticut Senate. He served in a variety of roles working for Democratic leadership in the House, serving the Majority Leader of the House for two years followed by ten years in the Office of the Speaker. While working for the House he held a variety of positions including Special Assistant to the Speaker and as a Policy Analyst.
Ken has spent the last four years working for the Majority Leader of the Senate rising to the position of Senior Advisor. He has shepherded all of the Majority Leader’s initiatives and bills through the process as well as assisted with floor operations. Major legislation he has worked on has included campaign finance reform and school security. During his time at the Capitol he has worked collegially with legislators and earned respect from both sides of the aisle.
In addition to his daily responsibilities Ken served on the Connecticut Lottery Board of Directors for nine years. During his tenure the Lottery achieved record sales of over $1 billion per year and transfers to the General Fund reach over $300 million for the first time. Ken has also volunteered as a Cub Scout leader and served on the executive board of the New Haven Chapter of the UConn Alumni Association.
Ken is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and lives in Orange with his wife Mara and their children Anna and Nathan and their dog Fritz.
Lawrence C. Sgrignari
Lawrence C. Sgrignari has been engaged in civil litigation and municipal law for over 35 years. He has successfully tried, arbitrated and mediated numerous jury and court cases, involving serious personal injury, business and commercial disputes and contested probate matters, including will challenges and appeals to the superior court. Mr. Sgrignari has represented individuals in administrative agency hearings before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Compensation Review Board and many state licensing agencies. He has appeared and argued before the State Appellate and Supreme Courts.
In addition to his civil trial practice, Mr. Sgrignari has extensive municipal experience, having served as Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of East Haven from 1985 to 1987 and as Town Attorney from 1987 through 1991 and again from 1997 through 2007. In connection with his municipal law practice, Mr. Sgrignari has represented East Haven and other municipalities in administrative proceedings, including matters before the State Board of Labor Relations, the Board of Mediation and Arbitration, the Freedom of Information Commission and other state agencies. He has negotiated and arbitrated collective bargaining agreements and grievances and has handled disciplinary hearings before local agencies and state mediators and arbitrators. Mr. Sgrignari has successfully litigated and resolved many high profile disputes on behalf of his municipal clients; most recently, he was instrumental in negotiating a settlement agreement between the Town of East Haven and the United States Department of Justice relating to effective and constitutional policing.
Mr. Sgrignari received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Haven, magna cum laude, in 1981 and his law degree, cum laude, from Temple University School of Law in 1984. After graduating law school, Mr. Sgrignari served as a judicial clerk for the State of Connecticut Superior Court, conducting legal research on a variety of matters. After concluding the judicial clerkship in 1985, Mr. Sgrignari began employment with the firm of Gesmonde, Pietrosimone and Sgrignari, L.L.C. where he currently serves as the managing member. In addition to his private and municipal law practice, Mr. Sgrignari also served as a member of the State of Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission from 2003 through 2006, a Hearing Officer for the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles from 2008 through 2011, and as a Special Master for Tax Appeals at the New Haven Superior Court.
Mr. Sgrignari is listed as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers and recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1984, and to the U. S. District Court, District of Connecticut in 1985. He is a member of the New Haven County Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, a Fellow of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.
Attorney Marjorie Shansky has been a solo practitioner in New Haven, Connecticut, for more than thirty years practicing in the areas of land use, zoning, and real estate development throughout the State of Connecticut. Services provided by her office extend from due diligence for property acquisition, contract review and negotiation, commercial finance, and all manner of regulatory approvals including regulation text amendments and planning and zoning, inland wetlands and watercourses, and coastal area management permits. She also litigates administrative appeals in the Superior and Appellate Courts, including the Connecticut Supreme Court. Attorney Shansky’s clients include individual, environmental, institutional, municipal, construction and industrial concerns.
For twenty-four years, Shansky was a member of the State Codes and Standards Committee that adopts and administers the State Building Code and Fire Safety Code. During her tenure, she held leadership positions including Chair of the Committee. Shansky has been an adjunct faculty member at the Yale School of the Environment from 2006 to the present teaching Local Environmental Law and Land Use Practice. Since 2018, she is also adjunct faculty at Quinnipiac Law School teaching Land Use Planning and the Land Use Law Practicum. Ms. Shansky is a frequent speaker on substantive and procedural land use issues. Since 2005, Attorney Shansky has been the Law Trainer for the Connecticut Land Use Leadership Alliance (“LULA”), a four-day law, planning tools and collaborative process program initially developed at the Pace University Law School Land Use Law Center. With Michael W. Klemens, PhD and Hank Gruner, Marjorie Shansky co-authored “From Planning to Action, Biodiversity Conservation in Connecticut.”
Attorney Shansky has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in music education and a master’s degree in flute performance from the Yale School of Music. She earned her J.D. with honors at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Between her master’s work at Yale and law school, Ms. Shansky was a Fulbright Scholar studying in Germany. In 2023, Ms. Shansky celebrated her 50th year as the Assistant Principal Flute with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra with which she continues to perform. Ms. Shansky has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America from 2006 to the present (including designation as “Lawyer of the Year” in 2022) and among Connecticut Super Lawyers from 2008 to the present. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Planning and Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Rowena Track is a global innovation, transformation and turnaround executive of Fortune 100 companies, with expertise in business strategy, financial transformation, audit, cyber security, digital innovation, technology transformation and strategic marketing. She has over 30 years of global and domestic experience in diverse industries, such as Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Banking, Financial Services, Technology and Health Services. Her employers include Cigna Corporation, CitiBank, TIAA-CREF Financial Services, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceutical, Yale University School of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Rowena worked in Europe, Asia and the US.
Currently, Rowena is the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford. In addition, Rowena serves on the Board of Governors of the University of New Haven in CT, is the Vice Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of Cyber Security Advisory Council. Rowena is also a member of the Board of Directors of Stamford Partnership, a non-profit in Stamford, CT, focused on Stamford’s economic development. She is on the Executive Committee of the Board, and is a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee.
Rowena is a financial transformation executive, she is a digital native and cyber security expert who is known to be a key influencer of her company’s Boards and had been successful in gaining buy-in and approval of large scale global innovation and digital transformation initiatives. Rowena’s career had been at the intersection of corporate strategy, digital innovation and technology transformation.
Rowena became a Board Leadership Fellow and Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) in 2018. She is a member of IEEE’s (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Women in Engineering chapter. She is also a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) for which she has moderated a panel on innovation in digital currency, a member of Women in the Board Room, and has recently served as a Board Coach for 2020 Women on Boards.
Most recently, Rowena attended the Harvard Business School programs for corporate boards including: Making Corporate Boards More Effective, Audit Committees in a new Era of Governance, and, Compensation Committees: New Challenges, New Solutions. In addition, she attended Stanford’s 21st Annual Director’s College program.
Rowena holds a BS in Physics, and an MS in Computer Science. Rowena and her husband Elie live in Stamford, CT. They raised their two boys in CT: Elie Joseph and John Louis. She and her family enjoy skiing, soccer and swimming.
Thea Montañez, a Hartford native, was appointed Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.) of the City of Hartford by Mayor Luke Bronin and the City Council in February 2020. As C.O.O. of Connecticut's Capital City, Thea oversees nearly 1,500 employees, across (13) departments and manages an annual operating and capital budget of $600M and serves 124K residents. In addition, she spearheads major City initiatives designed to address the needs of its immigrant community and justice-involved youth and adults. Prior to that, she was the first woman in the City’s 236-year history to serve as Chief of Staff.
Before joining Mayor Bronin’s team, Thea was appointed by former Mayor Pedro Segarra as the Director of the North Hartford Promise Zone, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program that partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, reduce violent crime and improve public health in high poverty communities. After initially moving to New York following her graduation from Syracuse University in 2001, she moved back to Hartford and became heavily involved in the community. She worked for the MetroHartford Alliance, as Director of Operations for the Connecticut Convention Center, and at The Hartford Financial Services Group leading their local grant making and sponsorship program. She later started her own consulting firm for marketing, communications and strategic planning, specializing in community affairs.
Ms. Montañez has served on numerous boards of not-for-profit organizations, like the Hartford Public Library, the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, and the University of Saint Joseph. Among other awards, she was named to Connecticut Magazine’s “40 under 40,” a Connecticut Women’s Alliance “Woman of Distinction,” and one of Connecticut’s 50 Most Influential Latinos by Latinos United for Professional Advancement.