Board of Directors
CAA is led by a volunteer Board comprised of regional leaders in transportation, aviation, business, law, politics, economic development, and other areas of industry.The current CAA Board Members are:
Charles R. Gray, Chair (Stamford) – Currently serves as Sales Leader for the North and Latin America Hosted Solutions Group at NCR, which specializes in technology for the hospitality and retail industries. In this capacity, Charles is responsible for all sales, account management, and client relationships across North and Latin America for NCR’s cloud applications for the hospitality industry. Previously, he served as Vice President of IT for California Pizza Kitchen and Cosi, and he has served on a number of advisory boards related to the hospitality industry and information technology. In addition to providing extensive experience in the hospitality industry, Charles’ career has required frequent air travel, and he has logged over 3 million air miles at over 100 airports on six continents. Charles recently served as the Chair of the Finance and Operations Committee at the Connecticut Airport Authority, taking leadership to promote strong fiscal health and efficient operational practices across the organization. In September 2016, Governor Malloy appointed Charles as Chair of the Connecticut Airport Authority Board of Directors, where he sets direction and strategy for Bradley International Airport and five general aviation airports in the State of Connecticut.
Michael T. Long, Vice Chair (Simsbury) – Was previously Vice-Chair of the Bradley International Airport Commission and most recently reappointed as Vice Chair of the BDL Board of Directors. Prior to his retirement in 2007, he had been Interim President and Chief Operating Officer of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., a Simsbury manufacturing company specializing in explosives technology, reliable energetic solutions for aerospace and defense, biotechnology, renewable fuels and real estate.
Denise L. Nappier, State Treasurer – Connecticut’s chief elected financial officer, she oversees $52 billion in state funds, including the $26 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, one of the nation’s top performing state pension funds. Having served as State Treasurer since 1999, her innovative and effective leadership has saved taxpayers and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. She is a strong advocate for expanding economic opportunity and investing in Connecticut’s citizens and businesses.
Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker – Named Commissioner by Governor Malloy in August 2011, he joined ConnDOT in 2009 as the Bureau Chief of Public Transportation, after a 30-year career with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ Transit – the third largest transit agency in the country. His background includes strategic planning and policy, capital programming, customer service and information technology.
Commissioner Catherine H. Smith, Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) – Appointed to her position in April 2011 by Governor Malloy, her agency is responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut’s cities and towns. Prior to joining DECD, she had a distinguished career in the insurance and financial services industries.
Robert J. Aaronson (Greenwich) – A well-known aviation executive who has had extensive experience dealing with global aviation business from every perspective over the past 40 years. From 2002 to 2008, he served as Director General at the Geneva, Switzerland headquarters of Airports Council International (ACI). Previously, he served as: Director of Aviation for The Port Authority of NY & NJ; President & CEO of the Air Transport Association of America.
Brett C. Browchuk (Avon) – Joined CIGNA HealthCare in March 2007 as Senior Vice President, Service Operations and Global Real Estate. He has a strong background of strategic service leadership experience from well-known consumer-aligned companies.
J. Scott Guilmartin (Suffield) – Principal at NuPower, LLC, a renewable energy development company based in Easton, CT. His previous business affiliations have included Principal Member, Envirocycle, Managing Partner, VIP Airport Parking, and Principal Member, R&G Parking & Transportation.
Karen M. Jarmoc (Enfield) – An engaged community and statewide leader, former Connecticut legislator and nonprofit consultant. Jarmoc currently serves as the Executive Director for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc. She has been recognized for her work in the areas of early care and education, domestic violence, and workforce development with a focus on support for job training programs and initiatives to assist economic development and small business.
Mary Ellen S. Jones (Glastonbury) – Was named Vice President Sales – Asia Pacific & China for Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines in January 2014. She leads P&W’s Asia/Pacific and China sales organizations in selling Pratt & Whitney and IAE products and services in this fast-growing part of the world. Mary Ellen was most recently Vice President of Commercial Engines Customer Support and Americas Sales. In this role, Mary Ellen was responsible for Pratt & Whitney’s worldwide Commercial Engines Customer Support organization and initiatives, as well as for sales of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines products and services in North and South America. Prior to this role Mary Ellen was president of the Engine Alliance, the 50/50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney that manufactures and supports the GP7200 engine for the Airbus A380 aircraft. Mary Ellen has also led Pratt & Whitney’s Commercial Engines and Global Services Marketing organization, served as Vice President – Marketing and Sales for the Engine Alliance, and worked for three years in Toulouse, France directing P&W’s operations at Airbus headquarters. Her other experience includes management positions with Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Corporation in Sales, Contracts Management, Communications and Government Relations. Mary Ellen also serves on the Board of Governors of the Wings Club and on the Board of Trustees of the ISTAT Foundation. A graduate of Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins University, Mary Ellen lives in Glastonbury, CT with her husband and 17-year-old-son.
Matthew J. Kelly (Barkhamsted) – A state employee since 1998, he currently serves as Manager of Waterbury-Oxford Airport. He has extensive experience in Connecticut aviation as he has worked for AMR Combs as well as various assignments within ConnDOT’s Bureau of Aviation.