Board & Staff

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Michael Deotte, President

Michael Deotte, Director of Communications for the University of Connecticut School of Business in Storrs, CT serves as the President of the Board of Directors.  Michael is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Graduate Management Admission Council, the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  He served as Secretary of the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective.  Michael is an adoptive parent of two young boys.

 

 

 

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Ilene Grueneberg, Ph.D., Secretary

Ilene Grueneberg, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist  and co-owner of Bunk, Gruenebrg & Associates, LLC in Glastonbury, CT.  Ilene specializes in early trauma and attachment issues.  She also works with children, adolescents, teens, adults, couples and families.  She also educations child protective services professionals in the expected behavior presentations of children.  Ilene is a member of the Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) and the American Psychological Association.  Her prior board experience includes Chair of the CPA Convention committee, membership on the CPA Public Education committee and membership on the Collaborative Divorce Marketing Committee in CT.

 

 

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John Pica-Sneeden, Member-at-Large

John Pica-Sneeden, owner of Surroundings Floral in Broad Brook, CT has experience in teaching art, singing and floral design.  As a former member of the East Windsor, CT Board of Education, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, the Capital Education Council, the East Windsor, CT Economic Development Commission and the East Windsor, CT Education foundation, John has honed his leadership and strategic planning skills.  He brings all of these skills to the board of Creative Arts for Developing Minds.  John is the adoptive father of five children, four of whom are special needs children.

 

 

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Nan Arnstein, Founder and CEO

Nan Arnstein, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Creative Arts for Developing Minds is a former foster child who credits her survival to her involvement in music, especially the piano.  She has served as Chief Financial Officer for Simpson Healthcare Executives, Thornton Medical Communications and as owner of Numbers by Nan, a controller-for-hire small business.  Nan has served as a board member of EVE’S Fund and as President of the Central Connecticut Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association.  Nan founded Creative Arts for Developing Minds as a way to give back to an underserved population with which she is familiar.  Nan is a staunch advocate for and supporter of the needs and welfare of children in foster care.

 

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