Board and Staff
The Trust has been defined by the vision and wisdom of its board: the late Frank Melville and his wife Allen Melville, their son Steve, his wife Ruth, and close family friends, John R. Gibb and Ben Maiden.
Shelley Geballe, co-founder of Connecticut Voices for Children and Carla Javits, Executive Director of REDF and formerly Executive Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, have been wonderful recent additions to the board. The Trust has also benefited from the enthusiasm and generosity of the late Ruth Berlin and the late Margaret M. Blackwell.
- Stephen Melville, Chair
- Ruth Melville
- Shelley Geballe JD, MPH
- Carla Javits
Janice Elliott, Executive Director
Before joining the Trust in September 2012, Janice led InSite Housing Solutions, a professional consulting firm specializing in the planning and creation of affordable housing that integrates human services. In this capacity, she served as a consultant to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and was the principal author of Opening Doors – Connecticut, a strategic framework for preventing and ending homelessness and the nation’s first state plan to be modeled on the federal Opening Doors initiative.
Janice served as Managing Director for the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and was responsible for their four national programs: Policy and Research, Project Development and Finance, Resource Center, and Strategic Partnerships. She led several national programmatic and policy initiatives with CSH, including Taking Health Care Home, a multi-site initiative that advanced systems reforms to address chronic homelessness. In her prior role as Director of National and Southern New England programs at CSH, Janice worked in close partnership with the Melville Trust, advising Trust staff and board while leading the design of several statewide initiatives that have served as national models for the finance and production of supportive housing. She coordinated an unprecedented collaboration between philanthropy and the State of Connecticut’s housing, behavioral health, human service, child welfare, and workforce agencies to fund the creation of over 1,500 new units of supportive and mixed income housing in 40 communities.
Prior to joining CSH, Janice served as project manager for The Community Builders, a major nonprofit developer of affordable housing in the northeast.
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Aimee Hendrigan, Senior Program Officer
Aimee has a Masters degree in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on community development. During graduate school she worked at the Fund for the City of New York and Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living. She was formerly a project manager at Santa Barbara County with responsibilities including: community and strategic planning, process improvement, and employee training. Before that Aimee was the Director of Communications at a software company. Aimee received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.
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Holly Sullivan, Finance Specialist
Holly has a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in Finance. She has extensive experience in profit and loss management, budgeting and forecasting, cash flow development management, audit, banking and investment analysis. Holly is a Trustee of the Marblehead Community Charter Public School Educational Foundation.
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Amy Wesseler-Morgan, Executive Assistant
Before joining the Trust, Amy was the Operations Manager and the Executive Assistant to the Managing Partner at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, The Wellesley Group. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Political Science.
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Remembering Bob Hohler
The Trust fondly remembers and will be forever grateful for the innumerable contributions and dedication of its first Executive Director, Robert Hohler, who passed away in 2011. Bob had been involved in the Trust virtually since its inception, and his bold imagination, unflagging energy, and relentless optimism were the driving force behind its activities and those of its many partners for close to two decades.
There was nothing abstract in Bob’s life-long commitment to social justice: It arose out of the deepest feeling for the lives and possibilities of people too easily and often overlooked or pushed aside, and it was everywhere seasoned with realism, humor, and a genuine love for the push and pull – the real social work – of getting things done. All this went hand-in-hand with an extraordinary zest for life. In him we had not only a colleague of immeasurable value but the dearest of friends.
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