Our Board

aboardcropThe 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, Ben Maiden, and the late John R. Gibb. (Pictured above, from left to right, are Arthur C. Evans, Jr.; Steve Melville; Ruth Melville; Robert Haggett; and David Hadden.)

Long-time trusted advisors, 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, joined the Melville board in 2008 and 2010 respectively. David Hadden, formerly of Robinson& Cole LLP, joined in 2013 after many years of trusted counsel. The Trust is fortunate to have two new board members join in 2014, Arthur C. Evans Jr. PhD, Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, and Bob Haggett, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Newman’s Own Foundation.

The Trust has also benefited from the enthusiasm and generosity of the late Ruth Berlin and the late Margaret M. Blackwell.

Stephen Melville, Chair

abSteves23cropSteve is a longtime board member of the Melville Charitable Trust. He is professor emeritus of History of Art at The Ohio State University, and holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. He is the son of the late Frank Melville, the board’s founding chair, and the late Allen Melville, who also served on the board for many years. He is married to Ruth.



Ruth Melville

abruths23cropRuth is a freelance editor and writer. She received her BA from the University of Chicago and her MA from Yale, both in classics. Since then she has worked in academic publishing, primarily for the University of Chicago Press and the Ohio State University Press, where she was the managing editor. She is also on the board of Billings Forge Community Works. She is married to Stephen.



Shelley Geballe, J.D., M.P.H.

YMS315_1085_S_GeballeShelley teaches at Yale Law School (Legislative Advocacy) and the Yale School of Public Health (Health Disparities, Public Health Law).  She also is the Distinguished Senior Fellow at CT Voices for Children, an organization she co-founded and served as president from 1995-2008. Shelley practiced civil rights law earlier in her career, representing in successful federal class actions the state’s abused and neglected children, incarcerated women, and inmates with HIV/AIDS, among others. She served as a member of the Law, Policy and Ethics Core of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale for many years.  Shelley received her law and public health degrees from Yale.

Carla Javits

acarlacropCarla is the President of REDF.  (Also known as The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, REDF is a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy organization that invests in nonprofit-run businesses called ‘social enterprises.’)

REDF creates jobs that change lives.  REDF has pioneered a model to employ individuals who are overcoming chronic poverty, homelessness, criminal history, substance abuse or mental illness.  Prior to joining REDF, Carla was with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) for fifteen years, leading it for the last six.


David Hadden

abdavids23cropDavid is a recently-retired partner at Hartford-based Robinson & Cole LLP, attorneys at law.  He is committed to volunteer work where he serves on several boards, including: Connecticut Health Foundation, Oak Hill, and Health Equity Solutions, Inc.

Prior to joining Robinson and Cole, David was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City.  He has twice served gubernatorial-appointed terms on the Connecticut Council on Developmental Services, for which he was elected chair.


Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D.

abarthurs23cropArthur C. Evans Jr, Ph.D. is the Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), a $1 billion healthcare agency. In this capacity, he is leading a major effort to transform how behavioral health care and intellectual disability services are delivered in the city.

Arthur is a clinical and community psychologist with extensive experience in transforming systems of care. As the Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS), he led several major strategic initiatives for the Connecticut behavioral healthcare system. He was instrumental in implementing a recovery-oriented policy framework, addressing health care disparities and increasing the use of evidence-based practices. He is highly committed to serving people who are underserved and ensuring that all people have access to effective, quality services.

Robert M. Haggett, CPA

abBobHboardcropBob is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Newman’s Own Foundation. Bob manages the day-to-day operating activity of Newman’s Own Foundation and supports the grant making efforts of the Foundation and the work of the operating food business and intellectual property company.

Bob graduated from the University of Hartford and joined a Hartford area CPA firm in January 1975. In 1984 Bob co-founded Haggett Longobardi, a Connecticut based CPA firm.  Haggett Longobardi combined practices with J.H. Cohn in 2007. Bob joined Newman’s Own Foundation in January 2010.

Bob is an active member of the community, currently serving as Chairman of the Board of The Discovery Center, Treasurer of the Hartford Marathon Foundation, and Board member of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.

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.