The COMPASS Youth Collaborative Board of Directors recently named Tom Geer as Chairman and Ojala Naeem as Vice Chair, following the departure of outgoing Board Chair Richard Hollant, principal and founder of CO:LAB.

New Board Member Lily Lemay-Bowen

The Board also welcomes three new members: Jestan Weeks is a teacher and coach at Covenant Preparatory School, Lily Lemay-Bowen is an executive at Travelers Insurance Company, and Long Ngo is a consultant with Slalom Consulting.

All three bring strong community ties. Mr. Weeks is an educator within the city, Ms. Bowen represents a company with deep investment in Hartford, and Mr. Ngo is a graduate of Hartford Public Schools.

“We’re really excited about the recent additions,” states Board Chair Tom Geer. “Their knowledge and perspectives will enhance the board’s ability to advise and champion COMPASS.”

Good stewardship begins with capable leadership.

Ms. Naeem is the Managing Director of ReSET Social Enterprise Trust, an incubator that serves entrepreneurs seeking to launch and scale their businesses. Her understanding of the social impact space is particularly valuable to COMPASS, as the organization looks to build capacity in the years ahead.

Tom Geer has served on the Board of Directors for five years. Prior to his role as Board Chair, Mr. Geer served as Vice Chair and introduced key board members in John Cantillon, Paula Hill, and Elizabeth Schwarz. Rounding out the group is Caitlin Elsaesser, an Assistant Professor of Social Work at UCONN’s new downtown Hartford campus, and Alfredo Fernandez, an Associate Attorney in the Hartford office of Shipman and Goodwin.

The board intends to further expand in the coming year. Community and business leaders with an abiding belief in youth services should connect with COMPASS’ CEO Robert (Bob) Pawloski.

“Simply put, our board is an amazing group of individuals,” notes Mr. Pawloski. “I am particularly grateful to Rich Hollant for his many years of service to COMPASS, and to all of our current and former members who continue to support our mission.”

By: Clare Timmis
Feature Photo Credit: Ojala Naeem + Tom Geer, 2018 | Julie Burbank