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YES Statewide Steering Committee

The Young Energetic Solutions (YES) Statewide Committee will guide the work of Young Energetic Solutions (YES). Statewide committee members will provide a voice for their generation and will be integral to transforming their communities and the state into a place where young professionals want to live, work, and play.


Name: Christopher Brechlin
Day Job: Founder of Blueprint for Impact & CEO at Made Closer US 
Etc...: Principal & Founder, Blueprint for a Dream; Board Member, Greater Windham Region Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness; Coordinator, Affordable Housing Subcommittee (Ten Year Plan); Director of Development, Arts for Peace

Name: RJ Mercede
Day Job: Fairfield County's Community Foundation
Etc...: Founder, Eat for Equity Samford; Sponsorships Coordinator, Ignite Stamford; Commuity Engagement Coordinator, Family Centers, Inc Associate Board of Directors

Name: Perry R. Salvagne IV
Day Job: VP of Marketing, Hodge Insurance Agency, Inc
Etc...: Secretary-Board of Commissioners, CityCenter Danbury 

Name: Mark Walerysiak
Day Job: Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Etc...: Member, Mayor's Task Force on Marketing Bristol

Name: Jonathan Cabral
Day Job:  Program Development Analyst, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
Etc…:  Graduate Student in Public Policy at Trinity College; Resident of Downtown Hartford; Commissioner of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission,City of Hartford

Name: Randal P. Davis, Esq.
Day Job: Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Department of Transportation
Etc...: 2009 JD, bar passage, NY, NJ, CT.  Clinic work with economically disadvantaged clients.  Intermodal Transportation as factor in driving economic growth. Real Estate revitalization; historical data to inform current conditions; study of culture, societal conditions and social norms; the beach, art, classic R&B, jazz, opera, skiing
Name: Diana Deng
Day Job: Policy and Communications Analyst, Partnership for Strong Communities
Etc...: Board Member, Maika, Inc

Name: Faina Dookh
Day Job: CT Department of Social Services
Etc...: Studied education and housing in relation to poverty and social mobility.

Name: Julie Daly Meehan
Day Job: HYPE Executive Director, MetroHartford Alliance
Etc...: Board VP, KNOX, Inc; Executive Committee Member, Hartford Hospital's Young Leaders Advisory Council 
Name: Christine Schilke
Day Job: Communications & Officer Manager, Connecticut Main Street Center 
Etc...: Volunteer, Middlesex Hospital
Name: Ben Shaiken
Day Job: Public Policy Specialist at Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA)
Etc...: Democratic Candidate for Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate, Mansfield, Board Member - Housing Education Resource Center

Name: James Woulfe
Day Job: Director of Advocacy & External Affairs, reSET - Social Enterprise Trust 
Etc...: Candidate for Hartford City Council