Board of Trustees
Eversource's Board of Trustees oversees the business affairs and management of the company. The Board currently consists of 11 Trustees, only one of whom, James J. Judge, our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, is a member of management.
Below is a brief summary of each Trustees experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led to them being elected to the Board.
Cotton M. Cleveland
Ms. Cleveland is President of Mather Associates. She is a director of The National Grange Mutual Insurance Company and Ledyard National Bank, and was the founding executive director of the state-wide Leadership New Hampshire program.
She served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation in 2016. She has served as the Moderator of the Town of New London, New Hampshire and The New London/Springfield Water Precinct.
Ms. Cleveland has also served as chair, vice chair and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire, co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on New Hampshire in the 21st Century, and an incorporator for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
She is a certified and practicing Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) volunteer for abused and neglected children. Ms. Cleveland graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics.
Sanford Cloud, Jr.
Mr. Cloud is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cloud Company, LLC.. Mr. Cloud has served as past president and chief executive officer of the National Conference for Community and Justice, as a partner at the law firm of Robinson and Cole, and as Vice President of Corporate Public Involvement and Executive Director of the Aetna Foundation, and served for two terms as a state senator within the State of Connecticut.
Mr. Cloud is a director of The Phoenix Companies, Inc., the MetroHartford Alliance, Inc. and Ironwood Mezzanine Fund, L.P. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut and is a director of its Thomas J. Dodd Center for Human Rights, and is a member of the board of the University of Connecticut Health Center. Mr. Cloud is Lead Trustee on the Eversource Board.
Mr. Cloud received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University, graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University Law School, and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the Hartford Seminary.
James S. Distasio
Mr. DiStasio served as Senior Vice Chairman and Americas Chief Operating Officer at Ernst & Young, a registered public accounting firm, until his retirement in 2007. He also served as a director of EMC Corporation.
He previously served as a director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and as a trustee of Catholic Charities of Boston, the Boston Public Library Foundation and the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.
Mr. DiStasio received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Francis A. Doyle
Mr. Doyle is President and Chief Executive Officer of Connell Limited Partnership. Prior to that, he was vice chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was Global Technology Leader and a member of the firm’s Global Leadership Team.
He is a director, chairman of the audit committee and a member of the executive committee, nominating and governance committee, and investment committee of Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc. He served as lead director, chairman of the audit committee and a member of the executive and compensation committees of Tempur Sealy International, Inc.
Mr. Doyle served as a director of Citizens Financial Group, where he was a member of the executive committee and chaired the compensation committee, as a trustee of the Joslin Diabetes Center, where he chaired the finance committee, and as a trustee of Boston College.
Mr. Doyle is a certified public accountant and holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College.
Linda Dorcena Forry
Ms. Forry has served as the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations, Northeast Region, at Suffolk Construction since 2018. Ms. Forry served in the Massachusetts State Senate from 2005 – 2018, where she was appointed Assistant Majority Whip in 2017. She served as Acting Chief of Staff and Executive Staff of the Neighborhood Development for the City of Boston from 1999 – 2005 and was a Legislative Assistant for the Massachusetts State Legislature from 1997 to 1999.
Ms. Forry serves on numerous boards and civic organizations, including the John F. Kennedy Library Advisory Board, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester and the Institute of Justice and Democracy in Haiti.
Ms. Forry received her bachelor’s degree from Boston College Carroll School of Management in 2014 and her Masters of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 1998.
John Y. Kim
Mr. Kim has served as the President of New York Life Insurance Company since 2015 and served a variety of other management positions at New York Life, including the company’s Chief Investment Officer since 2008.
Mr. Kim served as President of Prudential Retirement and its predecessor CIGNA Retirement and Investment Services from 2002 to 2007 and served as the Chief Executive Office of Aeltus Investment Management, a subsidiary of Aetna.
Mr. Kim serves as a Director of Fiserv, Inc. and is a member of its audit committee. Mr. Kim has served as the Vice Chair of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, a member of the MetroHartford Alliance and as a chairman of the University of Connecticut Foundation.
He has also been active with the Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Hartford Stage Co., and the Connecticut Opera Association.
Mr. Kim received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1983 and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut in 1987.
James J. Judge
Mr. Judge is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eversource Energy. He also is chairman and a director of The Connecticut Light and Power Company, NSTAR Electric Company, NSTAR Gas Company, Public Service Company of New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts Electric Company and Yankee Gas Services Company.
Previously, Mr. Judge was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eversource Energy, and Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a director of The Connecticut Light and Power Company, NSTAR Electric Company, NSTAR Gas Company, Public Service Company of New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts Electric Company and Yankee Gas Services Company from April 2012 until May 2016.
Mr. Judge also serves as a director of Analogic Corporation and as chairman of its audit committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Edison Electric Institute and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. Mr. Judge graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College.
Kenneth R. Leibler
Mr. Leibler is Vice Chairman of the Board and a trustee of The Putnam Mutual Funds. He is a trustee emeritus of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and served as a trustee and vice chairman of Beth Israel Medical Center.
He is a founding partner of the Boston Options Exchange and served as its chairman from 2004 to February 2007. He is a past vice chairman of the Board of Directors of ISO New England, Inc., the independent operator of New England’s bulk electric transmission system. He also served as a director of The Ruder Finn Group.
Mr. Leibler graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University.
William C. Van Faasen
Mr. Van Faasen is Chairman Emeritus of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). He served as Chief Executive Officer of BCBSMA from 1992 until his retirement in 2007 and also served as interim Chief Executive Officer in 2010.
He is a director of Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc. and currently serves as Lead Director. He has served as a director of IMS Health, Inc. and PolyMedica Corporation. He is an honorary director of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and previously served as a director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
Mr. Van Faasen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.
Frederica M. Williams
Ms. Williams is President and Chief Executive Officer of Whittier Street Health Center in Boston. Prior to joining Whittier, she served as the Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Dimock Center.
Ms. Williams is a member of the Board of Trustees of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and Boston Health Net. She is a fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, International Women’s Forum and Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.
Ms. Williams attended the London School of Accountancy, passed the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Financial Administrators, (United Kingdom) (ICSA) and of the Institute of Administrative Management (United Kingdom), with distinction, and was elected a Fellow of the ICSA in 2000.
She received a graduate certificate in Administration and Management from the Harvard University Extension School and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Anna Maria College.
Dennis R. Wraase
Mr. Wraase served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Pepco Holdings, Inc. until his retirement in June 2009. He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Wraase serves as the Executive-In-Residence at the Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He is also a director of the University of Maryland System Foundation. Mr. Wraase previously served as a director of the Edison Electric Institute, The Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and the Institute for Electric Efficiency, and as the president of the Southeastern Electric Exchange.
Mr. Wraase received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Business Financial Management from The George Washington University.