Board of Directors

Stuart Hawkins*

Board Chair
Special Needs Planner and Financial Advisor with FuturesPlanned LLC. Stuart is also a frequent speaker on how to secure the future of a loved one with special needs. He can be reached at

Guergana Rangatcheva, CPA*

Certified public accountant specializing in audit and compliance services to small and middle market companies

James Lyman*

Vice Chair
Insurance Agent and founder of Roses for Autism.

Francine Davis Early

Attorney specializing in estate planning and probate work.


Michael Leone
President of Leone Financial Services, which concentrates on special needs financial planning. Frequent lecturer to families with relatives with disabilities.

James D. Funnell, Jr.*
Legal practice is limited to estate and trust planning, special needs planning for family members with disabilities, and estate and trust administration.  Seminar leader for estate and special needs planning.

Diane F. Covello*
Patent Attorney; College Lecturer; member of West Hartford Gifts of Music Advisory Committee and College Club of Hartford Scholarship Committee

Linda Feldman*
Attorney specializing in estate and probate law. Former attorney for Travelers Insurance and American General Life

Bernard Pelletier*
Worked as a Property Casualty Actuarial for 35 years. Member of the Solar Energy Association of CT.

Marialta Z. Sparagna*
Attorney focusing on Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate Administration, Veterans Benefits and planning for people with disabilities. Adjunct Professor at St. Joseph’s University.

Steven Essex
Head of Trust Wealth Advisory Services at Salisbury Bank and Trust Company.

Portia Wise Bachman*
Administrator, Apple-Rehab Middletown.

Amy Orlando*
Attorney specializing in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Special Needs Veterans Benefits.

Dorothy Barnas
Retired Sr. Vice President from US Trust with over 52 years of trust experience.

Patricia C. Kane
Principal at Kane Financial with over 30 years of experience in the financial industry.

* Denotes a person with a relative with a disability

Advisory Board

Barbara F. Green
Peter F. Stuart, Esq.
Patricia F. O’Connor*
Alice Reitz*
John Ritchie, Jr.
Alex Vaughn
Andrew Sciarra

For inquiries about joining our board, please contact us at 860.523.4951