Three experienced business professionals – alumni of Southern Connecticut State University — were recently elected to the SCSU Foundation Board of Directors.
Louis Gianquinto, Jodi Euerle Eddy and Jocelynne Rainey were chosen by the board to serve three-year terms. Board members provide fiduciary and governance oversight over the assets and operations of the SCSU Foundation, an organization that manages and administers philanthropic gifts to advance Southern’s educational mission. It also provides scholarships and financial aid for students.
Gianquinto, a West Haven resident, has served as president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s commercial health plan in Connecticut since December 2020. He previously had been president of Missouri Care, Anthem’s Medicaid business in Missouri.
Earlier in his career, Gianquinto held several roles in the insurance industry across Connecticut, including with UnitedHealthcare and Oxford Health Plans, where he led initiatives to improve quality, manage costs and increase affordability.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from SCSU in 1994, and later was awarded an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven.
Eddy serves as senior vice president and chief information and digital officer for Boston Scientific. She is responsible for positioning the company across multi-disciplinary digital and information technology (IT) needs, and overseeing the company’s strategy for digital health, data analytics and cyber security capabilities.
She joined Boston Scientific in December 2013 as vice president of information systems. She is a member of the company’s Global Council for Inclusion and is the executive sponsor for an employee resource group that celebrates Hispanic heritage and provides development and leadership opportunities to its members.
Eddy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Southern in 1996. She worked for more than 18 years at General Electric before joining Boston Scientific, including serving as a commercial chief information officer at GE.
Rainey is a seasoned executive and leader in the workforce development sector in New York City with more than 20 years of management experience. She currently serves as president and CEO of Getting Out and Staying Out, where she oversees programming that has helped more than 10,000 young men access education, achieve emotional well-being and secure meaningful employment.
Rainey previously served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., where she led the organization’s workforce development, administration, security and human resource strategies. She established partnerships to connect the underserved community in Brooklyn with career opportunities in the Yard’s growing industries.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Southern in 1989, and holds a doctorate in leadership from St. John Fisher College. She is a member of the New York City Workforce Development Board, a trustee of the New York College of Technology Foundation Board and a trustee of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Board.
“As the SCSU Foundation Board continues to seek out exemplary members to further promote and expand our scholarship offerings and related activities, I am excited that Louis, Jodi and Jocelynne have made thoughtful personal commitments to serve this university,” said John Mezzanotte, chair of the SCSU Foundation Board of Directors. “We welcome their contribution to our cause.”
The SCSU Foundation Board also recently re-elected:
*Chris Borajkiewicz, a personal wealth advisor at Root, Borajkiewicz, Lucarelli Wealth Advisors.
*Lindy Gold, a senior development specialist in the state Department of Economic and Community Development, where she is responsible for business retention, recruitment and expansion.
*Mike Katz, a retiree who formerly served as an educator, coach, professional football player, professional body builder and gym executive.
*David Vance, a retiree who joined the SCSU Foundation as a part-time executive director in 2011, and transitioned to the role of financial consultant in 2017. He previously served as vice president for finance and controls for the University of Connecticut Foundation, and is a former controller at Wesleyan University.
The panel also recently voted to name William H. Pratt as an emeriti member of the board. He is a partner in the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner of Washington, D.C.