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Board of Directors

Elm Village's board is made up of New Haven locals dedicated to offering mindfulness training to under-served populations. They are volunteers, fund-raisers, and have oversight of the Executive Director and the organization's finances.








Lee Barbera

Lee is a meditation leader at New Haven Insight. He brings years of experience as a meditation practitioner and a community organizer. He has been the foundational support for meditations on the New Haven green geared towards the homeless and has been instrumental in weekly efforts to give out food on the green.


Thema Graves, RMT

Thema Graves is a certified Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Teacher and spiritual advisor.  Her experience ranges from working with Yale New Haven Hospital's, 'Oasis For Healing' program as a Reiki practitioner, to teaching Reiki and meditation techniques through her practice, Holistic Soul Energy. She is also a practitioner at Maitri Massage. She works with Elm Village offering meditation and supporting us in our community offerings. 



Letticia Brown-Gambino, M.S.

Letticia has an extensive background in the human services field, with over 20 years experience directing case management, supportive housing, and shelter programs focusing on income security and self-sufficiency. She is, currently, the Chief Program Officer for Chrysalis Center.  In addition, she runs a private practice called UJIMA, where she specializes in career counseling and treating individuals with anxiety and depression. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Connecticut State University with a M.S. in counseling psychology and clinical counseling.