The Board is made up of a core group of leaders responsible for planning and providing direction regarding the Foundation’s programs and initiatives.

Jennifer Hubbard


As President of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Jennifer, or Jenny, is committed to fulfilling her daughter’s dream of being a caretaker of all animals. Jenny graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BA in art history and communications. Upon graduating from college, she worked for a Fortune 100 company for 9 years before leaving the professional workforce to raise her 2 children. She and her husband Matt are determined to see the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation support those causes that best embody their daughter’s beautifully kind spirit.

Matthew Hubbard

Vice President

The Vice President of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Matt holds 19 years of practical experience in business intelligence and global analytics. Known for his unmatched track record of success and passion for people and animals, he is determined to make good come out of the loss of his daughter. As Vice President of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Matt will work to see that he and his daughter’s passion for animals are shared with the world.

Kelly McCormick-Sullivan

Senior Executive

In addition to being Catherine’s aunt, Kelly McCormick-Sullivan is a seasoned senior executive with a specialty in non-profit and healthcare leadership, board governance, and strategic planning. The people-focused president of CommuniCare Partners, LLC, Kelly is committed to supporting the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and those organizations that reflect Catherine’s kindness and love. Kelly has enjoyed watching the success of Catherine’s Peace Team, founded by her son, Catherine’s cousin, 11-year-old Jack Sullivan. She lives in Pittsford, NY with her husband, Dan Sullivan, and their 3 children—Jack, Maeve and Brynn.

Harmony Verna

Marketing & Communications

Throughout her twenty-year career in communications, Harmony Verna has worked with all media facets: radio, television, magazines, newspapers, public relations, advertising, and marketing. As a freelance writer, she has written scripts for the Food Network and articles for Modern Bride Magazine, Connecticut Woman Magazine and more. She is also the author of two novels, Daughter of Australia and Beneath the Apple Leaves.

In addition, Harmony brings a lifetime of passion for saving, caring and protecting animals. As the former Vice President of The Animal Center of Newtown, she has worked tirelessly to alleviate suffering in the animal world and to promote healing through kindness and compassion. She currently lives in Newtown, Connecticut with her husband, their three boys, two cats and a fish.

Brian Ochs


As Treasurer of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and close friend of the Hubbard’s, Brian is honored to be a part of the journey to make Catherine’s dream of creating an animal sanctuary a reality. Currently retired, Brian spends his time working on various sanctuary projects, advancing his woodworking hobby, traveling and being a dad.

Prior to retirement, Brian founded Spire LLC, a data marketing and analytics company focused on grocery retailers and consumer packaged goods companies. After building a successful business with a unique philosophy and sharp focus on its employees and clients, Brian and his partners sold Spire to Datalogix Inc. in 2014. A year later, Datalogix was acquired by Oracle America and Brian retired in early 2016.

Before founding Spire, Brian gained his practical business and entrepreneurial experience building and managing the technology suite at ImmediateFX LLC, a data marketing and analytics startup, for 5 years, and building and supporting the technology products at Datacor Inc., an ERP software company focused on the chemical industry, for 6 years.

Brian also served on the Newtown Board of Ethics for 8 years, holding the position of Vice Chairman for 2 years and Chairman for 2 years.

Brian graduated from Bucknell University in 1995 with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Computer Science.

Peter Paulos Jr., AIA

Peter Paulos is one of the founding partners of P H Architects, LLC, an architectural firm in Newtown, Connecticut. He started his architectural career in Salt Lake City, Utah where he developed his passion for the profession. In 2002, he moved East to Newtown Connecticut, not only to pursue his architectural career, but to support his wife’s equestrian career. He became a licensed architect in 2012 and has strived for diversity of project typologies and locations, creating a loyal customer base.

P H Architects has been working with Jenny and Matt Hubbard since 2013 designing the Sanctuary buildings and assisting with the development of the property to make their vision a reality.

Paulos joined the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary Board in March of 2016.

Mr. Paulos holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, School of Architecture, and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan. Furthermore, he has been certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

The Paulos’ have two daughters and two sons, two bunnies, two dogs and a plethora of ponies and horses. A very active household.

Philip H. Hubbard III, AIA

Philip Hubbard is one of the founding partners of P H Architects, LLC, an architectural firm in Newtown, Connecticut. He became a licensed architect in 1979 and has honed his problem-solving abilities throughout his 38-year career.

P H Architects has been working with Jenny and Matt Hubbard since 2013 designing the Sanctuary buildings and assisting with the development of the property to make their vision a reality.

Hubbard joined the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary Board in March of 2016.

Hubbard has a Masters of Architecture degree from Tulane University. He is married and has four daughters and two cats.

Stephanie Mattera

Stephanie Mattera is a communications professional with a passion for creating social change. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies and teaches in the Public Relations and Corporate Communications graduate program, co-hosts the socially conscious television program, Celebrity Catwalk airing on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and since 2010 has served as the Spokesperson for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Stephanie is a life-long animal lover and advocate that grew up in a household of rescued pets that were all considered members of the family and as a child in summer camp, she could always be found caring for the farm animals. Today, her furry family consists of three boy dogs and two girl cats: Keiko, Romeo, Zoom Zoom, Sophie, and Fleur. They are all rescues. Before joining CVH’s board, Stephanie volunteered with the CVH Foundation for two years and is continually inspired by the Hubbard’s faith, compassion, and kindness. Stephanie feels a deep connection to Catherine’s memory and is honored to be a part of bringing Catherine’s dream to fruition.

Gretchen Carlson

Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women. She most recently hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News for three years, and prior to that co-hosted the #1 rated cable morning news show, “Fox and Friends,” for more than seven years. Carlson started her television career in Richmond, Virginia, as a political reporter, and later served as an anchor and reporter in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Dallas. She moved to the national scene as the co-host of “The Saturday Early Show” on CBS in 2000 where she also served as a CBS News correspondent covering the G-8 Summit in Genoa, Italy, the Timothy McVeigh execution, 9-11 from the World Trade Center, the Bush-Gore election, and many other national and international stories. She reported and produced a 30-part series on domestic violence that won several national awards.

In 2015, Carlson’s first book, Getting Real, became a national best-seller. An honors graduate of Stanford University, Carlson was valedictorian of her high school class and studied at Oxford University in England. Carlson grew up as a child prodigy on the violin, performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra at age 13, and, in 1989, became the first classical violinist ever to win the Miss America crown.

In 2016, Carlson became the face of sexual harassment in the workplace, gracing the cover of Time Magazine and standing strong in her determination to promote a safe working environment for all women. To that end, she plans to testify before Congress about workplace inequality and the prevalence of forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts that often keep sexual harassment claims shrouded in secrecy.  Ever grateful for her success and the opportunities provided to her and imbued with a “never give up” attitude, Carlson has mentored dozens of young women throughout her career and is in the process of forming a foundation to empower young girls by helping them build self-esteem and instilling within them the confidence of knowing that they can be anything they want to be.

Carlson serves as a National Trustee for the March of Dimes, a member of the Board of Directors for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown, Connecticut, and a Trustee of Greenwich Academy, an all-girls preparatory day school in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is an active volunteer and teacher at her church and, in 2016, hosted the “Miss You Can Do It” pageant in Illinois to celebrate the achievements of courageous girls and young women with disabilities. Carlson is married to sports agent Casey Close and mom to their two children, 11 and 13.