Board Members

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.

Richard MacLean


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.

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

Vice Chairman

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.

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.

Jr. Executive Board

The CVH Animal Sanctuary’s Junior Executive Board is made up of teens from across the country working together to enrich the lives of all beings through compassion and acceptance. By spearheading local and national initiatives, building relationships and fostering connections through youth involvement, the Junior Executive Board gives teens a forum to inspire the change they wish to see in the world.

Maddie Stites

Junior Executive Board Lead

Hi I’m Maddie Stites. I’m 17 and a junior at Joel Barlow High school and have been involved with the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation for 5 years now. I started as a member of the Child Advisory Board before becoming president of the Junior Executive Board upon entering high school.

Reagan Bajus

Junior Executive Board Member

Reagan Bajus is a freshman currently attending Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut.  It will always be one of the honors of her life to have been a member of the inaugural Children’s Advisory Board and now the Junior Executive Board.  She is incredibly proud of the amazing strides that have been made by the group Jenny and Matt Hubbard assembled to bring Catherine’s dream of helping animals to fruition. Reagan’s main vision for the sanctuary entails a multitude of animals having a safe haven, as well as adoption and rescue programs at the sanctuary to spread awareness for adopting animals.

Kaia Close

Junior Executive Board Member

Kaia Close is 16 years old and a sophomore at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut. She has been involved as a volunteer with the sanctuary for the past 6 years serving first as a member of the Children’s Advisory Board and now on the Junior Advisory Board. Kaia’s love of animals and dedication to philanthropy are the driving forces behind her involvement with the CVH Foundation and sanctuary. Kaia came to know about Catherine’s dreams shortly after the Newtown shootings when she performed a solo piano recital at 9 years old to raise money for charities including the sanctuary. She was blessed to have Jenny Hubbard in attendance at the event.

Kaia’s vision for the sanctuary is to see Catherine’s dreams become a reality; so that animals can live harmoniously together within a peaceful and safe space and that children and adults can come visit to learn about Catherine’s legacy.

Hannah Groonell

Junior Executive Board Member

My name is Hannah Groonell and I am currently a junior at Newtown High School and I have been on the Junior Executive Board for about two years. The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary has provided me with so many great opportunities and has given me the chance to learn about the importance of caring for animals and the world we live in. It is my hope that the sanctuary grows into even more of a wonderful place where animals and people can come together as one.

Olivia Houlahan

Junior Executive Board Member

Hi, my name is Olivia Houlahan, a junior at Joel Barlow High School and a member of the junior executive board since late 2018. Throughout my short time with with the sanctuary I have been given the opportunity to spread compassion and love for animals and people throughout the community. I envision the sanctuary as a safe space for both people and animals, as well as an organization that spreads the message of the importance of kindness in our world.

Freddy Hubbard

Junior Executive Board Member

An avid outdoorsman, Frederick Hubbard began with the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary by helping mow the property’s meadow trail system.   Freddy’s service has continued over the past six years, continuing work on maintaining the sanctuary property, serving as founding member of the Children’s Advisory Board and, most recently, joining the Junior Executive Board.  Freddy Hubbard attends Immaculate High School in Danbury and is on Immaculate’s Baseball team.  Freddy enjoys spending time on the water with his dog, Zach.

Caroline Mahoney

Junior Executive Board Member

Hi, my name is Caroline Mahoney, and I’m a sophomore at Newtown High School in Newtown, CT. I have been a member since 2014 and feel incredibly blessed to be part of such a fantastic organization. I’m motivated to help make the community a better place from anything from finding animals forever homes or spreading the message of nature preservation. I am passionate about making sure a place is created where people can come together with animals and nature and most importantly learn from one another to make the world a better place.

Anna Ochs

Junior Executive Board Member

Anna has been involved with the sanctuary since the idea first began. At first she was on the children’s advisory board, and has now moved up to the junior executive board. She volunteers for the sanctuary whenever she can, and enjoys volunteering for other organizations as well. She can’t wait for the sanctuary to become the home for animals that it is meant to be.

Ben Ochs

Junior Executive Board Member

Benjamin is a student at Newtown High School.   He is on the tennis team, and coaches weekly flag football games for elementary students.  Ben has been volunteering for the sanctuary since its inception.  He looks forward to seeing the sanctuary grow and continue to help rescue animals.

Dante Verna

Junior Executive Board Member

I was one of the original members of the children’s advisory board in 2013, and have been with the sanctuary ever since. Before then, my family had fostered 200+ rescued cats and kittens over the years, when I would help to take care of, socialize, and photograph them for adoption.

Children’s Advisory Board

In order to stay true to Catherine’s vision, we felt it was important to allow our thinking to be guided by the minds of children. To do so, we created the Children’s Advisory Board.

The Children’s Advisory Board is a unique committee comprised of children who we’ve seen exhibit determination, compassion and acceptance, and who have in one way or another, reminded us of the virtues and values Catherine embodied. The Children’s Advisory board helps to steer our decisions and keep us on the right track as we execute the Sanctuary’s mission. Routinely integrated into each step of the process, its members ensure that all we do is in keeping with the pure heart of a child.