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.

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.

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.

Earl Wheway

Earl D. Wheway, Jr.

Board Member

Earl D. Wheway, Jr., CFP®
Vice President
Senior Portfolio Manager
Financial Advisor

With 20 years of wealth management experience, Earl Wheway brings a distinctive and highly engaging perspective to his clients. His goals-based approach incorporates such milestones as marriage, children and grandchildren, building and selling a business and retirement. He enjoys helping guide clients in simplifying their financial lives, so they may enjoy the wealth they have created and leave the legacy they desire.

In 2006, Earl earned the distinguished CFP® designation, demonstrating his commitment to helping clients address the complicated issues facing today’s wealthy families. Earl takes pride in his ability to take complex financial concepts and effectively communicate them to his clients. He works diligently to demystify the investment and planning process by understanding their aspirations and values, so he may articulate the key activities to help achieve their specific goals

Earl is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Sacred Heart University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Finance.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.  Today, he lives in Sandy Hook, CT with his wife, Holly, and their two children.  Earl is a board member of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation in Newtown, CT.  In his leisure time, he enjoys volunteering at his children’s school and actively supporting his children in their many activities, which include yoga, tennis and skiing.

Kevin Massett


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.