The Board of Directors
Richard Judd, Ph.D.
Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Judd was awarded his Ph.D. by the University of Connecticut with his dissertation on constitutional issues and higher education. He is President Emeritus of Central Connecticut State University and a professor of emergency medical services. Dr. Judd's areas of teaching were in emergency medicine and parliamentary law, which he still teaches to this day in the U.S. and abroad. He holds several honorary degrees and has been recognized for his educational achievements by numerous institutions both in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Judd sits on the board of directors for numerous civic, educational, and emergency organizations and has a broad knowledge of successful organization operation and development.
Major General James Skiff (USAF, Ret.)
Assistant Adjunct General
Pennsylvania Air National Guard
General Skiff was responsible for the operational readiness of the fourth largest Air National Guard in the country. He served for over 32 years as a combat fighter pilot flying over 200 combat missions in the F4 in Vietnam as well as leading the Air Force in flight hours in the A-10 with 25 combat missions in Iraq and Bosnia. His impressive and decorated career led him through every level of military command. Stateside, he received a Bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master's degree in business administration from American International College. He understands the unique issues facing today's military as well as the importance of sound leadership. General Skiff is highly respected and leads several civic organizations such as the Civil Air Patrol as well as directing the New England Disaster Training Center, an all hazards training center for disaster responders.
Chief James Viadero
Chief of Police
Newtown Police Department
Chief Viadero retired from the Bridgeport Police Department as a captain after an impressive 29 year career to assume the command of the Middlebury Police Department before being sworn in as the chief of the Newtown Police Department. Chief Viadero served on the police commission for the Newtown Police Department for five years prior to becoming chief helping the department through the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting tragedy. Chief Viadero has extensive experience and first-hand knowledge of the impacts that national tragedies have on stressed police agencies and the recovery processes involved in moving on and learning from them. He has taught criminal justice at Sacred Heart University and Post University where he continues to be involved in various research projects aimed at improving police services. Chief Viadero holds a Master's degree in Justice Administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Jay Cruickshank, Esq.
Executive Vice President
Lane Construction Corporation
Mr. Cruickshank received a degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1976) before earning his Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac College School of Law (1999). At Lane Construction, Mr. Cruickshank worked his way up from Safety Manager where he transformed the company's safety record to one of the best in the industry to General Counsel where his engineering background gives him a broad understanding of the construction industry. Mr. Cruickshank was instrumental in establishing the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative, an industry wide advocate for improving ethical behavior in Construction. Lane Construction has been studied for its abnormally high retention rate and employee satisfaction and Mr. Cruickshank works to ensure this remains the company standard with proactive initiatives.