Yankee Institute Board

Ken Boudreau, Chairman

Ken Boudreau is a private investor. Founder, President, and CEO of COS Staffing Services, Inc, he sold the corporation to an NYSE-listed company, remaining through 1998. Mr. Boudreau has been affiliated with a wide range of charitable organizations, including serving as former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, CT Chapter of the National Association of Staffing Services; Past President of the Board of Trustees, The Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT; Past Director, CT Business and Industry Association; Past Trustee, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford, Hartford, CT; Past Trustee, Hillstead Museum, Farmington, CT; Past Trustee, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; Past Trustee, Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford, CT; Past Trustee, Archdiocese Board of Education, Archdiocese of Hartford, CT. Currently, Mr. Boudreau serves as a Trustee of the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, and was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Gerald Gunderson

Gerald Gunderson, working with Rich Sweetzer of Norfolk, founded  Yankee Institute almost 40 years ago. Early on, he wrote and promoted educational choice, which has developed into one of Yankee’s signature issues. He served on the Governor’s panel on public school equity and funding, commonly called the Sheff panel. Professor Gunderson holds a PHD in economics earned under the supervision of Douglas North, Nobel laureate in economic history. He has written on entrepreneurship and economic growth and published two books on the history of the American economy. He recently retired as the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of American Business and Economic Enterprise at Trinity College.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol has worked as an attorney, author, political and policy advisor, and media commentator. In addition to practicing law, she has served as legislative assistant to Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond of Missouri; as a consultant to the U.S. Senate campaigns of John D. Ashcroft of Missouri (1994) and Congressman Tom Campbell of California (2000 and 2010); and as law clerk to Reagan appointee Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. 

She has been a guest radio talk show host for programs including the nationally-syndicated “Hugh Hewitt Show” and for KABC radio in Los Angeles. Carol is also the author of Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!), published by Hachette Book Group (formerly Time Warner) in 2007, and has contributed to the editorial pages of papers including The Hartford Courant, The Los Angeles Times, the Washington Times, The Orange County Register, The Sacramento Bee, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She has appeared on PBS, the Fox News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC. 

Carol is a graduate of Harvard Law School — where she served as the first female managing editor of The Harvard Law Review — and Princeton University, where she was editorial chairman of The Daily Princetonian

Tom Lasersohn

Tom Lasersohn was a lawyer briefly before spending the bulk of his career in the financial services industry. He also served for five years on the Board of Finance in Westport, Connecticut. He is currently a private investor.

Dave Pelizzon

David Pelizzon is a retired US Army officer who served almost 30 years on active duty in airborne and special operations units. Since his retirement from active duty in 2003, he has worked as a manufacturing and financial executive in the US and Asia. Prior to starting Squadron Capital Mr. Pelizzon was the Managing Director of Precision Edge Holdings, Colson Associates in Chicago. Currently, he is the President of Squadron Capital, a firm that primarily manages direct investments in operating companies and that also invests in private equity funds and special situations in support of the long-term investment objectives of a Chicago based trust. He also serves on the boards of OrthoPediatrics and Atec Spine.

Mr. Pelizzon is a graduate of the US Military Academy and has advanced degrees from Harvard University and the United States Naval War College.

Betsy McCaughey

Betsy McCaughey is a patient advocate and former Lt. Governor of New York State. In 2004, she founded and is now Chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID), a nationwide educational campaign to stop infections in nursing homes and hospitals. Ms. McCaughey is also a syndicated columnist, weekly columnist for the New York Post, and author of The Next Pandemic, from Encounter Books. In 2016 McCaughey was named to President-elect Trump’s transition Economic Advisory Committee. From 1995 to 1998, she served as Lt. Governor of New York State.

Ms. McCaughey earned a Ph.D. in constitutional history from Columbia University.

Penny Young

Penny Young has been actively involved in and held leadership positions in community organizations and issues at local, regional and state-wide arenas. 

Mrs. Young has served as an elected member of the New Canaan Town Council since 1997. She co-founded the Elder Care Council and chaired the effort to develop and expand the Lapham Community Center to provide support, recreational and educational programs for adults. She serves as an advisor to the Getabout (transportation system) and Staying Put (reside at home) as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Waveny LifeCare Network. Statewide, Penny serves as President of the CT Area Agencies on Aging and on the CT Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity. She has long served as Secretary of New Canaan’s non-partisan League of Women Voters. She also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Stamford Symphony.

David Tohir