Governor Lamont Appoints Fran Pastore Chair and Michelle Gilman Vice Chair of Connecticut Paid Vacation Authority Board of Directors

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02/14/2022

Governor Lamont Appoints Fran Pastore Chair and Michelle Gilman Vice Chair of Connecticut Paid Vacation Authority Board of Directors

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that he is selecting Fran Pastore to serve as chairman of the Connecticut Paid Vacation Authority. board of directors. Pastore has served on the board since its inception in 2019 as an appointee of Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, and most recently served in the leadership role as vice chairman. In taking on the role of president, she will succeed Josh Geballe, the former Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS) commissioner who recently resigned from his state position to pursue a new professional opportunity.

Additionally, Governor Lamont announced that he was selecting Michelle Gilman, who was recently appointed by the governor to succeed Geballe as commissioner of the DAS, to serve as vice-chairman of the council. The DAS commissioner is an ex-officio member of the board of directors, as required by state law.

The Connecticut Paid Leave Authority is the quasi-public state agency responsible for administering Connecticut’s recently created paid family and medical leave program. The program provides Connecticut workers with access to necessary benefits that enable them to take time off work when they need to care for their own health, a newborn or a sick family member.

“Anyone who has ever been involved in economic development activities in Connecticut knows Fran Pastore, who for many years was a strong advocate for ensuring that women and girls had every opportunity to determine their future and earn their life for themselves and their families,” Governor Lamont said. “She has been Vice Chair of the Board since its inception, and elevating her to Chair is a natural fit. I appreciate her commitment to improving our state and thank her for her service on the board.

Pastore’s full-time job is as CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council, a leading organization advocating for female entrepreneurship and women’s economic equity in Connecticut.

“It is an honor to receive this appointment from Governor Lamont and a privilege to serve our great state,” Pastor said. “I look forward to continuing to work alongside the spectacular team at the Paid Leave Authority to ensure Connecticutans can take care of themselves and their families instead of having to choose between go to work and take care of a loved one.”

“I am honored to join the Connecticut Paid Vacation Authority Board of Directors and excited to work with Fran, who brings years of experience and advocacy to this program, as well as Andrea Barton- Reeves and his staff who ensured the launch of this program before program,” Commissioner-designate Gilman said. “I also want to thank Governor Lamont for making this program a priority from day one. No family should have to choose between caring for their loved ones and going to work, and I am thrilled to be a part of the continued success of this program.

History of the Board of Directors of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Authority

As established under Public Law 19-25, the board is made up of 15 members, including two censors. They include:

  • State Treasurer or Representative (non-voting member)
  • State Comptroller or Designate (Non-Voting Member)
  • Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services or Delegate
  • Commissioner of the Department of Labor or delegate
  • Commissioner of the Ministry of Economic and Community Development or designate
  • Commissioner of the Office of Policy and Management or his representative
  • Appointed by the Speaker of the House who must be a person with skills, knowledge and experience in the interest of employees
  • Appointed by the House Majority Leader who must be an advocate for employee rights, benefits and opportunities
  • Appointed by the House Minority Leader who must be a person with skills, knowledge and experience in the interest of disability insurance plans
  • Appointed by the President of the Senate pro tempore, who must be an affected person who has personal knowledge and experience of economically challenged and underserved communities and who reflects the ethnic and economic diversity of these communities
  • Appointed by the Senate Majority Leader who must be a person with skills, knowledge, and experience for the benefit of small business employees
  • Appointed by the Senate Minority Leader who must be a person with skills, knowledge and experience for the benefit of employees of large corporations
  • Three persons appointed by the governor, two of whom must be persons with skills, knowledge and expertise in family and medical leave programs, and one of whom must be persons with skills, knowledge and expertise in modern software practices
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