Barbara Brown, Immediate Past Chair/Director


  • Brooklyn College – M.S. in Special Education
  • University of Hartford – M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • Hartford Graduate Center (RPI) – M.S. in Healthcare Management


  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (formerly Newington Children’s Hospital) having worked there for 34 years, most recently as the Senior Director of Education and Rehabilitation Services


Married to David L. Brown, M.D., and have three adult children and eight grandchildren. Have resided in West Hartford for the past 45 years.

Why I love BBA:

I have a longstanding relationship with Ben Bronz Academy that goes back to 1985 when I first met Drs. Ian and Aileen Stan Spence. I was then invited to serve on the Professional Advisory Board shortly after the Academy opened. Thirty years later, I was asked to join the Board of Directors when the Academy applied for status as a nonprofit organization and served as Vice Chair for two years, Board Chair for four years, and currently as the Chair of the Governance Committee. I have served on many boards throughout my career, but have always maintained my connection to BBA, as I strongly believe in our mission that every child deserves the chance to succeed educationally, and Ben Bronz Academy makes that possible.