Trustees & Staff


Lynne Garner, PHD

Lynne Garner, PHD

President & Trustee

Lynne Garner, PhD, was appointed as the Individual Trustee for the Donaghue Foundation as of January 1, 2008 while maintaining the functions of President, a position she accepted in 2003. As Trustee and President, Dr. Garner works closely with the Institutional Trustee, Bank of America, to establish the mission and policies of the Foundation and to ensure that its programs and practices are congruent with Ethel Donaghue’s purpose for the Foundation. She also works closely with the Foundation’s policy advisers and the research and philanthropic communities to develop new Foundation initiatives. Dr. Garner also serves as Trustee for the Ethel F. Donaghue Trust for Elizabeth Park.

Lynne received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Massachusetts in 1986, with concentrations in medical sociology and applied research methods. Prior to her position at the Foundation, she worked at the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

Amy R. Lynch, JD

Bank of America, Trustee

Amy Lynch, J.D. serves as the Corporate Trustee for the Donaghue Foundation. Amy works closely with Lynne Garner and the members of the Donaghue Foundation in furthering the mission and directives of the donor, Ethel Donaghue. She is a Foundation Manager at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Philanthropic Management. She is responsible for managing the operations of a large book of discretionary foundations and also serves as a philanthropic advisor to client foundations, providing consultative services around mission, guidelines, due diligence and grants management strategies. Ms. Lynch oversees a team of professionals charged with the grantmaking, administration, evaluation and compliance for these foundations.

She earned her BS in Biology from Trinity College and a JD from Western New England School of Law.


Nancy C. Yedlin, MPH

Nancy C. Yedlin, MPH

Vice President

Nancy C. Yedlin, MPH, Vice President leads the Donaghue Foundation’s efforts to connect health research to the real world of health care practice and policy through collaboration with Donaghue current and past grantees, health care businesses, other foundations and individuals and institutions from across the health care spectrum on a range of projects and initiatives. She plays an instrumental role in the design of Donaghue’s conferences and public outreach efforts and contributes to the design of the Foundation’s grant programs.  Nancy joined the Foundation in September 2005 as Director, Program Communication & Management with responsibility for managing two of the Foundation grant programs.

Before joining Donaghue, Nancy spent almost 20 years working in the health insurance and corporate benefit arenas. She held leadership positions at Healthnet Northeast/PHS and in the Health Benefits Strategy Group at the Pitney Bowes Corporation.  She holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Brown University.

Stacy H. Cloud

Stacy H. Cloud

Grants Administrator

Stacy Cloud, Grants Administrator, joined the Foundation in January 2008. She has the responsibility for administering the Foundation’s grant programs. Stacy works externally with applicants and grantees and internally with staff, trustees, and scientific reviewers to ensure quality of all aspects of grants processing and management.

Prior to joining the Donaghue Foundation, Stacy Cloud was the Director of Member Services for the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy where she managed the program implementation, member services and membership development.