Trustees & Staff
Lynne Garner, PhD
President & Trustee
Lynne Garner, PhD (medical sociology), was appointed the Individual Trustee for the Donaghue Foundation in 2008 while maintaining the duties of President. As Trustee, 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. As President, she is responsible for the overall operation of the Foundations programs, including working with the Foundation’s advisers and the research and philanthropic communities to develop new Foundation initiatives.
Prior to her position at the Foundation, she worked at the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health doing program evaluation and quality management. She is a member of the Health Research Alliance Board of Director, co-leader of the HRA Health Services Research interest group, and one of the public members of the Connecticut Healthcare Acquired Infections Advisory Committee. Lynne is also a trustee of the Ethel F. Donaghue Trust for Elizabeth Park.
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 contributes to the design and evaluation of grant programs and leads programmatic efforts that connect health research to the real worlds of healthcare practice and policy. She identifies opportunities, initiates projects and collaborates with diverse stakeholders on projects aimed at improving public health and health care systems and that advance the dissemination, scale–up and implementation of evidence-based interventions and approaches. Nancy sits on the advisory boards for Connecticut’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) and the Yale School of Management’s student- led annual Healthcare Conference. She is a past member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research. Nancy played a key role in establishing the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative (CCWC), a multi-stakeholder group and served as the first chair. In 2016, she received a leadership award from the Connecticut Center for Primary Care in recognition of her efforts in starting the CCWC.
Before joining Donaghue in 2005, Nancy spent almost 20 years in management and strategic planning roles related to the design and delivery of health plan benefits, at both PHS/Health Net Northeast and Pitney Bowes. She holds a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Brown University.
Stacy H. Cloud
Stacy Cloud, Grants Administrator, joined the Foundation in January 2008. She has the responsibility for administering all of 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 grant making process from the pre-award stage to post-award and grant evaluation stage.
Prior to joining the Donaghue Foundation, Stacy Cloud was the Director of Member Services for the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. Prior to the Council, Stacy worked in the for-profit sector as a Regional Director of Affiliate Relations for E! Entertainment Television.
Stacy is a member of several boards and advisory committees, including several roles at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, serving on scholarship committee, the Board of Ambassadors, and the steering committee for the Black Giving Circle. Stacy also serves as review member for the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, and as a Board Ambassador for the Village for Children and Families. She is a proud Howard Bison which represents her alma mater Howard University. She and her husband Christopher live in Farmington, CT with their twin sons, Prescott and Sanford.