the CFM board
The board members of The Carmine & Frank Mangini Foundation are a diverse group of volunteers who share a common belief - that kids want to do the right thing, but are too often left without the opportunities to make positive life choices.
Board Members (8)
Eric Mangini | President
A veteran NFL coach, Eric followed an unconventional ascent from a 23-year old ball boy to a 34-year old head coach. He was a member of three Super Bowl championship coaching staffs and a head coach charged with rebuilding two franchises. Eric started on his unique path as a coach in Melbourne, Australia, and then moved to the Cleveland Browns’ organization as a ball boy and front office assistant. He quickly rose through the ranks as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets, before becoming the New England Patriots’ secondary coach in 2000 and defensive coordinator in 2005. Eric was then hired as the head coach of the New York Jets in 2006. At 34 years old, he was one of the youngest head coaches in NFL history. In 2009, Mangini became the 15th head coach of the Cleveland Browns, where he began the rebuilding process. After his time in Cleveland, Mangini developed into a critically acclaimed studio analyst for ESPN, and then returned to football for the unique opportunity to work on both offense and defense for the San Francisco 49ers from 2013 - 2015. He was part of the team that went to the NFC Championship game and is one of the few coaches in NFL history to move from a position coach to coordinator on the opposite side of the ball. Mangini is currently an analyst with Fox Sports 1 and also works with multiple international teams to establish best practices in both coaching and organizational structure.
In addition to a great career, Eric is a proud husband and father to his three sons. Eric currently lives in Cleveland, OH, with his family.
Dr. Michael Moustakakis | Vice President
Dr. Moustakakis is a 1995 graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He then came to Connecticut to pursue residency training. Over two decades later, he remains committed to the delivery of quality healthcare to the citizens of Hartford and the surrounding community. He is currently the Chief of Nephrology at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and has been voted a “Connecticut Top Doctor” in his specialty by Connecticut Magazine in 2015 and 2016.
Since 2008, he has been energized and inspired by the numerous young men and women who have gone on to contribute to their community as a result of the CFM Foundation’s efforts and the numerous selfless contributions of volunteers and donors alike.
Michael makes his home in West Hartford with his wife, two children and his energetic miniature schnauzer.
Mike Clifford | Treasurer
After college Mike returned home to West Hartford, CT and co-developed Component Concepts which designs electrical components utilized in the heavy transit, fire alarm, and the power supply industries. Then in 1995 he developed a commercial door and hardware division for Roth Supply. In 2000, he founded, and continues to operate today, BRD Builders, a commercial general contractor located in Hartford. Mike’s company works throughout the State of Connecticut on both public and private projects including office, retail, municipal, state, federal and multi-family housing.
Mike donates his time by serving as the President of the Hartford Police Athletic League, a board member of the South Park Inn Homeless Shelter and a youth hockey and football coach in West Hartford.
Mike resides in West Hartford with his wife, Heather and two boys, Ryan and Sean. He graduated Hall High School in 1988 where he played soccer and hockey. Mike then went on to graduate Lemoyne College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Harry Bellucci | Board Member
Coach Harry Bellucci began his coaching career in 1979 as an assistant coach at Bulkeley High School in Hartford. In 2003, he was named the Head Football Coach at Hartford Public High School. In Harry’s 12 years as the Head Coach at HPHS the Owls have won seven CCC division titles and he has had over 45 of his football players move on to play college football including eight Division I scholarship athletes. He has also had three players on NFL rosters: Brian Sanford (Oakland Raiders); Elisha Joseph (Pittsburgh Steelers); and Elijah “Peanut” Joseph (Green Bay Packers). In addition to his 36 years of coaching, Harry has also been teaching in the city of Hartford for over 33 years.
Bellucci is a 1975 graduate of Bulkeley High School and has both a BS in Physical Education and master certificate in Guidance Counseling from Central Connecticut State University. Coach Bellucci currently resides in West Hartford with his wife of twenty-three years, Brenda and their 3 daughters Allison, Erin and Claire.
Cathy Morelli | Secretary
Cathy is an Instructional Coach at Hartford Public High School. For over twenty years, she has served students and families in Greater Hartford as an English teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal, and principal before taking on her current role. She also serves as the Director of Football Operations at Hartford Public. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English from Providence College in 1993, Cathy went on to earn a Master of Arts in Secondary Education at Sacred Heart University and a Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University.
Cathy serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern Connecticut Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Previously, she served on the Board of West Hartford Youth Football.
Cathy resides in West Hartford with her two children, Carter and Anne, and their dog Leo.
Randy Sabia | Board Member
Randy is the founder of Sabia Taiman, LLC, a commercial law firm located in Hartford. He has maintained his downtown practice for over thirty years representing financial institutions, large and small businesses, as well as the State of Connecticut Attorney General and the City of Hartford. He has been an active director of several non-profit entities during his career including The Tolland Fund which provides recreational opportunities for disabled persons. In addition, he has volunteered for Family Life Education providing support services for Hartford families, and St. Agnes Home which provides residential care and supportive services for pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers and their infants. Attorney Sabia has been a member of the CFM Board since its inception.
He received his A.B. in 1979 from Middlebury College and his J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1985. He resides in West Hartford with his wife and two sons.
Jim Reynolds | Board Member
Jim Reynolds is a graduate of The University of Connecticut with a degree in Economics. Following his time as UConn, Jim served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2008-2012 and completed two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Today, Jim works in the Hartford area and is passionate in his role as a Management Consultant where he helps support organizations improve and grow their operations in various industries.
Outside of work, Jim supports all New Orleans sports teams and can often be found rearranging his schedule for Saints games or music concerts. Additionally, he dedicates his time to support transitioning Veterans and youth in the local community. Jim currently resides in Boston, MA.
Brenda Mangini Bellucci | Board Member
Brenda Mangini Bellucci is a founding member of the Carmine and Frank Mangini Foundation. She is a certified elementary teacher and remedial reading and remedial language arts teacher receiving degrees from the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University. She works as a remedial reading teacher for the Hartford Public Schools and serves on the Leadership and Literacy team and the Boundless Library Leadership team. She also worked as a student teacher supervisor for the University of Hartford for several years.
Brenda resides in West Hartford with her family where she co-chairs the West Hartford Scholarship Fund and is an active member of the Hall High School PTO board.
John Esmail | Board Member
Jon Esmail, otherwise known as Ish or Coach Ish to many, serves as the Director of Programming for the Hartford Police Athletic League (PAL), a non-profit organization that works alongside the Hartford Police Department to serve youth in the City of Hartford through Arts, Athletics, Education and Mentoring. In addition to that role, Jon serves as a Paraeducator at Southington High School supervising the Alternative to Suspension Program. Prior to his current positions, Jon had spent 14 seasons as a high school football coach, with his last eight as the Offensive Coordinator at Hartford Public High School. It was at HPHS Jon developed his love for the city and people of Hartford. Knowing Hartford is where he belongs, Jon left his longtime home of Southington and moved to Hartford where he resides in the West End with his dog Meadow.
In addition to the CFM-Foundation, Jon serves as an Assistant Clinic Director for the Nike Coach of the Year Clinics; Vice President of the West End Civic Association; on the School Governance Council at Noah Webster School; and is a volunteer at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Rob Martin | Board Member
Rob currently works for Symmetry Partners, LLC and Apella Capital, LLC in Glastonbury, CT. Since graduating from the University of Richmond, he has enjoyed a successful career at both firms where he serves as Managing Director. He also earned his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven with aspirations of obtaining his Ph.D. After spending his early years living in Hartford, CT, Rob has always had an appreciation of the community with a desire to give back. After volunteering for the Football Fundamentals Camp for over 10 years, he joined the Foundation’s Board as one of the officers. He currently lives in West Hartford, CT.
Chuck Saunders | Board Member
Chuck is a Connecticut native who was born and raised in Hartford. He attended Bulkeley High School from 1985 - 1989 where he was a classmate, football teammate, and friend of Eric Mangini. Chuck is a part-time home improvement contractor as well as an HVAC Maintenance Supervisor at UCONN Health Center in Farmington, CT. He holds licenses in HVAC from accredited state trade school programs. In 2012, Chuck began serving as the Assistant Football Camp Director. Prior to this, he served as a loyal camp volunteer. Chuck currently lives in Hebron, CT, with his wife and two children. In addition, he volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 28 as a Scout Leader.
Leslie Fockler | Board Member
Leslie Fockler is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rensselaer at Hartford, with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Business Administration and Management. Leslie moved to the Hartford area in 1999 and began her career at Pratt & Whitney, where she is now an Associate Director and Engineering Manager in Controls and Diagnostics Systems.
Leslie has been volunteering for the CFM Foundation since 2005, helping to organize our annual Football Fundamentals Camp. She remains a loyal Chicago sports fan, despite living in New England for 20 years, and currently resides in Vernon, CT.