Alta LashAlta Lash

Executive Director
Phone: 860-524-0502 Ext. 11

Alta is the founder and Executive Director of United Connecticut Action for Neighborhoods (UCAN). She has served as Director of UCAN for over thirty five years. She designed organizational models for community involvement which have resulted in the creation of several state-wide coalitions and local community organizations. Her organizing activities currently are concentrated on health care issues, but over the years she has addressed a wide variety of policy issues. Additionally, Alta teaches grassroots organizing at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and a community internship seminar at Trinity College.


Jack MimnaughJack Mimnaugh

Associate Director
Phone: 860-524-0502 Ext. 10

Jack has been the Associate Director of United Connecticut Action for Neighborhoods since 1978.  Jack was the founding director of Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART) and has developed several other community organizing groups.  He has provided training for community organizing staff and neighborhood leaders at the local, state, and national level.


Maryellen SantiagoMaryellen Santiago

CFC Community Organizer
Phone: 860-524-0502 Ext. 12

Maryellen Santiago is a Community Organizer for the Caring Families Coalition (CFC), a project of United Connecticut Action for Neighborhoods (UCAN). Maryellen has worked as child welfare advocate on the national level addressing racial disparities and injustices in the child welfare system. Her commitment is to provide training and access to resources to community members, and to empower them to participate in health care reform. Maryellen is dedicated to improving the quality of health care by ensuring the voices of our community members are heard.