DSDA Board of Directors
Executive Director of the Diverse Supplier Development Academy
Ron Licata has more than forty years of experience leading businesses to success. He has served as president and led innovative solutions at a variety of companies in the insurance sector, and worked seven years as a consultant. Ron’s leadership of the DSDA began during his stint serving as a faculty advisor for a team of UConn Graduate students working on a supplier diversity project for Northeast Utilities in 2011. The project has continued through 13 student teams and, under Mr. Licata’s direction, has evolved into the establishment of a non-profit academy that, to date, supports the development of 36 companies owned by underserved minority, women, veteran and disabled owned businesses.
Before starting his consulting practice, Mr. Licata was President of Connecticut Life and Casualty (CL&C), a company that he started in 1990. Ron built a direct writing personal lines company that consistently produced substantial profits. Innovative loss prevention and risk management techniques creatively applied to personal lines built a rock solid book of business as a foundation. Prior to that he successfully brought an innovative west coast workers compensation insurance and risk management program to the northeast.
As an active member of the CPCU Society Mr. Licata co-authored two articles that appeared in that organization’s eJOURNAL; “Underwriting: A Profit Engine or Lost Opportunity: Current Challenges and Potential Solutions to an Evolving Underwriting Environment” published in 8/2011; and “Underwriting with New Data and Technology—A Credit Score Example” published in 5/2012. Ron earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut in 1963. He also earned his CPCU designation in 1974 and his AIM designation in 1987. He was inducted into the University of Connecticut, School of Business Alumni Hall of Fame in 1998. Mr. Licata also received The Les B. Strickler Innovation in Instruction Award, 2011.
Vice President, Supply Chain, Environmental Affairs & Property Management
Ellen Angley started at Boston Edison in 1981. She has held positions in both financial and operating areas and has been an Officer at NSTAR from its inception. Prior to accepting her current position, she was responsible for energy supply, wholesale market power contract administration, procurement of all NSTAR goods and services, inventory management and warehousing. In addition, she was responsible for energy forecasting and corporate performance management.
Ellen has held a broad spectrum of leadership positions at NSTAR including Transmission & Distribution, Asset Management, Fossil Asset Management and Demand Planning. She holds a MBA from Northeastern University and a BA in Economics from Westfield State College.
COO - The United Illuminating Company | Senior Vice President - UIL Holdings Corporation
John Prete is COO of UI Electric Operations and Senior VP of UIL Holdings Corporation. Before being elected to his current position in January 2013, Mr. Prete served as Vice President Technical Services and Senior Vice President Electric Transmission & Distribution. Since joining UI in 1980, Mr. Prete has held numerous management and executive positions in the Company's Transmission Business, Electric System, Customer Services and Engineering division.
Mr. Prete is active in the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Boards for the Diverse Supplier Development Academy, Homes for Heroes and, has also served as coach for the AAU Softball league and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Bridgeport and also a degree in Power Systems Engineering from the Power Technology Program. He also has professional certifications in Advanced Business Course for Executives (American Management Association) and Certified Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute). John resides in Clinton with his wife Donna.
Senior Vice President | Administrative Servives
James A. Scannell, 52, is senior vice president, administrative services and has had those responsibilities since the company’s April 2004 formation through the merger of The St. Paul Companies, Inc. and Travelers Property Casualty Corporation. Prior to the merger he held a similar position with The St. Paul Companies. He has responsibility for the functions of Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Procurement, Corporate Security, Logistics, and Internal Investigations.
He joined The St. Paul in 1998 following their acquisition of USF&G Corporation serving first as the head of corporate real estate, and then taking on the broader role of administrative services in 1999. Prior to joining The St. Paul, he spent eight years with USF&G, primarily working in their real estate investment group and then taking on the role of running their corporate real estate toward the end of his tenure. He began his career serving six years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Scannell earned his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and his masters of business administration from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI.