Innovation and Technology Advisory Board Members Named

United Way of Western CT helps ALICE prosper

Prosperity Digital Marketplace, LLC begins building new social service network for households living paycheck to paycheck
DANBURY, Conn. (February 4, 2020) — The recently formed Prosperity Digital Marketplace LLC, a nonprofit subsidiary of United Way of Western Connecticut (United Way), announces members of its new Innovation and Technology Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will help the organization develop new technologies that will connect financially struggling households to social services and to businesses that will provide discounts to working families that make a little too much income to qualify for safety net services, but do not earn enough to make ends meet.
The goal is to build a comprehensive digital platform that will more effectively and efficiently deliver services to individuals and families who work but live paycheck to paycheck, while offering innovative, online solutions to better meet the specific needs of this working population.
In addition to providing Advisory Board Members, two companies have offered additional support.

Synchrony has provided $250,000 in start up funds to help build the technology for the digital platform. The concept of using a digital platform to deliver services was first worked on by Synchrony employees who volunteered at the United Way through Synchrony’s Business Leadership Program. “Synchrony’s philanthropic program, Families That Work, is focused on providing basic needs to low- and moderate-income working families. We are excited to support the United Way in creating this new digital marketplace, which we believe has the potential to make life a little easier for working families by providing a ’one-stop-shop‘ for all the services and resources they may need,” said Denise Yap, Senior Vice President, Corporate Citizenship.
AXA XL has provided $50,000 in start up funds. They will also be providing ongoing support in the area of cyber security as well as wider efforts to help households prepare for unexpected financial changes. “As a property and casualty insurance company, we’re focused on making our clients financially future-proof. We want to help do the same for our local community. We’re proud to be supporting United Way’s important work,” commented Suzanne Scatliffe, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Innovation and Technology Advisory Board Members



Doreen Bentson
Doreen Bentson is the Managing Director for IT Investments for Genworth Financial. Before joining Genworth, Doreen was the VP, Chief Operations Officer for Community Health Center, Inc. in Middletown, CT where she ran the Patient Services organization supporting over 140,000 patients across the state of Connecticut. Prior to that she was with GE Capital Financial Services for 20 years as a Simplification and Technology Leader, where her focus was to organize programs, galvanize teams and tackle challenging initiatives through process improvement and technology across the organization.

Doreen has a Master of Science and a bachelor’s degree from Pace University in Technology and is a certified Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma. She resides in Brewster, NY.




Joseph D’Allacco
Joseph D’Allacco has over 15 years of experience in Information and Cyber Security. He is also a professionally trained Digital Forensics expert. He is currently the Head of eDiscovery and Cyber Assurance for AXA XL where he oversees AXA XL’s security assurance and global penetration testing efforts. Prior to his current position, he served XL Catlin as a Senior Security Technical Analyst were he was responsible for many Information Security initiatives such as data loss prevention, intrusion prevention, firewall management, advanced malware detection, annual ethical hacking efforts and incident response.

Joseph has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a focus in Archeology from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.





Annmarie Jonsson
Annmarie Jonsson is the Senior Vice President for Technology Client Relationships at Synchrony. In this role, she partners with Synchrony’s client teams to drive technology solutions for Synchrony’s retail partners. Prior to joining Synchrony, Annmarie held a variety of leadership positions in Consumer Finance at GE Capital. Before GE Capital, Annmarie was the Director of Technology, Marketing and Merchandising Systems for a large bookstore retailer. During her tenure, she gained vast experience in many aspects of technology, ranging from programming, application ownership, infrastructure and client relationships.  
Annmarie has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Pace University. She resides in Bedford, NY.




Leo Pellerin
Leo Pellerin has served as the CIO for United Way of Connecticut, a 200+ person business that runs the State of Connecticut's 2-1-1 service and Care 4 Kids programs for the Department of Social Services and the Office of Early Childhood, since 2011. Prior to this role, he was Co-Founder of Digiwize, Inc, a web development company that provided turn-key solutions for any type of business. It was also the innovative parent company behind the website development product, which makes it easy for businesses to quickly build, maintain, and market their website. He also served as Director of Network and Open Systems for Nerac, a Research and Advisory Firm for companies developing innovative products and technologies.
Leo lives in Coventry, CT. He loves to travel and is often seen at University of Connecticut basketball games at the sideline table, compiling stats and assisting with IT for his alma mater.

Leo currently serves on the board of directors for the Society for Information Management, the Pathways to Technology Industry Advisory Board and a state of Connecticut cybersecurity committee.




Dr. Cory Plock
Dr. Cory Plock is an active professional in the software consulting industry. He currently serves as the president of Prolifogy, Inc., a software development and consulting firm based in Danbury, Connecticut. In that role, he provides guidance and leadership in support of all major company operations. He serves as an expert witness in numerous intellectual property matters brought before various district courts, the United States Supreme Court, International Trade Commission and United States Patent and Trademark Office, including Quanta vs. LGE and Oracle vs. Google. He also serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University, where he teaches graduate courses for the Department of Computer Science. Prior to that, Cory consulted for Microsoft Research in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He also worked at PepsiCo and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals as a software engineer.
Cory attended Western Connecticut State University, where he co-founded and served as president of the Western Connecticut State University Computer Society and earned his B.A. with honors in Computer Science in January 1998. He earned his M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. from New York University. He is a member of both the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and he is also on the Board of Directors of the Western Connecticut State University Foundation where he previously served as the Investment Committee chair.




Jeff Weinstein
Jeff Weinstein was most recently Senior Vice President and Head of Technology Strategy at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Prior to that, Jeff spent most of his career with GE Capital where he served in a wide variety of leadership positions in the field of financial services, from consumer banking and credit cards to mortgages and personal loans. He gained experience in many diverse aspects of information technology delivery, ranging from programmer to Chief Information Officer. Jeff also spent time in various roles with Washington Mutual and Kaiser Permanente, and is currently a Senior Advisor at Ziplyne, an enterprise SaaS technology company focused on simplifying user experiences for all web applications and websites.

Jeff grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, and received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College and a master’s in business from Columbia University.