Our Namesake

McLean is named in honor of Senator George P. McLean (1857-1932). Senator McLean was born in Simsbury, Connecticut on a farm called the Homestead. Located on Firetown Road, Homestead was built in 1809 by George’s grandfather, Allen McLean (1781-1861), pastor of the Congregational Church. What is now the Hopmeadow Country Club clubhouse was originally the Homestead barn. The home, called Holly Hill, is now home to Governor's House nursing home.

After working as a newspaper reporter and then as a bookkeeper at Trinity College, Senator McLean worked and studied law in the law offices of Henry C. Robinson in Hartford and was admitted to the bar in 1882. He was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives by the citizens of Simsbury for the session of 1883-84, served as U.S. Attorney for Connecticut from 1892-96 and was elected Governor of Connecticut, serving from 1901-1903.

From 1911 until 1929 Senator McLean served three successive terms in the U.S. Senate. During this period his deep interest in wildlife conservation inspired one of his many Senatorial triumphs, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. In 1929 he retired to his home in Simsbury, where he died June 6, 1932.

In his will, the Senator created the McLean Fund. The original trustees were his friends Joseph F. Ensign of Simsbury; Charles A. Goodwin, a prominent Hartford lawyer and Chairman of the Metropolitan District Commission; William G. Cheney of South Manchester; Barclay Robinson of Robinson & Cole and Richard H. Cole, also a Robinson & Cole partner and his personal lawyer.

Senator McLean's love of nature and wildlife led him to establish the McLean Game Refuge so that others might find there, what he said was, "the peace of mind and body that I have found."

McLean Leadership

Trustees of the McLean Fund and Directors of McLean Affiliates, Inc. and the McLean Game Refuge

James Cox-Chapman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, ProHealth Physicians

Martin Geitz, President and CEO, Simsbury Bank

Robert S. Hensley, Managing Partner, Robert Hensley & Associates, LLC

Michael Paine, President, Paine's Inc

P. Douglas Powell, Retired Member, Retirement Living Services, Inc.

Linda Schofield, former Connecticut State Representative

Philip Schulz, Retired Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mark Wetzel, President, Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC            

McLean Administration

David Bordonaro       President                                       860-658-3705       david.bordonaro@mcleancare.org

Lisa Clark                     VP/Administrator                       860-658-3746       lisa.clark@mcleancare.org

Bonnie Ku                    VP/Human Resources               860-658-3732       bonnie.ku@mcleancare.org

Carol Barno                  VP/Finance                                  860-658-3759        carol.barno@mcleancare.org

Elizabeth Marquis     Director of Marketing/Sales   860-658-3744      elizabeth.marquis@mcleancare.org

Deene Morris               Director of Development          860-658-3736      deene.morris@mcleancare.org