I am a lifetime resident of Branford, for 6 years back in the 1980’s, when I ran a Shelter for Homeless Woman in New York City, while working in the city, met my husband, Gary. We then decided to move back to Branford to raise our 2 children. In my mid 30’s I decided to follow my interest, which has always close to my heart to work as nurse with patients suffering from addiction and mental health issues. After graduating I took a positon an RN in a Psychiatric Hospital for 8 years, working with both adolescents, and adults. After leaving the Inpatient setting I went into a homecare, working with individuals again with both addiction and mental health issues in the community. I then took a position as Independent Contractor for State of CT, performing face to face assessments for individuals with substance abuse, and mental health issues, including Corrections. During my career I have devoted time volunteering in the Branford Community. My husband, my son Eric, and myself participated in different Mission Trips to help provide new homes for those in need with The First Congregational Church. After losing my son to the disease of addiction in 2013, I felt the need to prevent the pain my family suffers due to the loss of our son, happening to other families, act as an advocate, make a difference in other’s lives, share my experience, strength, and hope.
Chairman of the Board
I’m a lifetime resident of Branford, CT. I have been married to my wife Kathy for 30 years and have 3 wonderful children. We are also blessed with 3 grandchildren. I’m now retired after 35 years working at Algonquin Industries in Guilford, CT as the Shipping and Receiving Manager. Currently, I’m employed by The Board of Education at Branford High School.
Over the course of my life I have been involved with my church and have participated in Mission Trips to Ecuador, West Virginia, and New Orleans. These Mission Trips were to help improve the quality of life of others that suffered from poverty or natural disasters. I have also had the opportunity to serve with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), along with being a Mentor for incarcerated youth.
I have been in the recovery community for over 30 years, and a member of the 12 Step Club of West Haven. I have always dedicated much of my free time to helping those afflicted with the disease of addiction. I am grateful to be part of Smile Anyway to find solutions, provide resources, and help young adults that want to start a living sober lifestyle.
Additional Board Members
Board Co-Chair Elect- Max Martens
Treasurer- Kathy Castellon
Advisory Board Members
Ana M. Gopoian
Founder/Executive Director of TriCirle, Inc.
CADC, BA, Trauma Specialist
Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Community Programs of CT.