Celebration of Family Champions

July 7, 2017

2017 Family Champion Awards

Since 2006, the Celebration of Family Champions has become an opportunity for The Council to recognize two individuals from each member agency who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and support families in Connecticut.

To celebrate these family champions we first recognize that it is a person’s individual talent, skill and dedication that changes lives forever. Each of the councils 2017 champions achieved this honor in their own personal way, by demonstrating the best of what their agency has to offer, consistently giving more, reaching further, and taking bold steps to strengthen and improve the lives of families throughout our state.

"Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life - a kind of destiny." - Diana, Princess of Wales

Meet the individuals who are the "best of the best" in the field of family services in Connecticut for 2017:

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford
Patricia Kelmar, Board Member
Tomas A. Olivo-Valentin, Staff Member

Catholic Charities & Family Services, Diocese of Norwich
Kathy Capon, Board Member
Christine Jackal, Staff Member

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County
Pete Maloney, Board Member
Christina Wills, Staff Member

Family and Children’s Agency, Inc.
Kristine Reddington-Herlyn, Board Member
Jill Hammond, Staff Member

Family Centers, Inc.
Mary Moran, Board Member
Samuel Ambroise, Staff Member

InterCommunity, Inc.
Rebecca Paolino, Board Member
Melissa Malave, Staff Member

Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford
Merrill Mandell, Board Member
Jennifer Passaro, Staff Member

Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven
Cindy Papish Gerber, Board Member
Marietta Tucker, Staff Member

Klingberg Family Centers
Robert A. MacAlpine, Board Member
Maureen Sand, Staff Member

LifeBridge Community Services
Harold Trischman, Board Member
Gloria Caesar, Staff

Member Newtown Youth & Family Services
Jennifer Bulluss, Staff Member
Christine Stowe, Staff Member
Beverly Simone, Staff Member

Oak Hill
Ronald & Donna Catania, Volunteer
Winsome Kitson, Staff Member Schoke

Jewish Family Service
Dr. Linda Gornitsky, Board Member
Eve Moskowitz, Staff Member

United Services, Inc.
Cheryl Lewis, Board Member
Patti-Sue Brown, Staff Member

Village for Families and Children
Bill Field, Board Member
Haben Abraham, Staff Member

View gallery from the event.