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2016 Family Champion Awards

Alyssa Goduti

Annually, the Council recognizes one Board Member and one staff member from each of our member agencies as Family Champions for consistently going above and beyond the call of duty responding to the needs of families served by their agency. This celebration is a joyous occasion to honor thirty individuals who are the "best of the best" in the field of family services in CT.

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 2016 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. 

“Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.”   ― Criss Jami, Killosophy

Meet the individuals who are the “best of the best” in the field of family services in Connecticut for 2016:

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County

John Gutman, Staff Member

Catholic Charities & Family Services, Diocese of Norwich

Angela Arnold, Board Member
Carole A. Gilbert, Staff Member

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford

Suzanne Gueble, Board Member
Ikea Sands, Staff Member

Family and Children’s Agency, Inc. 

Rita Marber, Board Member
Jan Glorie, Staff Member

Family Centers, Inc.

Susan Yonce, Board Member
Lauren Tierney, Staff Member

InterCommunity, Inc.

Kenneth Reed, Board Member
Rick Amaral, Staff Member

Jewish Family Service - Stamford

Meryl Japha, Board Member
Rebekah Kanefsky, Staff Member

Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford

Bernie Selig, Board Member
Marie Vick, Staff Member

Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven

Betsy Fiske, Board Member
Princess Senu, Staff Member

Klingberg Family Centers

Robert L. Brown, Board Member
Mikayla Green & Elizabeth Boilard, Staff Member

LifeBridge Community Services

Bob Matthews, Board Member
Santiago Aguirre, Staff Member

Newtown Youth & Family Services

Sheilah Krasnickas, Board Member
Meredith Macmillan, Staff Member

Oak Hill

James F. Link, Staff Member
Luiz Fernandez-Lara, Staff Member

United Services, Inc.

Jim Clark, Board Member
Katie Roger, Staff Member

Village for Families and Children

Beth Bombara, Board Member
Iris Donate, Staff Member

Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies

Lisa Lee Pedemonti

Life Time Achievement Award

Patrick Johnson