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2018 Family Champions


2018 Family Champions

Christopher Brechlin

June 5, 2018

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.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Meet the individuals who are the “best of the best” in the field of family services in Connecticut for 2018:

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County
Larry & Meg Riefberg, Volunteers
Charles Coretto, Staff Member

Catholic Charities & Family Services, Diocese of Norwich
Monsignor Leszek T. Janik, J.C.L., V.G., Board Member
Cindy Mageski, Staff Member

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford
John Ruben Flores, Board Member
Christina Jimenez-Colon, Staff Member
Margarita Morales, Staff Member
Nilda Morales-Rivera, Staff Member
Nelly Castro, Staff Member
Joel Cruz, Staff Member

Family and Children’s Agency, Inc.
Trish Weber, Board Member
Lisa Habasinski, Staff Member

Family Centers, Inc.
Terri Walker, Board Member
Tania Recinos, Staff Member

InterCommunity, Inc.
Matthew M. Kurtz, Ph.D., Board Member
Alaina Crawford, BS, Staff Member

Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Services of F airfield County
Edith Samers, Board Member
Vanessa Butler, Staff Member

Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford
Robert Preminger, Board Member
Svetlana Berlinsky, LCSW, Staff Member

Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven
Linda Randell, Board Member
Rachel Scolnic Dobin, Staff Member

Klingberg Family Centers
Natalie Lynne Smith, Board Member
Timothy Conaway, Staff Member

LifeBridge Community Services
Jeanne Breen, M.D., Board Member
Iraida Negron, Staff Member

Newtown Youth & Family Services
Martha Shilstone, LCSW, Staff Member
Nereida Medina, M.Ed., Staff Member

Oak Hill
Karen Neag, Volunteer
Shanna York, Staff Member

United Services, Inc.
Sheldon Mossberg, Board Member
Mary E. Allard, Staff Member

Village for Families and Children
David L. Friar, Board Member
Melissa Aiello, Staff Member