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CCFSA Honors Rep. Case as the 2018 Family Legislator of the Year

Alyssa Goduti

CCFSA was proud to honor Rep. Jay Case on 4/4/18 with the Family Legislator of the Year Award.  Rep. Case said, “It is an honor to be named Family Legislator of the Year. CCFSA does an amazing job providing educational resources and programs to Connecticut’s diverse and growing number of families. Ensuring funding is available for such programs are legislative priorities of mine. In addition to services, CCFSA leads advocacy efforts, on behalf of their membership, about the importance of programs that serve and support the state’s most vulnerable children and families. It is a pleasure to work with CCFSA and its Member Agencies to connect people with life improving services.”  Click here to read the official press release.

2017 Family Champions

Christopher Brechlin

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 2017:

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County

Pete Maloney, Board Member
Christina Wills, Staff Member

Catholic Charities & Family Services, Diocese of Norwich

Kathy Capon, Board Member
Christine Jackal, Staff Member

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford

Patricia Kelmar, Board Member
Tomas A. Olivo-Valentin, 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

Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County

Dr. Linda Gornitsky, Board Member
Eve Moskowitz, 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 and Donna Catania, Volunteers
Winsome Kitson, 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

2017 Family Legislator of the Year

Alyssa Goduti


For twenty five consecutive years the Council has recognized one member of the CT General Assembly as the Family Legislator of the Year. Throughout the years members of this distinguished group have worked tirelessly on behalf of families and children in CT. Their recognition is well deserved.


The CT Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) will honor Senator Cathy Osten with their 29th Annual Family Legislator of the Year award, in recognition of her exceptional efforts to support the mission of CCFSA to strengthen Connecticut’s families. For 29 years, CCFSA has recognized exceptional public officials for consistently responding to the ever-changing needs of families in Connecticut. Senator Osten is being recognized for her exceptional advocacy, dedicated service and an unwavering commitment to the health, safety and well-being of CT’s children and families. Sen. Osten serves as the Co-Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Vice Chair of the Housing and Labor and Public Employees Committees and is a member of the Transportation and Veteran’s Affairs Committees. She is an advocate for family service agencies and our clients, particularly those United Services and Oak Hill which provide services in her district.

In direct alignment with CCFSA’s mission, Senator Osten works to assure that families are safe, stable and strong. She is committed to supporting a high quality human services safety net, access to excellent public schools and the rights of women and seniors.

“I’m truly honored to receive this recognition from the CT Council of Family Service Agencies. Family Service Agencies do fantastic work on issues that are priorities for me: safety net services, support for the elderly, behavioral healthcare, housing and family supports,” said Senator Osten. “These vital human services help strengthen our families, our communities and our state and have been a priority in my service as a public official. I’m grateful to work so closely with CCFSA and its member agencies to connect our families to the support they deserve. I’m honored to receive this award.”

“Senator Osten is a true champion for human services and in particular for the essential safety net services provided by our network of family service agencies. Despite the challenging budget situation, she continues to fight for vital programs and policies that support children and families to find hope for brighter futures. We are grateful for Senator Osten’s efforts on behalf of CT’s Family Service Agencies and the children and families we serve,” said Alyssa Goduti, President and CEO of the CT Council of Family Service Agencies.

The Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies, Inc. is a statewide network of fifteen independent, non-profit, family service agencies that deliver services to over 180,000 families annually, with the support of nearly 5,000 dedicated employees and more than 4,000. Member Agencies are community-based, licensed by the State of CT and nationally accredited. Governed by volunteer boards of directors from their respective communities, Family Service Agencies have been effectively serving CT families for more than 100 years.

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2016 Federal Legislator of the Year

Alyssa Goduti

The CT Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) honored Senator Chris Murphy with the Federal Legislator of the Year award, in recognition of his exceptional efforts to support the mission of CCFSA to strengthen Connecticut’s families. Senator Murphy consistently demonstrates exceptional advocacy, dedicated service and an unwavering commitment to the health, safety and well-being of CT residents through his leadership in the Senate. Senator Murphy serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee. He is well-known for his leadership on many issues, including his introduction of bipartisan mental health reform legislation, efforts to pass comprehensive anti-gun violence legislation and his work to improve access to vital addiction treatment services to combat the opioid epidemic. 


“Whether it’s medical care, job training, or child care, Connecticut families deserve the best,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. “I’m grateful to work so closely with CCFSA and its member agencies to connect our families to the support they deserve. I’m honored to receive this award—it’s an honor to fight on your behalf every single day.” 

“Senator Murphy is a true champion for human services and in particular for the essential mental health and addiction treatment services provided by our network of family service agencies. Senator Murphy has led the fight for access to quality behavioral healthcare that prevents crisis, provides care and keep people healthy. He’s stood up for the safety of children and families by taking historic action against gun violence. The CT Council of Family Service Agencies is proud to honor Senator Murphy for his exceptional advocacy, unwavering commitment and dedicated service to the children and families of CT. CCFSA is honored to have Senator Murphy representing us and fighting for the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people we serve throughout our system,” said Alyssa Goduti, President and CEO of the CT Council of Family Service Agencies.

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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