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Passionate Advocates Working Together

The Kids In Crisis team is made of passionate advocates working together to ensure the well-being of children who need it most

Staff Members

Shari L. Shapiro

Executive Director

Denise Qualey, MSW

Managing Director, Crisis and Clinical Services

Rob Fruithandler

Chief Financial Officer

Debbie Katz, LCSW

SafeHaven The Cottage Program Manager

Michael F. Ferguson

Director of Quality Assurance, Evaluation and Training

Alon Marom

Director of Development

Rick Reichert

Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer

Corinne Luszcz

Assistant Director, Quality Assurance, Evaluation and Training

Ellen Brezovsky, LCSW

Director of Outreach and Community Initiatives

Corina Restrepo, LMSW

Assistant Director, Outreach and Prevention Services
Prevention Coordinator, DFC Grant

Scott Dianis

Crisis Services Outreach Coordinator

Andy Gill, LCSW

SafeHaven The Farmhouse Program Manager

Jennifer Brown

Operations Manager

Katie Smiley

Development and Special Events Manager

Paula Barker

Marketing Communications Manager

Kara O'Connor

Corporate & Community Partnership Manager

Phoebe Oler

Lighthouse Manager

Jennifer Febles

Manager Early Childhood, Support and Volunteer Programs

Board of Directors

Suzanne Koroshetz

Board Chair

Michael Case

Legal Counsel

Joseph Chu

Stan Galanski

Previous Past Board Chair

Blake Holden

Vice Chair

Karen Hopp

Tamara Houston

Eric Jordan

Suzanne Koroshetz

Vice Chair

Rose Lanard

Kate Laverge

Dominick Miciotta

Joanne Mortimer

Board Emeritus

Jeffrey Palma

Board Emeritus

William Pierz

Vice Chair

Kate Ritter

Jami Sherwood


Tanya Smith

Board Emeritus

Cory Solomon

Honorary Board Members

Craig Packer and Jan Zide


David and Debra Carlucci

Daniel and Phyllis Finn

Bill Forrest and Nancie Julian

Kim and Mary Jeffery

Ann Martin

Tom and Barbara McKelvey

Craig and Suzanne Packer

Jay and Eileen Walker

David Windreich and Chris Hikawa

Steve and Jan Zide

Ralph Wyman

We Cannot Do This Work Alone

Kids In Crisis works in close partnership and collaboration with over 75 agencies, organizations and service providers throughout Connecticut including; Statewide homeless advocacy groups, mental health collaborators, counseling agencies, law enforcement, schools, hospitals, recreation programs, funders, state protective services, juvenile courts and child advocates.