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Our Team

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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

Director of Outreach and Community Initiatives

Michael F. Ferguson

Director of Quality Assurance, Evaluation and Training

Alon Marom

Director of Development

Natasha Hafez

Director of Individual Giving

Kimberly Wolfson-Lisack, LCSW

Clinical Director, Safe Haven for Kids

Corinne Luszcz

Assistant Director, Quality Assurance, Evaluation and Training

Paula Barker

Marketing Communications Manager

Barbara McLaughlin

Manager of Early Childhood Education Programs and Volunteering

Katie Smiley

Development and Special Events Manager

Beth Jabick

Corporate Partnership Manager

Jennifer Brown

Operations Manager

Ellen Brezovsky, LCSW

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

Board of Directors

William H. Pierz


Stuart Aronson

Michael Case

Legal Counsel

Joseph Chu

Assistant Treasurer

Tom Davidson

Briggs Forelli

Stan Galanski

Rich Granoff

Blake Holden

Karen Hopp

Eric Jordan

Kate Laverge

Joanne Mortimer

Vice Chair

Jeffrey Palma


Jami Sherwood


Tanya Smith

Vice Chair

Karina Solomon

Angela Swift

Honorary Members

Craig and Suzanne Packer


Dave and Debbie Carlucci

Daniel and Phyllis Finn

Bill Forrest and Nancie Julian

Kim and Mary Jeffery

Jim and Ann Martin

Tom and Barbara McKelvey

Bob and Nancy Rosen

Bob and Nancy Selander

David Windreich and Chris Hikawa

Steve and Jan Zide

Ralph Wyman

Eileen Walker

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.