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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

Rick Reichert

Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer

Corinne Luszcz

Assistant Director, Quality Assurance, Evaluation and Training

Ellen Brezovsky, LCSW

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

Andy Gill, LCSW

SafeHaven Manager

Jennifer Brown

Operations Manager

Katie Smiley

Development and Special Events Manager

Paula Barker

Marketing Communications Manager

Kara O'Connor

Individual Giving Manager

Phillip Greven

Grants Coordinator

Karen Levine

Grants Coordinator

Jennifer Febles

Manager Early Childhood, Support and Volunteer Programs

Kelly Phillips

Community Education and Services Coordinator

Prema Wayland

Community Education and Services Coordinator

Alison Kallman

Community Education and Services Coordinator

Board of Directors

Stan Galanski


Michael Case

Legal Counsel

Joseph Chu

Tom Davidson


Blake Holden

Karen Hopp

Tamara Houston

Eric Jordan

Suzanne Koroshetz

Rosemarie Lanard

Kate Laverge

Vice Chair

Joanne Mortimer

Vice Chair

Heidi Nolte

Jeffrey Palma

Assistant Treasurer

William Pierz

Jami Sherwood


Tanya Smith

Vice Chair

Cory Solomon

Angela Swift

Honorary Members

Craig and Suzanne Packer


David and Debra Carlucci

Daniel and Phyllis Finn

Bill Forrest and Nancie Julian

Kim and Mary Jeffery

Ann Martin

Tom and Barbie McKelvey

Bob and Nancy Selander

Jay and Eileen Walker

David Windreich and Chris Hikawa

Ralph Wyman

Steve and Jan Zide

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.