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Carol Huckaby, President

Carol Huckaby has a master’s degree in community psychology from the University of New Haven and a Master's in Women's Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. Carol has over thirty-five years' experience training organizations and non-profit agencies in a variety of topics. She currently serves as a part-time psychology/human services professor at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven. Her areas of interest include the effects of trauma, race, gender and class for marginalized women.  Past positions include statewide Director of Programs for the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and Director of Education and Training for the Connecticut Women's Consortium.

Our Board

Maria LaSala, Vice President

Maria LaSala serves as the Co-Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven and teaches at Yale Divinity School. She has been deeply involved in women's issues and feminist theology for years and maintains her presence as an active community leader in this realm. Maria is a past Chair of the Board of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England and currently sits on the Board of RCRC of Connecticut, and on the board of the Connecticut Women's Consortium. Maria holds degrees from Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Emily Aber, Secretary

Emily Aber, LCSW maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Hamden, where she sees both adults and children.  She has over 35 years of experience in various clinical, supervisory and administrative roles in community based and inpatient programs.  Emily was a founding member and past co-chair of the Connecticut NASW Clinical Social Workers Network and is a volunteer with the Greater New Haven Trauma Recovery Network. Emily earned her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and a post-graduate certificate from the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, is certified in E.M.D.R., is a consultant in training for E.M.D.R., and completed training in hypnotherapy and as a yoga teacher. 

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Tracy Beckley, Treasurer

Tracy Beckley is the Director of Payroll & Benefits for Community Solutions, Inc. and serves on their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.  She has over 20 years’ experience working in non-profit organizations in financial leadership roles.  Past positions include Director of Finance and Administration for both Family Services of Greater Waterbury and Living in Safe Alternatives, Inc.  Tracy has always had a passion for volunteering and served Treasurer for the Wolcott Activities and Learning Center for several years. As Treasurer for the CT Women’s Consortium, she will share her knowledge and expertise in non-profit financial analysis and reporting.  Tracy lives in Wolcott with her husband and has 2 children.

Steve Driffin

Steve Driffin is the Youth and Community Programs Manager at Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology.  In addition, he maintains an active role in his local community. Steve serves on the Youth Advisory Board for Y2Y—an organization addressing the needs of homeless youth, mentors young men from the New Haven Area and is a playwright and screenwriter. He is the proud father of two daughters, Kendall and Kayla.

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Opal Harmon

Opal Harmon is the head of Human Resources at Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology.

Opal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport along with a Professional Human Resources certificate from Central Connecticut State University.

Opal is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Human Resources of Central Connecticut (HRACC).

Opal is a proud mother and grandmother and resides in Hamden, CT. 

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Diane Young Turner

Diane Young Turner spent 37 years of her career at Yale University. Upon retirement, she served as the Senior Human Resources Administrator. She retired in 2014 after successfully establishing a hiring program to recruit city-wide residents, as Director-New Haven Community Hiring Initiatives.  Diane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Grambling State University and a master’s degree in History Education and Counseling from SUNY-Albany, New York.  Over the years, she continued her educational growth and development in the fields of Human Resource Management and Leadership. Diane has received numerous honors for her professional, civic and community service.      

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