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.
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.
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.
Dita is a working parent who has spent her life persevering though challenges. Raised by an immigrant mom, Dita persevered through economic hardship to make her way to McMaster University where she earned the respect of her colleagues by becoming one of only a handful of women to obtain a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Upon graduation, Dita spent over two decades as an executive in the financial industry.
Motivated by personal and professional experiences, Dita became a passionate advocate for economic and gender equality. She changed careers in 2016 to work on civic initiatives focused on gender parity, empowering underserved communities and promoting cultural awareness and inclusion. In July 2018, Dita sadly lost her son Alec to an overdose on his 26th birthday. In Alec’s memory and in honor of the many victims of addiction disease, Dita is dedicating her time and energy to create awareness around opioid addiction and help pass policy which will mitigate the epidemic
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.
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.
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.
Lee Stolzman has a B.A. in History and Education from the University of York, England, and an MS in Accounting from the University of New Haven. She spent 22 years working for the State of Connecticut in a variety of financial management positions. These included 7 years with the Department of Correction where her responsibilities routinely took her into the secure areas of the facilities. An experience that enabled her to counter many of the public misconceptions about incarceration. Since retirement she has been teaching English as a foreign language to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. This is her second time on the Board of the CWC and she is honored to have been asked to serve again.
Shantel Garcia is a New Haven native who earned her B.A. from Albertus Magnus College and her MBA from the University of New Haven. She has over 14 years of accounting and operations experience. Shantel is the Principal and Founder of Innovative Consulting and Solutions where she provides senior-level financial management and accounting services to small private and public companies. In addition to serving on the Board of the CWC, Shantel is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven. Shantel lives in New Haven with her husband and three children.