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.
Kimberly Selvaggi, Treasurer
Kimberly Selvaggi has 17 years of experience enhancing services for system-involved children, adolescents and families. As an employee of the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, she developed, implemented, and directed the development of gender-responsive, trauma informed programs and services throughout detention, probation, and alternative services. Kimberly founded TaylorLane Consulting in 2011, where she provided consultation, training, and agency development services to for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout the US and Canada. She currently leads LISA, Inc and lives in Middlefield, Connecticut with her husband and children.
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.
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.
John (Jay) Lawrie, Ed.D.
Jay Lawrie retired from the Connecticut Department of Correction in 2013 after spending his entire 20-year career at the MacDougall/Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, Connecticut. Since 2014, he has worked as an Assistant Professor of criminal justice at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, where he also serves as the (undergraduate) Criminal Justice Program Director and (graduate) Criminal Justice Program Chair. Prior to assuming this position, Jay was a criminal justice adjunct faculty member for 13 years at various Massachusetts colleges, receiving his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College in 2000 and his Doctorate in Education from American International College in 2014.
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.
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