Board Members

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. She is currently a part-time psychology/human services professor at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, and has over thirty-five years' experience training organizations and non-profit agencies in a variety of topics. Her areas of interest are the effects of trauma, race, gender and class for marginalized women.  Past positions include statewide Director of Programs for the CT Council of Family Service Agencies and Director of Education and Training for the CT 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 long been deeply involved in women's issues and feminist theology, and is 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

Ms. Kimberly Selvaggi, leads the LISA, Inc. and has 17 years of experience enhancing services for system-involved children, adolescents and families. She led state-wide reform efforts to divert status offenders from juvenile court and contributed to the system-wide dissemination of research and evidence-based practices. As a 12-year employee of the State of CT Judicial Branch, she developed, implemented and directed the development of gender-responsive, trauma informed programs and services throughout detention, probation, and alternative services. Ms. Selvaggi became the Founder and President of 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 lives in Middlefield, CT 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.  She was a founding member and past co-chair of the CT NASW Clinical Social Workers Network and is a volunteer with the Greater New Haven Trauma Recovery Network. Emily earned her Master in 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

Steve is the Youth and Community Programs Manager at Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology.  In addition, he is very active in the community; he is 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.

John (Jay) Lawrie, Ed.D.

Jay Lawrie retired from the Connecticut Department of Correction in 2013, spending his entire 20-year career at the MacDougall/Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, Connecticut. Since 2014, he has been 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 was employed at Yale University for 37 years in various leadership roles, most significantly as 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.  Prior to this appointment, she led the operations of the Yale University Library system as Associate University Librarian for Human Resources, Organizational Development and Community Relations.  Diane earned a BA degree in History from Grambling State University and a MA 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.


In 2009, Diane served as Yale University’s representative to lead Greater New Haven’s United Way fundraising campaign.  She led the organization’s efforts to raise $5.2 million for the thirteen towns supported by United Way.  Diane was a member of the Board of Directors and served as Board Chair.  Currently she is Chair,  Board of Directors for Community Healing Network, Inc.,  and also serves as a member of the Advisory Council of Women's Health Research at Yale.  Diane has received numerous honors for her professional, civic and community service.         

Updated 7/3/2019

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