CYSA Team & Board Committees

Members of the Board of Directors are voted in for two year terms at the CYSA Annual Conference held each October. The Board of Directors is made up of the Executive Committee, At Large Board Members and Chapter Representatives. Each regional chapter designates one of its members to serve as that region’s official representative to the Board of Directors. Currently, there are 7 chapters across the state. All members of the Board have full voting rights and responsibilities.

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Board of Directors

Support Staff


There are 6 standing committees of the CYSA Board of Directors (Executive, Nominating, Advocacy, Membership, Professional Development, and Development).  Any member of CYSA can be a member of the committees. Please contact us for more information.

Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee identifies advocacy issues pertaining to children, youth and families, develops CYSA’s legislative advocacy plan working closely with the Lobbyist, and keeps members informed of the status of any advocacy issues.

  • Chair: Barbara Lockhart, Montville
  • Justin Carbonella, Middletown
  • Scott Cochran, Madison
  • Michelle Piccerillo, Cheshire
  • Tressa Giordano, AHM
  • Danielle Jean-Guillaume Sittol, Greenwich

Development Committee

The Development Committee is responsible for strategic long-range planning, which may include board retreats, contracting with a strategic planning facilitator and presenting a final report to the Board of Directors; and, is responsible for the coordination of fundraising activities, which may include grant-writing, facilitating individual gifts from donors, the development of endowments, arranging fundraisers and the hiring of a paid consultant to provide staffing for fund development.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee receives and reviews all applications for membership to the CYSA, makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for new members, advises the Board regarding the current membership list, and prepares and distributes membership packets approved by the Board to new members.

  • Chair: Liz Langevin, South Windsor


Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee forms 60 days prior to the Member Annual Meeting and develops a slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee obtains the consent of proposed candidates to be placed on the ballot and prepares the final ballot to be presented at the Member Annual Meeting.

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee assesses the training needs of the membership and identifies appropriate training to meet those needs. The Committee, with the approval of the Board of Directors, may either develop the training themselves or recommend a qualified professional to provide that training. The Committee also plans the Annual Meeting.

  • Chair:  Lori Stanczyc, Rocky Hill
  • Suzi Alexe, Avon
  • Danielle Jean-Guillaume Bifolck, South Windsor
  • Jules Calabro, Beacon Health Options
  • Ryanne Gatti, AHM
  • Tressa Giordano, AHM
  • Kevin Godburn, Westport
  • Liz Langevin, South Windsor
  • John Saccu, Derby
  • Mary Seidner, Old Lyme