April Goff Brown, Board Chair
Ms. Goff Brown recently completed nine years as the Comprehensive Youth Services Department Director at Catholic Charities-Archdiocese of Hartford, CT. Prior to this position, she had a consulting firm for eleven years that provided a range of services to non-profits and local government, including training, strategic planning, and grants/program development. Previous positions include the Inaugural Director for the federally funded Youth Opportunity Hartford program and Youth Services Director for the City of Hartford.
Ms. Goff Brown served on several boards, among them Community Partners in Action (6 years) and Secretary (2 years), the CT Youth Services Association (4 years), Capital Area Substance Abuse Council (3 years), and Hartford Youth Network (convener and member 5 years). She received the 2012 Leadership Award from Catholic Charities 2012 and was awarded the City of Hartford CATCH (Committed Adult to Children in Hartford) Pioneer Award in 2009.
Dorraine T. Green L.M.T. A.O.B.T., Treasurer
Ms. Green brings private enterprise experience to the board as the owner/manager of Affinity Tree Spa Retreat at Chimney Crest Manor B&B Bristol, Owner/Manager- Artist Tree Tea House and Wisdom Tree Art Gallery in Bristol, CT and instructor at the CT Brio Academy of Cosmetology Hamden/Torrington, CT. Ms. Green was a member of the West End Association, a collaboration of local businesses for the safety and improved lifestyles of the community in the West End of Bristol CT. She is a volunteer working towards state licensing in wildlife rehabilitation caring for injured wildlife. She is a licensed massage therapist and Cosmetologist. "she has passion in working with youth through art, creative expression and with nature to foster connections and a peaceful approach to other people and animals."
Ms. Ford works with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families as the Foster Care & Adoption Recruitment Specialist & Heart Gallery Coordinator. Her previous positions with DCF include social worker where she received the 2012 Social Worker of the Year. Ms. Ford is an Adjunct Professor in Child Welfare Policy/MSW Program at Southern CT State University, and is a Social Work Consultant SIFI Certified Field Instructor for SCSU. Ms. Ford is a member of the Board of Education in North Haven, CT, and served as President of the PTA at Ridge Road School in North Haven. She was identified as a 2014 Person of the Week in the Citizen newspaper. She remains an active member at St. Barnabas Church and teaches in the religious education program.
Bonnie L. Solivan has an extensive background in a combination of disciplines of finance, social work and higher education. She enjoys problem solving, finding the disconnect, understanding different systems and then collaborating with community partners to find solutions. Her current full time job is working with faculty and the development of curriculum in the integration/blending of technology in higher education Wesleyan University. Previously, she was a social worker working with NGO's and non-profit agencies in building community partners and relationship that focused on the reunification of families and adults reintegrating into the community. Bonnie's passion and focus is to connect Latino families to needed community resources, advocate for services in school, medical and judicial offices. While teaching individual(s)/family(ies) how to be effective with the newly acquired tools/service, so they can enjoy a new chapter in their lives.