About CHDI

Staff

CHDI’s diverse staff shares a common mission: improving the health and well-being of children.

Our staff members provide a range of expertise in pediatrics, children’s mental health, social work and government and have a range of knowledge and experience in translating research to inform and improve public policy and practice.

Sharon Bailey Grants and Contracts Specialist
shbailey@uchc.edu | 860-679-1572

Sharon Bailey joined the CHDI staff in March 2014 as a Grants & Contracts Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Central Connecticut State University, and a Master's Certificate in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University.

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Rebekah Behan Project Coordinator
behan@uchc.edu | 860-679-8726

Rebekah Behan is a Project Coordinator. She joined CHDI in 2019 and works on the School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI), School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) system, and Project AWARE. Rebekah has over 18 years of experience working in the human service field, with an extensive background in youth development, prevention strategies, and mentoring services. She is a skilled project manager and trainer who has presented both locally and nationally.

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Jeana Bracey, PhD Associate Vice President of School and Community Initiatives
bracey@uchc.edu | 860-679-1524

Jeana Bracey is Associate Vice President of School and Community Initiatives at CHDI. She joined CHDI in 2011. She oversees several school and community-based systems development activities and has experience in school-based mental health, juvenile justice diversion, health equity, and program implementation and evaluation.

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Yecenia Casiano, MS Senior Project Coordinator
casiano@uchc.edu | 860-679-2336

Yecenia Casiano is a Senior Project Coordinator. She joined CHDI in 2013 and works on both the School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) and the Mobile Crisis Intervention Services (formerly Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services - EMPS) - Performance Improvement Center Projects.

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Michelle Delaney, MHP Senior Associate
mdelaney@uchc.edu | 860-679-4544

Michelle Delaney is a Senior Associate. She joined CHDI in 2011 and works on the School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI). She previously worked as a Senior Data Analyst on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Coordinating Center initiative.

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Lori Dipietro, MPH Project Coordinator
ldipietro@uchc.edu | 860-679-4945

Lori DiPietro is a Project Coordinator. She joined CHDI in August 2019 and works on the Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC) initiatives. Lori has over 8 years of experience in the public health field, with an extensive background in health promotion and education, working on various initiatives that include childhood obesity prevention, lead poisoning prevention, promoting dental health in seniors, and nutrition education in urban and suburban communities.

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Tiffany Franceschetti, LCSW Senior Project Coordinator
tfranceschetti@uchc.edu | 860-679-8064

Tiffany Franceschetti joined CHDI in May 2014. She coordinates the Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative (ECTC) and the MATCH initiative and supports other evidence-based treatment and trauma focused initiatives. Tiffany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Masters from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 2007.

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Christine Hauser, LCSW Senior Project Coordinator
chauser@uchc.edu | (860) 679-1517

Christine Hauser joined CHDI in January 2021 as a Senior Project Coordinator. She coordinates statewide implementation of evidence-based treatments for children's outpatient behavioral health, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and the Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC).

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Tianna Hill, MSW Communications Associate and Project Coordinator
thill@uchc.edu | 860-679-6293

Tianna Hill joined CHDI in April 2015 and is the Communications Associate and a Project Coordinator for the Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI). She has a Master's in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Goucher College.

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Paulette James Administrative Assistant
pjames@uchc.edu | 860-679-1519

Paulette James joined the staff of CHDI in 2007 as an administrative assistant.

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Amanda Kach, MEd Data Analyst
kach@uchc.edu | 860-679-8051

Amanda joined CHDI in July of 2019 as a Data Analyst. She works to support multiple evidenced-based treatments, children's outpatient services, and the Trauma for ScreenTIME initiative by providing help desk support, data analysis and reporting. She also currently works to enter, maintain, and report on the Child Trauma Screen within various programs throughout the state.

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Aleece Kelly, MPP Senior Data Analyst
alkelly@uchc.edu | 860-679-6549

Aleece Kelly joined CHDI in August 2018. As a Senior Data Analyst, Aleece provides oversight of data analysis and reporting for the state’s youth Mobile Crisis Intervention Services, leads data analysis and reporting for WrapCT Care Coordination, and supports the evaluation of CHDI’s Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative.

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Alice Kraiza, MPH Project Coordinator
kraiza@uchc.edu | 860-679-2907

Alice Kraiza joined CHDI in September 2019 as a Project Coordinator for the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Bounce Back initiatives. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience from Gettysburg College and received a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. Her master’s thesis focused on the implementation and initiation of school-based mental health programs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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Jason Lang, PhD Vice President for Mental Health Initiatives
jalang@uchc.edu | 860-679-1550

Jason M. Lang joined CHDI in 2007 and was promoted to Vice President of Mental Health Initiatives in 2017. He leads CHDI’s mental health initiatives including in the areas of evidence-based practices (EBPs), trauma informed care, school and community programs, and policy and system development.

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Brittany C.L. Lange, DPhil, MPH Senior Project Coordinator
lange@uchc.edu | 860-679-8064

Brittany Lange joined CHDI in August 2019 as a Postdoctoral Fellow, where she supported evidence-based interventions. She currently serves as the Senior Project Coordinator for Trauma for ScreenTIME (Screen, Triage, Inform, Mitigate, Engage).

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Jamie LoCurto, PhD Senior Associate
locurto@uchc.edu | 860-679-4968

Jamie LoCurto is the Senior Associate for Project AWARE. She joined CHDI in January 2020 and is responsible for overseeing implementation, quality improvement, evaluation and training on Project AWARE. Jamie has over 10 years of experience working with schools and community mental health centers, implementing, training and overseeing evidence-based treatments in anxiety and depression for children and adolescents.

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Ashley Loser, MPsych Data Analyst
losera@uchc.edu | 860-679-7504

Ashley joined CHDI as a Data Analyst in 2019 and primarily works on MATCH-ADTC and TF-CBT initiatives. She completes monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, and provides data support for EBT quality improvement and EBPTracker HelpDesk. In 2020, Ashley was selected to serve a two-year term as Chair for CHDI’s Committee on Anti-Racism and Equity (CARE). In this role, she leads the committee’s efforts towards its goal of helping CHDI become an anti-racist organization and advancing health equity. Through her passion for research, she helped establish a data-focused CARE subcommittee (DEEPER) that is working to determine and apply best practices for equitable data collection and methodology across CHDI’s work.

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Jack Lu, PhD Director of Implementation
jalu@uchc.edu | 860-679-1520

Jack re-joined CHDI in 2019 where he leads the dissemination and implementation of multiple evidence-based treatment (EBT) initiatives for children with behavioral health concerns, with a particular focus on training and site-based consultation. These initiatives include Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Bounce Back (BB).

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Stephanie Luczak, LMSW Senior Project Coordinator
sluczak@uchc.edu | 860-679-4966

Stephanie Luczak is a Senior Project Coordinator. She joined CHDI in May 2020 and works on the Connecticut Network of Care Transformation (CONNECT) initiative, where she serves as the project director in CHDI’s role as the statewide coordinating center.

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Jessica Mahon Project Coordinator
mahon@uchc.edu | 860-679-6223

Jessica Mahon joined CHDI as a Project Coordinator in January 2020. She coordinates trainings and quality assurance activities for multiple evidence-based treatment initiatives within children’s behavioral health programs. These initiatives include MATCH – Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems, and TF-CBT – Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

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Ashley Nelson Senior Data Analyst
asnelson@uchc.edu | 860-679-8052

Ashley Nelson is a Senior Data Analyst. She joined CHDI in January 2017 and works on multiple evidence-based treatment initiatives (including MATCH-ADTC, TF-CBT, and CBITS/Bounce Back). She has a BA in Psychology and Child Study from the University of Saint Joseph, and a computer science certification from Gateway Community College.

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Diana Perry, PsyD Senior Project Coordinator
dperry@uchc.edu | 860-679-3327

Diana Perry joined CHDI in December 2017 and is a Senior Project Coordinator for the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). In addition to project coordination, Dr. Perry is a site-based CBITS trainer who assist with training new clinicians and providing clinical consultation.

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Kellie Randall, PhD Director of Quality Improvement
randall@uchc.edu | 860-679-8098

Kellie Randall is the Director of Quality Improvement at CHDI. She provides oversight for a number of initiatives focused on trauma-informed and best practices in children's mental health, with a specific focus on data analysis, reporting, and quality improvement. She is the Project Director of the Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative (ECTC), funded by SAMHSA as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), and leads the implementation and dissemination of ARC, CPP, and other effective treatment models for young children. Her other projects include Mobile Crisis Intervention Services, Care Coordination, as well as multiple evidence-based treatments initiatives including TF-CBT and MATCH-ADTC.

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Lori Schon Office Manager
schon@uchc.edu | 860-679-1536

Lori Schon joined CHDI in 2008 as an Administrative Assistant. She currently serves as CHDI's Office Manager. She manages all the daily office operations and supervises administrative staff.

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Suzanne Shea Accounting Assistant
sshea@uchc.edu | 860-679-6222

Suzanne Shea joined CHDI in January 2020 as the Accounting Assistant where she will be working in Finance, Human Resources and Contracts. She has over twenty years’ accounting experience, most recently working in Property Accounting for a company which provided affordable housing through state and federal funding to residents across the country.

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Heather Solak Senior Data Analyst
solak@uchc.edu | 860-679-8099

Heather Solak rejoined CHDI in 2019 as a Senior Data Analyst and works primarily with children’s outpatient services data, including work with a number of the evidence-based treatments, as well as on the CBITS/BB initiative.

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Paul Suter Vice President for Finance & Operations
psuter@uchc.edu | 860-679-1533

In his role as Vice President for Finance & Operations, Paul Suter manages the accounting and finances of both CHDI and its parent organization, the Children's Fund of Connecticut.

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Julie Tacinelli Vice President for Communications
tacinelli@uchc.edu | 860-679-1534

Julie is the Vice President for Communications and is responsible for building awareness of the organization’s mission, priorities and initiatives. She oversees internal and external communications strategies, messaging, content, publications, websites, and outreach. Julie also contributes to the management and strategic direction of CHDI as a member of the senior leadership team and helps to guide CHDI’s work to address racism and promote equity. She joined CHDI in 2012.

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Kayla Theriault, MPH Data Analyst
ktheriault@uchc.edu | 860-679-8775

Kayla Theriault joined CHDI as a Data Analyst in January 2019. She works primarily as part of the Mobile Crisis Performance Improvement Center, completing monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as well as other activities to support quality improvement for the service. She also supports the School Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI), completing school dashboards and conducting additional data analysis as needed.

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LeeAnn Waye Data Analyst
waye@uchc.edu | 860-679-4968

LeeAnn Waye joined CHDI in 2019 as a Data Analyst. She works on project AWARE which addresses mental health in CT schools. She has professional experience working with the CT Department of Public Health Statistics & Surveillance sector tracking risk behavior among youth in CT.

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Jeffrey Vanderploeg, PhD President & CEO
jvanderploeg@uchc.edu | 860-679-1542

Jeff Vanderploeg is President and Chief Executive Officer of both the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut and its parent organization the Children's Fund of Connecticut. He joined CHDI in 2009 and was appointed President and CEO of CHDI on October 1, 2017 and President and CEO of the Children's Fund on October 1, 2018.

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