Board of Directors

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Haley Brown

CAPP President

Haley Shoop is the Project Director of the Wolcott Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) Coalition. She is the former Prevention Coordinator for the Durham and Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition and of ERASE (East of the River Action for Substance-Abuse Elimination, Inc.)  one of the former 13 Regional Action Councils (RACs), in Connecticut. Haley has written multiple local, state-wide, and federal grants. In addition, she has great experience managing, coordinating, and implementing grants at the regional and local level. 

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Anna Gasinski

CAPP Vice-President

Anna Gasinski is a Public Health Analyst for the Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) program through the CDC Foundation and New England HIDTA. She was formerly a Prevention Specialist with Alliance for Prevention and Wellness, which is the Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization (RBHAO) for DMHAS Region 2 and former Prevention Coordinator for the Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families in Stratford. Anna obtained her certification as a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) in 2017. She has a BS in Public Health from Southern CT State University and has over 7 years of experience in the prevention field. She has been serving on the CAPP Board since 2015.

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David Melillo

CAPP Treasurer

David Melillo, MS, LPC, CPS has over 40 years of experience working in prevention in Connecticut. Presently he is the Human Services Director for the Town of Clinton and the Program Director of Clinton’s Partners in Community grant from the SAMHSA. He previously was the Director of Madison Youth Services (33 years), Assistant Director of an employment and skills-building program in Key West, FL (2 years) and started his career at East Haven’s Youth Service Bureau (4 years).

David was awarded the  Laura T. Brown Career Achievement Award by the Connecticut Youth Services Association and a Life Time Achievement Award from the Planning for Children and Youth Award of South Central Connecticut.

Kelley Edwards

CAPP Secretary

Kelley Edwards, MS, MFT, CPS: Certified Prevention Specialist; Certified Dialogue Educator; Certified Pet Partner; 8 year member of CAPP; serving as secretary now, past vice president in 2013; Prevention Coordinator for the Town of Clinton since 2010, also developed prevention programming for the Towns of Wethersfield and Ellington between 1996-2004.  Administered federal DFC and SPF grants and state PFS and CSC grants.  Awarded Prevention Coordinator of the Year 2020; former coordinator of annual youth LEAD conference on the shoreline; pet therapy advocate with her dog Misi; trained to administer QPR Gatekeeper (suicide prevention) workshop.  Passion for youth empowerment and leadership as a prevention tool.

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Brendan Grimm

CAPP Board Member

Brendan Grimm is the Prevention Coordinator for the CHEC Coalition, at AHM Youth and Family Services in Hebron. The second part of his role at AHM, is to coordinate the JRB (Juvenile Review Board) and act as a case manager. This Youth Service Center covers the towns of Hebron, Andover, and Marlborough. Brendan is coming up on 4 years at this position at AHM, and this is his first year as a CAPP board member. As the Prevention Coordinator, Brendan manages the DFC Grant activities, and other prevention related grants and initiatives. He also runs a drug prevention youth group at the regional school, and enjoys being able to have a positive effect on the community.

Prior to his job in prevention work, Brendan was a middle school Health Teacher in Boston for 4 years. Brendan received his undergraduate degree at Saint Anselm College, in Manchester New Hampshire, and his Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. Within prevention, Brendan likes learning about the effects of early drug use, protective factors vs risk factors, and the important role of parenting. In his free time, Brendan likes listening to music, and making music, and playing sports and being outside.

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Andrew Lyon

CAPP Board Member

Andrew earned his Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Connecticut in May of 2017 and his Certified Prevention Specialist in May 2019. He has a keen interest in community and population level approaches to addressing the most critical issues facing our communities. Andrew has been the Coordinator for the Torrington Awareness and Prevention Partnership since October 2017 and has been the Director of Prevention Services at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health since November 2019. Andrew has been a CAPP member since 2017.

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Kiersten Naumann

CAPP Board Member

Kiersten Naumann earned her Master’s of Public Administration in Health Policy & Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. After graduation, she worked for the Deafness Research Foundation’s National Campaign for Hearing Health, as Director of Development & Media Relations, in Washington, DC. After returning to Connecticut, she worked as the Development Director at Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport, and then as a Substitute Teacher for the Milford Public Schools. Since 2017, she has been the Program Coordinator for TPAUD, Trumbull’s Prevention Partnership, under the Drug Free Communities grant program.

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James Olsen

CAPP Board Member

James Olsen is the Prevention Coordinator for the East Hampton Prevention Partnership which was the recipient of the Partnership for Success Grant. Prior to working in East Hampton, James worked for two years as a Program Assistant with the Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families, under the Drug Free Communities Grant. James has a BS degree in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. This is James fourth year as a CAPP Board Member.

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Erica Skoutas

CAPP Board Member

Erica Skoutas is a Prevention Professional at Rushford Center in Middletown where she is the coordinator for the CT Strategic Prevention Framework Coalitions (CSC) Initiative Grant. Erica facilitates youth leadership and prevention programs at the middle and high school level throughout Middletown and serves as co-chair of the Middletown Substance Abuse Prevention Council (MSAPC), which was awarded the title of 2020 Coalition of the Year.

Erica has previously held the position of Drug Free Communities Grant Coordinator for the City of Meriden. Erica has a BA in Psychology from Rhode Island College and a MS in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. Erica has worked in the Prevention field for 5+ years throughout RI and CT. She is passionate about prevention and has been an active member of CAPP for 3 years.

In addition to her role as Prevention Professional, Erica is a Nationally Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor who trains in the Adult, Youth, Public Safety, Fire/EMS, Veterans and Virtual models.

In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, watching her 3 children at their sporting events, horseback riding, gardening and kayaking.

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Colleen Violette

CAPP Board Member

​Colleen Violette has a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Public Policy. She is also a certified prevention specialist with seven years of prevention experience.  Most recently she has worked for Enfield Together Coalition in Enfield for five years, facilitating prevention under the Drug Free Communities and STOP ACT grants.  Colleen also coordinates the North central Opioid Addiction Task Force whose primary interest is to increase access to treatment and opioid overdose interventions, increase community prevention and recovery support, and increase law enforcement efforts.  Colleen’s primary interest and strength lies in engaging youth, police and other sectors, empowering young people to develop leadership skills, and take charge of prevention initiatives in Enfield.  Colleen has been a CAPP Board Member for seven years.

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Nicole Wiley

CAPP Board Member

Nicole Wiley is the Prevention and Leadership Coordinator at Naugatuck Youth Services and for the Step Up Naugy Prevention Coalition. She has been a CAPP member for 3 years. In her free time, Nicole spends time hiking with her dogs or riding her horses.

Carolyn Wilson

CAPP Board Member

Carolyn Wilson is a health program coordinator at Ledge Light Health District. She currently coordinates the Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. Carolyn is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Prevention Specialist and a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. She is passionate about bringing creativity into prevention messaging. Carolyn has been in prevention for 10 years and has a background in public health, health promotion and behavioral science.

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