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.

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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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Dena Miccinello

CAPP Board Member

Dena is currently the Prevention Coordinator for Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition a Drug Free Communities grant program. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Southern Connecticut State University to receive her Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Dena has served in the Ameri Corps program, Prevention Corps with TPAUD, Trumbull’s Prevention Partnership, focusing on the opioid epidemic and spent time working in lead poisoning prevention for The Naugatuck Valley Health District. She was awarded the RYASAP Above & Beyond Award in 2018 and is also a board member of the Connecticut Public Health Association’s, Health Education Committee. Dena was a lifeguard for 10 years; this is where her passion of helping others started. Substance use prevention is the way she now helps community members live a safe and healthy life. In her free time, she enjoys baking sourdough bread, hiking, and spending time with her loved ones.

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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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Cassandra Schend

CAPP Board Member

​Cassie Schend is the Prevention Project Director at The Village for Families and Children. She received her Masters in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2018 and became a Certified Prevention Specialist in 2021. Cassie began her prevention career as a Youth Advocate for the Vernon ROCKS Coalition in 2017 and is now a co-chair for the coalition. Cassie is passionate about using data to inform prevention efforts and youth-driven prevention initiatives.

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Tom Fulton

CAPP Board Member

Tom Fulton graduated from UConn with a Bachelors in Cognitive Science in 2016. He began working in substance use prevention as a PreventionCorps service member with the Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse. His work there largely focused on addressing the opioid crisis, but, he also became a QPR Gatekeeper and Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (A-SBIRT) trainer. In 2018, he started working for Wheeler Clinic as a Resource Specialist and in 2019, moved into his current role as a Project Coordinator. He is responsible for coordinating statewide education and awareness campaigns, such as Change the Script. While at Wheeler Clinic, he has also become certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), as a Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Meeting Facilitator, and a Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Trainer. In his free time, Tom enjoys golfing, snowboarding, basketball, reading, watching movies and spending time with his niece and four nephews.

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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.