Board of Directors

Catherine Barden

Catherine Barden is the Coalition Coordinator for MADE in Madison, a Drug-Free Communities Grantee serving the shoreline town of Madison, CT. Before coming to Madison, Catherine worked at The Governor’s Prevention Partnership serving as the Program Manager for their Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Department. Catherine also served as the Youth Chair of the CT Coalition to STOP Underage drinking between the ages of 17 and 21, where she found a passion for building strong youth leaders to create long-lasting environmental changes. Catherine has been a member of CAPP for four years, serving as Secretary and Treasurer.

President

Cristal DePietro

Cristal DePietro has her BA in Criminal Justice and been working in the social services field for the last 10 years working with mental health and substance abuse issues. Currently Cristal is the Prevention Coordinator for YFSHK. It is her mission to create space and opportunities for all Youth to have their voice be heard, be given the opportunity to connect with other youth and to be valued as major contributors to the changes needed in the prevention field. Cristal is very excited to be a CAPP Board member and looks forward to being part of such an amazing organization.

Vice President

David Melillo

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.

Treasurer

Anna Gasinski

Anna Gasinski has worked as the Prevention Coordinator for the Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families in Stratford for the past three years, under the Drug Free Communities and Partnership for Success grants. Anna has been a CAPP member for 3 years and this is her first year serving on the CAPP Board.

Kathryn Glendon

Kathryn Glendon has her Master’s in Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist with over ten years’ experience working in the public health field. She has worked with Drug Free Communities grants  for seven years and has overseen various federal, state and local prevention grants.  Kathryn is also an adjunct professor at SCSU in the public health department.

Lindsey Lehet

Lindsey Lehet has a B.S. from SCSU in Public Health; Health Promotion. She currently is the Prevention Coordinator for Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth. She is also the Coordinator for Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition in HK. She has over 8 years working in Heath, wellness and promotion field and as a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 13 years. Lindsey is working on her Certified Prevention Specialist certification. She has been a CAPP member for over a year and this is her first year on the board. Lindsey is actively involved with T.H.E. Movement a group in Connecticut to teach others about the disease of addiction. 

Lisa Mason

Lisa is a Certified Prevention Specialist and certified Dialogue Educator with over 20 years experience working in prevention programs at the local, regional and state level. Lisa has provide training and technical assistance to schools, community organizations and community coalitions to enhance coalition functioning, implement substance abuse, violence and suicide prevention programs, and strengthen youth leadership development.  

James Olsen

James Olsen is the Prevention Coordinator for the East Hampton Prevention Partnership which is a 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. With a BS in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, James is currently on the fast track to becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist. He is also volunteering with Oxford’s Opioid Crisis Steering Committee.

Haley Shoop

Haley Shoop is the Prevention Coordinator for the Durham and Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition. Prior to working with Durham and Middlefield, Haley was the Prevention Coordinator for ERASE (East of the River Action for Substance-Abuse Elimination, Inc.)  one of 13 Regional Action Councils (RACs), in Connecticut. Haley has experience coordinating various federal, state, and local prevention grants. Haley also serves as a board member of the Connecticut Association for Addiction Professionals, and has her Associate Degree as a Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor.  

Colleen Violette

Colleen Violette has a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Public Policy. She is also a certified prevention specialist with three years of prevention experience.  Most recently she has worked for Enfield Together Coalition in Enfield for over a year, 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 member for three years.

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