CAPP Awards

CAPP is proud to recognize the efforts of our prevention colleagues through our annual awards. 

Lifetime Impact Award

This award, bestowed for the first time in 2017, recognizes the long-term impact made by prevention professionals in the communities in which they work. 



Gail Beck, former Director of Tri-Town Youth and Family Services (2016) 


Karen Fischer, former Prevention Coordinator, Lyme/Old Lyme's Community Action for Substance Free Youth (2017)

David Melillo, former Director of Madison Youth & Family Services (2017)

Sheryl Sprague, Manager of Prevention and Wellness, Rushford (2017)

Champion of Health

Promoting behavioral health in CT is not a goal that CAPP achieves alone. In 2016, the Board created the Champion of Health Award to recognize valuable partners in our mission.


Rep. Vincent Candelora and Rep. Sean Scanlon (2016)

William "Bo" Huhn and Danielle Ott (2017)

Prevention Professional of the Year



Lisa Mason (2018)

Coalition Sector All Star

This award recognizes one volunteer from each of the 12 sectors who has tackled a specific community challenge or lead a coalition initiative with enthusiasm and resolve.



  • Morgan REACT, Clinton Partners in Community Coalition

  • OS E3 Peer Facilitators, Old Saybrook

  • Layne Bartek and Derek Strane, Step Up Naugy Prevention Coalition

  • Dr. Pam Vogel, Northwest Corner Prevention Network

  • Chief Ed Stephens, CASA Coalition and the Wolcott Police Department

  • Steve Nyerick, Southington STEPS Coalition


  • Michael BonTempo, School sector, Clinton Partners in Community

  • Dr. Michael Kalinowski, Healthcare sector, Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Coaliton

  • Kayla Platt, Youth sector, Rocky Hill Youth 2 Youth Coalition

  • Bill Steindl, Business sector, Stratford Partnership for Youth + Families

Coalition of the Year

This award recognizes one community coalition (Local Prevention Council).  The Coalition of the Year demonstrates significant contributions to prevention in CT through its strategies and outcomes. This coalition practices the SPF, has engaged members, and takes both success and challenges in stride.


Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Council (2018)

Southington STEPS (2017)


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