Staff

Board of Directors:

Brian Kelahan - Chair

Kathy Bronson - Treasurer

Donna Spigarolo - Secretary 

Cornelia Morris - Member at large

Karen Climis - Member at large

Clinical Staff

Dr. Kim Owen, MD
Psychiatrist

Jill Bennett
LCSW

Jill Bennett is a licensed clinical social worker who is dedicated to enhancing client quality of life through assessments, treatment planning, and clinical interventions. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and holds a Masters Degree from Southern Connecticut State University.

Kathy Graziano
APRN, BC, LMFT

Kathy Graziano is a graduate of Fairfield University with degrees in Nursing and Marriage and Family Therapy, and a graduate of D'Yonville College. Ms. Graziano is an accomplished advanced practice nurse, including psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, is Board Certified and a Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, in addition to a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 

Deanne Herring
MA, LMFT
Deanne is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years of experience. She seeks to initiate change, improve and bring wholeness to the lives of individuals and families she treats. She is a certified spiritual director and speacializes in working with te miltiatry aand their families.

Shane Miller

MA, LMFT

Shane Miller earned a Master's Degree from Fairfield University's graduate program in Marriage & Family Therapy. She works with an integrative model in a systemic approach. Her goals are to help couples, families, teens, and adults draw upon their own strengths and abilities to resolve current problems and find new solutions. 

Jill J. Parkosewich

LMFT

Jill J. Parkosewich is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Bachlor's degree at Yale University and attended Regent College, British Columbia, in a one-year program of Christian Studies. She has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University and is Certified in Gestalt Therapy (SCSU two-year program).

Marcella Rende
MA, LMFT

Marcy Rende holds a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University and is a CT Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups who present with various mental health concerns including: substance abuse, marital counseling, co-parenting/blended families, anxiety/depression, and eating disorders.

Robert Wething

LMFT

Robert Wething is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a BA in philosophy from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University. In practice since 1998, Rob works with individuals and couples on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, anger, grief, stage of life issues, relationships, and addiction.

Patti Schif
LMFT
Patti is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She received this degree following a 15 year career as a critical care cardiac registered nurse. She works with individual, couples and families with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and self injury. She is also trained in Dialectical Behavioral therapy.

Ann Sieckhaus

MS, LMFT

Ann Sieckhaus is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Ann has a Master's degree in both School Psychology and Family Therapy. She is an AAMFT approved supervisor and trains interns from Fairfield University, Southern CT State University, and other schools at the Center. Ann has been practicing for over 25 years and works with individuals, couples, and families of all ages with issues such as anxiety disorders including OCD, depression, eating disorders, and women's issues. .

Jennifer Masso Doyle
LMFT

Jennifer Masso Doyle is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Jenn provides therapy to individuals, families, and youth (children and adolescents) specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, parenting support (including parents of children with special needs) and support to those experiencing challenges with life cycle transitions. She offers an eclectic approach to psychotherapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and experiential approaches) to adapt to the unique needs of the patient's treatment. 

Michael Ralabate
LMFT

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Michael has a Master's degree from SCSU. In practice since 2015, Michael has experience working with individuals, couples, families, adults, teens, and groups and has experience working with a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, substance abuse, marital counseling, relational difficulties, and anger issues. 

Cheryl Tedesco
LMFT

Cheryl has been with The Christian Counseling & Family Life Center for over four years. Cheryl has approximately 30 years of experience providing outpatient counseling with children, adults, couples, and families. In addition, Cheryl managed an intensive outpatient program for children and adolescents, a mobile crisis program, and community based programs. 

Lyn Fox

Lyn Fox holds a Master's Degree in Commuity Counseling and is a CT Licensed Professional Counselor. She has an extensive background working with individuals and families who present with a variety of mental health concerns such as: anxiety/depression, mood instability, trauma, life transitions, relationships/divorce, and co-parenting/blended families. Lyn enjoys working with individuals of all ages, particularly adolescents and young adults, helping them navigate through life's challenges and transitions. Lyn's mission is to help individuals and families restore balance and achieve a higher level of satisfaction in their lives. 

Administrative Staff

Alice McGovern

Alice joined the administrative staff in 2012. Alice is an RN who comes to the Center with over 30 years of expertise in the insurance industry. In addition, she brings with her extensive clinical experience in hospital nursing, home health care, and hospice.

Mona Vena

Part Time Receptionist

Mona joined our team in 2014, and comes with many years of experience working in the healthcare insurance field. She provides administrative and medical reception support during the evening hours at the Center.

Robyn Pereira
Financial/Insurance Coordinator

Robyn has been with the Center since 2011. She comes to us with over 20 years of health insurance knowledge. She ahs a background in accounting, banking, and health insurance.

Karen Tassoni

Financial/Insurance Assistant

Karen was educated on Long Island, NY. In 2004, she attended B.O.C.E.S. where she took a course earning a certificate in Medical Office Billing. In 2006, she moved to Connecticut, where she gained office experience working for a naturopathic doctor, chiropractor, and rehabilitation center assisting the office personnel. Karen helps with the process of patient intakes, insurance benefits, and works with the medication management team.