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Board of Directors:

Brian Kelahan - Chair

Kathy Bronson - Treasurer

Donna Spigarolo - Secretary 

Cornelia Morris - Member at large

Karen Climis - Member at large

Greg Jimmie-Member at large

Marquet Sutton-Member at large

Rebecca Hopkins-Member at large

Diane Rivers-Member at large

Carol Becker-Member at large

Tim Carey-Member at large

Clinical Staff

Jill Bennett

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.

Shane Miller

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. 

Deanne Herring

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 specializes in working with the military and their families.

Jill J. Parkosewich

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).

Ann Sieckhaus


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. .

Patti Schif

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. 

Shaylyn Young

Shaylyn(Shay) Young is a duly certified Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Shay has a Master's degree in Clincial Counseling Psychology with concentrations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family & Children Counseling. She is trained in CBT, DBT and ACT. Shay has significant work experience working with children and adults with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders and behavioral challenges. 



Marcella Rende

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.

Heather Rosenbaum


Heather Rosenbaum is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. Heather received training from Postpartum Support International and enjoys working with new mothers, not so new mothers, mothers to be, and those struggling with infertility or after a loss. Heather has also worked in healthcare and has experience with issues of aging and caregiving. Heather takes a strength-based approach in her work with adults, young adults and teens who present with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, women’s issues, identity and life transitions.

Dr. Kim Owen,MD

Margaret Scalia, APRN

Deon Johnson-Allen, APRN

RoseMarie Leger, APRN

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. 

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. 

Cheryl Tedesco

Cheryl has been with The Christian Counseling & Family Life Center since 2017. Cheryl has approximately 30 years of experience providing outpatient counseling with children, adults, couples, and families. She works with people of all ages addressing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life changes, family conflicts, trauma related issues and behavior modification. 

 In addition, Cheryl managed an intensive outpatient program for children and adolescents, a mobile crisis program, and community based programs and is a certified Supervisor for clinical interns.  

Jordan Karson


Lyn Fox

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.

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.

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