Meet Our Board & Staff

FLE Staff


Dr. Shannon Kula, Board Chair
Spartan Strategy & Risk Management

Miguel A. Escalera Jr., Board Vice Chair
Managing Attorney
Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C.

Maria Green, Board Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
Corporation for Independent Living

Norma Fisher, Board Secretary
Retired Principal
Mansfield Public Schools

Dr. Stacey L. Brown
Associate Professor
UConn Health

Dr. Courtland Lewis
Physician in Chief, Emeritus
Hartford Healthcare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital,
Clinical Professor, Orthopedic Surgery UConn School of Medicine,
Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, PC

Yasha Escalera                                                
Retired Developer

Sophia Cooper
President and Chief Operating Officer 
Asphalt Maintenance Paving Contractors, LLC

Christine Tocionis
Richard J. Kinsella Magnet School of the Performing Arts

Tonja Russo
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Miss Porter’s School

Heather Kula
Rubenstein & Sendy Courtland Lewis

Paul A. Sanford
Senior Vice President 
Solutions Delivery, CIGNA Corporation

Dana Hayes
Teacher, Richard J. Kinsella Magnet School of the Performing Arts


Candida Flores
Chief Executive Officer

Latia Maldonado
Office Manager/Receptionist

Janet Rodriguez-Zove
Director of Operations

Janine Hewitt
Director of Development

Maryann Perez
Family Center Coordinator

Mireille Henry
Clinical Supervisor
Stronger Families Stronger Futures

Shaniqua Francis
Stronger Families Stronger Futures

Dalianys Mercado
Stronger Families Stronger Futures

Merelys Torres-Garcia
Stronger Families Stronger Futures

Cassandra Wilke
Child & Family Support Specialist