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Management

Lorna Little, MSW is the first black woman to lead St. Anne’s in 110 years 1

Lorna Little, LCSW

President and Chief Executive Officer

Lorna Little is a licensed clinical social worker and previously served as executive director of St. Agnes Family Center in West Hartford, Connecticut for 13 years....
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Amber Rivas, MSW

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Amber Rivas is responsible for ensuring the highest level of service and productivity possible for the organization. After earning a bachelor’s...
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Patrick Harris

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Patrick Harris is a financial consultant who has served as Chief Financial Officer and consultant to major public and private companies and individuals.  At the...
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Dana Valenzuela

Chief Development Officer

With over two decades of experience in marketing, event management and nonprofit development, Dana leads St. Anne’s fundraising and communications team. She oversees St. Anne’s...
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Deborah Paratore

Deborah Paratore

Vice President, Early Childhood Education

As Vice President of Early Childhood Education, Deborah oversees St. Anne’s early learning centers and home-based programs, as well as all content areas and speciality...
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DANIELE VEGA, LCSW, PPSC

Vice President, Community-Based Programs

Daniele Vega earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University...
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TONY WEAVER, LCSW

Vice President, Housing Programs

Tony Weaver earned his Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College in New York City and holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from University of...
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Jorge Alcocer

Director, Food Services & Conference Center

Jorge is responsible for preparing and planning hundreds of meals per day for St. Anne’s residents, children, cafeteria customers and catering clients, and supervising hundreds...
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Karine Melkonian, CPA

Director, Finance

Karine Melkonian is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of professional experience in the public and private sector. In the private sector, Karine...
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Esperanza Evans, MBA

Director, Donor Relations

As Director of Donor Relations, Esperanza is responsible for St. Anne’s individual and major gifts.  Esperanza was recently the Associate Director of Annual and Major...
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Maria Sturges

Maria Sturges

Director, Foundation Relations

As Director of Foundation Relations, Maria is responsible for St. Anne’s Foundation and Corporate giving. Maria earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from...
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Sarah Machat, MSW

Director, Quality Improvement

Sarah is responsible for ensuring ongoing performance and quality improvement of programs, management and operations. She also conducts a regular assessment of agency risk, and...
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Mayra Velasco

Director, Supportive Housing Programs

As Director of Supportive Housing Programs (SHP), Mayra Velasco oversees Transitional Housing Programs (THP), including our Transitional Housing Placement Program for Non-minor Dependents (THPP-NMD), and...
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Shannon Morales, MA

Shannon Morales, MA

Director, Residential Program Services

Shannon obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in human sexuality and completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. She...
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Milena Melkonyan

Milena Melkonyan, LCSW

Director, Residential Clinical Services

As Director of Residential Clinical Services, Milena oversees the overall mental health treatment program for clients placed in the short-term residential therapeutic program and is...
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Marianna Oganesyan, LMFT

Director, Family Based Services

Marianna Oganesyan began working at St. Anne’s in 2006 in the Residential Treatment Program. She worked as a Residential Counselor and later a Milieu Manager....
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Ani Sargsyan, LCSW

Director, Mental Health Services

As Director for Mental Health Services, Ani oversees all field-based clinical services provided in the community. Ani earned her master’s degree in social work from...
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CARLOS TOBAR

Director, Quality Assurance

Director of Quality Assurance Carlos Tobar has 17 years of child welfare experience in contract management and resource development. Carlos joined St. Anne’s in 2006...
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