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Connecticut Postsecondary Education Committee

Ohio Reach greatly appreciates having David Johnston of the Connecticut Postsecondary Education Committee as a member of our initial planning committee, and as a morning presenter and panel participant during the Ohio Reach Kick Off Event.

The Connecticut Postsecondary Education Committee provides a vast menu of services to transitioning foster care youth...

Their Mission

To increase the ability of foster youth to attend, and succeed in, postsecondary education.

Their Goals

1. Increase the percentage of foster youth who go on to postsecondary education.

2. Increase the percentage of foster youth who graduate from postsecondary education.

3. Enhance the capacity of secondary schools to assist foster youth in applying to postsecondary education, getting accepted, and securing financial aid.

4. Enhance existing support services of Connecticut postsecondary education institutions to better serve foster youth.

5. Facilitate discussion of the Committee's mission among key players, including DCF, private agencies, statewide educational agencies, selected higher education institutions, and others.

Their Members

Dr. Delia Bello-Davila, Chief Operating Officer, Our Piece of the Pie, Inc., Hartford

Lila Coddington, Central Access and Student Development, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

Meghan Collins, Director of Government Relations, Connecticut Community Colleges, Hartford

Nicole DeRonck, Vice President, Conn. Association of School Counselors, and Director of Counseling, Newington High School

Jill Ferraiolo, Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Communications, Connecticut State University System, Hartford

Vanessa Gonzalez, Junior, St. Josephs College, West Hartford

Dr. Ronald Herron, Vice President for Student and University Affairs, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

Wendy Jackson, Pupil Services Specialist, Department of Children & Families, Hartford

David Johnston, Life Skills Coordinator,Casey Family Services, New Haven, Committee Chair

Wendy Kwalwasser, Prevention Services Coordinator, Department of Children & Families, Hartford

Betty McElveen, Life Skills Specialist, Casey Family Services, Bridgeport

T.J. Michalski, Social Worker and Life Skills Specialist, Casey Family Services, Hartford

Maria Pastorelli, Pupil Services Specialist, Department of Children & Families, Hartford

Gloria Ragosta, Vice President, Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, West Hartford

Dr. Brett Rayford, Director of Adolescent Services, Department of Children & Families, Hartford