Meet our Staff
The CdLS Foundation employs a professional staff, who are available to provide support and information and help with fundraising events and awareness activities.
Marie Concklin-Malloy (
Marie joined the Foundation in 2006 as the Director of Public Affairs. She became Assistant Executive Director in 2010 and Executive Director in 2012. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the State University of New York at Oswego, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Baypath University. She started her career as a journalist and spent 10 years in marketing and public relations before joining the Foundation. Interesting fact: Marie grew up on a 400-acre apple farm in New York and has passed on her love of climbing trees to her pre-teen son.
Medical DirectorAntonie Kline, M.D.
Assistant Executive Director
Kelly Brown ()
Kelly joined the Foundation in 2008 as the part-time bookkeeper. She became the Finance Manager in 2009 and Assistant Executive Director in 2012. Kelly holds a B.A. in Accounting from Central Connecticut University. She started her career as a staff accountant in a CPA firm preparing tax returns and auditing financials. As her family grew (she has three boys), she worked part-time as the treasurer of a nonprofit organization. Interesting fact: Kelly played Division 1 softball in college and shared her skills as a big buddy and volunteer for Challenger Baseball for 10 years
Brenda Shepard (
Brenda joined the Foundation in 2012 as Communications Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Communications from George Mason University. Brenda worked in admissions for her alma mater and at the Connecticut Science Center before joining the Foundation. In 2014, she relocated to Chicago and telecommutes from her urban home office. Interesting fact: Brenda was a singer in a band for seven years, performing at community events, music festivals and weddings.
Francesca Scognamiglio (
A staff member since 2011, Francesca is the Foundation’s Graphic Designer/Webmaster. She holds a B.F.A in Graphic and Interactive Communications from Ringling College of Art and Design. Interesting fact: Francesca enjoys baking in her spare time and always shares her treats with the office staff (her flourless chocolate cookies are amazing!).
Family Service Manager
Deirdre Summa, M.S.W. (
Deirdre joined the Foundation in 2006 as a Family Service Coordinator and became the Family Service Manager in 2010. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Springfield College. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at organizations providing support and education in the areas of domestic violence, at-risk youth and high-risk pregnancies. She also ran a home preschool when her three children were young. Interesting fact: Deirdre is the fourth of five children of an Irish immigrant father and spent a year exploring Ireland with her family as a child.
Family Service Coordinators
Lynn Audette, M.S.W. (
Lynn has been serving the Foundation as a Family Service Coordinator since 1996. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University, where she focused on working with families of children (birth to three) with special needs. She and her husband, Rich, live in northeastern Connecticut with teenagers Jillian and Nicholas and yellow Lab, Dobby. Interesting fact: Lynn is avid reader and knitter and can do both at the same time.
Justyna Wawrzonek, L.M.S.W. ( )
Justyna joined the Foundation in 2015 as Family Service Coordinator. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She also holds a Public Health Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. Justyna enjoys spending her free time with her two dogs, Blake and Teddy. Interesting fact: Justyna was born and raised in Poland and immigrated to the U.S in 1997.
Nicole Dalto (
Nicole joined the staff as Development Coordinator in 2015 and is the key lead for Team CdLS. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Roger Williams University. After graduating from college, Nicole worked in the Development Office at the Stamford Hospital Foundation then at a church directing programs and special events for youth and young adults. Interesting fact: Nicole is a huge Harry Potter fan and the highlight of her 2015 honeymoon was visiting the Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios, Orlando.
Susan Salina (
Susan joined the Foundation in 2015 as Office Coordinator. She earned her associates degree in accounting while raising her four children. Susan initially worked in Manhattan in the 1980s for a commodities trading group and rejoined the workforce in 2010 at a small employee communications company keeping the books and managing the office. Interesting fact: On her daughter’s 18th birthday, Susan accompanied her on a tandem parachute jump from 13,500 feet.