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Robert F. Cashel, LCSW

Robert F. Cashel, LCSW

President & CEO

As President & CEO of FCA, Rob is responsible for the multi-service human service organization with more than 200 staff. Rob has developed key partnerships in the community while also establishing formal relationships with numerous private and corporate foundations. Prior to this position, Rob worked for 23 years at Family Centers in the Stamford-Greenwich area. He began as a Clinical Social Worker and later rose to the role of Executive Vice President. In this latter role Rob initiated and managed a variety of programs and services including employee assistance programs for a variety of businesses.

Rob is currently on the Board and Executive Committee of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) and is also on the Board and Executive Committee of Norwalk ACTS. Rob has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University. Rob is also a licensed clinical social worker, a certified marriage and family therapist, and a certified alcoholism counselor.

Chrissy Mahanna, LCSW

Chrissy Mahanna, LCSW

Vice President, Strategy & Operational Effectiveness

Chrissy received a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She has 15 years’ experience working in clinical, research and managerial positions at a variety of non-profit organizations and academic institutions, including Columbia University and the City College of New York. Chrissy joined the Agency in 2013 and is currently responsible for securing government and private foundation grants, re-accreditation/licensing, strategic program development and oversight of a robust quality improvement plan at the Agency, including outcome development, measurement, and analysis.

Chrissy also oversee the Agency’s electronic health record to ensure that it functions efficiently for employees, adheres to all regulatory requirements, and is optimized for outcome reporting.

Averi Dudek, PHR, SHRM-CP

Averi Dudek, PHR, SHRM-CP

Vice President, Human Resources

Averi holds PHR and SHRM-CP Human Resource certifications in addition to her many years of experience in Human Resources. Averi joined FCA as Director, Human Resources in 2011. Previously she worked in New York City managing the human resources department of an IT consulting company. Other prior Human Resources experience includes SAP, Wachovia, and Prudential Securities. She is an active member for the Society of HR Management (SHRM) nationally and is a member of the local Southern Connecticut chapter.

Averi was awarded the Top In-House Recruiter award at the Fairchester Recruiting Summit in 2016. She holds a degree from Siena College in Albany, New York. Averi’s experience includes developing and executing recruiting & employee relations strategies that represent the organization’s culture and values with a focus on employee retention. She also oversees Administrative Services at FCA.

Omar Garro

Omar Garro

Chief Financial Officer

Omar joined FCA in December 2020 with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit finance, business administration, and process improvement in both the United States and South America. Prior to FCA, Omar was the Chief Financial Officer at Liberation Programs. Omar has a degree in Science in Industrial Engineering from the Pontific Catholic University of Peru and an MBA in Management from Sacred Heart University.

He currently serves as a Board Member for the Center for Nonprofits at Sacred Heart University and was formerly Co-Chair and Treasurer of the Hispanic Council Advisory of Greater Stamford.

Mary Kate Locke, LCSW

Mary Kate Locke, LCSW

Vice President, Youth & Family Empowerment

Mary Kate received a master’s degree in Social Work from SUNY Albany and has over 15 years of child welfare experience. Mary Kate joined FCA in 2005 and has held progressively senior positions during her tenure at the Agency. She is currently responsible for the overall operations of the Child & Family Development, ASPIRE and Adoption programs, which include two home visiting programs, an after-school program, and all adoption services, including domestic, foreign, and post-placement.

Mary Kate is also actively involved in community efforts for collective impact. More specifically, she maintains a prominent role within Norwalk ACTS, working to promote the success of children and youth in Norwalk along the cradle to career continuum.

Ligia Masilamani, MPH

Ligia Masilamani, MPH

Vice President, Community and Behavioral Health

Ligia has a Master’s in Public Health and has worked at FCA for more than 20 years. During her years at FCA she has worked in several public health prevention programs, and for the last 11 years as the Director of the FCA Home Care program. In her current role, she leads a team that provides critical in-home services to fragile seniors and oversees the Senior Services Umbrella program provided by FCA as the Norwalk Municipal Agent for the Elderly.

In addition, during the COVID-19 crisis she has been overseeing the Crisis Counseling Immediate Service Program FEMA Grant awarded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She also supervises the Community Health Workers initiative providing contact tracing and education to Norwalk residents.

Andrea Vakos

Andrea Vakos

Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Andrea joined FCA in December 2017 and is responsible for leading the development and communications efforts of the agency. She brings to her role more than 30 years of fundraising experience in nonprofits throughout Fairfield County.

Prior to FCA Andrea held leadership positions with the UConn Foundation, AmeriCares, Kids in Crisis, Girl Scout Council of SWCT, and Trinity Catholic and Central Catholic High Schools. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Merrimack College with a major in Marketing.

Board of Directors
Rita McKenna Olson
Chair
Charles Pieterse
Vice Chair
Brian Vendig
Vice Chair
Cheryl C. De Vonish
Secretary
Richard P. Zaremski
Treasurer
Denise Harned
Vice Treasurer
Julene M. Greenshields
At Large
Mark Lux
At Large
Susan Beyman
Wenton Camporin
Joel Clark
Brian Davidson
Lilwyn Lucas Dyer
Mary Ann Genuario
Maureen Hart
Kim Healy
Kristine Reddington Herlyn
Noelle K. Hughes
Colleen Cary Katz
Sean P. Lenahan
Rachel Lieberman
Virginia C. Martin
Kathleen P. Murphy
Daniel O’Connor
Sherlene K. Rodriguez
Bharat Sarpeshkar
Martha Yepes Small, MD
Michael Stein
Jennifer Toll
Mathew Varughese
Martha Witte
Junior Board Advisors
Scott McCarthy
Co-Chair
Rob Meerman, Jr.
Co-Chair
Brittany Dube
Justin Hylwa
Banji Iyun
Evie Kaczmarek
Kendall S. Marrone
Sean McMurtry
Natalia Sieira Millan
Emilia Ratte
Sherlene K. Rodriguez
Senior Board Advisors
Virginia C. Martin
Co-Chair
Kathleen P. Murphy
Co-Chair
Rev. Elizabeth C. Abel
Mary-Pat Cottrell
Jill Dimitrief
Michelle Doggett
Ana Goizueta
Dianne Green
Matthew Greene
Lisa Sheffield Lillie
Raymond Moskow
Dana Nickel
Karen Scappaticci
Maurice Segall
Sharon Sullivan
Donna Walker
Trish Weber
William O. Webster
Senior Staff
Chris Jachino
Senior Director, Homeless Services
Emily Fox
Director, Quality Assurance & Program Development
Janina Serrao
Director, Development
Jeanmarie House
Director, Foster Care
Jessica Vivenzio
Director, Behavioral Health
Lindsay Perry
Director, Marketing & Communications
Lu Xu
Director, Finance
Meg Woglom
Director, Adoption and Child & Family Development
Tiffany McCarthy
Senior Director, Family Support