Ashley Dunn joined CEE in January 2022. She holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University in Massachusetts and a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.
As a domestic violence survivor, Ashley believes in the need to elevate lived experience as lived expertise. She is passionate about the mission to end violence in our community and ensure that all individuals can connect to resources and seek safety.
William Montero joined CEE in January 2017. As CFAO, he is responsible for all administrative and financial matters of the Organization. Bill came to us with 25 years of financial experience, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Dental Associates of CT.
He brings a dynamic skill set which includes strategic planning, treasury management, financial reporting, analysis, and budgeting. He has the ability to work across all functional groups to solve operational and financial issues and facilitate balanced decisions. Bill holds a B.A. in Accounting from Western Connecticut State University.
Samantha Conetta Flynn
Samantha Conetta Flynn, Chief Development Officer (CDO). She holds a B.A. from Western Connecticut State University, a certificate in Fundraising from New York University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration through Marist College. Samantha has worked on various development teams, including other local nonprofits as well as national organizations based out of NYC, helping to grow their fundraising programs. She’s passionate about working for CEE because she knows her contributions to the organization are benefiting her own neighbors since she lives within our service area.
Graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work and Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Abilene (Abby) has always volunteered throughout her life. She has offered her skills through faith base organizations helping the community through different projects ranging from music, theater, connection groups, psychoeducational groups, and community outreach. In addition, she has always provided support and counseling to any individuals she came across in her attempt to genuinely help others, which has always been a passion of hers.
Abby has worked as a Family Support Worker, Parent Educator, ESL teacher, and Director of Resource Center for Danbury Public School. Former Anti-human Trafficking Program Director, she was part of a Task Force in Palm Beach County, working directly with the sheriff’s Office and Victim Services. In addition, she worked closely with the FBI, joining forces in the fight against human trafficking. At CEE she had the opportunity to work as a Shelter Manager, and multilingual counselor, Manager of Counseling services and now as a Director of Client Support Services.
Working at CEE has allowed her to exert her passion which is to help others. She is honored and humbled for the opportunity to work at the agency. She is dedicated to continue to strive and provide assistance to those who are in need and wanting to live a life free from violence. She is certainly proud to be part of this incredible team, passionate about CEE’s mission and committed to helping the community we serve.
Board of Directors
Eric J. Eggan, Esq., Arbitration & Mediation, Eggan Law, PLLC
Vice Chairperson/Development Chair
Elaine Cox, Community Activist
Kelcey Hoyt, Chief Accounting Officer, Linde
Glori Norwitt, Esq., Community Activist/Employment Law
Tax Manager, Reynolds & Rowella, LLP
CEO, Sisu Communications/Owner, Cotton Candy Fabrics
Manager, Partnerships at Cedar, Inc.
Dr. Paul Fiedler
Pathologist, Nuvance Health Medical Group
Community Activist/Communications & Marketing
Dr. Evan Hack
Pediatrician/Partner, Candlewood Valley Pediatrics
CPA, Partner, Reynolds & Rowella, LLP
Owner, At Home Design
Owner, Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe
Wendy Wo Beurket
Attorney, Rebecca L. Ciota Legal Group, LLC
Senior Loan Officer, Total Mortgage
Paul P. Dinto
President and CEO, Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors
Eric J. Eggan
Chairperson, CEE/Arbitration & Mediation Attorney, Eggan Law, PLLC
Attorney, Collins Hannafin, P.C.
Vice President, Fairfield County Bank
Barbara R. Manners
Selectman, Town of Ridgefield
Partner, Nolan Enterprises
Owner, Joe’s Salon & Spa
Partner, Candlewood Inn, The Riverview & The Waterview
Assistant Vice President/Community Development Officer, Savings Bank of Danbury
Director of Community Relations & Public Affairs, Western CT State University
Executive Director, The Ridgefield Playhouse
President & CEO, CEE
Eric J. Eggan, Esq.
Co-Chair, Arbitration & Mediation, Eggan Law, PLLC
Dr. Paul Feidler
Co-Chair, Pathologist, Nuvance Health Medical Group
C0-Chair, CPA, Partner, Reynolds & Rowella, LLP
Dr. William Begg III
Vice President of Medical Affairs, Emergency Department, Vassar Brothers Medical Center
President, S & P Global Ratings
Senator Richard Blumenthal
President, Capitol Hill Group, LLC
Morning Radio Show Host, i95 FM
First Selectman, Town of Bethel
Dr. Joseph Cleary
President & CEO, Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors
Monte Frank, Esq.
Pullman & Comley Attorneys, LLC
Hillel Goldman, Esq.
Attorney, Collins Hannafin, P.C.
CEO, Berkshire Broadcasting
Co-Founder, The Hord Foundation
Reed Idriss, MD Emergency Medicine, Nuvance Health, Danbury Hospital
First Selectman, Town of Bethel
Head Football Coach, Western Connecticut State University
First Selectman, Town of Ridgefield
Owner, Michael & Michael
Retired Chief of Police, Brookfield Police Department
Stephen G. Rosentel
CPA, President, Leahy’s Fuels, Inc.
Co-Owner, Fairfield Caterers
Thomas J. Saadi, Esq.
CT Commissioner of Veterans Affairs & Justice of the Peace
Realtor, Keller Williams
Fred Savenelli, LPC
Clinical Supervisor, Family Study Center
Executive Director, CT Against Gun Violence
Director, University & Community Relations, Western Connecticut State University
Elvis Novas MNI Targeted Media, Danbury, CT
Andy Sachs Owner, Around the Town Realty, Newtown, CT
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