The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Center for Family Justice plays an important role in ensuring the organization is fiscally sound, well managed and provides quality services. The board is composed of community members who live or work in one of the six towns CFJ serves. The size of the board can vary from 15 to 25. Board members can serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.

Board members are expected to serve on a least one committee of the board, attend monthly board meetings and contribute financially to the organization. Generally, board members are recruited based on their previous experience volunteering for CFJ, their experience on other boards and the expertise they can provide. Board expertise is needed in the areas of fundraising, business management, finance, technology, human resources, strategic planning, public relations and advocacy.

2021 Board of Directors


Kathryn Maiolo, Board Chair

  • Roe Chlala, Festivities Foundation
  • Donna Craft, Community Leader
  • Pamela Dale, Attorney at Law
  • Chris D. Griffin. Bank of America
  • Jill Fitzburgh, The Foundation for Gender Equality
  • Sofia Goncalves, People’s United Bank
  • Michael E. Lyngaas, Community Leader
  • Sarah Cwikla Mastropole, Stantec
  • Kristin Okesson, Connoisseur Media
  • Reuel Parks, C.H.A.M.P., Inc.
  • Matthew C. Reale, Esq., Vice Chair
  • Scott Redfern, Dell Technologies
  • Nicole Schmidt, Bridgewater Associates
  • Rev. Sara Smith, Esq., United Congregational Church of Bridgeport
  • Lisa M. Todd, Treasurer, Webster Bank
  • Diane Winston, Winston Strategic Partners, LLC

Debra A. Greenwood, President/CEO of The Center for Family Justice


Finance, Audit & Investment Committee: Monitors the operating budget and financial performance of CFJ and assists in fiscal management. Recommends investment policy for CFJ and devises strategies for endowment campaign efforts and capital expenditures.  In addition, the committee reviews the annual audit, approves the annual operating budget and supports CFJ’s President/CEO on fiscal matters.

Mission Impact Committee: Conducts quarterly review of programs for compliance, effectiveness and client satisfaction.

Public Relations & Marketing  Task Force: Builds awareness of  CFJ’s brand, services and educational programs and events, including communications with the press; works closely with the events and development committees and the community education/outreach department to promote their work; and oversees the copy on the Website. While not a standing committee of CFJ’s board, board representatives participate in meetings of this advisory panel.

Sustainability Committee: Coordinates planning and implementation of all current fundraising events including the annual appeal and third-party fundraising events. It also works with the Development staff to create a strategic plan, support planned giving campaigns and capital campaigns.

White Ribbon Committee: The White Ribbon Campaign is an initiative to end violence against women by engaging men  and boys in the efforts to break the generational cycles of gender-based violence and abuse.