Debra A. Greenwood, President and CEO has spent more than 35 years in non-profit management, with extensive experience in strategic planning, fundraising, community mobilization and leadership and program development. Prior to joining The Center for Family Justice in 2007,she served as a CEO at various YMCAs in the region, leading four successful Capital Campaigns that resulted in the creation of a new YMCA, two renovations at different Ys, and most recently remodeling The Center for Family Justice. Her tenure on the Town of Monroe’s Youth Commission in the 1990s led to her passion for strengthening youth programs that focused on after-school activities, in addition to implementing physical and well-being initiatives into these programs through the national YMCA. For a decade, she served as a faculty advisor with the national YMCA, writing curriculum and mainstreaming children with disabilities into physical educations programs in public schools throughout Connecticut. MORE
Mark Antonini, CFO/ CAO
Mark Antonini, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer provides overall leadership for managing financial resources, tracking and monitoring financial expenditures, and ensuring that financial spending is in line with agency budgets. In conjunction with the President/CEO and management team, he is responsible for implementing short- and long-term strategies for managing and improving the overall financial health and systems of The Center. More
Kayte Cwikla-Masas, Director of Youth & Adult Services
Kayte began her career at CFJ in 2007, working at Bridgeport’s Golden Hill Courthouse as a Family Violence Victim Advocate supporting family violence victims engaged with the criminal justice system. Kayte then supervised the criminal and civil court Family Violence Victim Advocates for four years before being chosen to lead CFJ’s Multidisciplinary Team. In her current role, Kayte coordinates the forensic interviews and other team activities related to child abuse investigations. Kayte is also CFJ’s Lethality Assessment Program coordinator and has sat on the Task Force to Study the State’s Response to Minors Exposed to Domestic Violence. She also teaches law enforcement professionals about the dynamics of domestic violence and frequently teaches cadets in the Bridgeport Police Academy.
Kayte co-chairs the Executive Committee of the Greater Bridgeport Multidisciplinary Team. Kayte also supervises the Domestic and Sexual Violence Community Advocates, the Crisis and Housing Advocates, as well as the LatinX Community Services Unit.
Kayte earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven. She has presented to a diverse array of audiences on topics such as domestic violence, sexual violence, the court system’s response to domestic violence, strangulation, and child abuse.
In 2017, Kayte was chosen as one of Westfair Communication’s “40 Under 40” honors recipients in Fairfield County.
Lisa Labella, Director of Special Events & Community Outreach
Lisa Labella, Director of Special Events & Community Outreach brings a broad range of professional experience in both the business and nonprofit sector to her role at CFJ. The first person to hold this new position at the agency, Lisa is responsible for leading CFJ’s Development Team as well as many of its key fundraising and outreach events. Lisa’s career includes leadership experience at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC) as well as executive positions at the nonprofit Connecticut Against Gun Violence.
Amanda Posila, Director of Education & Community Engagement
Amanda Posila, Director of Programs provides expertise, leadership and support to the agency’s intervention and prevention services. In her current role, Amanda promotes social change and justice through advocacy, collaboration and community organizing. She has worked with victims of domestic and sexual violence as well as diverse communities for more than 15 years, raising awareness about the impact of these issues through outreach and education. MORE
Paul Santos, Chief Information & Operations Officer
Paul Santos, Chief Information & Operations Officer has been working with The Center since 2003 as the lead technical expert on staff implementing solutions that helps The Center drive its mission forward. MORE
Angela Schlingheyde, Director of Civil Legal & Court Advocacy Services
Angela is a former prosecutor in Miami Dade County, Florida, who specialized in prosecuting cases involving domestic and sexual violence. She brings that background to her work leading a team at CFJ that is dedicated to help bridging the justice gap for clients who have been impacted by abuse and trauma. She leads CFJ’s Court Advocacy Team and also helped launch the Justice Legal Center, Connecticut’s first legal incubator. She oversees the JLC Team and is also leading a new initiative at CFJ which began with the hiring of its first staff attorney dedicated to supporting impacted clients.