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Employee Update

Executive Director's Message


Summer break is just around the corner, which means we've got time for one last Employee Update. No matter where this summer takes you, enjoy the sunshine, warmth, rest and fun family adventures.

Thank you all so much for what you do every day!

Eric S. Protulis

EASTCONN Executive Director

Save the Date for EASTCONN

Staff Appreciation Day!

Mark your calendar for Friday, August 23 from 2-5:00 for EASTCONN Staff Appreciation Day! The event will be held at our Conference Center in Hampton and will feature outdoor games, bingo, giveaways and a raffle, health screenings, a prize wheel, refreshments and so much more. Watch your email for more details, but for now, plan to spend the afternoon in Hampton with your EASTCONN friends.

Annual Board Meeting

EASTCONN's Annual Board Meeting took place on May 23 in Hampton. Gary Petersen served as emcee for the evening, while State Senator Mae Flexer was our keynote speaker. Honorees included retirees Carol Klemyk, Diane Dugas and Brooklyn Superintendent Patricia Buell. Service Recognition Awards were presented to Tiana Mancuso (ACT), and accepted for Tammy Shippee (NRP), Frank Grabowski (Transportation), and Brandy Montigny (Adult Education Programs). ACT's student choir performed, and QMC students shared poetry and insight into their academic experiences. Four CABE Design Awards were presented to EASTCONN's Marketing and Communications team. The Mobile Manufacturing Lab was open for tours by Education Specialist Tomas Hallengren.

Employee Anniversaries Congratulations to All!

30+ Years

Donna Drasch Bootcamp Instructor

Tammy Shippee

Instructional Assistant

20+ Years

Frank Grabowski

Van Driver

Tiana Mancuso

Dance Teacher

Brandy Montigny

Adult Education Teacher

15 Years

Carol Ann Larson


Linda Merrill

CDL Driver

Amy Norton

Assistive Technology Spec.

10 Years

Brian Blanchette

Van Driver

Ian Colwell

Special Ed. Instructor

Andrew DePalma

CTO/Director Tech Solutions

Carol Peters

Food Service Worker

Melanie Smith-Cervera

Early Childhood Specialist

5 Years

Matthew Bernier

Support Driver

Spencer Cole

Assistant to Facilities Director

Sarah Corbett


Joni Cullan

Assistant to HR Director

Kerry Dexter

Senior Bookkeeper

Meredith Eberhard

Speech Lang. Pathologist

Elkin Espitia-Loaiza

Adult Education Teacher

Edward Myrter

Program Assistant

Sara Schultz


Ivonne Solano Cortes

Performance & Accountability Assistant

Welcome to Our New Employees!

Adult Education Programs

Katy Blackerby


Patricia Bresnahan

Regional Coordinator

Wally De Sousa

Adult Education Teacher

Tomas Hallengren

Education Specialist

Katherine Lorange

Program Facilitator

Mark Ognan

Mobile Lab Driver

Susan Powers

Substitute Teacher

Estefania Santos-Normandie

Head Case Manager

Maya Wells

Employment Specialist

Danahy Ynostroza

Human Services Navigator

Early Childhood Initiatives

Natalie Bell

Early Interventionist

Kennedy Fowler Head Start Family Advocate

Kristin Hawkins

Substitute Head Start

Justine Hickey

Substitute Head Start

Alexis Johnson

Substitute Head Start

Nicole Keith

Substitute Head Start

Bonny Richards

Early Interventionist

K-12 Student Services

Kaitlyn Aubin

Instructional Assistant

Kelsey Aubin

Instructional Assistant

Melissa Barnes


Katherine Blair

Instructional Assistant

Eben Brockett

Intervention Specialist

Brittany Brown

Instructional Assistant

Ashley Cardoso

Instructional Assistant

Shaye Deveny

Autism ABA Instructor

Alyce Greene

Autism ABA Instructor

Melissa Hamel

Autism ABA Instructor

Kailey Harrington

Instructional Assistant

Sharlene Harrington

School Nurse

Lauren Hopkins

Instructional Assistant

Tyler Lupacchino

Instructional Assistant

Shannon Malone

Instructional Assistant

Carmelo Ortiz

Behavior Interventionist

Abigail Parenteau

Instructional Assistant

Hannah Parenteau

Instructional Assistant

Megan Schreiner

Autism ABA Instructor

David Spruance

Behavior Interventionist

Elaina Sylvester

Job Coordinator

Kali Therrien

Autism ABA Instructor

Theresse Weigand Watkinson

Substitute Teacher

Leading & Learning

Valentina Aponte Diaz

Program Assistant

Organizational Support Services

Holly Adams

CDL Driver

Nicole Balkus

Driver Aide

Ruth Campbell

Food Service Worker

Dominique Chapman

Van Driver

Tim Fairley

Van Driver

Hifza Hanif

CDL Driver

Kenneth Hillman

Van Driver

Sheryl Kuhn


Yolanda Mateo

Driver Aide

Kelly Moorcroft

Food Service Worker

Leisha Nieves Morales

Van Driver

Joshua Paquin

Driver Aide

Joriann Santiago Lopez

Driver Aide

Ivette Santiagi-Altieri

Driver Aide

Scott Smith

Maintenance Worker

Karen Tiede

Food Service Worker

Julio Vazquez

Van Driver

Walter Ward

Driver Aide

Robert Witts

Driver Aide

Sharon Yargeau

Food Service Worker

Holly Adams

CDL Driver

Technology Solutions

Christopher Bright

Technology Specialist

Ryan Kaika

IT Systems Analyst

Annual Student Art Show

On May 22, the Killingly High School auditorium was buzzing with families, student artists and music for the Head Start Annual Student Art Show. The event is the result of months of planning and hard work led by Head Start Manager Emily Hayden and her planning team. From paintings, tie-dye t-shirts, collages and sculpture to interactive displays, pool noodle art, collage and stickers, all of our students, siblings and parents joined the fun!

EASTCONN in the News

Employee Benefits

Open Enrollment

EASTCONN Benefits Enrollment period is now through June 14. Please check your email for details.

2024-2025 Holiday Schedule

July 4 (Thursday)

September 2 (Monday)

October 14 (Monday)

November 11 (Monday)

November 28 (Thursday)

November 29 (Friday)

December 25 & 26 (W-Th)

January 1 (Wednesday)

January 20 (Monday)

February 17 (Monday)

April 18 (Friday)

May 26 (Monday)

June 19 (Thursday)

Independence Day

Labor Day

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Veterans' Day

Thanksgiving Day

Day after Thanksgiving

Winter Break

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Presidents' Day

Good Friday

Memorial Day


QMC Field Day

Remember your school's end-of-year field day? It was as fun as ever at the Quinebaug Middle School (QMC) Field Day on June 7. Activities included sack races, an obstacle course, volleyball, chalk painting, musical chairs, water balloons, parachute games, a tug-of-war, photo booth and lots more. Principal Ted Kelleher was honorary Grillmaster, serving up burgers and dogs for students and staff. The day ended with yearbook distribution and plenty of time for signing them.

ACT Presents: The Addams Family

"The Addams Family" - a musical story of love, secrets and embracing your (and your family's) identity told with the classic characters of Charles Addams - was performed by students from EASTCONN's Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) students in mid-May. The production featured students from different pathways and grades working together both on stage and behind the scenes. It was quite the creepy and kooky (and wonderful) performance!

CDT Student Art Gala

Harmony in Diversity: Student Art Gala took place in Hampton on May 1-2, featuring paintings, collages, ceramics, sculptures, costumes and more created by students from EASTCONN's special education programs. Participants were treated to music and refreshments. Items donated by our generous sponsors helped to raise money for the purchase of a kiln for students.

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