MICHELLE DOUCETTE CUNNINGHAM
Michelle joined the Network in 2004 and is widely respected as an expert on state level systems for after school and summer programming. In addition to her more than twenty years of non-profit experience, she holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute for Public Policy at Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Smith College.
Michelle’s previous position was the City Scan Project Director for the Connecticut Policy and Economic Council. In the four years she served as Project Director, she expanded City Scan from a small pilot project to a model that is being used in nine cities across the country.
Prior to her work on City Scan, Michelle was the Director of Education at the Connecticut Association for Human Services, where she managed the Connecticut Kid’s Count project. She is the author of seven reports on the well-being of Connecticut’s children.
KEN ANTHONY, Ed.D.
DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Ken has been with the Connecticut After School Network since 2008, his primary role with the is to oversee training and professional development work, creating linkages between the school day and after school, and working with communities to establish sustainable programs that both enrich and support children and families. He also helps in supporting the Cayen data system and leads the Quality Advising efforts for State Funded After School Programs. Ken brings over 20 years of experience in the field of after school and youth development.
Ken recently graduated from the University of Hartford Educational Leadership Program with a Doctorate in Education, he holds a Master’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development. He has been a presenter at the local, regional, and national level on leadership and creating effective partnerships and collaborations. He authored a book entitled, “School and Afterschool Personnel Reports of Parternership, Communication, and Academic Resource Sharing” and is an area Ken is passionate about.
He is the Former District Family Resource Center Coordinator for the Windsor Public Schools, where he administered five family resource centers as well as the Child Care Services Director for the New Britain YMCA and a national YMCA of the USA trainer.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Elise is our new family member to the Network. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling with a focus on children and trauma from Capella University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. She comes to the network with over five years of experience as a professional development director, program quality expert, trainer, coach, and advocate for after school in Massachusetts. Prior to her work in Massachusetts, Elise worked at a program in Maryland for children and youth with emotional and behavioral issues. Her early background is in cultivating effective teams and developing leadership. Elise provides grant-writing support for the Network as well as on-site training and quality advising.
Elise is an expert in program quality and educator development, and has developed and implemented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and ELL (English Language Learner) curricula for the afterschool field. She has also provided thousands of hours of individualized consulting support including Executive coaching and new Director transitions, educator coaching and mentorship, program quality coaching, and group coaching. Elise is fun, versatile, and experienced! She believes that playful, engaging training & consultation can bring new insight and new life to our work with children and families.
BUSINESS MANAGER/DATA TRAINING & SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Marla has been with the Connecticut After School Network since 2008, she brings 10+ years of technical work experience with the Cayen AfterSchool21 System to her position at the Network. She previously was employed with the New Haven Board of Education, and served as a program coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Center at the Columbus Family Academy. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Marla is responsible for maintaining the fiscal control systems of the organization and providing technical support for all state-funded After School Grantees. She also maintains the Connecticut After School Network website, maintains the resource library and membership database.
SUSAN KRAMPITZ – Retired
Sue is a founding member and past president of the Connecticut After School Network, and has served as the Office Manager since 1998. Sue graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and holds a Master’s degree in Education from Western Connecticut State University.
Previously, Sue was a 4-H Program Assistant with the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System where she worked with volunteers to provide informal educational programs for youth and provided consultation on positive youth development and program planning for before and after school programs statewide. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Charter Oak State College.
Monica has served as the Conference Coordinator for the Network since 1999. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Providence College, and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport. Monica has worked in a directorial capacity in the after school field for many years and has also served as both a conference planner and presenter/trainer at various times throughout her career.
ROSE MARIE DUGAS
Rose started with the Network in the spring of 2010. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine. Rose has over 10 years of experience in the field of data analysis and database administration and previously worked for Cigna in Bloomfield, CT. Rose maintains our backend databases, researches the internet for various project needs, and attends our contact management and marketing.