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Executive Leadership

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    Lena Rodriguez
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (860) 560-5608

    Lena Rodríguez has committed her professional life to assisting people who are trying to forge better lives for themselves. She spent a decade at the New York City Board of Education, most recently as Director of Finance for the Division of Special Education, serving a population of more than 20,000 students and managing a $450 million annual budget. Seeking an organization with an even broader impact on families, Ms. Rodríguez moved to the…
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    John A. Pfeiffer
    Chief Financial Officer
    (860) 560-5639

    John Pfeiffer, CRT’s Chief Financial Officer, oversees the financial functions at CRT including accounts payable and receivable, payroll, program budgets and funder reporting, to ensure that the agency is accountable, transparent and financially strong.
    He has spent his career in organizations that help families facing challenges.  He managed the finances for large urban housing authorities in Dallas, San Diego and…

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    John Martino
    Vice President of Operations
    860-560-5640

    As Vice President of Operations, John Martino ensures that the organization’s controls, systems and reporting procedures effectively support the agency and its programs. He supervises administrative functions including Information Technology; Facilities, Property Management and Real Estate; Quality Assurance; and Procurement, Contracts and Commercial Insurance. He also oversees the Energy Conservation and Nutrition Programs.
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    Gustave "Gus" Keach-Longo
    Vice President, Senior Services
    (860) 560-5632

    Gustave Keach-Longo is responsible for executive level support for all CRT Senior Service programs, including Nutrition and Elderly Nutrition Services, RSVP, Senior Outreach, AmeriCorps VISTA and all senior housing developments. He is spearheading Veterans Landing, CRT’s innovative and affordable assisted living residence for aging veterans and their spouses. Prior to becoming Vice President, Keach-Longo held the position of Executive…

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    Chris McCluskey
    Vice President, Housing and Community Services
    (860) 560-5770

    Chris McCluskey oversees all of CRT’s Supportive Housing and Shelter programs; Community Services and Money Management; Employment & Training; and Veterans initiatives. His commitment to CRT and its people has been demonstrated throughout his 12 years with the agency. Starting as a Program Manager for a day program in Bristol, McCluskey also managed programs for court-involved youth. He became the Director of Forensic Services…

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    Heidi Lubetkin
    Vice President, Clinical and Support Services:
    (860) 761-7904

    Heidi Lubetkin has worked in healthcare for 20 years, creating environments and systems to support patients’ recovery and quality of life. As Vice President of Clinical and Support Services, she manages outpatient services at two licensed mental health clinics and two satellite offices; supervises programs for those affected by HIV/AIDS; and oversees both residential and outpatient treatment for clients on parole or probation.
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    Lamont “Monty” Aheart
    President, Meadows Real Estate Management and Development Corporation
    (860) 560-5614

    Monty Aheart is responsible for coordinating and directing all activities related to real estate sales, purchase, development, construction and management of CRT commercial and residential properties. Aheart is involved in every aspect of CRT commercial and affordable residential real estate. Recent development properties include: Wethersfield Commons, Generations Campus, The Retreat Assisted Living Center and Coventry Place. Aheart has…
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    Julie Ackerman
    Director, Planning, Research and Communications
    (860) 560-5772

    Julie Ackerman is responsible for identifying and pursuing innovative funding opportunities to support the CRT mission, vision and values she also directs research and agency communications and reporting. Ackerman’s team realized close to $15 million in additional funding for community programs in 2009, and, in 2010, an additional $10 million was added to an annual budget of $80 million. These funding dollars translate into…

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    Krista Mazzuca
    Director, Human Resources
    (860) 560-5661

    Krista Mazzuca is responsible for directing all of the employee functions of CRT, including strategic human resource planning to provide the agency with the best talent available. As CRT’s Director of Human Resources, she oversees all employee and labor relations; recruitment; training, leadership and development functions; benefits and compensation functions. With 23 years experience in the HR field, Mazzuca is committed to creating the…
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    Emilie Montgomery
    Director, Early Childhood Education
    (860) 560-5617

    Emilie Montgomery is responsible for the operation and administration of all of CRT’s Early Care and Education programs, including Head Start, School Readiness and Infant/Toddler Care. Montgomery oversees the education and care of more than 1,400 infants, toddlers and preschool children annually in six cities and towns, and several hundred more in two delegate communities. She manages a budget of approximately $15 million. 
 Her passion…
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    James "Jim" P. Pestana
    Director, Quality Assurance
    (860) 560-5769

    James P. Pestana is responsible for coordinating and implementing quality management procedures at CRT to ensure best practices are in place throughout CRT systems and programs at the highest level of integrity and quality. Pestana has 30 years' “hands-on” experience in both program services and the administration of community action agencies. He has provided direct service and program oversight in most program areas. Pestana served as…

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