Deborah Backes, Owner, Deborah Ann's Sweet Shoppe
Brenda Berta, Community Activist
Wendy Wo Beurket, Community Activist
Rebecca Ciota, Attorney, Rebecca L. Ciota Legal Group, LLC
LouAnn Daprato, Senior Loan Officer, Total Mortgage
Paul P. Dinto, President and CEO, Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors
Beth Ann Fetzer, Assistant Vice President, Savings Bank of Danbury
Hillel Goldman, Attorney, Mix & Goldman, LLC
Kathy Graham, Vice President, Fairfield County Bank
Nancy Hawley, Selectman, Town of Bridgewater
Barbara R. Manners, Selectman, Town of Ridgefield
Nancy Murphy, Community Activist
Mark J. Nolan, Partner, Nolan Enterprises
Glori Norwitt, Chair, Women's Center Board of Directors/Community Activist
Kathleen Pape, Community Activist
John Royce, Partner, Candlewood Inn, Fox Hill Inn, The Riverview & The Waterview
Rona Rothhouse, Community Activist
Paul Steinmetz, Director of Community Relations & Public Affairs, Western CT State University
Allison Stockel, Executive Director, The Ridgefield Playhouse
Eileen Walker, Community Activist
Patricia A. Zachman, President & CEO, Women's Center
President & CEO
Patricia A. Zachman has served as the President & CEO (formerly Executive Director) of the Women’s Center since 1993. She received her M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire in 1980 and has over 35 years of management, counseling and program development experience. During her tenure, she has overseen the Center’s expansion of services provided to adults and children, established satellite service sites to better meet the needs of victims in the Center’s southern Litchfield and lower Fairfield County service towns, and formally partnered with Western Connecticut State University to provide domestic violence and sexual assault direct and educational services to the entire campus community.
In addition to her responsibilities with the Center, Pat has served as President and member of the Board of Directors of the statewide Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence; served on the Steering Committee of the Greater Danbury area Coalition Against Domestic Violence; was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Executive Forum in partnership with Western Connecticut State University; served as a member of the Board of Commissioners for CityCenter Danbury; and participated in a variety of other community coalitions and collaborative efforts.
Lynn Nichols Director of Victim Services
Lynn Nichols joined the Women's Center in 2006 as a Court Advocate, working closely with domestic violence and sexual assault victims at Danbury Superior Court. She now serves as Director of Victim Services. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration and a Master of Science in Applied Psychology. As an advocate, she helped thousands of crime victims and facilitated trainings for the Connecticut Counseling Association, National Association of Social Workers, law enforcement, state universities, and local community organizations. Lynn has also contributed to Connecticut’s Dual Arrest Task Force, Domestic Violence Prosecutor Round Table meetings, and is active in advancing legislation that directly affects sexual assault and domestic violence victims. In addition to leading the Women’s Center’s direct service team, Lynn is a forensic interviewer, a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselor, the Lethality Assessment Program Coordinator for Greater Danbury, and is qualified by the State of Connecticut as an expert in the field.
Director, Administration & Human Resources
Cheryl Kunst joined the Women’s Center as Office Manager in 2008. Today, she is the Director of Administration & Human Resources, working closely with the other management team members, administrative staff and volunteers. She also manages all of the Women's Center's social media platforms and public relations. She holds a B.A. in English from San Diego State University.
Director of Finance
William Montero joined the Women's Center in January 2017. As Director of Finance, he is responsible for all financial matters of the Organization. William comes to us with 25 years of financial experience, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Dental Associates of CT. He brings a dynamic skill set which includes strategic planning, treasury management, financial reporting, analysis, and budgeting. He has the ability to work across all functional groups to solve operational and financial issues and facilitate balanced decisions. William holds a B.A. in Accounting from Western Connecticut State University.
Samantha Conetta Flynn
Samantha Conetta Flynn joined the Women’s Center in August 2012. As Development Director she plans, coordinates and directs all development activities and major fundraising events, as well as assists with communications and outreach projects. She holds a B.A. from Western Connecticut State University, a certificate in Fundraising from New York University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration through Marist College.
Director of Education, Training & Outreach
Ann Rodwell-Lawton earned her Master's in Social Work from Hunter College with a concentration in community organization, planning and development. She is certified as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor, and has extensive knowledge of primary prevention programming. Previously, Ann was a Community Educator at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center where she conducted child sexual abuse prevention presentations in the community, reaching over 8,000 children per year. She also has experience facilitating sexual health workshops and trainings to develop political advocacy skills. Ann has been trained in many evidence-based programs, including Safe Dates and Shifting Boundaries.
As the Director of Education, Training and Outreach, Ann manages all of the programs in the community and provides strategic direction for the department. Ann also serves as the Center's Legislative Liaison and oversees the Center's advocacy efforts on state-level policy issues.