Board of Directors

Ann Irr Dagle, East Lyme, CT
President and Executive Director

Ann has been a fitness and wellness educator and business owner for over 17 years. She is currently a member of the Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board, she was a past Vice President of The Southeastern Connecticut Women’s Network, a board member of the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Action Council and a Board Member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Northern Connecticut Chapter.


Paul T. Dagle, East Lyme, CT
Vice President

Paul has been working at Electric Boat Corporation in Groton for 34 years. He is currently the Director of Facilities and Construction Support. His community service activities have included youth baseball, football and basketball; East Lyme Planning Commission and Board of Assessment Appeals (2 years Chairman) and a current member of the East Lyme Board of Selectman, East Lyme HS Football Coach and is a Board Member and Treasurer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Northern Connecticut Chapter.


Andrew J. Dagle, Pawcatuck, CT
Treasurer

Andrew graduated from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. He has been working at Electric Boat in Groton for over 6 years and currently holds the position of Chief of Contracts.


Tracy M. Collins, East Lyme, CT
Secretary

Tracy has been an Attorney with Waller Smith & Palmer for more than 25 years. Her practice focuses on all aspects of civil litigation including personal injury; land use disputes, including conservation restriction enforcement; and probate disputes, including will contests and conservatorship actions.  Attorney Collins and her family live in East Lyme. She is proud of her commitment to local community service, including her past membership on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Connecticut AIDS Project, now known as the Alliance for Living, the Eastern Connecticut Housing Opportunities Board of Directors.


Father Tony Dinoto, Ledyard, CT

Father Tony is the Pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church in Niantic. He received his Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary, New York, NY in 1999. He was ordained transitional deacon by the Rt. Rev’d Clarence Coleridge at Christ Church Cathedral and he was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by the Rt. Rev’d Andrew Smith at Christ Episcopal Church, Greenwich, CT.   Before entering the ordination process in 1994, he enjoyed a 30-yr. career as a licensed funeral director. , The Dinoto’s have owned and operated The Dinoto Funeral Home, Inc., in Mystic, although Father Dinoto has had no active role in the business since his ordination.


Mark Ennis, East Lyme, CT

Mark Ennis is the owner of the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Service, located in Niantic and New London since 2000 and has been working in Southeastern Connecticut funeral service for over 30 years. He is a member of the Niantic Rotary where he received the Paul Harris Fellow in 2014, Niantic Lions Club, St. Matthias Knights of Columbus, former member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern CT.


Kate McDonald, Waterford, CT

Kate McDonald is an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell College and Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, she works in fundraising and development for Otis Library in Norwich. Kate holds a bachelors degree in Government from Connecticut College and a Masters degree in Women's Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Waterford with her husband and daughter.


Jeff McNamara, East Lyme, CT

Jeff  has been an Attorney at McNamara & McNamara PC in Niantic, CT since 1993. He is a current Judge of Probate activities for the towns of East Lyme, Old Lyme, Montville and Salem and a Judge of Mohegan Tribal Gaming Disputes of Court. Jeff has been an active member of the East Lyme Community serving on the Board Selectman, Chairman of several subcommittees, including the East Lyme Police Subcommittee, Incorporator for Lawrence and Memorial Hospital and Chelsea Groton Savings Bank and a Member of the Board of Directors for East Lyme Main Street.


Ted Montgomery, East Lyme, CT

Ted has over 28 years of Coast Guard Finance, contracting, personnel and logistics experience and is currently employed as a Senior Consultant with Microsystems Integration. He was a Commanding Officer at Support Center in Boston. Ted has received awards for the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Commendation Medals and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.


Marlene Nickerson, East Lyme, CT

Marlene is a Marriage & Family Therapist and a Grief Counselor in private practice since 1995 in East Lyme and Old Saybrook. She is a former member of the East Lyme Board of Education. Marlene is also a survivor of suicide loss.


Joyce Schmidt, East Lyme, CT

Joyce provided corporate consulting, career development and training for employees of clients such as IBM, General Foods, and M&M/Mars, and in the gaming, healthcare, education, correctional, and social services industries. Many training programs were implemented through her effective “Train the Trainer” sessions.  Additionally, she co-authored and edited guides and curricula, prepared and wrote grant applications and conducted lectures and workshops nationwide.


Heather Treptow, East Lyme, CT
Assistant

Heather grew up and attended schools in Wisconsin earning a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies, and a Masters of Education in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs and College Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She lives in East Lyme with her husband and three daughters. She is an active PTA member for her daughter’s elementary school as well as serving as a Parent representative on current and past committees with the Superintendent. Heather is a passionate runner and marathoner in addition to enjoying other types of exercise. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, watching college sports and spending time with her family.