Board of Directors
Ann Irr Dagle, East Lyme, CT
President and Executive Director
Ann Irr Dagle is the co-founder and President of the Brian Dagle Foundation and Brian’s Healing Hearts Center for Hope and Healing in Niantic, Connecticut. She is a board member of the Connecticut Chapter of The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and CT Suicide Advisory Board as well as a certification in Grief Studies from the Center for Loss in Colorado.
Through trainings on grief, loss, and suicide prevention, Ann has learned to weave her loss into her life and giving herself to feel whatever she needs to feel; to embrace the pain of sorrow but also to find joy and happiness.
Paul T. Dagle, East Lyme, CT
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.
Tracy M. Collins, East Lyme, CT
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.
Jesse DeLucca, Waterford, CT
Graduate of East Lyme High School Class of 2010. Currently a main machinery mechanical systems engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat (since 2014). Holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Magna Cum Laude degree from Western New England University, Class of 2014. While in college, was a member of the WNE lacrosse program and served as a University Life Skills Mentor for younger collegiate athletes. Previous volunteer activities include an assistant coach for Montville High School Lacrosse.
Father Anthony C. Dinoto, Ledyard, CT
Father Tony is the Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Niantic. He received his Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary, NYC. He was ordained to the Priesthood at Christ Episcopal Church, Greenwich, CT, where he was Asst. to the Rector. A Stonington native, and married to Susan S. P. Dinoto, they have 3 daughters and a granddaughter. Prior to ordination in 1999, he was actively involved as an owner and as a Licensed Funeral Director at Dinoto Funeral Home in Mystic, which the Dinoto family continues to own and operate and has since 1982. Before being called as Rector of St. John’s he served in parishes in Guilford, Durham, and Danielson as Rector.
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, a former member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern CT.
Jeanne Lussier, East Lyme, CT
Jeanne is an Assistant Vice President of Dime Bank employed as a Residential Loan Officer. Through her employer, she is a member of Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors and the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Eastern Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting. She resides in East Lyme with her family.
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 Popeo Nickerson, LMFT, GC-C is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Grief Counselor. With over 25 years’ experience as a licensed therapist, Marlene is an independent private practitioner in East Lyme and Old Saybrook. Her areas of specialty include addiction, loss/grief, anxiety/depression, parenting, marriage/divorce. She currently serves on the East Lyme Miracle League board, is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family therapists.
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.
Nicole Dempsey, Event Coordinator
Nicole is a Connecticut native currently living in Lisbon. She attended NFA and Three Rivers Community College where she obtained a marketing degree. She has assisted with Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity; along with organizing a fundraiser for the children of a Norwich firefighter killed by a drunk driver. A great passion for community service and event planning has lead her to this position with the Brian Dagle Foundation.