Co-Executive Directors

 

Carmina Cirioli

CarminaCarmina Cirioli is Co-Executive Director (2004-present). She is a wife and mother of 3 boys. Her son Carlo is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Carmina got involved when Carl was in the Birth to Three and went on to serve on a variety of state councils, committees and boards. Carmina was a 2013 graduate of Partners in Policy Making. Her professional interests include; Autism Awareness to First Responders and extended Family Members and Collaboration of all Statewide Family organizations, so that parents will be able to access the most information to become the best advocate for their child and to make sure that their child is receiving the utmost services that they can. Current committees include; Member, Community of Practice Committee; Chair: Family Leadership & Mentoring Committee, Member, and Connecticut Autism Action Coalition.Outside of work, Carmina enjoys time with family, friends, and baking along with being involved in the PTA as an Executive Board Member for the past 14 years.

 

Nanfi Lubogo

NanfiNanfi N. Lubogo is Co-Executive Director (2004-present). She is a wife and mother of 3 children. Her daughter Stephanie is diagnosed with multiple special needs.  Nanfi got involved first as a volunteer when Stephanie was in Birth to Three and has since gone on to serve on various committees, councils and boards both in state and nationally. Current appointments include: CT UCEDD Consumer Advisory Board; CT Office of Healthcare Innovation SIM Consumer Advisory Board and Practice Transformation Task Force; National Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Family Advisory Network; Department of Transportation National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) and State Affiliate Organization Representative to the Family Voices Board of Directors. Nanfi is a Maternal and Child Health/Public Health Leadership Fellow and Partners in Policy Making Graduate. Outside of work, Nanfi is a Girl Scouts Leader and enjoys time with family, reading and gardening.

PATH Staff Members

 

Maria Lourdes Castellanos, Bilingual Health Information Specialist

Maria Lourdes Castellanos graduated in the dentistry field in her native country of Mexico. Maria Lourdes grew-up in a household of 12 siblings. Her youngest brother Felipe was born with Down syndrome. Felipe and her parents were her foundation stone to learn about life with disability.

She attended the University of Bridgeport, to enrich culturally and study English. She worked for families that were a key process of learning English and learning the American family’s culture. Her journey continued working in the dental assisting field. In 2008, Maria Lourdes and her husband learned that their youngest son was diagnosed with Autism. In 2013, she became proactive parent, when her school district invited parents to initiate a new group called “Norwalk SPED Partners.” The group focused on identifying and determinate families issues and interests, to later bring lectures series to the community. She invited advocacy and IEP experts to train Spanish families.

Maria was a 2013 graduate of Partners in Policy Making training. Based on her son’s wandering behaviors, her graduation project was focus on Autism awareness for First Responders at her resident town, but also for First Responders to train children with disabilities and their families about safety at home. She is a firm believer that parents should have home/community training by school and professionals on how to approach sensory behaviors.

 Kevin Daly, Statewide Educational Advocate

kevinKevin has worked with families of children and youth with special health care needs for over 15 years. His areas of expertise include public health care, family advocacy and special education advocacy. In addition to his duties with PATH, Kevin chairs the Connecticut Special Education PTO Alliance and the Route 2 Community Collaborative. He is a member of the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys, the Cross Disability Lifespan Alliance and the Connecticut State Department of Education Parent Workgroup. Kevin is the father of adult twins. His son was a special education student for 12 years. Kevin also has a one year old grandson. Kevin and his wife Kathie live in Bristol.

Contact Kevin at kdaly@pathct.org

 

Marni McNiff, Health Information Specialist – Western CT Region

marnipicMarni McNiff graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BA in English. She worked full-time in the publishing industry for many years prior to having her three children, at which time she took on freelance roles doing editing and social media. Having three children with various needs, Marni took a career path change to help others with support and advocacy. Marni was one of the founding members of the Brookfield Special Education Parent Teacher Association, an organization that she with which she remains a board member. She also works as a Parent Support Specialist for PATH representing families in the Western Connecticut region. She also works directly with Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut in Danbury, Connecticut one day each week consulting with patients on educational advocacy and general parent support.

Contact Marni McNiff at mmcniff@pathct.org

Nicole Oswald, Health Information Specialist, North/Northeast Region

Nicole Oswald graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. and worked as analytical chemist until her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since then she has become involved with special education advocacy. Nicole is a 2017 graduate of CT Partners in Policymaking, a member of the North Central Community Collaborative, and a member of the CONNECT Network Analysis Workgroup. She works with families navigating life with behavioral health, special healthcare, and special education needs. Outside of work Nicole loves to make pottery, and lives with her family in Somers, CT.

Contact Nicole Oswald at noswald@pathct.org.

 

Andrea Richardson, Health Information Specialist – Hartford

AndreaAndrea Richardson, a loving wife and a proud mother of 3 beautiful children resides in Hartford CT and is a graduate holding a Bachelor’s of science degree in business administration with over 10 years of working experience with young adults within the Hartford community and is an active member of the CT. Children’s Medical Center Family Advisory Board.

 

Contact Andrea Richardson at arichardson@pathct.org.

 

Danielle Rodriguez, Statewide Parent Genetics Specialist

As a single mother to a 12-year-old daughter with special needs, Danielle Rodriguez is uniquely equipped to advise other parents with special-needs children.

Danielle spent much of the past 12 years moving throughout Florida in search of the best medical, academic and social opportunities for her daughter, and in May of 2017 came to Connecticut in search of further opportunities.

That led her to PATH, where her hard work and dedication to her daughter helped her become a Genetics Parent Specialist. After years spent navigating unpaved roads for her own daughter, Danielle is now able to serve with compassion as a GPS guide for parents beginning uncharted journeys with their own children.

Danielle also has extensive experience working as a Patient Access Specialist in the health-care field. She is working toward Associates degrees in Arts and Science, and is a member of the Council of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates. She is also active in the community, including as a PTO fundraising volunteer, a volunteer advocate for special education and a volunteer listener with PATH.

Contact Danielle Rodriguez at drodriguez@pathct.org.

 

 Sheri Romblad, Parent to Parent Program Coordinator

SheriSheri is a wife and mom of 2 boys.  Her 12 year old son had a late diagnosis of Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL) at age 8.  Her 9 year old is also diagnosed with ADD.  Sheri is a 2014 graduate of of CT Partners in Policymaking.  Upon graduation, Sheri became actively involved at the legislative level and introduced three bills to the House of Representatives.  All bills are to increase the amount of hearing screenings for children in CT.  She also became an active member of state boards, councils and committees.  Sheri has a degree in Communications and Media and a a background in advertising and marketing.  She and her family love the outdoors, traveling, cooking and gardening.  Sheri is committed to providing information and support to deaf and hard of hearing families to become more knowledgable and powerful community members.

Contact Sheri Romblad at sromblad@pathct.org.

Jennifer Thompson, Parent-to-Parent Specialist, South/South Eastern CT

Jennifer is a mom of 3 active boys. While Jen was pregnant with her third son, it became apparent that he would have many medical challenges. He was diagnosed with Batters Syndrome and he was G-tube fed for the first 5 years. Jen has dedicated her life in helping families going though similar situations. She became a Parent to Parent Listener in 2016, as well as sitting on numerous PTO/Community Boards. Jen graduated from Boston College with a degree in English. Her work background is in Human Recourses and Recruiting. Jen enjoys friends, movies and traveling. Her favorite place is the beach.

Contact Jennifer Thompson at jthompson@pathct.org.