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: Board President of National Parent to Parent USA. 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 and ceramics.

Contact Carmina at ccirioli@pathct.org

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: Board Vice President for National Family Voices, 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.

Contact Nanfi at nlubogo@pathct.org

PATH Staff Members

 Kevin Daly, Statewide Educational Advocate

kevinKevin has worked with families of children and youth with special health care needs for over 20 years.  His areas of expertise include public health care, family advocacy and special education. In addition to his duties with PATH, Kevin is involved in the Connecticut Special Education PTO Alliance, the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.  Kevin is the father of adult twins and he has two grandchildren.  Kevin and his wife Kathie live in Bristol.

Contact Kevin at kdaly@pathct.org

Doris Maldonado, Bilingual Health Information Specialist and North Central Leader for the Cultural Linguistics Ambassadors of Lifecourse

Doris is a mother to twin boys who began her journey with PATH after taking our Listener Training in 2012. Doris is dedicated to amplifying the voices as a community advocate for the underserved. She currently serves on the following boards: Keep the Promise Coalition Co-Chair, USH Co-Chair Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry, Children in Placement GAL & Board, CCMC Family Advisory Council & Behavioral Team, DD Council Lifecourse Linguistics Ambassador & Board, Bureau of Education State Advisory Council, Yale PRCH Latino Colectivo, CT Family First Prevention Community Team, CT 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, CT Emergency Support Function (ESF) #15 (Public Information and External Affairs) Diverse Communities Task Force.

Contact Doris at dmaldonado@pathct.org

 

Marni McNiff, Health Information Specialist and Special Education Support Advocate

marnipicMarni McNiff graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BA in English. Having three children with various needs, Marni took a career path change to help others with support and advocacy. She was one of the founding members of the Brookfield Special Education Parent Teacher Organization, 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. Marni works directly with Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut in Danbury, Connecticut, consulting with patients on educational advocacy and general parent support.

Contact Marni McNiff at mmcniff@pathct.org

 

Al Piehl, Fathers and Families Support Advocate

Al is the proud father of two beautiful children. His 15-year-old son Aidan was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. He is a 2009 graduate of UCEED’s Parent Leadership Advocacy Training Program and upon graduation, was appointed by Governor Jodi Rell to serve on the CT Council for Developmental Disabilities. Al has a Bachelor’s degree from Widener University in Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Hartford.

In addition, Al served as a member of the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (now DS ACT). He has also has served as a volunteer Adaptive Ski Instructor with STRIDE Adaptive Sports, and as a volunteer Ski Instructor, Snow Shoe, and Track & Field assistance coach for the local chapter of the Connecticut Special Olympics.

Contact Al at apiehl@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

 

 Sheri Romblad, Parent to Parent Program Coordinator and LifeCourse Ambassador

SheriSheri is a wife and mom of two boys. She is a 2014 graduate 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 proposing 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 background in advertising and marketing. Sheri is committed to providing information and support to deaf and hard of hearing families, helping them become more knowledgable and powerful community members.

Contact Sheri Romblad at sromblad@pathct.org

Youth Outreach Coordinator- Emily Ball

Emily is a self-advocate who is dedicated to helping the youth in Connecticut learn how to speak up for themselves. After more than 10 years as member and coordinator of CT Kids as Self Advocates, she now involved in the National Youth as Self Advocates (YASA) organization, where she is a member of the Board of Directors. Emily graduated from Manchester Community College in 2018 with an A.S. degree as a Disability Specialist.  Since then, she has been involved in a number of transition symposiums and conferences in CT, DE, and NC, both on the planning committees and as a keynote panel speaker. Emily also spearheaded a program through the University of Connecticut, teaching children about disabilities, by reading the story of a wheelchair-using raccoon and talking about her own experiences as a person with disabilities.

Contact Emily Ball at eball@pathct.org