MICHAEL DUGGAN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael joined Domus as its executive director in 1991 when the organization had just one program, Domus House, and a budget of under $300,000. A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Duggan served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for two years before working at Good Shepherd Services in Brooklyn for nine years. He is a graduate of Holy Cross and received his master’s in social work from Hunter College in New York City. Mike was one of five 2002-03 Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellows, which were awarded by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. He is the recipient of a 2010 Sanctae Crucis Award, Holy Cross’ highest non-degree recognition bestowed on an alumnus. Mike is the subject of a 2012 episode of Turning Point, a public television documentary program. He was honored to receive in January 2012 one of five Lewis Hine Awards given by the National Child Labor Committee to distinguished professionals in the world of youth service; he was nominated by CT Governor Dan Malloy. Along with his wife Karen, Mike received the The Graymoor Community Service Award in 2015 from the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement for working “to heal, to unite, and to bring home those who have lost their way.” He serves on the St. George Church (Guilford CT) Haiti Outreach Committee. Mike mentors several young men, one for almost two decades.
Julie DeGennaro - Associate Executive Director
Julie has worked at Domus since graduating magna cum laude from Connecticut College in 1993. She has worked as a youth worker, director of education, director of residential services, and assistant executive director; she now serves as associate executive director for programming, overseeing all Domus programs. She oversaw Domus’ three-year engagement with the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation as part of their newly established PropelNext cohort. Julie was one of ten CT Women’s Hall of Fame 10 Education and Empowerment honorees in 2013.
Craig Baker - Chief Education Officer
Craig oversees educational programs, which include three schools. Craig came to Trailblazers Academy the year of its founding in 1999 as a social studies teacher, becoming the school’s co-director in 2002 and its director in 2004. Prior to joining Domus, he was a teacher at The Bridge, a Bridgeport charter school. Craig received both his master’s in education and bachelor’s in history from Sacred Heart University. Craig has trained personnel from New Haven Public Schools and other communities around successful social/emotional/behavioral classroom approaches. Craig received the Isabelle Farrington College of Education Alumni Leadership Award from Sacred Heart University in 2013.
Alison Black - Director of Research and Evaluation
Alison joined Domus in 2016 and is responsible for developing an internal evaluation strategy, assisting with the development and refinement of program models, and managing all research activities to determine the success and effectiveness of programs. Previously, Alison worked at MDRC where she managed and was lead author for The Evaluation of Academic Instruction in After-School Programs, a national multi-site random assignment study examining the impact of reading and math curricula in the after-school setting. She conducted empirical work for projects examining evaluation research methodology, analyzed data using experimental and quasi-experimental methods for estimating impacts, and was part of a team to identify through a rigorous process organizations to be recipients of the Social Innovation Fund investments. Alison received a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. Before graduate school, she worked at the Vera Institute as a research analyst where she analyzed data and co-authored reports for research and evaluation projects in areas of child welfare, education, and juvenile justice.
Courtney Carey – Chief Clinical Services Officer
Courtney started at Domus in 2007 and is responsible for overseeing mental health services including the family advocate model, which operates in both Domus charter schools and in designated Stamford Public Schools sites. Courtney is a leader in trauma-informed work and supports the organization in implementing the Sanctuary Model as well as training staff in the tenets of trauma-responsive care. She oversees social and emotional learning in Domus schools and provides clinical consultation to our residential and out-of-school-time programs. Courtney is a licensed clinical social worker and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a promising therapy to help people heal from the effects of psychological trauma. Prior to joining Domus, Courtney worked for four years at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut where she directed the Multidimensional Family Therapy program and group therapy services. Courtney received her master’s in social work from Boston University in 2003 and holds a teaching appointment at Columbia University School of Social Work. In 2015, Courtney won the Hubie Jones Urban Service Award from the Boston University School of Social Work.
Cindy Fountain – Director of Human Resources
Cindy has worked at Domus since 1999. Previously, she managed 10 employees for a large tristate tourism site. Cindy has worked as Domus’ organizational coordinator, educational advocate for a Domus group home, and mentoring program coordinator; she has served in Domus’ human resources department for the past 10 years and has been director of human resources for five years. A native of Massachusetts, she has been a Stamford resident for the past 12 years and received her bachelor’s from Connecticut College.
Jonathan Hoch – Chief Operating Officer
Jonathan has worked at Domus since 1998. He has served as a youth worker, Domus House coordinator, Domus House director, director of summer camp, director of after-school, director of social services, and chief community officer. Jon oversees infrastructure and technology as well as our out-of-school programs, including a large community center, two after-school programs operated at Stamford public school sites, a middle school out-of-school-time program for a Domus charter school, and two summer camps. He was born and raised in Stamford and earned his bachelor’s from the University of Arizona.
Michael Hyman – Director of Chester Addison Community Center
Michael joined Domus in 2006, and he leads the Chester Addison Center, a vibrant youth and family-centered community hub in the Waterside neighborhood. A life-long activist, former Stamford NAACP president, and board member of several educational, social, and religious agencies, Michael received the Kappa Alpha Psi Community Partner Award in recognition of his dedication to Stamford. In 2016, Michael was an Aspen Institute presenter on a national panel on “What Every American Should Know.” Michael is co-leader of Domus’ Race Action Committee, a transformative agency-wide initiative in its third year that seeks to challenge and sustain Domus and the communities we serve. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Michael is an ordained Baptist minister.
Tom Langan – Chief JUvenile Justice Services Officer
Tom serves as Domus’ director of juvenile justices services. Tom joined Domus in 1997 as a residential youth worker; he soon became the Passages Group Home intake coordinator and then the Passages and Domus House coordinator. Tom was appointed director of residential services in 2002 and worked in that capacity while also overseeing, between 2004 and 2007, Domus’ family advocates in Alternative Routes to Success, which is the Stamford Public Schools’ alternative high school. He also oversaw the creation of Domus’ street and gang outreach program. Prior to joining Domus, Tom worked with juvenile justice system youth at a residential treatment center and at an emergency shelter. Tom received his bachelor’s from Central Connecticut State University.
Edwin Naval – Chief Financial Officer
Edwin is the chief financial officer at Domus. He has over 15 years of financial and management experience in the nonprofit and publishing industries. Prior to joining Domus, Edwin served as controller for Metro, a free daily newspaper with editions for New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Previously, he served as controller for a nonprofit catering to homeless people in New York City. Edwin earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in the Philippines.
Donn Reid – Chief Values Officer and Director of Training Services
Donn joined Domus in 1991 and has been Domus’ director of training services for almost a decade. He oversees all staff training and professional development activities. Donn is certified to teach Cornell University’s Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (an intervention technique that de-escalates critical situations) and Parenting Journey (a course that helps parents reflect on how they were parented and discover how that affects their parenting style). As chief values officer, Donn ensures fidelity to our core principles and practices through staff training, program site observations, and formalized on-going dialogue between youth, parents, and staff. Previously, Donn was the director of Domus’ life-skills instruction program and a residential group home for boys. Prior to joining Domus, he worked in the mental health field. Donn received his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Alison Soler – Director of Philanthropy
Alison oversees fundraising activities. Prior to coming to Domus in 2008, she oversaw a $25 million capital campaign for The Convent of the Sacred Heart School in Greenwich, and was director of development at the King School in Stamford for 14 years. Alison received her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan. She is an elected member of the Representative Town Meeting for the Town of Greenwich and has served on the CT Association of Independent Schools Commission on School Advancement, and her local library and PTA boards.