Jim has served as Executive Director of CAHS since 2001. CAHS has refocused its advocacy, research, and outreach under the umbrella of "family economic success" during Jim's tenure, while continuing its long-time commitment to improving early care and education, health, and access to nutrition and other basic needs. Through Jim's leadership, CAHS has bolstered its advocacy efforts at the State Capitol and increasingly in Washington, built strong coalitions among advocates and providers, and fostered best practices that move low-income children and families toward economic self-sufficiency.
Before coming to CAHS, Jim was Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Assistant to the mayor, and lobbyist for the City of New Haven. After receiving Juris Doctor and Master of Planning degrees from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, he worked as an attorney at Robinson & Cole in Hartford and as the Associate Director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition.
Community Research and Evaluation Director
Sheryl came to CAHS in 2010 with the goal of implementing Results Based Accountability evaluation within the family of programs administered and operated by CAHS. Sheryl has a background in anthropology and has worked in community based organizations and non-profits doing research and evaluation on programs to improve the health and quality of life of low income and marginalized populations. Most recently, Sheryl has worked with the Institute for Medical Quality in California to assess an educational mandate to train physicians to communicate effectively with patients from diverse backgrounds. Sheryl received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has completed post-doctoral work at UC Berkeley in Demography and Stanford University in Population Ecology.
Jamal joined CAHS in 2012 as the Program Coordinator to manage the organization’s integrated service delivery and asset building programs. Jamal has worked for several nonprofit organizations supporting underserved communities and connecting them to education (public, private, charter, postsecondary, adult education), employment, and human services opportunities. Prior to CAHS, Jamal worked as the School Partnership Manager for College Summit CT where he managed relationships and program implementation with high school administrators, educators, and students in Bridgeport and New Haven. He also worked as the Life Skills Specialist for the Educational Training and Enrichment Center of Youth Continuum where he coordinated the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) partnership with New Haven’s Habitat for Humanity. Jamal has served diverse populations including at-risk youth, homeless teens, ex-offenders, and low-income families. He holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Bridgeport, an M.A. in Business Communications from Jones International University, and an M.S. in Human Services from Capella University.
Aleja came to CAHS in 2005, and works as the Outreach Advocate for the Greater Hartford, New Britain and Middletown area. She connects individuals, families, and seniors to SNAP (Food Stamp) and other services. Before working at CAHS, she coordinated a breast feeding program at the Hispanic Health Council for 13 years. Aleja is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Trinity College. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in Human Services from Central Connecticut State University.
Lucille Vaughan Sclafani is the VITA Coordinator at CAHS, she took this position in 2012. As (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) VITA Coordinator, Lucille is responsible for the administrative and strategic operations of the VITA Campaign that is conducted New Haven, Greater Bridgeport/ Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury, Greater Waterbury, and the Lower Naugatuck Valley. The administrative duties include management of the federal IRS VITA grant, plan and implement the outreach program to effectively reach low-moderate income individuals and families, and integrate financial stability services at the free tax sites. She previously was the VITA Coordinator for 5 years at Co-opportunity, Inc. Prior to that Lucille worked at the Connecticut Association for Community Action as the statewide Section 8 Director. Lucille has a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Hartford.
EarnBenefits Project Coordinator
Roger has been with CAHS since 2008 as the Outreach Advocate for SNAP (food stamps) in the Greater New Haven region. He also coordinates the EarnBenefits project, a program dedicated to streamlining the process of applying for public benefits. Before CAHS, Roger worked as an advocate and organizer for 1000 Friends of Connecticut, and in public relations as an Account Manager at Bauza & Associates. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and a master’s degree in Social Studies from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.