Leadership

Executive Officers


Tracey B. Walker

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Tracey is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Journey Found. She brings 35 years of Connecticut based nonprofit experience with her. Her career has included organizational and statewide leadership through a variety of agencies and associations including the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits. Tracey’s work has included advocacy, development, consultation and programming for children, youth, families and individuals with disabilities and co-occurring challenges. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rhode Island College. Tracey has two grown children and lives in East Haddam.

Stephen Zulli

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Stephen comes to Journey Found with over 20 years of executive financial management, exclusively in the Non-Profit sector. He has served previously as Chief Financial Officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and The CT Humane Society. He has been with Journey Found since June 2013. Stephen is a graduate of The Hartford Conservatory of Music and The Millennium Institute of Technology. He and his wife live in East Haddam where he enjoys sailing, guitar building and bee-keeping.

Mark H. Perkins Jr.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mark came to Journey Found in July 2013 as one of its founding leadership staff. He brings with him over 10 years of experience within the field of human services, with the majority of this time spent in operations management. Over his career, Mark has worked in various leadership roles in the private and public sector, including the Department of Developmental Services. Mark’s work has included program development, team building and advocacy for individuals with varied intellectual and developmental challenges. Mark resides in East Hampton with his wife and two children. He enjoys long weekends in RI with his family, frequenting restaurants, and various outdoor activities.

Senior Management


Sharon M. Alaconis

DIRECTOR OF SUPPORT SERVICES

Sharon has worked in the Developmental Disability and Mental Health field for over 20 years in both MA and CT. Her non-profit experience includes management training and administration of both residential and day programs. She holds a BS degree in Rehabilitation from Springfield College and a MEd from Cambridge College. Sharon has been with Journey Found, Inc. since 2013 and is one of the founding administrative staff. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Laura E. Galecki

DIRECTOR OF SUPPORT SERVICES

Laura came to Journey Found with over thirteen years of experience working in the field of developmental disabilities, as well as mental health and child services, where she held different leadership and management positions. She has a background in Applied Behavioral Analysis and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University. She has been with Journey Found since July 2013 as a founding administrative staff. Laura enjoys the outdoors and family life with her husband and two daughters.

Jonathan Hauslaib, MS

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES

Jonathan brings to Journey Found over 35 years of experience working with people who have Intellectual Disabilities. Most of Jonathan’s career has been focused on supporting people to reach their full potential in becoming active and productive members in their community. Jonathan has extensive clinical experience particularly in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Jonathan graduated from The University of New Haven with a BA in Psychology. He also received an MS from Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, Jonathan has completed the course work to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Staci Hite

DIRECTOR OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES

Staci has been with Journey Found in a nursing capacity since its beginnings in July 2013. After serving a term in the U.S. Navy, Staci had her first experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities as support staff while attending nursing school. Returning to her roots, Staci brings with her an array of nursing experience ranging from home health care to emergency medicine. Residing in Vernon CT, Staci enjoys traveling, reading, good conversation, and spending quality time with her husband, daughter, and friends.

Cheryl A. Cormier

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Cheryl comes to Journey Found with 10 years of Human Resource experience, 6 years of that experience serving the non-profit sector. Her last position was Human Resource Director for New Hope Manor. Cheryl obtained her degree from Briarwood College and has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management since 2003. She enjoys camping and genealogy research. Cheryl enjoys singing and is an active member of the South Windsor Community Chorus and the Windsor Historical Society.

Celina Kuemper

DIRECTOR OF SUPPORT SERVICES

Celina has been with Journey Found since its beginnings in July 2013. She brings over 10 years of experience working with both children and adults with developmental disabilities in residential, vocational and school settings, and has held various leadership and teaching positions. Celina attended the College of New Caledonia and the University of Northern British Columbia in her native country of Canada before moving to the United States. She currently resides in Southeastern Connecticut with her husband. Celina is an avid football fan who enjoys travelling, music and literature.

Jessica L. Duval

DIRECTOR OF SUPPORT SERVICES

Jessica came to Journey Found in July of 2013 with over 13 years of experience in the field of residential services for people with developmental disabilities and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. She has held various management and leadership positions within this field. Jessica also has extensive experience in staff training. Jessica earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services from Springfield College.

She lives in Manchester, CT and enjoys spending time with family, reading and camping.


Ken Taylor

DIRECTOR OF SUPPORT SERVICES

Ken is a founding member of Journey Found. He brings over 9 years of experience working in the field of human services. Originally from Arizona, he joined the military shortly after High School. He has had the privilege of visiting many other countries, including spending a total of 12 years working at the South Pole in support of the National Science Foundation. He retired from the military in 2002. He has 3 children, and 2 grandchildren. He currently resides in Ledyard with his wife. When he is not helping others, Ken can be found playing with his cats and dogs, taking care of his reptiles, or watching horror movies.


Kurt Larson

FACILITIES MANAGER

Kurt comes to Journey Found with over 20 years of experience in residential construction and remodeling, including some time spent with site development. Kurt rounded out his skill set as a business leader and craftsman as primary member of The Larson Construction Co., LLC for 16 years. In August 2013, Kurt brought his attention to detail for creative living spaces and safety to Journey Found as Facilities Manager. Kurt lives in Somers with his wife and daughter where he enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and skiing.


Administration


DEBBIE ABATE
Quality Coordinator
TRICIA LORD
Controller
DAWN TWERDY
Office Manager
MONICA CARR
Fund Development Coordinator

COLBY HENDERSON
Finance Assistant
NANETTE MELLADY
Financial Coordinator