Founder of Hamden Youth Connections, Inc. and owner of Worldwide Luxury Marketing, a Travel Sales & Marketing Company. The career path began in travel straight from high school to working in a travel agency. After marriage and having children, Cheryl re-entered the workforce as sales rep for Caribbean Hotels, Tourism Boards and Destination Management Companies. Cheryl worked 5 years as Business Development Director promoting Tourism for the Province of Alberta to Travel Advisors in the USA market. Following that she launched her own company, sharing passions for various destinations and hotels by representing them to the travel agency community. Cheryl states life takes many turns and my future is leading me to make a difference in my community. Connecting students to volunteer skilled mentors to inspire them to see what future heights they can reach. Set goals, have fun and celebrate successes!
Favorite Quote: Your life is made up of two dates and a dash. Make the most of the dash. Unknown
A lifelong resident of Connecticut and a proud graduate of Cooperative Magnet High School, Gateway Community College and Southern Connecticut State University.
Kim obtained an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and worked with emotionally challenged and economic disadvantaged teens. This allowed her to engage and mentor troubled youth to make positive life decisions. Next move was Hamden Board of Education as a Special Education Transitional Instructor and became a member of the New Haven Chapter of the NAACP and Elm City Nation.
In 2013, Kim founded the non-profit organization Mother's Demand Action (MDA), an organization committed to providing support to families impacted by gun violence in New Haven and surrounding communities. MDA has sponsored several community events and received numerous awards ranging from the Connecticut African-American Emancipation Challenge to the Greater New Haven Association of Black Social Workers.
Favorite Quote: After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Vicki comes from a long line of educators. As a former Special Education teacher for 30 years with 24 of those years in HPS she continues to be a dedicated advocate for children and their families. With a masters in School Psychology and Assistive Technology and a background in addiction/alcoholism has led her to volunteer for Recovery Program at YNH. Founder of Hamden Residents for Change, a group advocacy committed to problem solving the current issues and creating proactive solutions for Hamden residents. Vicki is also an advocate for children and animals. Aspires to make a difference, to listen to children and provide opportunities to develop strength and talents.
Favorite Quote: Oh, the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind. – Dr. Seuss
Entrepreneur, artist, avid hiker and adventurer. Started her own jewelry company in 2012 after graduating from Quinnipiac University. Marketing and sales representative for spirits company by day, jeweler by night. Dayna prides herself on her commitment to honing her craft and is a self taught jeweler. Her background extends to all aspects of business management, marketing and sales from a local level with her business to a global level with her career. As an alumni of the Hamden DECA program, she is driven to aid others looking to explore their entrepreneurial endeavors. She hopes by joining this team of leaders to help others find their passion and turn it into a career path.
Dayna's favorite quote of inspiration comes from her father who taught her at a young age to “find what you love to do and learn how to make money doing it.”
With over 30 years of experience in Social Services, Barbara is now responsible for grants and fundraising for the Hamden Youth Connections.
She has been a resident of Hamden for the last 40 years and has brought up her family here.
Barbara has spent much of her career advocating for children, families, and adults with special needs.
While at Easter Seals, she was instrumental in developing the Birth to Three Network, which is now a statewide program dealing with early intervention for infants and toddlers with special concerns.
She was also connected with the West Haven Community House and sat on their Business Advisory Board.
Her Case Management skills placed her in agencies working with adults that needed vocational and life planning.
Developing vocational plans included employment and Barbara worked closely with the business community to see these plans to success.
Quote:" We design our lives through the power of choices."