Meet our Dedicated Board
Thank you to the talented, smart and dedicated people who answered the call to help the Adam's House mission.
We are grateful to have you represent Adam's House and be a part of our advisory board. Your input is invaluable!
Tom Dorney, our newly elected Board President, is very excited to “work in the trenches” to bring Adam’s House to the next level of success fulfilling his passion to make a major impact on our communities' well being. Working in the Veteran and First Responder Advocacy arena relating to Gold Star and First Responder families along with his close family tragedy have brought the understanding of the grieving process to the level necessary to have Adam’s House as his primary focus and passion.
Born and raised in Queens, NY, one of eight children, Both of parents instilled in their children the lesson to “ give back” from an early age. Tom joined the US Navy and served aboard the USS Enterprise between 1985-1989 having two very active deployments taking him around the world and in the Middle East twice participating in Operations El Dorado Canyon and Praying Mantis in the Persian Gulf and overall support of Operation Earnest Will. Working in Logistics most of his time in the Navy then he had an opportunity to “cross rate” to Damage Controlman and had his chance to fulfill his Fire-Fighting destiny being part of the ships Fire Department.
After getting out of the service, Tom went on to school, learning Information and Building Technologies along with career paths in IT Support,Operations and Logistics. Combining all of his skills and focus on connecting and collaboration with people and organizations for the greater good has finally been Tom’s true calling. While coordinating and attending many events and meeting many community minded people will help Adams House get its unique and much needed programs to more people and would have a tremendous impact on assisting our communities children and families.
Tom lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife Sue and 3 cats. Kayaking or anything on or around water, Walking or biking trails and road trips are some of Tom’s greatest joys.
Darsh Mariyappa brings to the AH board his extensive experience and network in global banking, markets, and educational non-profits.
With over 30 years experience with global financial institutions in currency and interest rate markets, Darsh’s latest banking role was Head of Global Markets for Bank of Ireland’s US business. Darsh most recently started new ventures in the FinTech space , launching an FX and International Payments advisory practice with PainePacific and joining OFX as Head of Strategic Partnerships North America.
Near Bangalore, India, Darsh and his family have created many schools for village children, the most recent in his dear Mom’s memory, Dr. Shantha Mariyappa Convent an English Medium School for needy children in and around Avverahalli Village, Channapatna Taluk.
Locally, Darsh is a volunteer tennis coach for Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and is involved with Social Venture Partners.
Darsh lives in Weston CT with his wife Carolyn, father Boppa, children Cole, Aden and Evan, and guard dogs Winnie and Sophie.
Tanya Grant is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Mercy College in Manhattan. Tanya holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Fairfield University, a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from Capella University. She is a published scholar of several articles on domestic violence and law enforcement response. Before working in academia, Tanya spent time working in the corrections and domestic violence fields.
Tanya believes her most important contribution to this world are her son Jordan, and daughters Mia and Ava Grace.
Austin McAnneny is currently an Accountant at the Innovative CPA Group in Trumbull. He provides a variety of tax and accounting services to clients in the financial services, real estate, retail, construction, and E-commerce sectors with a focus on helping clients automate accounting tasks, facilitate real time reporting and bookkeeping software integrations. Prior to his work in public accounting, Austin worked in sales as a FINRA licensed Series 6 & 63 Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative and has experience working in the higher education space as well. Austin earned a B.S. in Pathobiology at UCONN and, years later, earned his B.S. in Accounting from Post University. In addition to his experience providing audit and tax services to non-profit organizations, he formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Boys and Girls State Foundation. As someone who loves connecting with people, Austin is an active member of the Nutmeg State Networking Group, where he routinely interacts with other business professionals in the New Haven area.
The mission of Adam’s House is deeply personal to Austin. Having lost a brother unexpectedly at 14, he brings his personal experience with grief along with a strong passion to support children as they navigate their own grief journey.
Austin is a life-long resident of Wallingford CT where he currently lives with his wife, Lauren, and daughter Annabel. They are happily waiting on a son who is due to arrive in December.
Lindsey is currently a juvenile public defender in Stamford, CT where she assists young people in changing the direction of their lives. As an advocate for teens ages 12-18, Lindsey provides legal support and guidance to clients and their families in both criminal and abuse and neglect proceedings. Lindsey also serves on the DCF Human Anti-trafficking Resource Team (HART) and has been a member of the Girls Provider Network. Prior to this, Lindsey worked for the Legal Aid Society in Bronx, NY and Program of Academic Exchange, a high school foreign exchange organization. Lindsey has a passion for mentoring young people and the unique ability to build relationships between adolescents and their communities.
In addition, Lindsey brings her personal experience with grief and loss having lost her father suddenly at the age of 10. Not having the critical assistance of an organization like Adam’s House, she and her family struggled through the grieving process with little support, therefore Lindsey understands the incredible need for grief education after the loss of a loved one. She hopes to spread awareness of Adam’s House and help provide a safe and nurturing place for grieving families, much like her own.
Lindsey lives in Newtown, CT with her fiancé, two young daughters, and two rescue pups. In her spare time she enjoys lifting weights, baking, travelling to sunny spots, and reading.
Dave Cribbins is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience delivering a variety of in-patient and outpatient mental health services to children and families across varied settings and degrees of acuity. In December 2012, while employed by Clifford Beers Clinic, Dave was a mental health first responder to the families of loss in the Sandy Hook Community, and later led the Healing and Recovery Program for students and staff embedded in Sandy Hook School for the next 4 years. Currently, Dave continues in a long-term recovery role for the Sandy Hook community, employed as a school social worker in Newtown, where he follows impacted students through their academic careers. Dave consults nationally for schools recovering in the aftermath of shootings, or other disasters where lives are lost suddenly and tragically. Dave’s knowledge in traumatic grief recovery across the developmental life cycle helps guide him and those he supports from a place of initial crisis response to a place of long-term healing and recovery. Dave also served two terms on the Youth Service Bureau in Shelton, as a mental health consultant for the juvenile review board and had a private practice in Shelton from 2014-2019. Dave’s undergraduate degree in Political Science has helped him be a better social worker, as he understands the complexities of issues on the macro and micro levels. For fun, Dave enjoys the outdoors, exercise, and cooking.
Nancy Kiernan Bard is a Managing Director at Commonfund. The firm, also a nonprofit, provides investment management services and research and education to assist other nonprofits in meeting their mission. She is responsible for overseeing relationship management for all outsourced CIO clients. In this role she is Nancy has over 25 years of experience in investments and client service. Previously, she was a member of the Client Sales and Service Team where she was responsible for managing client relationships and developing new business in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Prior to that Nancy held a series of roles in at the firm in Business Development and on the investment team. Before joining Commonfund, Nancy was a Research Associate at KR Capital Advisors, an equity investment manager and a corporate bond sales assistant at Lazard Freres & Co. Nancy received a B.S. in Finance from Sacred Heart University.
Nancy lives in Fairfield, CT with her husband. She is enjoys live music venues with her daughter, hiking and classic films.
Troy Lipp is a litigation attorney with law firm of Cuddy & Feder, LLP located in White Plains, New York. In this role, Troy advises clients in a wide array of legal matters, including complex commercial disputes and real estate. As an attorney with a focus in litigation and dispute resolution, Troy brings his creative problem-solving experience and analytic skills to the Board of Directors of Adam’s House.
Troy is also a Board Member and Treasurer of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County and previously served as a Board Member of the Greenburgh Nature Center.
Troy lives in Danbury, Connecticut with his wife, daughter and their dog, Harley. As a resident of Fairfield County, Troy is excited and eager to serve the community in which he lives and advance the mission of Adam’s House in his role as a Board Member. Troy enjoys working outside, home improvement projects and Saturday morning trips to Lowes and Home Depot with his daughter.
Our Small but Mighty Staff
Founder and Executive Director
Allison Wysota is a proud, dedicated mom to three sons, Andrew, Austin and Addison. Before taking time to raise her sons, Allison was a teacher at the School for Language in Bellmore, NY. After she completed her Master’s in Speech Pathology at Adelphi University, she opened a private practice, providing services to speech-impaired children in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, NY.
After the unexpected passing of her husband, Adam Wysota, Allison found it challenging to find support for her family struggling to deal with their grief. Her search led her to decide to establish The Adam Wysota Foundation in 2012 to honor Adam’s memory by creating a center, called Adam’s House, to help other grieving families. Her vision is to offer grief education and peer support programs to children and their families in a comfortable home setting. Allison facilitates the "Helping Hearts Heal" program and her hope is that with Adam’s House, no family and especially, no child will ever grieve without the support of a caring community.
Director of Community Outreach
Throughout her career, Domena was instrumental in assisting medical device start-ups market and launch surgical equipment from product inception to full commercialization. After spending over a decade working in customer relations and marketing for multimillion dollar organizations, Sarah broke away to focus on her family. When she re-entered the workforce, she wanted her new career to be purposeful and impactful. This led her to Adam’s House, where she will pursue a passion of working for, and with, people in crisis. It is through Adam’s House people can find healthy ways to cope with their loss, to strengthen themselves and their relationships, so they can become complete, whole, and safe. “I am honored to use my Marketing and Business knowledge, coupled with my love of people, to share the Adam’s House mission and work diligently to help families and children cope with their grief in a positive and constructive manner.” In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband Jay; three boys, Noah, Wesley, and Adam; her cat, Gordy and dog, Cannon. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Southern Connecticut State University and an MBA from Albertus Magnus College. Sarah is also a Certified Personal Trainer, an avid Spinning enthusiast and Fitness Instructor, and maintains a multitude of certifications. Sarah can be contacted directly at email@example.com
Director of Development
Arlene Greco joins Adam’s House with over 20 years of fundraising, development, and executive-level management experience in the non-profit sector. This includes 16 years as a chief fundraising executive with a history of directing and cultivating exceptional growth and success in fundraising. Arlene has a stellar reputation for developing and nurturing community and the corporate sector with a proven record of excellence in collaboration, volunteer management, event planning, communications, and strategic planning.
A resident and long-time volunteer in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, her personal and professional background includes former President of the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club, Women Making a Difference in the Valley Award recipient, volunteer with Master’s Table Community Meals and serving on the Family Relations team of Treasured Time.
Arlene can be reach directly @