MEET THE TEAM | Adam's House

Our Dedicated Board

Board President

Marc Fontaine

Marc Fontaine, our new community outreach specialist, has an impressive background as a global financial business leader and award-winning public service volunteer. With over 25 years of senior management expertise in the commodities and broader financial services sector, Fontaine has most recently served with BNP Paribas as Head of Commodity Derivatives for the Americas. Marc’s expertise in senior client relationship management, corporate strategy and business development helped him propel a small client-driven activity serving large corporations, sovereigns and institutional investors into one of the top 10 global commodity franchises. Marc has volunteered extensively in Weston sports programs as a coach, Board Director for Weston Soccer and as a guest educator. For his efforts, he earned the State of Connecticut Public Service Award. Marc lives in Weston with his wife, Halina, and children Danielle, Patrick, Alexandra and two rather rambunctious Australian Shepherd dogs.

Founder

Allison Wysota

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’s hope is that with Adam’s House, no family and especially, no child will ever grieve without the support of a caring community

Secretary

Lee Kamlet

For 32 years, I was a network news producer at ABC News, primarily at World News Tonight, and NBC News, at Dateline NBC.  After leaving broadcast journalism, I served for six years as the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University. I retired in 2017.  

In 2017, I participated in the Encore! Fairfield non-profit fellowship program.  

Currently, I am a freelance writer for the European Society of Cardiology, and a docent at the Fairfield Museum.

Member

Warren Lief

With extensive experience in non-profit and for-profit settings, Warren brings a collaborative approach to advancing our mission and goals while maximizing stakeholder engagement. He cultivates partnerships,, develops successful programs, and generates support for sustainability and continuous improvement. With a propensity for relationship development and extensive management experience, Warren has generated numerous corporate sponsorships and support initiatives and secured grants for local organizations.

 

Warren currently spearheads infrastructure support initiatives and oversees a 40-member remote team as Senior Global Manager / Project Manager at Tangoe. He is skilled in assessing needs, setting goals, formulating and leading action plans, and evaluating performance.  Warren excels in mobilizing resources, managing budgets, and completing deliverables within deadlines.

 

Additionally, Warren has been an active volunteer with Adam's House, The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang Camp, Angel Charities, Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Connecticut, and CT Challenge, driving awareness and funding through high-touch community outreach, targeted social media campaigns, and sponsorship development.

 

Warren studied management information systems at Sacred Heart University and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Member

Cindy Dunlop

Board member Cindy Dunlop says she is no stranger to the confusion and grief that stems from loss, especially in a child’s life. “I spent time in foster care as a child,” she says, “I understand the impact compassion and kindness can make from my own experience. I think Adam’s House will positively impact the lives of children and families by offering them empathy and kindness at a time when they need it most.”

As a Practice Manager for a local Ophthalmology practice, Dunlop is a registered nurse who earned her nursing degree from Fairfield University. Her experience in healthcare management includes positions as a nurse manager of a surgical intensive care unit and work as a corporate director of medical policy for a large, managed-care organization.

Member

Katie Regan

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Member

Karen Kelso

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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!

 Our Small but Mighty Staff

Sara Aylward

Director of Development

Sarah Aylward brings more than a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising, public relations and marketing. Aylward served as the director of communications for United Way of New York City, where she blended her creativity and results driven attitude with her passion for giving back to the community. She successfully helped to build a memorable fundraising and brand awareness strategies that grew revenue and enhanced the donor experience. Aylward grew up in and Ansonia and spent several years fundraising for the Valley United Way, where she was instrumental in re-branding the organizations’ campaign and launched their first annual gala. Outside of her career, Aylward volunteers with the ALS Association, Connecticut chapter, championing a fundraising team in their annual “Walk to Defeat ALS”. She also is an advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness. Today, she resides in Newtown with her husband, Matt, and their goldendoodle Rufio, where they enjoy traveling the world and crossing things off their bucket list. Sara can be contacted directly: development@adamshousect.org

Sarah Domena

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 communityoutreach@adamshousect.org