Our Dedicated Board

Marc Fontaine

Board President

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.

Troy Lipp

Board Member 

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.

Alison Leiko Hong, MD

Member

Alison Leiko Hong MD is performance driven healthcare professional with over 20 years of quality, health policy and operational experience in highly matrixed organizations. 

Dr. Hong is a physician who specializes in optimizing patient outcomes and value-based performance. She has assisted trade organizations and health care facilities to identify high priority value opportunities across the continuum of care and established structures and strategies to address improvement. Organizations she has worked with have consistently demonstrated top decile performance, avoided pay for performance penalties and improved their safety ratings by taking a patient-centered approach. An expert in large scale improvement implementation, she has supported numerous statewide and federal quality improvement initiatives and high reliability culture collaboratives. 

A quality improvement and patient safety expert, Dr. Hong is an accomplished consultant specializing in compliance with licensing and accreditation requirements, governance, and medical staff standards. She is a Capstone Reviewer for the Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University where she is on the adjunct faculty track.

Born and raised in New York, Dr. Hong is a graduate of the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago, Dominican Republic where she received her doctorate in Medicine and completed her undergraduate studies. Prior to medical school, she attended Southampton College, Long Island University where she majored in English Literature. 

She lives in Monroe, Connecticut with her husband and teenage son. She is an avid equestrian, an ice hockey fan, and a voracious reader.

Darsh Mariyappa

Member

  • 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.

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Dave Cribbins

Member

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.        

Katie Regan

Member/Secretary

Katie Regan, CPA, is currently a Manager for PKF O’Connor Davies, located in Shelton. In this role, she has successfully delivered accounting and auditing services to clients in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, health care, investment services, and other service companies. With more than fifteen years of experience, Katie specializes in employee benefit plans and not-for-profit organizations.

Katie is an active member of the Women in Networking Leads Group, sponsored by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. Katie earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut and a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Katie is excited for the opportunity to help raise community awareness of the life-changing services offered at Adam’s House.

Katie is a proud member of the Shelton community, having lived here for her entire life; including over 10 years with her husband, Anthony. She has two sons, Jack and Eli. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends.

Lindsey Guerrero

Member

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.

Austin Mcanneny

Member

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.

Tanya Grant

Member

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.

Tom Dorney

Member

Tom Dorney is currently National Director of Resources and Partnerships for ReGroup Foundation an organization out to eradicate Veteran Homelessness, Suicide and other Hardships. Utilising his skills in outreach, fundraising and project management gives him the ability to advocate for Veterans and First Responders effectively and provide them with the programs and resources they need.

 

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 advocating for Veterans has finally been Tom’s calling.While coordinating and attending many events for Fallen Warriors and First Responders meeting and interacting with “Gold Star” families and the loved ones of our First Responder heroes along with a recent tragedy in his family, he clearly sees where Adam’s House and it’s unique and much needed programs 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.

 

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

Allison Wysota

Executive Director/ Founder

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. 

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

Arlene Greco

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 @Development@adamshousect.org