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.

Allison Wysota

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

Lee Kamlet

Secretary

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.

Warren Lief

Member

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.

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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Pam McCoy

Member

Pamela McCoy, is currently the Business Manager for the Sikorsky Overhaul and Repair facility, located in Shelton.  As a seasoned Business Manager, she has successfully established excellent working relationships with customers, employees, vendors and contractors. She is no stranger to business management and customer service, having spent the past 20 years in various customer support and management positions within the company.   Before joining Sikorsky Aircraft, Pam worked in the industrial auction business as an account manager, and prior to that she was a successful business owner.  

A respectful and respected professional with exceptional knowledge of developing strategic plans for service excellence. Pam is excited to be able to assist in bringing the importance of the services offered at Adam’s House to the forefront of our community.  

Pam is a proud member of the Shelton community, living here for over 10 years with her husband, Joe and their spoiled cat, Emmie.  She enjoys spending time working in her numerous gardens, being near the water, traveling the world, dabbling in professional auto racing as a part owner of a Trans Am series team, and spending time with family and friends.

Katie Regan

Member

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.

Karen Kelso

Member

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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

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

Monica Roberto

Director of Development

At the forefront of development leadership, you will find Monica Roberto: A friendly, high-performing and strategic-minded professional whose passion for driving growth through partnerships, creativity, and team effort is evident from the moment you meet her.  

At Adam’s House, Monica will be responsible for building and maintaining strong partnerships with community leaders, businesses, foundations and individual donors across the Valley and throughout Connecticut.  She will also play an integral role in fundraising events and grant writing.  Prior to joining Adam’s House, Monica was the Director of Fund Development for Waterbury Youth Services, working in tandem with the Board-led Fund Development team to oversee the agency’s marketing, communication and development efforts.  She is an outstanding company ambassador driven by a deep commitment to mission, vision and impact.   Monica brings more than 20 years of experience in Development and Marketing for both non-profit and for-profit businesses.  She lives in Woodbury, CT and spends most of her free time outdoors on her mountain and road bikes. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A in English, magna cum laude.  Monica can be contacted directly: development@adamshousect.org