Board of Directors

Amity Arscott

Amity is an attorney in private practice, representing injured workers. She was born and raised in Groton. Amity was drawn to serve on the board of Noank Community Support Services after having represented children whose families were involved with DCF.

Cristina Connell

Cristina Connell is a clinical social worker with a private practice, CC Counseling Services, in Groton, CT.  She has been practicing for over twenty years.  Cristina has lived in Noank, CT with her husband, Ben, and two children for thirteen years.  After she graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Boston College in 1998, Cristina worked as a child and family therapist at St. Ann’s Home (a child and adolescent residential and day treatment program in Methuen, MA).  Cristina was at St. Ann’s Home for over five years.  Her work there influenced her decision to pursue her PhD in Clinical Social Work at Simmons College.  Cristina’s PhD dissertation focused on resiliency factors for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.  Cristina has been aware of the incredible programs and services provided by Noank Community Support Services since she has moved to the area.  She was interested in serving on the board of NCSS as she understands the importance and effectiveness of programs NCSS provides.

John R. Day

John was born in Richmond, Virginia where he lived until he attended college. John attended MIT where he received a BS in Biology and a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1966. Subsequently, he obtained an MBA from the University of New Haven in 1984.

Immediately following college, John started work at Pfizer, Inc., in Groton, Connecticut, where he was involved in production management of various operations that made bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients and food ingredients via fermentation or by organic synthesis.

In 1988, John transferred to the New York Headquarters of Pfizer to be General Production Manager of all U.S. Area organic synthesis production. He subsequently transferred to the Brooklyn dosage form production operation in 1991. He served as plant manager of that facility from 1994 to 2000.

From 2000 to 2006, John was the Director of Manufacturing Services in the New York Headquarters operation. In 2006, John retired from Pfizer.

Mary Fitzgerald

Mary is the President of Acme Wire Products, a second-generation fabricator of custom industrial metal components. She is active in several manufacturing and business organizations and boards, including Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, Precision Metalforming Association, Women in Manufacturing, and the Wire Fabricators Association. Mary created and runs a video competition for high school students. She was a Girl Scout leader for nine years and participates in her local church as a catechist, teen group leader, and Eucharistic minister. Mary and her husband Tom are the parents of four children.

Adriana Fontaine

Adriana has worked for CT’s Parent Training Information Center CPAC (CT Parent Advocacy Center) for the past 13 years. She has a master’s degree of Science in Health Communications from Boston University. Adriana has served as a parent consultant, providing individual guidance to families of children with disabilities, she has developed and presented trainings on special education mandates around the state. She has developed, implemented and evaluated two programs of collective impact for families of young children with developmental delays/disabilities in CT. Family Connections Program” crafted to offer unique support to families enrolled in Connecticut’s Early Intervention System “Birth to Three” via parent mentor support, technical assistance, and referrals to community services. Through “The Preschool Pathfinder Program,” developed with the support of the State Department of education, she has provided direct support to families facing problems navigating transition from early intervention into special education preschool.

Adriana is passionate about educating families about the importance of early intervention, helping families describe their child’s unique needs, encouraging families to engage in collaborative practices with professionals early on and tackle bias and cultural barriers for monolingual families.  She is the proud mother of two children, a daughter who is in College and a teenage son in High School. she  currently resides in Mystic.

Michael Garvey

Mike is Managing partner at Garvey, Steele & Bancroft, LLP, Certified Public Accountants.  He has been a CPA for approximately thirty years, specializing in all matters of taxation and providing auditing services for not-for-profit organizations and credit unions.  Michael previously served as a Director on the SI Financial Group, Inc. (a NASDAQ public company) board of directors as well as numerous local not-for-profit boards, in various leadership positions (president, treasurer and committee chairperson).

Michael and his wife Alexa live in Pawcatuck and have four daughters.  In his spare time Michael enjoys traveling and playing golf.

Heather Gianacoplos

Heather grew up in the area, traveled around the world and found herself back in her hometown to raise her three boys with her husband, Alex. In addition to being a commercial and residential realtor and the head of marketing and advertising for a local business, she also makes time to give back to the community by sitting on local school committees and coaching youth sports.
She has worked extensively with the Downtown Mystic Merchants, where she has served as secretary and is currently Chairman of the Board.

She is active with local branches of Chambers of Commerce. She sat on a panel for the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce helping mentor youth on how to carve your way into the workplace and is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Leadership Program.

She currently is working as a liaison to the Groton Economic Development Committee on initiatives boosting the local business climate.

She loves spending time in and on the water and misses her chocolate lab every day.

Mari Kodama

Mari Kodama works as part of JTK Management Restaurant group, and is the General Manager of their BREAKWATER location, which is located in Stonington Borough.

Born, and raised, in North Stonington, Mari graduated from Norwich Free Academy and went on to pursue a degree in Business Economics and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She returned to the area in 2010 and since then, has been actively engaged in the local community.

Mari joined the board of Noank Community Support Services in 2011 and is currently the Vice President and an active member of the development committee. She is also the Treasurer of the Regional Multicultural Magnet School Foundation – her elementary school alma mater; and on the board of directors for the Mystic Museum of Art.

Seth Panucci

Seth is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Mystic, CT, where he manages the investments and financial affairs for families across the country. After graduating from the University of Connecticut in 2009, he moved back to Mystic, CT where he lives with his wife, Amy. Seth became a member of the Noank Community Support Services Board of Directors in 2016. He enjoys being a part of the local community, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mystic Lions Club.

James L. Pratt

Pratt’s involvement with Noank Baptist Group Homes, now Noank Community Support Services, began when Robert P. (“Chip”) Anderson, Jr. purchased the former “Legion House” in Noank and gave it to the Noank Baptist Church to be a place of refuge for homeless, often senior, adults. Pratt, was, at that time, the Minister of the Noank Church and became immediately involved in the future of the house. When the state would not allow the desired use of the house, it was eventually decided to make it a group home for adolescent girls who had been removed from their families.

To make this possible, a corporation called “Noank Baptist Group Homes” was founded and the “Legion House” became “Main Street House.” Pratt served on the board of Noank Baptist Group Homes for the next 30 years until his retirement and move to London in 2001. In 2017, after returning to reside in Noank, Pratt became a board member of NCSS with particular concern for the future of “Main Street House.” Pratt fully supported the effort to retain the house (when its use as a group home for adolescent girls was no longer possible), and strongly advocated its use as a shelter for homeless young adults. That dream has now been fulfilled at the house.

Kelly E. Reardon

Attorney Kelly E. Reardon, Vice President of The Reardon Law Firm, P.C. in New London, Connecticut, has been representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases since 2009. She earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School, where she was elected President of the student government for the entire student body. Prior to that, Attorney Reardon worked as a television reporter for five years, in Burlington, Vermont, and Hartford, Connecticut. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree cum laude from Princeton University and Master’s degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the London school of Economics and Political Sciences.

Attorney Reardon is admitted to practice both in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, sits on the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and is a State Delegate to the American Association for Justice.

She has been chosen by her peers to be a Connecticut Superlawyers Rising Star since 2012. She has been rated AV Pre-eminent by Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating. She was selected as a Connecticut New Leader in the Law in 2014.

In 2010 she was appointed to serve on the Connecticut Young Lawyers Section Executive Committed as co-chair of the Litigation Group.

She has been an active member of the Noank Community Support Services, including serving as their Board President, since 2009.

D’Naysia V. Stonick

D’Naysia V. Stonick is a student at Western New England University studying Marketing. She is actively involved on her campus as the Marketing Chair for an annual Spring Event, a Peer Advisor, a Seminar Assistant, an Open House Associate, and a member of her school newspaper. She also works part time at the Western New England University Alumni Association. She worked for Colchester Parks and Recreation for four years assisting with town-wide events and managing the department’s marketing. At age 17, D’Naysia enrolled in the CHAP program, which has provided invaluable support and helped her secure her own apartment in Chicopee, MA. She brings a unique perspective to NCSS, being both a beneficiary of the work NCSS does, as well as a young marketer just stepping into the professional world.