Staff

To reach the Alliance Staff, please call us at 860.819.3647 or email us at email addresses listed below.  We look forward to hearing from you.

MERRILL GAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Prior to joining the Alliance in 2013, Merrill was Executive Director of the Coalition for New Britain’s Children. He has served on a number of early childhood initiatives, including the New Britain School Readiness Council, New Britain Head Start Policy Council, Early Childhood Finance Project Work Group, Early Childhood Workforce Task Force, and Infant Toddler Task Force. He was also co-chair of the CT Early Childhood Alliance and  the New Britain lead for the Annie E. Casey Grade-Level Reading Campaign. Merrill holds a B.A. in government studies from Clark University and a master’s degree in community economic development from New Hampshire College, now known as the University of Southern New Hampshire. Email Merrill at merrill@earlychildhoodalliance.com.

 

JESSICA CIPARELLI, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
Jessica Ciparelli joined the Alliance in 2008 and leads Alliance media and communications efforts.  For six years prior, she worked as a reporter for the ReminderNews in Vernon. She was also an on-air reporter at WINY in Putnam in 2000 and 2001, reporting news and interviewing local newsmakers.  Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.  Jessica can be reached by email at jessica@earlychildhoodalliance.com.

 

 

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SAMANTHA DYNOWSKI, DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY & OUTREACH
Samantha has served as the Alliance's Director of Advocacy and Outreach since 2008, coordinating the Alliance's advocacy and outreach efforts, producing materials and  presentations, planning logistics and promoting engagement. Samantha’s organizing experience includes 11 years developing grassroots activities at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. Samantha is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she majored in English.  Samantha can be reached by email at samantha@earlychildhoodalliance.com.