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.

Prior to joining the Alliance as Executive Director in 2013, Merrill Gay was the 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 also served as co-chair of the CT Early Childhood Alliance and as the New Britain community lead for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Grade-Level Reading Campaign.  Merrill received a bachelor’s degree 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.  Merrill can be reached by email at

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


Samantha Dynowski’s organizing experience includes 11 years coordinating grassroots activities at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. From 2007 – 2008, Dynowski oversaw volunteer activities for the non-profit group, A Hand Up, Inc.  In that time, volunteers delivered donated household goods to over 100 people transitioning from homelessness to independence.  Samantha received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Connecticut.  Samantha can be reached by email at