Meet Our Educators
The Women’s Center’s educators are certified domestic violence and sexual assault counselors in accordance with CGS 52-146k. This gives our programs the added benefits, when necessary, of responding immediately to individual participants who are victims and facilitating a smooth transition for continuing services at our agency.
Director of Education, Training & Outreach
Ann earned her Master's in Social Work from Hunter College with a concentration in community organization, planning and development. She is certified as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor, and has extensive knowledge of primary prevention programming. Previously, Ann was a Community Educator at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center where she conducted child sexual abuse prevention presentations in the community, reaching over 8,000 children per year. She also has experience facilitating sexual health workshops and trainings to develop political advocacy skills. Ann has been trained in many evidence-base programs including Safe Dates and Shifting Boundaries.
As the Director of Education, Training, and Outreach, Ann manages scheduling of all programs in the community and provides strategic direction for the department. Ann also serves as the center's Legislative Liaison and oversees the center's advocacy efforts on state-level policy issues.
Trainer/ Adult Educator
Johanna earned her Master's of Arts in International Studies, with certificates in Human Rights and Feminist Studies from the University of Connecticut. Her Master's project focused on framing sexual violence against women on college campuses as a human security threat in an effort to enhance current preventative efforts from a nuanced perspective. In addition, she has served as a peer educator for Mentors in Violence Prevention at Keene State College from 2011-2014 and a facilitator for the Violence Against Women Prevention Program at the University of Connecticut during the summer of 2014. She also currently volunteers as a Sexual and Reproductive Rights Advocate Trainer for Amnesty International, working to integrate human rights education into sexual violence prevention work and ensuring all individuals are aware of their sexual and reproductive rights.
As the Trainer/Adult Educator, Johanna oversees all professional training programs, including certification trainings for all staff, interns, and volunteers. She also speaks to adults in the community about our issues and the Women's Center's services.
Courtney is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a B.F.A in Theater Arts. She is certified in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counseling as well as being certified under the Safe Dates program from CCADV. Courtney recently moved to the Danbury area after spending several years working as a playwright and actress in New York City. Courtney joins us after leaving a position with Broadway.com running the Broadway Classroom Program. While with Broadway Classroom, Courtney developed and produced theatrical and educational workshops for students ages 8 to 88.
Prevention Educator / ACT OUT Coordinator
Matthew is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in English with a minor in Theater Arts. He is certified in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counseling. Matt has been heavily involved in the Fairfield County arts community over the last 15 years, working with many local theaters in a variety of capacities; including organizing various education programs. Before joining the Women's Center full time, he was an active actor in their Act Out theater program.
Cara is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she earned her B.A. in both Sociology and Gender Studies. She is certified as a domestic violence and sexual assault counselor. Previously, Cara worked as a Peer Advocate at the Violence Prevention & Advocacy Services at the University of Rhode Island where she provided advocacy to clients and helped conduct over 150 presentations a year to incoming freshmen, Greek life, athletes, and various clubs on campus.
Cara worked at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Prevention and Communications Intern. She recently moved back to Connecticut from Florida where she worked with survivors of sex trafficking and as a facilitator for the My Life My Choice prevention program at Selah Freedom.