Working to end violence

Patricia Zachman
President & CEO

Patricia A. Zachman has served as the President & CEO (formerly Executive Director) of the Women’s Center since 1993. She received her M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire in 1980 and has over 40 years of management, counseling and program development experience. During her tenure, she has overseen the Center’s expansion of services provided to adults and children, established satellite service sites to better meet the needs of victims in the Center’s southern Litchfield and lower Fairfield County service towns, and formally partnered with Western Connecticut State University to provide domestic violence and sexual assault direct and educational services to the entire campus community.

In addition to her responsibilities with the Center, Pat has served as President and member of the Board of Directors of the statewide Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence; served on the Steering Committee of the Greater Danbury area Coalition Against Domestic Violence; was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Executive Forum in partnership with Western Connecticut State University; served as a member of the Board of Commissioners for CityCenter Danbury; and participated in a variety of other community coalitions and collaborative efforts.

Lynn Nichols
Director of Victim Services

Lynn Nichols joined the Women’s Center in 2006 as a Court Advocate, working closely with domestic violence and sexual assault victims at Danbury Superior Court. She now serves as Director of Victim Services. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration and a Master of Science in Applied Psychology.  As an advocate, she helped thousands of crime victims and facilitated trainings for the Connecticut Counseling Association, National Association of Social Workers, law enforcement, state universities, and local community organizations. Lynn has also contributed to Connecticut’s Dual Arrest Task Force, Domestic Violence Prosecutor Round Table meetings, and is active in advancing legislation that directly affects sexual assault and domestic violence victims. In addition to leading the Women’s Center’s direct service team, Lynn is a forensic interviewer, a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselor, the Lethality Assessment Program Coordinator for Greater Danbury, and is qualified by the State of Connecticut as an expert in the field.

Cheryl Kunst
Director of Administration & Human Resources

Cheryl Kunst joined the Women’s Center as Office Manager in 2008. Today, she is the Director of Administration & Human Resources, working closely with the other management team members and administrative staff & volunteers. She also manages all of the Women’s Center’s social media and public relations. She holds a B.A. in English from San Diego State University.

William Montero
Director of Finance

William Montero joined the Women’s Center in January 2017. As Director of Finance, he is responsible for all financial matters of the Organization. William comes to us with 25 years of financial experience, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Dental Associates of CT. He brings a dynamic skill set which includes strategic planning, treasury management, financial reporting, analysis, and budgeting. He has the ability to work across all functional groups to solve operational and financial issues and facilitate balanced decisions. William holds a B.A. in Accounting from Western Connecticut State University.

Samantha Conetta Flynn
Director of Development

Samantha Conetta Flynn joined the Women’s Center in August 2012. As Development Director she plans, coordinates and directs all development activities and major fundraising events, as well as assists with communications and outreach projects. She holds a B.A. from Western Connecticut State University, a certificate in Fundraising from New York University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration through Marist College.

Matt Austin

Director of Education, Training & Outreach

Matt 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 as a prevention educator and then the Education Coordinator, he was an actor in our Act Out theater program.

As the Director of Education, Training, and Outreach, Matt provides strategic direction for all department activities, and represents the Center on various community initiatives and collaborations. Matt schedules and facilitates trainings for professionals within the community, and all adult education programs.

Contact Information: 203.731.5200 x226/matthew.a@wcogd.org

Cara Mackler

Director of Campus Services
Human Trafficking Specialist/Legislative Liaison

Cara joined the Women’s Center in 2016 as a Prevention Educator. She now serves as the Director of Campus Services and Legislative Liaison for the Center.

Previously, Cara worked as a Peer Advocate at the Violence Prevention & Advocacy Services at the University of Rhode Island, and Prevention and Communications Intern at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence before moving to Florida where she worked as the Coordinator of Volunteer Programs for Community Youth Development. Cara also worked at Selah Freedom with survivors of sex trafficking in a residential facility and as a facilitator for the My Life My Choice prevention education program for at risk youth.

As Director of Campus Services, Cara oversees all campus services including counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, education programs, staff and faculty trainings, and outreach initiatives at our satellite office at Western Connecticut State University and the Danbury campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College. As the Legislative Liaison, Cara communicates with our local legislators to advocate for the legislative priorities from both the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence that work to further support survivors of interpersonal violence. 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.


Contact Information: 203.837.3939/cara.m@wcogd.org