Deb KelleherExecutive Director of Annie C.
Deb is the founder of Annie C. Annie was Deb’s grandmother and hero. One of Deb’s projects is managing a regional community coalition of foster care agencies which she has done for over 9 years. Prior to that, she was a case manager for families involved with the Department of Children and Families preparing to reunite with their children. She has also worked as an advocate for foster, adoptive and kinship families and taught pre-licensing classes to prospective foster and adoptive parents for 10 years and is, herself, an adoptive mother of 3 boys adopted through the CT foster care system. Deb’s passion is helping older youth find and maintain permanent connections. Deb has served as a Board member for other CT community organizations and commissions and enjoys giving back to her local community.
Photo: Annie C. holding Deb.
Jack BryantRegional Recruiter
Jack Bryant joined the Annie C staff in May of 2017. Jack is a very active member of the Stamford community where he currently serves as the President of the Stamford branch of the NAACP. Jack is a deeply religious man who cares deeply about the community and his family. To his work, Jack brings a passion for youth and a deeply held belief that all children and youth need and deserve a family. Of particular concern to Jack is the over-representation of children of color in foster care and the ever-present need for families of color to foster and adopt.
Charneil BushPresident of the Board
Charneil entered state care at age 10 and remained a ward of the state of Connecticut until his aunt became his legal guardian at age 16. Charneil went on to Central Connecticut State University where he graduated with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. He’s an active volunteer with several youth organizations as well as a mentor for True Colors, Inc. Aside from his legal and corporate background, Charneil has begun to pursue his passion of social justice and human services, even beginning a peer support group for young adults dealing with intersectionality issues. Charneil also hosts a popular podcast called “What About Your Friends.”
Precious PriceTreasurer of the Board
Precious Price is the Community Director of the North End Action Team in Middletown, CT. An MSW graduate of UCONN’s School of Social Work, Precious interned with Annie C during her last year of school culminating in a prestigious internship in Washington, D.C. with Senator Murphy’s office through the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute’s Foster Youth Internship Program. Foster care alumni support and empowerment is a particular passion for Precious.
Claudia Monteiro-FidalgoSecretary of the Board
Claudia is a social worker by training and works as the Program Manager for Children’s Community Programs. In 2008, Claudia graduated with a Bachelor’s in Human Services. Two years later, she completed a Master’s in Psychotherapy. Claudia loved learning so much, that in 2014, she graduated with a Master’s in Social Work, and made it to Dean’s list. She teaches an anger management and anti-bullying program through a non-profit organization in Bridgeport, is involved in mentoring foster care youth, and facilitates training for those interested in becoming foster parents. She is the Chair of the Cape Verdean Association of Bridgeport, CT.
B. Selina Daniels Board Member
After 20+ years working in corporate, Selina decided to follow her true passion to work with children that are at risk, improving their lives and strengthening their families. Over the last 10 years, her mission has been to advocate, engage the community, create collaborations, partnerships, developing new initiatives and programs that will educate, strengthen families and focus on the needs of our youth. She has coordinated support groups, organized community service projects and hosted community events that educate and support families. Selina is a long-term licensed therapeutic foster mom, currently for Boys and Girls Village.
Patricia Courtney McGovernBoard Member
Pat is Annie’s oldest daughter and an identical twin. Pat represents the family’s interests on the Board of Directors. Deb Kelleher is Pat’s oldest daughter. Pat has worked a variety of jobs during her life, finding her calling to teach piano after her children were grown. She currently teaches piano to students in Fairfield County where she has done so for over 20 years. She is most proud of being a mom to five children. Her passions include crocheting, crossword puzzles and, most importantly she is a well-known New York Mets fan. Pat and her twin sister, Mim have attended every baseball opening day in New York for the Mets with the exception of 1965 when she was expecting her youngest son. They are regularly interviewed by the media on Opening Day.
Photo Pat and her twin sister. Annie C’s oldest girls.
Kathie SheaBoard Member
A lifelong resident of Wolcott, Kathie found her passion working with abused children and helping to match them with appropriate foster families. A firm believer that there is no such thing as a bad child and that every child deserves to have a forever home, Kathie worked as a manager at a Safe Home through Waterbury Youth Services for many years. She has previously belonged to several organizations promoting foster care.
Maria E. KnightBoard Member
Maria E. Knight is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over forty years experience in the juvenile justice system and child welfare. Currently, she is a part-time Clinician for Youth Continuum, Inc., New Haven, and Adjunct Professor at the University of New Haven. A UCONN graduate, she began her career in Juvenile Court as a Probation Officer, retiring in 2003 after twenty-nine years as a Regional Manager from Court Support Services Division. Committed to work on behalf of Connecticut’s children and families, her work at Casey Family Services led her to return to school. In 2010, she graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from Springfield College with Honors and inducted into the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work Students. Her career includes work with other non-profits that seek to strengthen and advocate for the most vulnerable children and their families. She has recruited and trained prospective foster and adoptive parents, coordinated support groups, co-presented at the Foster Family Treatment Association National Conference, and assisted in the coordination of matching foster youth with their families with the goal of permanency for all. She is also a proud Kinship parent! Maria is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and The New Haven Club, Inc. of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. Former Associations include Yale Child Study Fellow-Child Development/Community Policing Project; Connecticut Probation and Parole Association, and New England Council on Crime and Delinquency.