New Canaan CARES is an independent, non-profit community organization whose purpose is to advance the health and well-being of youth and families. CARES provides responsive educational programs that support and strengthen parenting skills, positive youth development, and healthy lifestyles – free-of-charge.
As an organization, we stand for individuality, against racism and work to educate the New Canaan community and beyond with our responsive programming.
Local Prevention Council
New Canaan CARES is the state-sponsored Local Prevention Council for the Town of New Canaan. As the LPC, New Canaan CARES helps to organize and facilitate the New Canaan Coalition – a group of affected families, community organizations, concerned citizens, faith organizations, first responders, government, the recovery community, schools and youth organizations, and treatment centers, committed to enhancing the lives of New Canaan youth and families through education, prevention, and positive programs.
The specific goals of LPCs are to increase public awareness of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention and stimulate the development and implementation of local prevention activities primarily focused on youth.
Judy has been working throughout her career, both professionally and personally, with a focus on promoting the positive, healthy development of youth and families. With a firm belief that we are stronger together, she has built community coalitions to maximize limited resources and touch as many lives as possible.
For the last several years, Judy has served as the President/CEO of the YWCA/Darien Norwalk, where she established a strong foundation for the long-term growth of their programs and services. Judy’s diverse background has included facilitating educational programs for parents, providing before and after school programs at a local elementary school, supporting youth programs in Nicaragua, working with homeless women and children in New York City, social justice education and advocacy, and work in various branches of government. As a Fairfield County native, Judy has a deep respect for the history and traditions of the area with an eye towards building for the future. She knows the importance of engaging the full community and looks forward to working with those who have so strongly supported CARES over the years and to developing relationships with those who aren’t as familiar with our organization.
With a dedicated, engaged Board of Directors, talented staff, passion for providing programs that support our families, and the heart of a Mom with a personal stake in the mission, Judy is well equipped and excited to be leading CARES.
Education and Program Manager
Maureen Asiel, MPH
Maureen’s career has focused on public health and healthcare management. She has a diverse background working in healthcare insurance, innovative startups, and pharmaceuticals with a depth of knowledge in technology. After a long tenure at Pfizer, Maureen began supporting her local community through educational initiatives, student enrichment programs, and a healthcare clinic that partially supports an at-risk population. She is a community advocate for the RULER approach and a district co-lead for the parent health and wellness committee. Maureen believes in the power of education to promote positive behavior and wellness. In addition to her rich experience, Maureen holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and a Masters from Yale School of Public Health.
Elle is a 2018 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where she earned a BFA in Theatre Performance with a concentration in Directing. Regional theatre credits include the Summer Theatre of New Canaan, ACT of Connecticut, and the Purple Rose Theatre Company. She is also a Realtor® with William Raveis Real Estate in New Canaan.
East School Jill Tobin
South School Felicia Jamin
West School Laura Sousa
Saxe Middle School Kristie Breed (Lead NCPS)
NC High School Michelle Bramwit
Privates Taryn Sonesson
Preschools Jen Joyce