Agency Leadership


Agency Leadership



Executive Team

Kimberly S. Selvaggi, Executive Director

The LISA, Inc. team is led by Ms. Kimberly Selvaggi, who brings 17 years of experience enhancing services for system-involved children, adolescents and families. She led state-wide reform efforts to divert status offenders from juvenile court and contributed to the system wide dissemination of research and evidence-based practices. As a 12-year employee of the State of CT Judicial Branch, she developed, implemented and directed the development of gender responsive, trauma informed programs and services throughout detention, probation, and alternative services. Ms. Selvaggi became the Founder and President of TaylorLane Consulting in 2011, where she provided consultation, training, and agency development services to for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout the US and Canada.  She lives in Middlefield, CT with her husband and children.

You may reach Ms. Selvaggi at (860) 426-0946 or  Email Kim


Debbie Farrell (Left) and Kimberly Selvaggi (Right)

Debbie Farrell, Assistant Executive Director

Mrs. Farrell graduated from UCONN in 1990 earning a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development/Family Relations. She started her career working with adolescents  as a Youth Counselor at the Salvation Army Marshall House Youth Emergency Shelter in Hartford, CT  while working toward a Master's Degree in Social Work.  Mrs. Farrell  then moved on to become the Assistant Director of the YMCA Youth Emergency Shelter in Hartford, CT.  In 1996,  she was hired as the Program Director of Beacon House in Wolcott, CT and was promoted in 1998 as the Assistant Executive Director of LISA, Inc.  For over eighteen years her role has been  to ensure quality program delivery, supervise and train staff, implement DCF regulations, ensure safety in all the programs  and fidelity to the agency’s mission. Additionally, she  has provided administrative oversight to all the LISA, Inc. programs and is instrumental in the development of program policies and procedures, quality improvement activities, fundraising and a support to general operations of all the programs.

You may reach Ms. Farrell at (860) 426-0946 or Email Debbie


Tracy Beckley, Director of Finance

Mercedes Sherman, Director of Human Resources

Ms. Sherman oversees all Human Resource (HR) functions for the agency with a primary focus on strengthening the employer-employee relations. Ms. Sherman has worked in Human Resources for the past eleven years in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and possesses expertise in identifying quality staff for residential programs.  She has a great deal of experience across all HR functions including recruiting/hiring, benefits administration, and employee relations. Ms. Sherman corroborates with Senior Administrators to improve operations by creating personnel policies and procedures to enhance efficiencies and effectively support the agency’s greatest asset, its employees.  Ms. Sherman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and African American Studies from Wellesley College along with Masters of Science in Management and Business Administration from Albertus Magnus.

You may reach Ms. Sherman at (860) 426-0946 or Email Mercedes



Board of Directors

President- Alicia Davis

Alicia Davis, is a founding partner of the Cambridge, MA based coaching firm innerovation where she and her colleagues specialize in executive, leadership, team, wellbeing, career and small business coaching. She resides in Bristol, CT, and joined the Board of Directors at LISA, Inc. in December 2016.

Vice President – Peter (Pete) D’Amato

Peter D’Amato is a real estate investor who owns and operates multiple rental properties in the greater Waterbury area.  Peter held various positions over a 20-year career with Pitney Bowes, most recently as Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Management, DMT Software.  Previously, Peter was Executive Vice President with The Valley Group, specializing in electric utility monitoring systems, and as Northeast Regional Sales Manager for G.E. Power Systems specializing in substation control systems. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. in Marketing, both from the University of Bridgeport.

Treasurer-Ralph Holyst

Ralph Holyst, is a Member of HQ Dumpsters and Recycling located in Southington, CT. He resides in Tolland, CT., and joined the Board of Directors at LISA, Inc. in January 2017.

Tara Shaw- Board Member  

Tara Shaw is a partner at the law firm of Secor, Cassidy & McPartland, P.C., where her legal practice focuses on labor and employment law. She is a graduate of Tufts University andthe University of Connecticut School of Law. Tara lives in Cheshire with her husband and their two children.

Dave Gold- Board Member                                                                                                                                                 

David Gold is a Mortgage Loan Officer at Liberty Bank in Southington, CT., and has been involved with LISA, Inc. since. 2013.

Melissa Ericksen-Cocuzza- Board Member                                                                                                                                                                             
Melissa is the founder of A Balanced Life, a company that has been providing Health & Wellness Expos to large corporations so their employees can live healthier lives. She is certified in 2 forms of Japanese psychology and is the author of the book Creating a Love That Lasts, which is based in those practices.  Melissa shares that her purpose is to make a positive difference in the world. She joined the Board of Directors at LISA, Inc. in January 2017.


Fomer Board Members

Treasurer  - Debbie Slocum     

Debbie Slocum resides in Watertown and is a retired Human Resource and Environmental Manager with 30 years experience at a Danaher Corporation company. Danaher is a science and technology corporation that designs, manufactures, and markets innovative products and services to professional, medical, industrial, and commercial customers.

Board Member - Robert (Bob) Hanahan 
Robert Hanahan is an attorney who resides in Bethlehem, CT. Mr Hanahan is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State College and the  University of Connecticut School of Law.



Board Member – Michelle (Lineweber) Braun 

Michelle (Lineweber) Braun is the Marketing Manager at Thinklogical LLC in Milford, CT and has been a LISA, Inc. Board Member since 2009. She received her B.S. in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University. Michelle resides in Waterbury with her husband and enjoys music, outdoor activities and traveling.


Board Member – Sharon Mailhot  

Sharon Mailhot has been a Lisa Board Member since 2004.  She served as Vice President of the Board from 2006  –  2010 and President of the Board from 2010 -  2014.  In addition, she has served as Chair for the annual Raise Your Spirits, wine tasting fund raiser since its inception in 2006.  She is currently semi-retired and resides in Bloomfield, CT.

 Board Member-Colleen Fries

 Colleen Fries resides in Seymour, Connecticut and practices civil litigation law with the firm of Coyne, von Kuhn, Brady & Fries, LLC at  their offices in Stratford, Connecticut.  She is a graduate of Fairfield University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Board Member- Margaret (Marge) Hart Polstein     

Marge retired from Hubbard-Hall Inc. as Director of Administration and Assistant Corporate Secretary in 2014 after 31 years with the company.   She first joined the Beacon House Board in 1985 and served as President from 1988 until 1994.    With that and the purchase of condos for the new SAIL program, the organization was incorporated as Living in Safe Alternatives (LISA) Inc.   Left the Board in 1997 and returned in 2006.  Marge served as Vice President from  2010 to 2014.  She serves on the Development Committee of the Connecticut Community Foundation, is married to Peter M. Polstein and resides in Oxford.

Board Member- Peter Morgan

Pete has been a member of the Waterbury Police Department for 20 years, and is currently a Detective assigned to the Computer Crimes Unit for the past 6 years. Working in this unit requires investigating many cases that involve youth either being victims of sexual offenses or engaging in risky behaviors. He is a certified digital forensics examiner and performs forensic examinations on digital evidence seized. This position requires him to conduct Internet safety and cyber bullying presentations to students, teachers, and community organizations. He instructs new police officer recruits and re-certifies police officers in Computer Crimes Familiarization. Pete owns and operates digital forensics business, Cyber Recovery Solutions, LLC and it working to obtain both a B.S. in Digital Forensics & Computer Investigations and a M.S. in Digital Forensics Science.

Board Members at 2014 Wine Tasting


Board Members visit the PGH Summer Carnival

Participation in the 2014 RJB Golf Classic