Senior Managment Team
Ivonne Zucco, Executive Director heads the team and administers the organization’s various programs, financial oversight, strategic planning, policy, and development efforts. She works closely with the board of directors and committees to ensure that The Center’s mission is accomplished. Prior to joining The Center, Ivonne owned a small business in Greenwich and worked as Office Manager for Hudson Partners Group in Stamford.
Communications & Prevention Coordinator
Charlotte Poth, Prevention Educator, raises public awareness and facilitates conversation around the issue of sexual violence throughout the community. Prior to joining The Center, Charlotte was a creative partner with Pugmark Films, going on to produce Bijuka, a feature film exploring the use of systematic gang rape as a means of suppressing female advancement throughout South Asia.
Senior Crisis Counselor & Advocate
Michelle is The Center’s Senior Crisis Counselor & Child Advocate. She studied Psychology and Sociology at Manhattanville College and received her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University in 2014. Prior to joining The Center, she worked as a Sexual Health Educator and Outreach Coordinator for Planned Parenthood. She has experience working as the Assistant Director of an outpatient substance abuse facility as well as working with college students in the SUNY Purchase Wellness Center
Crisis Counseling & Advocacy
Lead Crisis Counselor & Advocate
Rosie Enyart, Crisis Counselor and Advocate, provides individual crisis counseling, facilitates support groups, and participates on Multi-disciplinary teams that respond to disclosures of child sexual assault. Prior to joining the team at The Center, Rosie was a project consultant for UCONN’s Center for Applied Research in Human Development and Family Studies to embed Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in participating 21st Century Community Learning Programs in Connecticut.
Child Crisis Counselor & Advocate
Juana Yanes is responsible for providing both English and Spanish crisis intervention, counseling, and support groups to victims of sexual assault and their families throughout the community. Prior to joining The Center, Juana studied Liberal Studies concentrating on Spanish, Psychology and Criminal Justice at Southern Connecticut State University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Criminal Justice specializing in Cybercrime & Security at Iona College.
Bilingual Crisis Counselor
Cecilia Tumbaco is our Bilingual Crisis Counselor and Advocate. She is responsible for providing services such as; crisis intervention, counseling, and support groups to victims of sexual assault and their families in both English and Spanish. Cecilia has her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Bridgeport. Prior to joining The Center, Cecilia worked at the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) for 5 years as both a Prevention Educator and Safehouse Counselor/Advocate, she has also worked for Stamford Public Schools with ELL/ESL students and Kids in Crisis as a Youth Counselor.
Adult Crisis Counselor
Marsha Placide is The Center’s Adult Crisis Counselor and Advocate. Her responsibilities include providing primary and secondary victims of sexual assault with counseling and advocacy services in English and Haitian-Creole. Marsha’s services targets the elderly, homeless, disabled, and sex trafficking population. Prior to joining The Center, Marsha worked as a Manager and Community Support Specialist with Keystone House, Inc. servicing adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. She also has experience working as a Certified Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute. Marsha studied at the University of Bridgeport and holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services.
Sarah Malhotra has been with The Center since 2013 as a Community Educator teaching K-12 age-appropriate material on feeling safe, sexual harassment, sexual assault and bystander intervention. Sarah studied at University of Connecticut and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Sarah also runs “The Dojo Westport” and loves having her karate school participate in events for The Center through demonstrations and raising awareness.
Ginger facilitates conversations on sexual assault and abuse throughout lower Fairfield Country and coordinates partnerships with local organizations and groups to raise awareness. Ginger graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Prior to joining The Center, Ginger worked in the West Hartford Public School System, Special Education Department. She specialized in behavioral and social skills of students with Autism. Ginger is passionate about using the Arts to creative positive change in our communities, and has participated in several community theater groups.
Melissa Gallaher-Smith, Development Associate, supports the fundraising mechanics of The Center by assisting the coordination of events, appeals, and outreach to community partners. Melissa joins the Center staff after a three-year term on the Board of Directors in fundraising capacities, including as event and committee Chairperson. After studying English Literature and Language at The College of William and Mary, Indiana University, and SUNY-Stonybrook, Melissa worked primarily at home raising her two daughters. She has been a committed community volunteer, serving as PTO President, and as a member of SPEF’s Odyssey of the Mind Steering Committee. Melissa is thrilled to continue working to support The Center’s mission.