Stephanie Cinque, MSW, Executive Director
Stephanie N. Cinque, MSW, is a social worker who lives in Sandy Hook, CT with her two children. Stephanie graduated from Columbia University with her Master of Science in Social Work and then went on to spent the past decade working within the criminal justice system in New York City and for the state of Connecticut. While working as a social worker Stephanie performed advocacy, trauma-informed crisis counseling, community referrals and mitigation for the indigent population along with child protection work.
Stephanie completed her undergraduate studies in social work at Western Connecticut State University where she still remains active by serving on the Phi Alpha Honor Society board, of which she was a prior recipient.
Beth Hegarty, MBA, Client Relations & Administrative Support Specialist
Beth holds a MBA from Fordham University and has worked at GE Capital and Salomon Brothers prior to staying home to care for her family. As the first point of contact with RCN clients, Beth’s role is extremely important to the clients we serve. She conducts intakes to ensure clients have a good experience at the Center and coordinates camps, groups and other program offerings.
Jennifer Sokira, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC, Music Therapist
Jennifer Sokira, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC has been a Board Certified Music Therapist for more than 15 years and she is music therapist at the Resiliency Center of Newtown. She has extensive experience working with clients with trauma, developmental needs, and grief/end of life needs. She has authored two chapters and a published research study and has presented locally, regionally and nationally on topics including trauma, Rett Syndrome, and on various topics in music therapy business including practice building, marketing and ethics. She is the founder and Executive Director of Connecticut Music Therapy Services, LLC and she currently serves as the Past President of the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association, and is also appointed member of the AMTA Ethics Board. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and her Master in music therapy from Temple University. She is also a trainer in Youth and Adult Brain Health First Aid and an Advanced Trainee in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.
Lisa Donohue-Olivieri, MA, LPC, LADC. LCAT, ATR-BC, Art Therapist
Lisa Donohue-Olivieri, ATR-BC, LPC, LADC completed her Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy at Hofstra University in 2001. She has been working as an Art Therapist for 16 years with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups. She began providing Art Therapy at the Resiliency Center of Newtown in September, 2013. Lisa had previously developed Creative Arts Therapy programming at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ and at Endeavor House in Kearny, NJ. Lisa specializes in working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma as well as substance abuse and addiction. Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), and an Art Therapist who is registered and board-certified with the Art Therapy Credentials Board. Lisa has additional training in Brainspotting, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and psychodrama. She continues to provide high quality individual, family, and group art therapy, as well as, educational outreach for all ages of the Newtown, CT community.
Suzanne Arnone, LPC, Play Therapist
Suzanne Arnone is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified School Counselor in the state of Connecticut. Her work has been primarily in schools with young children, ages 4-9, alongside their parents and teachers. Additionally, Suzanne is trained to provide Play Therapy for Children, which she has been doing at RCN since November 2014.
Suzanne and her husband, Frank, have two wonderful sons and two adorable Bichons who keep their hearts full of love.
Valerie Le Cann Jones, LMFT, Survivor Care Navigator
Valerie Le Cann Jones is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who will be taking on the role of Survivor Care Navigator at RCN. Valerie has a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Union College. Valerie is a member of the AAMFT and completed basic EMDR training. Prior to joining RCN, Valerie worked in the same role for the Town of Newtown at the Center for Support and Wellness and prior to that was a clinician at Liberation Programs. Valerie also volunteered for the Women’s Center of Danbury for many years as a Counselor on the Domestic Abuse hotline.
Valerie lives in Sandy Hook, CT with her husband and twin girls. Valerie enjoys spending time with her family, being active and traveling.