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 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
Lucie Connell, MPA, Development Director
Lucie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Communications and Global Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York. She has been active in the nonprofit community for more than 12 years as a professional and volunteer. She has extensive experience with program development, quality improvement, grant management, agency marketing, nonprofit consulting, developing databases, and successfully leading nonprofits through accreditation.
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 conduct 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 bachelors 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.
Rachel Black, MAAT, Art Therapist
Rachel Black, MAAT, ATR completed her Master’s degree in Art Therapy at Albertus Magnus College. She has been working as an Art Therapist for 4 years with children and adults both individually and in group settings. Rachel began providing Art Therapy at the Resiliency Center of Newtown in January of 2015. Prior to working in Newtown, Rachel taught ceramics to children and adults in Stamford in addition to developing and piloting a therapeutic arts program for at-risk youth. Rachel also has a background as an ABA Therapist working with individuals with special needs as well as extensive experience as a trauma counselor for teens and adolescents. She specializes in working with anyone suffering from anxiety, trauma, depression, grief, or life transitions, guiding each individual on a unique journey through the creative process. Rachel is a nationally registered Art Therapist with additional trainings in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Sand Tray Therapy, Brainspotting, and MNRI Techniques. She continues to work collaboratively with the community encouraging healing through Art.
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.