About Us

The Postpartum Support International- Connecticut Chapter (PSI-CT) (formally the Connecticut Alliance for Perinatal Mental Health) is a chapter of Postpartum Support International.  PSI-CT works to increase support and provide resources for women and their families during pregnancy and the postpartum period (also known as the perinatal period), to increase awareness of the mental health challenges related to childbearing and parenting, and to provide perinatal mental training for childbirth professionals.  PSI-CT is a 501(c)(3) organization under the tax id number of Postpartum Support International LLC (Tax #77-0196208).

PSI-CT Board of Directors

Executive Board

President: Cory Bernard, LCSW  psictpres@gmail.com

Vice President:  Jennifer Vendetti, LMSW psictvpres@gmail.com

Secretary: Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, Ph.D.  psictsecretary@gmail.com

Treasurer: Katie Newkirk, Ph.D.   psicttreasurer@gmail.com

PSI Liaison:   Jennifer Badeau, LMFT, psictliaison@gmail.com

Additional Board Members:

Support Group Committee Chair:  Annie Keating-Scherer, LCSW  psictgroups@gmail.com

Professional Development and Resources Committee Chair:  Martha Adams, LPC psictresources@gmail.com

Communications Committee Chair:  Sharon Thomason, Ph.D., psictcommunications@gmail.com

  • Social Media:  Alisa Fulvio, LCSW, Amanda Doughty, Vanessa Hawke
  • Press Releases:   Michelle Anastasio-Festi, Carly Klug, Sharon Thomason
  • Website: Michelle Anastasio-Festi and Sharon Thomason

Events and Fundraising Committee Chair:  Cory Bernard, psictfundraising@gmail.com

Membership Committee Chair: Carolyn Kagan, LCSW, psictmembershipcommittee@gmail.com

Member-At-Large:  Lisa Candels: psictboardmember@gmail.com

To reach our goal of helping families in all corners of Connecticut, we are working to establish regional representatives who will field inquiries from individuals in their area of the state.

Regional Representatives:

Litchfield:  Lisa Candels (candels@edadvance.com)

Middlesex:  Julie K. Jones, Ph.D. (jjones92@comcast.net) and/or Monica Beylea, MPH, RD (mbelyea@att.net)

Fairfield:  Carla Pileggi Caviola, LPC/LMHC, NCC (elyonpc.carla@yahoo.com) and/or Pamela Allon, MA, LMFT  (center.pps@gmail.com)

New London:  TBD

Hartford:  Art Guerra, APRN (arthur.guerra@hhchealth.org)

Windham:  TBD

New Haven:  TBD