Board of Directors

Robert H. Kilpatrick, Chairperson

Robert has been on CASA Board of Directors for a long time. He previously worked at Hill Health Corporation, New Haven Welfare Department, Yale Alumni Magazine and New Haven Register. He is now semi-retired, working part time at Regional Water Authority.  Robert is married, has three daughters and lives in Old Saybrook.

Freddie O. Brumell, Secretary

Vicente Sanchez, PhD, Treasurer 

Dr. Sanchez is a scientist retired from federal service where he conducted forest research. He has been involved with community service and youth programs for many years as a board member and volunteer. His interests in community based programs continue as a contractor in health based programing and information management.

Margaret Allende, MSN, DNSc

Dr. Allende is a psychiatric nurse who received both graduate nursing degrees from Yale University. She has decades of experience working with people struggling with serious mental illness and/or addiction.

Miguel Ayala

Miguel is a resident of Shelton, Connecticut and was employed for 45 years for Connecticut Legal Services as a paralegal. He retired in 2016. Miguel has served as a member of the Board of Directors at CASA since 2004 and has also served as a member of the Board of Director at Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders since 2005. Miguel is also the Director of Community Outreach for the same organization.

Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW

Paul V. Carty

Paul has been a practicing attorney in New Haven, CT since 1985. His practice areas include criminal defense, drug and alcohol, as well as personal injury and family law. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (1977), and the University of Connecticut School of Law in (1985).  

Abel Padro

Mr. Padro’s career in the field of Early Childhood Education has encompassed positions in social services, parent engagement, grant development and administration.  He had served as the CEO of a small single purpose organization as well as a Senior Manager of a super grantee with over 1,200 children.  He is familiar with federal and state regulations governing most early care and education programs and has worked as federal review consultant for the Administration of Children and Families in the areas of Program Design, Management, and Organizational Governance.  He holds a BA in Comparative Government from Wesleyan University and an EMBA from the University of New Haven.