Chapter Leadership


The Compassionate Friends East Of the River CT Chapter Steering Committee are all volunteers who understand and have compassion for those who hurt after the death of a beloved family member.  Our founding Steering Committee Members are a combination of bereaved moms, dads, step-and adoptive parents and siblings, half siblings, and siblings.  We welcome the input and assistance of other The Compassionate Friends Members.

This is A Journey That we All Share Together.

If you would like information about becoming a member of The Steering Committee or helping our chapter in any capacity, please just send an email, phone, or talk to any of us.  We welcome all who wish to be of service.

♥Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby
Ellington, CT
RobynApril’s mom,
Joe and René’s little sister
Leader, Lead Facilitator
Founding Member
♥Jim Darby
Ellington, CT
RobynApril’s dad by love,
if not by blood
(Step and adoptive dad)
Men’s Group Facilitator,
Co-Leader ~ Founding Member
♥Dave Evans
Mansfield, CT
Ryan’s dad
Treasurer  ~ Founding Member
♥Gayle Clark
Ellington, CT
Robyn’s  step-sister
Walk to Remember Chairperson
Founding Member
♥Nancy Saddock
South Windsor, CT
David’s sister
Compassion Cards Program
Founding Member
♥Jen Baker
Springfield, MA
Doug’s little sister
Sibling Group Facilitator
♥Lisa Cortese
Tolland, CT
Cristina’s mom
♥Joanne Covey
East Hartford, CT
Christopher, Andrew and
Stephen’s mom
Refreshments Chairperson

Thanks to our now retired Founding Members,
who provided caring and compassionate service as it was needed.

♥ Nancy Cayward, Ricks mom and Ray’s sister  ♥  Sarah Preston, Fritz’ Half Sister ♥


The Compassionate Friends East Of The River CT Chapter
gives great thanks and appreciation
to those willing to be of service to our chapter.

Our Advisory Board
is comprised of volunteers who make themselves available
to offer expertise in their chosen professions,
understanding of their community
or wherever service is needed. 

All Advisory Board Members
have an understanding of the grieving process
uphold The Compassionate Friends Mission
and support the program as it exists.
If you are interested in joining the Advisory Board
please email your request to
Subject: Advisory Board Request

♥Dan Keune
   Community Leader
Campbell-Keune Realty Inc
Ellington, CT
♥Heather Marshall
   Emergency Medical Technician
Ambulance Service of Manchester
Manchester, CT
♥Heather Stanant
   Administrative Assistant
   Kind and Compassionate Person 
Pratt & Whitney

East Hartford, CT
♥Kara Parlin
   Web designer, blogger,
   Aspiring children’s book author
Tampa, Florida
♥Mitch Carmody
   Grief Counselor
   Bereaved Parent
   Nationally Recognized Presenter
20 Faces of Grief
Model Of Grief Staging
Prognosticator Of Proactive Grieving,
A Paradigm Of Grief Recovery
Hastings, MN
Community of Terra Lux, Inc.
   Professor Emeritus of Marketing,
   Asnuntuck Community College
Terra Lux, Inc.
Enfield, CT
Asnuntuck Community College
Enfield, CT
♥Shelley Buonacquisto
   Elementary Teacher
Manchester, CT
♥Sue Muldoon
   Graphic Artist
Sue Muldoon Images
Enfield, CT
♥Teresa C. McCall
   Funeral Director/Embalmer
Rose Hill Funeral Home
Rocky Hill, CT
♥Todd Marshall
  First Responder
East Hartford Fire Department
Ambulance Service of Manchester
♥Victor Birch
  Special Olympics Dad & Volunteer
   Management, Trainer, UPS
United Parcel Service
Hartford, CT