Board of Directors


  • Chief John Rich, Ledyard Police Department
  • Lt. Sean Grant, Manchester Police Department



  • Phyllis Pavlik Spallone, LCSW, CEAP, Solutions EAP


  • Alan G. Atherton, Former President, NAMI Connecticut
  • Madelon Baranoski, Ph. D., Yale School of Psychiatry and Law
  • Officer Sue Bowman, CIT Officer, Windsor Police Department
  • Trish Buchanan, Believe208
  • Assistant Chief Shaun McColgan, Danbury Police Department
  • Attorney Marshall T. Segar, MarshallLaw LLC
  • Officer Theresa Velez, CIT Officer, Hartford Police Department

Non-Voting Board Member

  • Louise C. Pyers, M.S., B.C.E.T.S., Founder and Executive Director, CABLE Inc.



Chief John J. Rich

John J. Rich is a 27 year veteran of Connecticut law enforcement and currently serves as the Chief of the Ledyard, Connecticut Police Department. John served for over 24 years with the Connecticut State Police Department before retiring from state service in August, 2012. At the time of his retirement, he held the rank of State Police Lieutenant and was the Commanding Officer of Internal Affairs.
Throughout John’s police career, he has demonstrated an ability to collaborate with others in solving problems that affect the quality of the lives of the people he serves. Examples of these collaborative efforts include:

  • Chairman of the New London County Multidisciplinary Team from 1999-2009
  • Subcommittee member on the Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children
  • Committee member on the Children’s Trust Fund’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative
  • Steering Committee Member for State Troopers Offering Peer Support (STOPS)
  • Advisory Member on the development of the REACT Protocol

John holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Rhode Island College. His specialized police training includes courses in Suicide Prevention, Peer Support, Crisis Intervention (CIT), and Executive Development. His prior work history includes a one year assignment as a Mental Health Worker at Butler Hospital, a treatment facility in Providence, Rhode Island.
John has been a strong supporter of the CIT initiative in Connecticut. While serving as Ledyard’s Resident State Trooper, he sent local officers and State Troopers for CIT training and acted as Ledyard’s CIT Coordinator. In his current employment, John is currently working on policies to formalize Madison’s CIT Program. He is a past recipient of the Chief Michael J. Fallon Memorial Award for Crisis Intervention Leadership.
John has experience in Policy Development, Budgeting, Strategic Planning, and Grants Administration.
He can be contacted at


Kathleen Flaherty, J.D.

Kathy is currently Executive Director, Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc. A graduate of Kingswood-Oxford School, Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, Kathy has dedicated her professional life to advocating for the rights of the underserved.
Since 1999 Ms. Flaherty has served as a volunteer trainer, presenter, and facilitator for NAMI-CT. Her advocacy work has earned her numerous honors including:

    • Stigma Buster Award, Connecticut Psychiatric Society, NAMI-CT, State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, 2001 and 2007
    • Stigma Buster Award, NAMI-CT, 2006
    • Dr. Karen Kangas Advocacy Award, Advocacy Unlimited, 2010
    • Spirit of the ADA Award, ADA Coalition of Connecticut, 2011

Kathy is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Advocacy Unlimited, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers-CT, and the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE). She serves on Governor Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.

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