Our Board

Our Board

Dr. Ellen Whelan

Dr. Ellen Whelan is a clinical psychologist with a career spanning over 20 years in the mental health field working in child protection, psychiatric inpatient, congregate care and correctional settings. Dr. Whelan's experiences have given her a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by marginalized and traumatized children and families, valuable insights into the complex intersections of mental health, child protection and the criminal justice systems, as well as the unique needs of individuals within these populations.

Leonard Epps

Leonard Epps earned his Master's degrees in Secondary Education and Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University and his Bachelors in Education from the University of Hartford. Leonard attended Harvard University's National Institute for Urban School Leaders, Yale University's African Studies Institute, Culture of Peace Program in San Jose, Costa Rica and was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in Ghana, West Africa. Mr. Epps served as Principal of the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School, Dean of Pathways to Technology and Capital Community College Magnet Academy and as a social studies teacher at Weaver High School for twenty years. He also taught African and African American Studies at the University of Hartford as an adjunct professor. Epps is a Life Member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated, an instructor and drummer for the Yaboo Rites of Passage Program at the Artists Collective, 100 Men of Color inductee, received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission Award and the University of Hartford Distinguished Alumni Award. Leonard recently retired from Hartford Public Schools after 32 years and is now the President of the Brother Carl Hardrick Institute for Violence Prevention and Community Engagement.

William G. Bumpus

is a seasoned legal professional with a wealth of experience spanning various facets of law and academia. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1988 and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University in 1984. Currently, Attorney William Bumpus, is a Partner with The Levine Litigation Law Firm. He specializes in family law and serves as a Guardian ad Litem/Attorney for the Minor Child in Child Protection Cases and Family Law Cases. Attorney William Bumpus also specializes in Collaborative Divorce allowing evolved married individuals to legally uncouple in a civil, mindful manner. Attorney Bumpus has completed many extensive training programs and seminars, including those focused on parental rejection and divorce mediation. Prior to his private practice, William served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Protection Unit of the State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, where he litigated numerous cases involving parental rights termination and neglect. He argued before the Connecticut Appellate Court on several significant cases. William's commitment to education is evident through his roles as an Adjunct Professor and Associate Dean at Central Connecticut State University, where he established advising programs and coordinated student orientation. He also served as an Associate Professor, teaching courses on management and business law. Additionally, William has worked as a Faculty Consultant at Charter Oak State College and served as Of Counsel at The Law Firm of Lyle, Hume & Ngobeni, providing legal representation and litigation support. Earlier in his career, William gained valuable experience as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Hartford, prosecuting criminal violations, and as a Police Officer in the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, where he conducted crime scene investigations and enforced city laws.

Patricia Zuccarelli, LMSW

Patricia’s educational background is in Psychology and Social Work. She has over 35 years experience working with children and families with most of her professional work focusing on child welfare and child protective services. Patricia has the opportunity to manage and oversee the Department of Children and Families in Waterbury as well as New Britain and Torrington for a brief time. During her career she was humbled to receive several awards - a few of which she is most proud Connecticut Distinguished Managerial Service Award 2001-2002 and again in 2017-2018. In 2019 one of her most meaningful recognitions was by the Dads Matter Too region 5 fatherhood engagement team. Patricia is also committed to the development of new comers to the social work profession. Since 2013, she has taught at Central Connecticut State University in the BSW program - where she also serve on the Social Work Department's advisory board.

Anthony Miranda

Anthony Miranda holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Bridgeport. With over 20 years of experience in facility management, he has made significant contributions to various organizations as a facilities manager such as Waterbury Hospital as a Senior Facility Manager, Davita Health Care Partners, and Ikea. Presently, he serves as the owner of Miranda Home Renovations LLC, where he demonstrates his expertise in project management and entrepreneurship. In addition to his professional endeavors, Anthony has dedicated over two decades to mentoring special needs children, showcasing his compassion and commitment to making a positive impact in his community. He has also worked in case management at Rainbow House group home for youth and contributed to transitional independent living programs, demonstrating his commitment to supporting vulnerable populations. Born in Brooklyn, Anthony moved to Waterbury, CT at the age of one and has remained a lifelong resident. He is deeply committed to his community and serves as a board member of the Hispanic Coalition, where he advocates for the needs and interests of the Hispanic community. Anthony is a proud husband and father of four girls, and his dedication to his family, community, and professional pursuits embodies his values of service, integrity, and hard work. Contact Information: Email: antnee@snet.net

Nicole Steullet

Nicole is a Licensed Master of Social Work. She obtained her Masters of Social Work at Fordham University. She then went on to pursue her Masters of Philosophy while simultaneously working towards her PhD in Forensic Psychology. Nicole worked for the Department of Children and Families as both an ongoing social worker specializing in Birth to Three cases as well as a CPS investigator. Nicole has recently found her passion in School Social Work. Nicole has been in many clinical roles which makes her very knowledgeable in helping clients navigate a variety of systems.