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Patrick Byrne - Executive Director 

With an extensive background in marketing, communications and development, Byrne brings enthusiasm, fresh eyes and a keen understanding of Connecticut’s non-profit industry to CLCC as its first full-time Executive Director.

Byrne comes to CLCC after serving as Director of Development for Family Life Education in Hartford where he helped the organization transform the lives of many vulnerable families and children in Hartford; FLE recently opened a Children’s Wellness Center to help combat childhood obesity within the city. Byrne was instrumental in the marketing, communications and fundraising efforts for the new facility. Previously, Byrne spent two years as the Communications and Development Associate at Hartford Seminary where he helped secure funding for two endowed chairs, was a crucial piece of annual fund efforts, and aided in numerous marketing efforts for the graduate school. Patrick has also worked for the National MS Society in Hartford, University of Saint Joseph and Gordon College.

Incredibly familiar with fundraising efforts in Connecticut, Byrne is thrilled to be a part of CLCC and particularly the opportunity to build an experiential living community from the ground up for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Byrne is a native of Manchester, attended Manchester High School (2002) and has his degree from Springfield College (2006) in Springfield, Mass.

Aside from his career, Patrick is an avid runner and founded Manchester Running Company, its 350-member club, and the non-profit MRC Track & Field Series; he also is board member of USA Track & Field-Connecticut. Patrick lives in Bolton with his wife Caitlin, their two daughters, and border collie Mara. In his spare time, he enjoys Seinfeld re-runs and Red Sox baseball.

Lexie Gondek - Operations Manager

 Lexie Gondek was named Operations Manager of CLCC in December of 2019. Lexie joins the staff focused on furthering the development of CLCC's agricultural businesses - the Greenhouse and Farm Property - and increasing engagement of adults with developmental disabilities in those businesses. 

Lexie joins CLCC after two stints on Morning Glory Farm on Martha's Vineyard, one as the cut flowers farmer and another as a baker. Additionally, Lexie has experience in the restaurant industry and in several therapeutic facilities focused on adults with special needs; she was also an apprentice at Thyme Herbal in Conway, MA assisting with the planting and cultivation of medicinal herbs. 

Lexie is a 2016 graduate of Lesley University; her degree is in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Holistic Psychology. She is a native of Glastonbury, CT. 

Sallie D'Attilio- Program Coordinator

Sallie D’Attilio is retired from the Manchester Board of Education’s Head Start Program where she worked as a Family Advocate and Parent Involvement Coordinator. Sallie brings her experience of working with families in personal goal setting, assisting families with advocating for the educational rights of their children, as well as the knowledge and ties to many of the area’s social services agencies and programs.

In addition to becoming CLCC’s Program Coordinator in July of 2016, Sallie has been with CLCC since its inception in 2006. She served as a Board Member for the first five years and volunteered as CLCC’s Treasurer from 2009-2016.

Sallie is married with three adult children and one granddaughter. She believes it is everyone’s right to reach their full potential, to be happy, and to be part of a community that embraces each other as is.

Favorite quote:
“There is only one happiness in life, to Love and be Loved.” George Sand