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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.

Kate Arildsen - Greenhouse Coordinator 

Kate is the Greenhouse Coordinator at CLCC. The greenhouse program provides a space for volunteers to contribute to the growing of micro greens for local restaurants and farmer’s markets. Kate’s responsibilities include maintaining the greenhouse growing schedule, managing all greenhouse accounts, hosting educational open houses, and supporting volunteers towards learning vocational job skills and improving social skills.

A passion for plant cultivation has been a constant in her life, from assisting with her family’s gardens to sustainable foraging for wild plants in the woods of Eastern Connecticut, where she currently resides. Her prior experience includes work in retail nurseries and commercial greenhouses. She is a passionate cook, with a focus on ecologically friendly and environmentally sustainable fine dining. Her interests include hiking, travel, music, and her cat, Bijou.

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