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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.