June 2016


Letter From Our President and CEO

Dear Colleagues,

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership inducted two special people into the Corporate Mentoring Hall of Fame on June 7!   Mentors Kimberly Mauro from First Niagara and Deanna Levine from Sequel International join 10 other individuals from corporations around the state who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since it was established by the Partnership in 2011. 

Deanna Levine (r ) and Kimberly Mauto (l) accept their Corporate Mentoring Hall of Fame awards.

The award ceremony took place at our annual Governor’s Residence Reception, and Governor Malloy, First Lady Cathy Malloy, and a group of 50 corporate leaders were in attendance. Deanna is currently a mentor to a young man in the Norwalk Mentor Program and recently joined the program’s Board of Directors.  Kim is a mentor to Natasha, who spoke at the event, and shared “How lucky she is to have Kim as a mentor.” There was not a dry eye in the house. Thanks, too, to Norwalk Mentor Program Director, Nancy Pratt, for providing comments to the corporate audience about the value of connecting to resources through the Partnership and, as always, she did a fabulous job in bringing in stories of the remarkable young people in her program. At another ceremony, Michael Cunningham was presented with the Mentee of the Year award at the Danbury Schools and Business Collaborative program.


Michael Cunningham (center), pictured with his mentor and his grandmother.

The very next day, I was privileged to attend the Success Mentors summit at the White House.  Hartford has been designated a Success Mentor site, and we will be working with the Hartford Public Schools on expanding mentoring to address chronic absenteeism.  This initiative has some exciting tools and resources, and we will have information in our August newsletter for you about this, along with updates from staff members Sandi Soucie and Hannah Granfield who recently traveled to Pittsburgh to meet and network with directors from all the state mentoring partnerships at MENTORCon.

I hope that all of our children and their families find peace and relaxation over the summer month. All of us at The Partnership hope you enjoy your summer, too!


Jill Spineti

President and CEO