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Jill Spineti set to retire on March 31; Roland Harmon and Kelly Juleson-Scopino named as interim co-leaders

After 12 years leading the organization and a total of 21 years as part of the organization, Jill Spineti has announced she will retire from the Governor’s Prevention Partnership effective March 31, 2020 to spend more time with her family.  Jill started as a Program Manager in 1988 and was appointed as the President and CEO in 2007.  During her 21 year tenure Jill was instrumental in the development and launch of several key initiatives including:

  • Parents Work!, a program that reached over 10,000 parents in the workplace with youth substance abuse prevention information
  • The Connecticut Mentoring Partnership, an affiliate of MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership, that strengthens and expands mentoring initiatives for youth and currently serves over 150 mentoring programs and 10,000 young people annually
  • Youth mentoring collaboratives in the state’s urban and underserved areas to expand mentoring opportunities for young people on waiting lists and the Connecticut Mentoring Fund that provided financial support to strengthen local mentoring programs
  • The Juvenile Justice Mentoring Network, the first initiative in the nation to adapt mentoring to serve young people impacted by the juvenile justice system. 

Senior Director of Program Planning and Development, Roland Harmon, and Resource and Partnership Development Director, Kelly Juleson-Scopino, have assumed full day-to-day operations as interim co-leaders of the organization until a new leader is named.

Roland will oversee all internal management. This includes business operations, technology, finance, human resources, and fiscal oversight. Roland will also continue to manage program development and implementation.

Kelly will be the point person on all external affairs. This includes legislative and gubernatorial matters, marketing and communications, fundraising, and organizational resource development strategies.

The search for a new CEO is underway, and as more information becomes available, The Partnership’s website will be updated.

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