Logo for: NAFI Connecticut

Executive Team

Dr. Paul Dann

Hildegarde Paris
Chief Operating Officer

Pamela Rocha
Chief Financial Officer

Kati Sweeney
Chief Administrative Officer

Lynn Bishop
Executive Director, NAFI Connecticut/Rhode Island/New York

Luke Reynard
Executive Director, NFI North

Lydia Todd
Executive Director, NFI Massachusetts

Dr. Chuck Myers
Executive Director, NFI Vermont

Jay Paris
Executive Director of Prevention & Early Intervention Programming

NAFI Officers

Roger Marcorelle

Steve Hahn
Vice Chair

Pamela Rocha

Dr. Barbara Vinick

Kati Sweeney
Assistant Clerk

NAFI Board of Directors

  • Dr. Nancy Grossman
  • Steve Hahn
  • Dr. Harvey Lowell
  • Roger Marcorelle
  • Howard Rich
  • Dr. Matthew Sagal
  • Dr. Barbara Vinick 
  • Barnet Weinstein
  • Margaret Zusky

Spotlight on Dr. Yitzhak Bakal, Founder

Born in Iraq, Dr. Bakal’s early childhood experiences as a member of an oppressed Jewish minority sensitized him to understanding the difficulties and the stresses of dealing with discrimination and prejudice. Those early experiences and the struggles to adjust to new cultures in Israel and the U.S molded his resolve to dedicate his life’s work to create just and supportive environments for disadvantaged children and families.

Another important experience that shaped his professional worldview occurred when he served in the army. During a training exercise he broke his ankle and had to stay in a camp while the rest of platoon went on a training mission. Dr. Bakal was assigned the responsibilities of guarding the camp and overseeing a particularly recalcitrant group of soldiers who had managed to avoid the rigorous training by pretending to be ill or have disturbed behaviors. In order to control the rebellious group, he intuitively realized the importance of using peer influence. His approach engaged his fellow soldiers in establishing mutually beneficial goals and ways to motivate, as opposed to using authority and punishment. He engaged them in discussions about their responsibilities through a group process, which created motivation, mutual accountability and respect. This early experience of turning unmanageable soldiers into a functioning community was the inspiration for the Normative Community Approach, which has become NAFI/NFI’s signature framework for using the power of community to help and heal.

Dr. Bakal is a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Columbia University in New York and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He is the co-author of three books about issues relating to juvenile justice reform. He also has published articles relating to residential care, corrections and youth in trouble.

Support Our Work

NAFI/NFI was built upon our belief in the power of community—and that includes you. Make a tax-deductible donation today.

Donate Now