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Meet The Team

Letter from the Director

Newtown Center for Support and Wellness - Jen Crane Director

Thank you for visiting The Center for Support and Wellness.  The Mission of The Center for Support and Wellness, is to lead the development and realization of a shared vision of a healthy community.  Through advocacy, referrals, program development, and outreach, we will ensure that Newtown’s individuals and families have access to a comprehensive system of behavioral health and wellness support. It is my personal philosophy that no one should ever feel alone when in their darkest days. Sometimes resources can be difficult to find when you are in distress and we want to make sure that resources are accessible. We will work with you before and after you are connected with a suitable provider to ensure you are not left feeling hopeless.

Since our inception, March 2016, the Center continues to evolve into a consistent and reliable support for local individuals, families, the schools, Newtown Police, Newtown Social Services, and many others.  We continue to explore areas where our services can assist and continue to find sustainable ways to support our clients. What I am most proud of is our over 200 local providers we are able to add to our list of resources. Using this information, we can find out insurance information, type of services provided, and whether a provider has current openings.

As we evolve, we are working with local organizations to develop a community definition of a healthy community and create a long term plan that measure this in the Newtown community. With the collaboration or community partners, residents in Newtown will feel and see the impact of this work.

It is an honor to be able to work in and serve the residents in Newtown. I welcome your suggestions or comments. Please feel free to call or email and we can meet at a time that is convenient for you.  Thank you to all of our supporters who continue to be part of the CSW evolution.

Jenn Crane

Meet Our Team

Jennifer Crane, MS, MFT, Director of the Newtown Center for Support and Wellness has a Masters of Science degree in Marriage/Family and Mental Health Counseling from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. Prior to joining the Town of Newtown, Jennifer was the Director of Residential Life at Quinnipiac University ; where her primary responsibilities included oversight of 15 full time staff, 108 paraprofessionals, 5000 bed residential campus, budget, operations, training, serving on the University behavioral intervention team, and responding to a wide array of mental health emergencies. Prior to Quinnipiac, Jennifer has worked at UCONN in Housing and Residential life responding to student mental health emergencies, as an Area Coordinator at Barry University, and counseling in Miami with court mandated families, helping families to navigate reunification and assisting after significant family crisis.

Specializing in families and couples, she has been in Connecticut for 16 years and understands the complexities of balancing a family, work, life and the constant pull from all of these responsibilities. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, trained in domestic violence and sexual assault, and in M-trem (Men’s trauma and recovery model). Her strong administrative experience coupled with her background and passion for counseling has led her to the role of Director for the Newtown Center for Support and Wellness. Jennifer lives in Northford, Connecticut and enjoys spending time with her children and husband, traveling to Rhode Island for the summers, being outside, and trying new adventures.

Tricia Pinto, Victim Care Navigator
Tricia serves as a support and facilitator to the 26 families whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012. Tricia’s 6 year old son Jack was one of the children who died that day. Tricia has a Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Pace University. While her position at the Center for Wellness and Support is not in a legal capacity, her legal training and first hand experience as a bereaved mother living with traumatic loss offers the combination of skill and sensitivity when providing support to the families of loss.She currently serves as a member on the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission and is also a co-creator of the family based website mysandyhookfamily.org.

Tricia lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut with her husband and teenage son. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.

Valerie Le Cann Jones, LMFT
Valerie has a Masters of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Union College. Valerie is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She has completed the coursework for her School Certification and has completed both Part I and Part II of EMDR Training. Valerie has extensive experience in substance abuse, behavioral health and domestic violence. She has both experienced and witnessed, the devastating results of trauma in her family of origin and as a community member of Sandy Hook. She views trauma though a systemic lens and understands the importance of working with the entire family when focusing on recovery in order to facilitate post-trauma growth.

Valerie lives in Sandy Hook Connecticut with her husband and twin girls. Valerie is building her professional practice in the areas of Fairfield, Trumbull, and Monroe. Prior to her career in mental health, Valerie had a career in Real Estate law as a Title Closer and Retail Operations with Cartier, Inc.. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, playing tennis, photography, participating in Barre classes, playing piano, listening to music, and traveling.

Corinne Ofgang, MS, CMHC, Community Care Navigator
A native of the Danbury area, Corinne Ofgang received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Connecticut State University. Her undergraduate degree is in the Social Sciences, with a concentration in conflict resolution from the same university. Prior to joining the Center for Support and Wellness she worked as a clinician at a local substance abuse and behavioral health agency in Connecticut. In this capacity, she was responsible for facilitating psychoeducational and therapeutic support groups, as well as comprehensive assessments and individual counseling for clients with co-occurring conditions.

She is known for a warm, relaxed, and comfortable approach to counseling and is a professional member of the American Counseling Association and the Connecticut Counseling Association. Corinne believes in treating all clients with unconditional positive regard, and works to understand their struggles through a trauma-informed lens. Corinne’s favorite activities outside of work are hiking and spending time with her husband and family.

Staff Descriptions

Care Navigator – Persons in distress, seeking support and referral, are best served by a professional who can assess, inform, guide, monitor, perform quality assurance checks, and more. It is not enough to point a needy person in the right direction; walking with that person on the journey through help is a much more productive and effective strategy leading to better outcomes. No one should have to feel as if they are alone. This is how the role of Care Navigator serves our clients.

Core responsibilities of a Care Navigator include:

  • • Respond to inquiries from residents, employees, concerned family members, police and fire personnel, clergy, hospitals, and area behavioral health agencies.
  • • Provide case management services to link individuals and families to all of the services available to them, including assistance in navigating systems such as insurance,
  • • Work in conjunction with existing treatment providers to assure comprehensive service delivery,
  • • Coordinate care with Newtown schools support staff for students outside of the purview of school staff resources,
  • • Conduct in-home assessments for anyone not able to come the CSW building,
  • • Provide further case management services when needed.

Survivor Care Navigator – Funded by the Office of Victims Services, this position serves as a point of contact for all survivors and those responding to Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14/12 (including staff, students, first responders, and their families). This position can help clients  find funding, navigating insurance claims, behavioral health referrals, and other individual needs. Clients in this population can utilize this position for other concerns not related to 12/14/12.

Victims Family Care Navigator – Funded by the Office of Victims Services, this position serves as an advocate for the 26 families whose loved one is a victim of the 12/14 shooting. This position helps families with their individual needs. In addition, this position communicates to the families on a monthly bases and shares relevant town, state, and national information as needed. Clients in this population can utilize this position for other concerns not related to 12/14/12.