Staff Stories

We are a vibrant, community-based non-profit with more than 900 employees in 35 locations across Connecticut. Our culture celebrates quality, innovation, diversity and professionalism. We foster learning and professional development, and we respect and reward meaningful contributions. Our workforce is as broad and diverse as the array of clients we serve and the programs and services we offer, and we’re bound by a passionate commitment to a common goal: to foster positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Erica Buss, RN, BSN, Director of Quality & Infection Control

Keturah Kinch, MPA, Director, Health Center Community Engagement

Keturah Kinch, MPA, Director of Health Center Community Engagement from Wheeler Clinic on Vimeo.

Jessica Fay, LCSW, associate director, Children's Community-based Services


Douglas Kerr, payroll manager, Human Resources


Victoria Prestileo, LCSW, program manager, Multidimensional Family Therapy


A Supportive Culture and Professional Growth and Development

Dieudonnee “Deedee” Kokoszka’s role within Wheeler has been a work in progress over the span of several years. She credits the organization’s supportive culture and leadership to her professional growth and development.

A clinical trainer in Wheeler’s Human Resources Department, Deedee teaches clinicians how to document services in the organization’s electronic health record system and navigate other aspects of required documentation. She also manages the agency’s internship program.

Deedee started her career in Wheeler’s Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) as an EMPS clinician. She also worked as a clinician in the agency’s Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) program before transitioning into her current role.

“I’ve always felt supported by Wheeler, and I truly believe there’s always an opportunity to grow and learn and to acquire the skills I need to succeed,” said Deedee. “There are invaluable technological resources available to us, and we are consistently nurtured through training and other professional opportunities so that we can truly achieve our full potential.”



Staff News from Wheeler


Winning through Empowerment

Earlier this year, Zaida A. of Hartford struggled to advocate for her elementary school-age son and secure basic resources including assistance with paying her rent. She was connected with Wheeler’s Community Support for Families (CSF) program through the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, CSF’s funder.

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Nutrition Education Program in Hartford; Jessica Masterson Joins Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Team

Jessica Masterson, RDN, CDE, CDN has joined Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center at 43 Woodland Street, Hartford as a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. Jessica has a passion for food, nutrition and helping people understand the impact it has on their mental and physical health. She believes in the power of improving the way we eat.

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Instant Family Paints Realistic Picture of Foster Care

When I saw the trailer for Instant Family (out in theatres November 16th), I knew this movie would be funny and entertaining. But, I was concerned that it would paint an unrealistic image of foster care and adoption. As a foster care recruiter, I frequently clarify the misconceptions that people have regarding the process and what to expect as a foster parent.

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Supporting Outstanding Care, Staff

Every year in December, a select few Wheeler employees receive the Anna Tedesco Award in recognition of outstanding work. Since the award began in 1983, nearly 120 employees have become recipients, from all areas and levels of Wheeler.

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On Wheeler's 50th, A Thanks To Our Team

"This week, our 50 Years, 50 Stories article is a simple note of thanks to all our past and current employees who devoted and devote so much time, hard work and energy to provide the best care since 1968."

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