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.


“It is truly a privilege to be part of this team.”

Tina Loarte-Rodriguez, MSQAc, BSN, RN, CIC, CPPS, CPHRM
Vice President of Nursing


Ericka Gardener, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Victoria Prestileo, LCSW, Associate Director, Community-based Services


Douglas Kerr, Director, Human Resources


Keturah Kinch, MPA, Site Director, Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center, Hartford



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 Mobile Crisis Intervention Services as a 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


COVID-19: Loving Foster Homes Needed for Children and Youth

Now, more than ever, loving foster homes are needed for hundreds of children and youth in Connecticut. In a short video, Wheeler's Allison Casinghino, foster care specialist, and Sharon Pendleton-Ponzani, LCSW, director, Community-based Family Services, highlight the pressing need for foster families amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Challenges for Young Professionals

For young professionals, the COVID-19 crisis is taking its toll in areas ranging from working remotely, to limited travel and social engagement, to worries about the safety of parents and other loved ones, and more. There are things that young professionals can do to manage these dynamic and challenging circumstances, which still may linger even as the state and country reopen.

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Our Work To Do

"This is an individual, organizational, community, national, and international issue, and it starts with a mirror." Letters to Wheeler's staff on June 1 and June 6 by Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, President and CEO.

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LGBTQ+ Healthcare Podcast

On April 16th, Wheeler's Brandi Sabato, LPC, clinical quality manager, was a guest on Miss Greater Rockville, Leah Juliett's (they/them) podcast, discussing LGBTQ+ healthcare accessibility​.

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Meeting the Needs of Children and Youth

Wheeler’s Allison Casinghino, senior foster care recruiter, highlights how foster families from the LGBTQ+ community can help to meet the dynamic needs of children and youth.

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OneDigital Podcast Features President and CEO Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA

Our partners at OneDigital New England recently highlighted the vital work that local nonprofit organizations perform in communities across our state, through their "Friends with Employee Benefits & HR" podcast. Hear from Wheeler's President and CEO, Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, as she talks with host Jeff Cross about how Wheeler is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping volunteers engaged, and more.

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