Healing Hearts mission is to provide programs designed to encourage peer interaction, promote fitness, and support independence for children, teens and adults of special needs and a wide array of abilities.
Serving Lower Fairfield County
Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, Wilton
Meet the 2018 Board of Directors
Kimberly Colletto (HH President) is co-founder of Healing Hearts Recreational and the co-owner of BreakThru Family Fit 4 Life where Healing Hearts Therapeutic Recreation is housed. She has been a certified Personal Trainer for over 25 years starting her career at the Stamford Jewish Community Center. She specializes in working with adults and children of all abilities and a wide array of special needs.
Jennifer Sommerfield (HH Board Treasurer) has been an active member of the HH Board since 2016 and took on the duties of Treasurer in 2017. Jenn worked in the investment banking operations field for 15 years and is now raising an 11 month old daughter with her husband Peter. Jenn came to the Board after training with HH founder Kim Colletto and expressing an interest in volunteering. In addition to Healing Hearts, Jenn is an active volunteer with Little Black Dog Rescue in Fairfield, CT.
Michael Goff (HH Board Secretary) has been an active member of the HH Board since 2016. Mike's daughter, Julie, is a frequent participant at Friday night Club Night and Saturday Lunch Bunch & Fitness. As Julie says, "her favorite part of Healing Hearts is hanging out with my friends, and not having to hang out with my parents." Mike enjoys volunteering at Club Night and tutoring in the HH after school program. Having retired from a career as a management consultant to the pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare and public health industries, Mike now enjoys spending time at home while supporting local charitable organizations. In addition to his HH activities Mike is also a volunteer driver and board member of Meals-on-Wheels of Greenwich. Mike received an MBA from the Wharton School, a Masters of Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering also from Cornell.
Jamie Masciarelli joined the board of Healing Hearts in 2017 but has been a part of
Healing Hearts since its inception. Jamie’s son attends the after
school/holiday/snow day program as well as Friday Night Club Night.
Jamie Graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2012 with a B.S. in
Business Management/Global Business Management and a Professional
Certificate Human Resource Management. In addition to being on the
board of Healing Hearts Jamie is also the VP of her Condo Associations
board and is also on the board of Miss Stamford Scholarship
Organization. She is also a member of the University of Phoenix –
Lambda Sigma Chapter – Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in
Business. When she is not busy with her obligations for the boards she
sits on she enjoys floating across the floor as she is an avid
Sharon and Dennis Collins have lived in Stamford for 24 years. They are the parents of four children, two of whom attend Healing Hearts Friday Night Club Night. They are professional musicians. Sharon also works at the CT Judicial Branch as a Court Reporting Monitor, and Dennis teaches piano and voice. They joined the Healing Hearts board in 2017. Dennis is a graduate of the Parent Leadership Training Institute and is also a board member of The Palace Theatre. They are founding members of Stamford Education 4 Autism and have been Childcare Learning Center events committee members for the past 10 years.
Caroline Smit joined the board of Healing Hearts in 2017. Her son, Will, participates in several Healing Hearts programs. She has a B.A. from State University of New York and an M.P.A. from New York University. She has spent much of her career in corporate and nonprofit community relations. She has served on the Board of the St. John’s Community Foundation and Stamford Coalition of Parents of Exception Children and has volunteered for numerous nonprofits in Stamford and New York City.
Ailene Tisser has been involved in Healing Hearts since it's inception. She is very passionate about helping individuals with special needs have opportunities to enjoy their life. She is a pediatric Physical Therapist with more than 25 years of experience. She is NDT(Neuro-developmental treatment) trained in pediatrics and is trained in play project, DIR/Floortime. Ailene brings all her Physical Therapy expertise into the water where she helps children of all abilities feel safe, confident and independent. She is the Co-Owner of Swim Angelfish, a company that provides Aquatic Therapy, Adaptive Swim Lessons, a specialized day camp and an online training program for Swim Professionals.
Jeanne Buckley Peloso has served on the Healing Hearts board since 2016. Her son, Harrison, participates in the Friday Club Nights. Jeanne received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. She works part time in Healthcare Administration. Jeanne is a Citizen Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Ferguson Library and chairs their annual Novel Affair fundraiser. She is a graduate of Stamford’s Parent Leadership Training Institute and was a founding member and past president of the Stamford Coalition of Parents of Exceptional Students – a parent advocacy group now under the auspices of Stamford’s PT Council.
Tom Bacha is the co-owner of BreakThru Family Fit 4 Life where Healing Hearts is housed and co-founder of Healing Hearts Recreational. Tom is also lead Instructor/Owner of Connecticut Krav Maga LLC which has multiple Connecticut locations, one of which is centered at Break Thru Family Fit 4 Life. Tom has been in the Martial Arts industry for over 30 years and has a passion for working with both Adults and Kids of all abilities. He has been featured in local news for many years helping to reinforce Law Enforcement, Correctional personnel, and Women's Self Defense rights and programs.