Board of Directors
Steering our future
Our Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure we have adequate resources to advance our mission. They are passionate about the women we serve and everything they do is based on that mission and the goal of creating long-term sustainability. Our board meets bi-monthly and volunteers a significant amount of time serving on committees and fundraising.
If you are interested in joining our board of directors, contact us for more information.
Our Board of Directors
Caroline Raynis is a wife, mother, and avid volunteer. She first began serving the New Britain community, in college, under the guidance of CCSU English Professor Dr. Aimee Pozorski. Her time as a volunteer Girl Scout leader at Holmes Elementary School, was life-changing, as the Troop wasso impoverished that the girls could not afford vests, and shared one book. This inspired her continued work in the New Britain community. Upon graduating CCSU with a B.A. in Communications, emphasizing in Public Relations/Promotions, and minoring in Journalism and Criminal Justice, Caroline worked for the New Britain Department of Labor. While there, she became active in volunteering and aiding the homeless community, concentrating in career services. Always encouraged by the office’s director, Mike Bartley, and supervisors, Sandy Mello and Carl Walczewski, as a young professional she played a pivotal role in organizing homeless resource fairs, in a leadership position. Through liaison efforts with the local Job Center, Caroline also participated in Project Homeless Connect. It was during her time working for the Department of Labor that she met herhusband, a (now retired) New Britain Police officer. Together they continue to serve the New Britain Community in volunteer capacities. Most active in her church, St. Sebastian of Middletown, Caroline is President of Saint Theresa’s Guild and on the Feast Committee. Her volunteer work also includes previous school board roles at her children’s school, Holy Trinity in Wallingford, where she organized and ran many events, and is still involved. She holds an MBA in marketing, from SCSU, and is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW). She is most proud of her beautiful family, husband Allan, Jr., and their children: Abigail, Nathan, Lila, Lara, and Baby Al III. She enjoys yoga, a good plate of pasta, and her beloved fur children: cats Valentine, Smokey, Bandit, and Luciana, and dog Ammo. She lives by the motto of sharing. She looks forward to sharing her time, expertise, knowledge, and resources with Coram Deo.