To reach our staff, call the main office number, (860) 233-3853 and the extension number below.
Executive Director, Ext. 113
Steve is our Executive Director. He oversees grant research, writing, and reporting, as well as manages agency operations and strategic planning. Steve has seen all sides of LVGH prior to his current role, starting first as a computer lab volunteer, then as a Program Assistant for the Basic Literacy program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from UConn and a master’s degree in International Management from King’s College London. Outside of LVGH, you will find Steve planning his next travel adventure, reading about early American history, or plotting ways to get the Hartford Whalers to return to the capital city.
Office Manager, Ext. 110
Vanessa Cruz is our Office Manager. Vanessa greets all visitors at our front desk and is dedicated to helping our students and staff. She’s bilingual and can speak both Spanish and English. She assists with our intake process, welcoming/guiding students, and helping us make sure things run smoothly. When not at LVGH, you can find Vanessa with her two adorable cats watching and reading One Piece together.
Jackie is LVGH's Childcare Coordinator and enjoys coming up with activities to keep our young students engaged. She attended Our Lady of Elms College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. After working at Allstate Insurance Company, she became a stay-at-home mom raising two daughters. Over the years, Jackie has volunteered for various programs at her church and her kids’ schools. When not at LVGH, she enjoys traveling with the family, long walks with her loyal golden retriever (Logan) and reading the latest best seller.
Communications Director, Ext. 114
Katie manages all things communication here at LVGH, including our social media pages, our e-newsletter, and this very website. She attended UMASS Amherst where she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Outside of work, Katie can be found out catching a concert as often as at home reading a good book. She is happy to chat about all things music, movies, books and more, but be warned- after enough conversation, she will probably try to guess your zodiac sign.
Director of Programs, Ext. 125
Rebecca is our Director of Programs. She ensures that students have the proper resources they need to succeed. She has a Bachelors in Political Science from UConn and a Masters from Teachers College at Columbia University. Rebecca has a passion for travel and education which is clear from the moment you meet her. She is fluent in Italian and even had the chance to live in Florence, Italy where she taught ESOL for five years! Previously, before moving back to CT, she worked as a High School Social Studies Teacher in NYC. You’ll usually find her keeping her tiny humans and plants alive.
Basic Literacy Program Manager, Ext. 115
Rose is not as tall as she might look. That’s because you will never see her without her three-inch heels, making her stature a bit deceiving. Rose heads up our Basic Literacy program, coordinating and supporting Basic Literacy students and tutors in Hartford, and she does so with enthusiasm, warmth, and a good sense of humor. Rose also manages our Community Development Block Grant and oversees the work of our Basic Literacy Program Assistants. She’s been with LVGH for over fifteen years, and during that time she has touched the lives of countless students in Hartford, Bloomfield, and formerly at the Clark Family Resource Center.
Development Officer, Ext. 112
Diane is our Development Officer, managing all fundraising efforts to support LVGH’s mission and its programs. She first joined LVGH as a volunteer ESOL tutor in 2018. Like so many of our tutors, Diane believes she has gained much more in experience and inspiration from her hard-working students than she could ever provide during their weekly classes. Diane is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. When not at LVGH, you will find her reading, taking long walks or attempting to tame her backyard garden. She loves spending time with her family, traveling and cheering on the Hartford Yard Goats.
Cecilia is a Basic Literacy Program Assistant. She was originally a student at LVGH and eventually sought out the opportunity to work with us! Cecilia is from Peru and travels there with her husband to visit family and friends. One of Cecilia’s favorite activities is going to the movie theater and watching the latest movies in sci-fi or fantasy.
Assistant Director, Ext. 127
Christina is our Assistant Director. She assists with the Career Pathways Program and grant writing. Christina previously worked in public and academic libraries, where she discovered that although she is an introvert, she loves meeting new people (in addition to her love of books). Christina attended UCONN where she developed a passion for Latino Studies and Creative Writing. She volunteered at Second Chance Educational Alliance Inc. where she taught History, Spanish and Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature to individuals at MacDougal Walker Correctional Facility. During the summer, Christina works as a pet sitter to all sorts of animals. Outside of work, Christina loves watching movies with her cat (Charli), playing video games with friends and going shopping with her grandma.
Career Navigator, Ext. 117
Kathy is our Career Navigator. She provides career planning and job search services for LVGH’s Career Pathways students. She also partners with employers, educational institutions and community organizations to facilitate placement opportunities. Kathy previously served as our Training and Development Manager and has taught ESOL classes for ten years at LVGH. She has a B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education and a Master’s in Human Resources Management. When not at LVGH, you’ll find Kathy spending time with friends and family, and exploring the Maine coast.