Meet The Board
Founder and President
Sherry Danalis is of Korean descent, married to Stephen Danalis for 27 years, and have 2 sons, Cameron and Alexander. She is a public speaker and entrepreneur. In lieu of suffering the tragic loss of their adopted daughter, Seh- Ah, from Korea, in 2008, F.U.S.E. was established in 2010 (received charitable status in the summer of 2011). During this time, Sherry had a deeply impacting experience that changed the course of their lives. Sherry had an impacting dream in which she saw a sea filled with young people who were crying out. Gazing upon their faces, she heard, “Who is praying for these?” Suddenly, she was overwhelmed with the vastness of God as Father, His unrelenting love towards them. That moment forever changed her and knew this was a demarcation. She was given His eyes and His heart for the voiceless; the fatherless.
Co-Founder & Exec. Director
Stephen graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1984 with a Bachelor in Culinary Arts. A Restaurateur and entrepreneur for several years, serving on several mission trips through the AG World Missions (MAPS) ranging from pouring concrete floors and walls in Costa Rica and Honduras to accompanying a medical outreach in Kenya until "THE CALL" to the Mission Field himself in the States. Stephen's heart cry is to see faith communities emerge with one voice, not only to raise awareness but more importantly INSPIRE others into action on behalf of the vulnerable. To see the church come together in unity so that the world will see God’s heart when He works through His people.
Courtney Reim, M.Ed
Courtney Reim is a passionate Montessorian and advocate for children. She has been engaged in non-profit work focused on children and families since 2003, when she joined The Suffield Auxiliary of the Village for Family & Children. In 1999 Courtney earned a BS in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Finance and Management & Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After spending over 10 years in the corporate world and starting her own family, Courtney refocused her energy to become an educator. Courtney received her Association Montessori Internationale Primary Diploma from the Montessori Training Center Northeast in 2012 and graduated from the University of Hartford with a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education in 2013. Courtney also serves on the board of Bridges to Hope, Inc. a non-profit organization committed to offering spiritual and educational programs toward the socio-economic transformation of sub-Saharan society. She is employed as a Research Assistant at the Center for Montessori Studies at the University of Hartford and looks forward to post graduate studies and contributing to the field of teacher education focusing on Dr. Montessori’s child centered pedagogy and peace education. Courtney currently lives with her husband and 2 children in Enfield, CT.
Ben & Olivia Woodhouse
Treasurer & Secretary
Benjamin graduated from Brandeis University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business. He currently works for Aetna within the Finance Leadership Development Program. Since he started full-time, he has worked in the Capital Markets and Leasing area of the Treasury. Beginning in June of 2019, he will be transitioning to Consolidations and Financial Reporting.
Olivia graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She currently works for Prudential within the Finance Leadership Development Program. Her first role was in the Enabling Solutions business primarily working on expense management. Currently, her role is in the Actuarial Projections Centers of Excellence facilitating an enterprise-wide forecast system build-out.
Dr. Laura Domer-Shank
Dr. Laura Domer-Shank is a School Psychologist, Educational Consultant, Adjunct Psychology Professor at Tunxis Community College, and Educational Surrogate for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Additionally, Dr. Domer-Shank volunteers her time by serving on Boards that provide services and protects the welfare of survivors of human trafficking and homeless pregnant mothers. She was the Vice President and current consultant of the VCN, a networking organization committed to identifying and coordinating services for the improvement of communities.
Dr. Domer-Shank’s 25-year career has included individual and group counseling, crisis management, assessment and evaluation, family therapy, psychoeducational groups, and advocacy for children and families. Dr. Domer-Shank’s independent research project on young women in trauma highlights the need for specific supports and education that aid in the prevention of issues that girls and young women must deal with in the light of societal pressures and life stressors.
Dr. Domer-Shank received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Education at Elms College, her Master’s and Sixth Year degrees in School Psychology at the University of Hartford, and her Doctorate Degree at American International College. She recently received a Women in Leadership Certification from Yale University. Dr. Domer-Shank is also a Certified Life Coach, Nationally Certified BOLD girls facilitator, and has advanced certification in Mindfulness, Child and Adolescent Trauma, and Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools.
Laura and her husband, Neil, an Athletic Director and Coach spend much of their time actively involved with their three children - two daughters, ages 10 and 12, and 19-year-old son.
She is also the Founder and CEO of brave-embrace.org
Jim Castro, LICSW
Carol Castro, RN
Founding Board Members
Jim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and has over ten years of experience working in human services. He is currently employed with the University of Connecticut Health Center and North Central Counseling Services in Enfield, Connecticut. Jim graduated from the University of Connecticut in West Harford with a Masters's degree in social services and a Bachelor of Science degree in Non-Profit management. He also is the Co-Founder and President of the CCSU Management Club. Jim Castro also holds a certification as a Myers-Briggs Indicator Examiner. Jim was a former substance abuse counselor at Carlson Recovery Center and former Resident Supervisor at the Institute of Living. Together Jim and Carol are very active in their church providing ministry to families called Christian Family Network at Bethany Assembly of God and have been married for 20 years. They have three children.
Carol is a registered nurse, working for Baystate Home Infusion and Respiratory Services in Springfield, MA. Carol holds an A.S. in Nursing from Springfield Technical Community College, a B.A. in Economics from University of Connecticut and an A.A. in Accounting at Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA. Carol also holds certification in ONS Chemotherapy, Biotherapy, ACLS, and CPR.
Gina Garcia McDonald is a Coldwell Banker Agent in the International President Circle. She has designations in Cartus Network Affinity Specialist (CNAS), Cartus Network Marketing Specialist (CNMS), Cartus Network Referral Specialist (CNRS), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), as well as being a USAA Top Block Agent. Originally from Suffield, Ct. now residing in Granby Ct with her husband and children. She is a mother of 5 children ranging from adult to High School and a proud grandmother to 10 grandchildren. Among Gina's recent favorite endeavors are various African Charitable causes, in many nations of that continent. The Granby and Simsbury offices of Coldwell Banker are heavily involved in charitable organizations benefiting families, children and housing needs locally and through their branded benevolence fund called Coldwell Banker Cares, for which she is a member.
Rev. Peter Patterson
Founding Board Member
Rev. Peter Patterson serves as the Family Life Pastor at Bethany Assembly of God since 1996. He oversees Pastoral Care Ministries, including serving as a counselor for individuals and families within the church and the local community. For 19+ years, “Pastor Peter” has run Royal Family Kids Camp for abused and underprivileged children. He brings to FUSE extensive experience in the field of child welfare, including work with government offices to develop programs from foster care to two individually licensed group homes, called Choice Place, Inc. in Ashland, Ohio. He served as a supervisor for a 30-40 youth dorm-style minimum security at Mohican Youth Center in Loudonville, OH. Rev. Patterson graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary in 1983, and holds an M.A. in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling and a B.A. Ministerial Degree. Rev. Patterson has been a Board member with the Ashland Assembly of God, Ashland Pregnancy Center, The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and the Harmony House.