Press Releases


Ann’s Place to Offer Cancer Support Services at the

Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury (Centro Hispano)

Community Open House is Wednesday, July 22 at noon

(note: open house location is now Ann's Place!)

The Board of Directors of Ann’s Place is pleased to announce that Ann’s Place will launch its new Health Equity Initiative, funded by the BI Cares Foundation, on July 22.   A collaboration between Ann’s Place and The Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury (Centro Hispano), the Health Equity Initiative will enable Ann’s Place, a community-based cancer support center, to provide services at Centro Hispano, in downtown Danbury.  

There will be an Open House to celebrate this new initiative at Ann's Place, 80 Saw Mill Road, Danbury on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at noon.  Members of the public are invited.  Light refreshments will be served. 

“Part of our vision at Ann’s Place is to extend the reach of our services to patients and families who are not getting the support they need because of language barriers, poverty, or lack of access to transportation,” said Anthony Zeolla, Ann’s Place President & CEO.   “We are delighted to be able offer our services at Centro in the heart of Danbury. We hope that this collaboration with Centro—with its accessible location, varied programs, and its deep roots in the community—will help us to better serve populations that for too long have been overlooked and under-served.”

As part of the Health Equity Initiative, Ann’s Place has hired a Spanish-speaking bilingual social worker, Candy Murias, who will provide clinical services at the Centro location.  “Candy brings a wealth of experience serving diverse communities and has a deep commitment to justice and compassionate service,” said Su Murdock, Ann’s Place Director of Clinical Services.  “We look forward to her joining our staff.” 

"Part of the Hispanic Center’s mission aims to improve the well-being of the diverse community in the Greater Danbury area by providing culturally competent preventive health education and promotion,” said Andrea Contreras,  Interim Executive Director of the Hispanic Center.  “We believe this new collaboration with Ann’s Place holds synergy with our current program and vision to make a difference in the community by expanding our services to be able to provide accessible cancer support services to clients and their families.  We are thrilled to work with Ann’s Place and are looking forward to working with them and Candy in this new initiative."      

“We are deeply grateful to the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation for funding this important initiative and for helping us to be more inclusive and equitable in how we serve patients and families,” said Anthony Zeolla. 

It is the mission of Ann’s Place to provide comfort and support to people living with cancer and their loved ones.  We inspire people to create solutions which will strengthen and sustain them.  Our clinical social workers, facilitators, and wellness experts provide professional counseling, wellness activities, educational programs, support groups, and other resources.  It is only through the support of the philanthropic community that we are able to provide these services to 950+ clients—all at no charge. 

For more information about the July 22 Open House or Ann’s Place please visit www.annsplace.org or call 203-790-6568.


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April 15, 2015

Ann’s Place Appoints New Board Member

The Board of Directors of Ann’s Place is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Boa Sousa to its Board. 

Paula Boa Sousa is a principal with the firm Collins Hannafin, P.C, where she practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate, and Elder Law.

Attorney Sousa is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Fairfield University.  She earned her Juris Doctor, with a Tax Law Certificate, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut.  Prior work experience includes internships at the Danbury Probate Court and in the chambers of Magistrate Judge Joan Glazer Margolis at the New Haven Federal District Courthouse.

In September 2012, Attorney Sousa was elected Secretary of the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  She served in that capacity until 2014, when she began her current role as Treasurer.  She has also served as member of the section’s Legislative Committee since November 2010.

Attorney Sousa is a member of the Estates and Probate and Elder Law sections of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Western Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council, and the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury.  Attorney Sousa is a past member of the Board of Directors of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut. 

Attorney Sousa is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish. She is a life-long resident of Danbury and currently resides there with her family.

“Ann’s Place is honored to have Paula join our Board and I am looking forward to working with her on our mission to provide critical clinical and wellness services to our community,” states Anthony Zeolla, President & CEO.  

About Ann’s Place: Ann’s Place provides comfort and support to people living with cancer and their loved ones.  We help inspire people to create solutions which will strengthen and sustain them. Our clinical social workers, facilitators, and wellness experts provide professional counseling, wellness activities, support groups, and resources.  It is only through the support of the philanthropic community that we are able to provide these services to 950+ clients and their loved ones at no charge.  Ann’s Place is located at 80 Saw Mill Road, Danbury, CT 06810 (Exit 1 off I-84).  For more information, please visit www.annsplace.org or call 203-790-6568.


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January 8, 2015

Ann’s Place Appoints Two New Board Members

The Board of Directors of Ann’s Place is pleased to announce the appointment of Wilda Morgan Hayes and Beth Ann Fetzer to its Board.

Wilda Morgan Hayes brings with her an extensive non-profit and business management and marketing background, having served on boards and as an operational officer at two Danbury area non-profits since 1987.

Wilda Morgan Hayes brings with her an extensive non-profit and business management and marketing background, having served on boards and as an operational officer at two Danbury area non-profits since 1987.

A Texas native and Lamar University graduate, Wilda sold a family retail business in 1975 to work in the pharmaceutical industry. She joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 1978 and was promoted to work in Houston’s Texas Medical Center in 1981. She was appointed Memphis District Manager in 1984, supervising reps in a five state area. In 1987, Wilda took a cardiovascular marketing position at BI’s corporate office. She left in 1991 to become a Vice President/Account Group Supervisor at Kallir, Phillips, Ross Medical Advertising Agency in Manhattan, supervising work on McNeill’s Tylenol®, as well as Upjohn international products launches before returning to Danbury and the non-profit sector.

Wilda led Ann’s Place for 16 years, through its expansion of services and through the process of planning, construction and completion of its permanent home, retiring in 2013. She continues to volunteer and chaired the 2014 Festival of Trees fundraiser. Fairfield County’s Community Foundation holds a permanent fund in Wilda’s name, to which the public can contribute; its earnings become annual operating grants to Ann’s Place. Wilda resides in Danbury, CT.

"Wilda has been a major force in building, growing, and creating Ann's Place current home at 80 Saw Mill Road. She worked tirelessly for over 16 years as the Executive Director. We are all proud to welcome her as a Board member and thank her for her continuous dedication to Ann’s Place," states Anthony Zeolla, Ann’s Place President & CEO.

Beth Ann Fetzer joined the Savings Bank of Danbury in April 1998. Currently she is the Community Development Officer/Assistant Vice-President at the Bank.

Before joining Savings Bank of Danbury, she was employed as Executive Director of the Western CT Unit of the American Cancer Society and previously worked for over seven years for the United Way of Northern Fairfield County, Inc. as Vice President.

Beth Ann is a graduate of Danbury High School and Eastern Connecticut State University with a BA in History.

Beth Ann is a member of the Lions Club of Danbury and was elected the first female president of the club (1997-1998). She was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow from Lions International in 1994 and the Connecticut Knight of the Blind in 2000. She is a former member of the CityCenter Board of Commissioners and was Chairman of the Personnel Committee. Beth Ann was a member of the Board of Directors of Hanahoe Children’s Clinic; and was a former member of the Board of Directors for the Danbury Music Centre where she chaired the Personnel Committee and the Evening in Vienna Committee. She is a volunteer for the United Way of Western Connecticut and serves as a member of the Funder’s Group. In addition, she was Co-chair of the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury Quarter Century Campaign and currently serves as a member of the Women’s Center Advisory Committee. In May 2007, Beth Ann was honored by the Women’s Center for her work on the Quarter Century Campaign. Since July 2009, Beth Ann has served on the Board of Directors for TBICO (The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities) in Danbury. She currently serves as Board Secretary and Chaired the By-Laws Committee. In October 2014, Beth Ann received the Advocate of the Year Award from TBICO. Beth Ann is a member of Danbury’s Aging in Place Planning Council. In addition, Beth Ann served as a member of the Search Committee for President of Ann’s Place. She resides in Newtown, CT.

"Beth Ann is well known in the community as not only a supporter of but as an active member of various non-profits. Her experience will strengthen Ann's Place Board of Directors and will help continue its mission to provide comfort, support, and resources to people living with cancer and to their loved for many years to come," states Anthony Zeolla, Ann’s Place President & CEO.