April News 2016

Welcoming Don Weber to the Board of Ann's Place

Don Weber
Retired Financial Professional

Donald Weber is a retired financial professional living in Ridgefield, CT.  After earning his B.A. and M.B.A from Rutgers College and Rutgers Graduate School of Business respectively, Donald embarked on a long career which included ten years experience with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers and 26 years with the Xerox Corporation in a finance function.  At Xerox his positions included Assistant Corporate Controller and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Developing Markets Operations, a $2 Billion revenue international operating group, responsibilities included finance, business strategy, manufacturing, supply chain and market access strategy. Since retirement Donald has been active in his community.  He has served in a volunteer capacity at several area organizations as well as a Treasurer and Board Member at the Untied Jewish Center, a Finance Committee member for the Temple B’nai Chaim.

Welcoming Alice Hyman to the Board of Ann's Place

Alice Hyman
Practice Manager, Advanced DermCare, Danbury

Alice Hyman has enjoyed a long career in the field of Medical Administration at various medical practices in Danbury and is currently the practice manager at Advanced DermCare, Danbury.  Alice is active in her community and has held several elected or appointed positions which include membership on the Danbury Board of Education, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, The Board of Trustees for the Wooster School, the City of Danbury Planning Commission, and as an Incorporator at Union Savings Bank.  Additionally, Alice has held leadership positions at many area social service organizations.  Alice has been recognized by the National Association of Dermatology Administrators/Managers as the 2015 Practice Manager of the Year and has been the recipient of the United Nations Woman of the Year Award, the United Way of Northern Fairfield Country, Peter T. White Award, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Leadership Award.  Alice resides in Danbury with her husband Samuel and has two daughters Stacy and Christie.

Healthy Eating Potluck Resumes with Drum Circle

The first Healthy Eating Pot Luck of the season was held in March and included a dozen people with an amazing array of dishes to share….from fresh salads and appetizers to well-seasoned main courses to vegan chocolate ice cream and anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate with pomegranate seeds!  We feasted, enjoying each other’s company as well as the discussion led by Joe Gillotti.  

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The pot luck was followed by an enlivening Drum Circle led by Jerry Gay and Tracy Yoho.  As we gathered around the drums we were instructed in various techniques, and were led in several different rhythms which filled the room with joy and a sense of calm.  The sense of community, laughter, and shared experiences made this a wonderful way to spend some time on a Saturday!

First Spanish Speaking Support Group

Ann’s Place is excited to announce a great kick off to the Spanish Speaking Support Group in March 2016! The Spanish Speaking Support Group takes place the third Tuesday of every month at the Danbury Library; it is led by Bilingual Clinical Social Worker Candy Murias, LMSW.

Peggy O’Shea has volunteered to join the April meeting, on Tuesday April 19th, 2016. Attendees can look forward to a wonderful night discussing wellness techniques, and a holistic approach to better health. Ann's Place is excited to continue to grow the Health Equity Program by providing more services to meet our clients' needs!

Dr. Bob Cooper Speaks at Supervision

The clinical team, including the onsite staff, facilitators and wellness providers were fortunate to have Dr. Bob Cooper speak at our March supervision meeting.  Dr. Cooper is a recently retired oncologist from Praxair Cancer Center, a long time board member and was instrumental in the founding of Ann’s Place. He spoke about Immunotherapy, one of the promising new cancer treatments which helps our immune system identify and fight cancer cells.  We are so grateful for Dr. Cooper’s presence with us and his willingness to share his knowledge and expertise.