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Our Staff

The Cove Coordinating Office Staff

The Coordinating Office is located at:

1113 A South Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410

Click on staff names to send an email or call 203-634-0500

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Allison Gamber

Executive Director

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Brooke Viens, LCSW, LADC

Program Coordinator

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Ingrid Podwil

Fundraising, Communications and Events Specialist

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Judie Volosin

Administrative Assistant

Allison Gamber is the Executive Director and oversees and directs Cove activities that include: Cove family sites, professional development and school programming, Camp Erin, administration, community outreach, fund development, campaigns, grants and donor recognition, marketing, and day to day operations of The Cove.

Our Family Program and Camp Compassion Connecticut Coordinator provides support for The Cove's programs, including registration for the Family Program, "Good Grief" School Program, Camp Compassion, professional development, community outreach, training, and referrals. 

In Ingrid’s role as Fundraising, Communications and Events Specialist, she coordinates events such as Run for The Cove and focuses on communicating The Cove's mission to provide hope and healing to grieving families to the public.

Judie's position as Administrative Assistant, she supports The Cove's vital day to day operations by processing donations, speaking with program families, and maintaining and up-to-date donation platform. In addition, she assists with financial processes, organizational tasks, and provides exceptional support to all Cove staff members.

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The Cove Family Sites

The Cove hosts Family Program support group meeting sites

in community locations in the following areas in Connecticut:

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Donna Nickdow, LCSW

Caregiver Virtual Site & Camp Director

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Kim Starr, LPC, ATR

West Hartford Site Director

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Jamie Miller, LCSW


Site Director

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Sara Schmidt, LCSW

New Haven Site Director

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David Ortiz, LCSW

 Teen & Young Adult

Virtual Site Director

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Renee McIntyre, LCSW

Clinical Director

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Barbara Giangreco, LMFT

Meriden Site Director

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Michelle Dailey, LMFT

Guilford Lead Site Director

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