Our Management

  • Mark Cavanagh

    Chief Experience Officer

  • Bonnie Cocchiola


    Society of Support (SOS)
    Permanent Supportive Housing Program

  • Francine Nido

    Development Coordinator




  • David Howe, LCSW

    Clinical Director

    Clinical Director

  • Biography

    Francine Nido

    Francine is the Director of Development and comes to us with extensive experience working in the non-profit/social service arena, specifically in fundraising, volunteer recruitment, networking, and event management. After 25 years at New Opportunities, the community action agency for our area, she spent time working with the Country Club of Waterbury, the Office of Radio & Television/WJMJ Radio; and for the last 5 years, worked for the City of Waterbury in the offices of the Corporation Counsel and the City Clerk.

    Francine is an Alumnus of the Waterbury Regional Chamber's Leadership Greater Waterbury program. In 2011, she was honored with the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Volunteer of the Year Award by the Waterbury Regional Chamber. She received the Waterbury Sportsmen Club’s Community Service Award in 2014 and was recognized by the State of Connecticut Italian-American Legislative Caucus at their St. Joseph’s Day Ceremonies in 2015 and the Pontelandolfo Community Club in 2016 for her work in the Italian-American community. Through her involvement with UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the country, Francine works tirelessly to effect perceptional change and social impact while highlighting the contributions of Italian-Americans locally and nationally.

    Some of her additional participation includes: Main Street Waterbury – Volunteer; United Way of Greater Waterbury – Community Volunteer; Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury – Past Board Member; Catholic Financial Life – Chapter #149 Council Villa Maria; Franco-American Mayor for the Day –Emcee; Italian-American Mayor for the Day – Emcee; Shrine of St. Anne for Mothers –Parish Council Member; “Celebration of the Eucharist” Televised Mass – Lector; and Waterbury Republican Town Committee – Member.

    She is a lifelong resident of Waterbury and a graduate of Crosby High School. When not thinking about ways to raise money, she enjoys spending "Nonna Time", shopping, going to Mass, dancing and eating with her grandson, Julius.



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