Welcome to the 20th annual Girl Within event! This year’s event is certainly different from previous years but the mission is the same. We come together to support young women and girls who experienced abuse and neglect. Your participation will help them heal, gain confidence, and realize their potential.

In the next hour you will hear stories of transformation and courage: the mother who fought for sobriety and won, the staff member who went to incredible lengths to help children living at The Village, and a former foster child who is now paying it forward. You’ll also meet our Woman of the Year – who is breaking barriers and inspiring others to follow suit.

To all of you, we are grateful that you’ve chosen to join us today. We hope that you and your family stay safe and find peace this holiday season in the act of giving.

Jeanmarie Cooper

Chair, Girl Within Luncheon Planning Committee
Member, The Village Board of Directors

Planning Committee

Chair: Jeanmarie Cooper

Members: Jean Cowles, Judy Coughlin, Moraima Gutierrez, Cathy Iacovazzi, Diane Lipes, Patricia Marealle, Dr. Elsa Núñez, Bonnie Parry, Damaris Rivera and Laura Stevens



Dr. Laine Taylor
Village Medical Director

A Message from our Presenting Sponsor

Beth Costello
Executive Vice President & CFO, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Village Board Member

Asha and Maria

Jeanmarie Cooper
Chair, Girl Within Planning Committee
Village Board Member

Audience Activity

Dr. Laine Taylor
Village Medical Director

Spotlight Video

Leah Clery
Village Client

A Message from our President & CEO

Galo Rodriguez
Village President and CEO

Audience Activity

Beth Costello

Spotlight Video

Tiffany Brown
Village Child Support Specialist, Eagle House PRTF Program

Woman of the Year

Racquel L. Santana
Vice President of Corporate & Shared Systems in Technology & Operations at Travelers

Spotlight Video

Pauline Washington
Village Foster Parent

2020 Woman of the Year

Racquel L. Santana is Vice President of Corporate & Shared Systems in Technology & Operations at Travelers. She is accountable for customer and agent technologies, providing enhanced digital capabilities and improving customer experiences. Racquel joined Travelers in 2007 and has held roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to Travelers, Racquel served as a technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Racquel is passionate in her advocacy for girls and women both at Travelers and in the community. She plays an active role in the company’s professional development forums for women, serves as a board member for YWCA, works with the Legacy Foundation of Hartford and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Racquel earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in management information systems from the University at Albany.


Laine Taylor, DO, MBA

Village Medical Director

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Beth A. Costello

Executive Vice President & CFO, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Village Board Member

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Presenting Sponsor

We are grateful to The Hartford for being our presenting sponsor for the past eight years.

Contributors and Donors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Special Thanks

Challenge Donors

About The Village

The Village’s impact lies in the thousands of children, adults and families who have overcome enormous challenges to achieve real and meaningful change for themselves with help from the treatment, services and advocacy of The Village.

Our wraparound approach includes individual and family counseling; group home, residential and outpatient treatment; school-based support programs; and in-home family strengthening.

Our goal each day is to do whatever it takes to improve the health, well-being and success of children, adults and families. We help people become resilient and able to overcome the challenges that life throws at them.

Our mission is to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children.

Our Executive Team

Galo Rodriguez, MPH​

President and CEO

Hector Glynn, MSW

Chief Operating Officer

Martin Morrissey, MHA, CPA, FACHE

Chief Financial Officer

Deborah Bradley

Vice President, Human Resources

Tammy Freeberg, MSW

Vice President, Strategy and Planning

Steven Moore, PhD

Vice President, New Business Development

Eric Schwartz, PsyD, ABPP

Senior Vice President, Clinical Programs

Derek Slap, MBA

Vice President, Advancement

Laine Taylor, DO, MBA

Medical Director

Our Board

  • John Turgeon, CPA, HCS,
    Partner, CohnReznick

  • Curt Cameron, Vice Chair*
    President, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

  • Cathy Iacovazzi, Secretary*
    Community Volunteer

  • Dr. Galo A. Rodriguez, MPH*
    President & CEO, The Village for Families & Children

  • Andrew G. Baldassarre*
    Principal & Chief Market Strategist, Rossmore Private Capital LLC

  • Ellie Benson, Auxiliary Representative

  • Jeffrey A. Brine, Esq.
    Member & Attorney at Law, Kurien Ouellette LLC
  • Richard (Jerry) Bundy
    Community Volunteer

  • Wendy Carberg
    Vice President Group & Worksite Markets, Guardian Life Insurance Company

  • Jeanmarie H. Cooper*
    Community Volunteer

  • Beth A. Costello*
    Executive Vice President & CFO, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

  • Thomas Daugherty
    Partner, KPMG

  • Kim DiPietro
    Senior Director of Research and Acquisitions, Hart Realty Advisers

  • Margaret Pearl Douglas, CPA
    Certified Public Accountant and CEO, Canoville Consulting, LLC
  • William D. Field
    President, FieldActivate

  • David L. Friar, Architect

  • Lawrence J. Gavrich
    Founder & President, Home on The Course, LLC

  • Stephen E. Goldman, Esq.
    Managing Partner, Robinson & Cole

  • Frederick E. Jenoure, Jr.
    Owner, FEJ Consulting

  • Diana Sousa Jepsen, MBA
    Associate Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs, University of Saint Joseph

  • Richard M. Kaplan, Esq.
    Associate General Counsel, United Technologies Corp.
  • Patrick Kinney
    Executive Vice President, Enterprise Distribution Management & Business Insurance Marketing and Communications, Travelers

  • Charles H. Klippel, Esq.
    Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Aetna

  • Barry N. Lastra
    Community Volunteer

  • Patricia Marealle, Esq.
    Staff Attorney, Immigrant Children’s Justice Project, Center for Children’s Advocacy

  • Dr. Elsa M. Núñez
    President, Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Brian P. Reilly*
    Chief Auditor and Sr. Vice President, Travelers

*member, executive committee

Second Chance Shops

Looking to have fun, give back and help children in your community? Become a Member at our Second Chance Shops! Donate new or gently used clothing and household items.


Glastonbury Second Chance Shop

730 Hebron Avenue | Glastonbury, CT 06033

Thursday and Friday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Donations accepted during open hours.

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Simsbury Second Chance Shop

12 Station Street | Simsbury, CT 06070

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
10:00am – 2:00pm

Donations accepted during open hours.

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Suffield Second Chance Shop

116 Mountain Road | Suffield, CT 06078

Monday, Thursday and Saturday
10:00am – 2:00pm

Donations accepted on Thursdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

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Simsbury Second Chance Shop

175 Park Road | West Hartford, CT 06119

Thursday and Saturday
10:00am – 2:00pm

Donations accepted during open hours.