Toral has a strong sense of giving back to the community. “I want to make a difference in my life, my children’s lives and my community,” she says. “In some ways we are all connected and if one person is struggling, we all have to put hands together to make it work.”
At The Village, Toral combines her passion with her wide-ranging expertise in leading, developing and overseeing a variety of programs as well as strategy, systems, analytics and quality improvement.
In addition to her role at The Village, she is also an executive board member of Hartford Data Collaborative and serves on numerous committees across the state and nation, including Great by Eight, CT State Home Visiting Consortium, a COVID advisory council established by Hartford Foundation of Public Giving, and others.
She has also served on the West Hartford Community Funds Committee, the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge to End Gun Violence, the National Alliance for Racial Equity, as chair for the statewide DCF Data Committee and as a board member for Our Children’s Center in West Hartford.
Before joining The Village, Toral worked in various academic institutions where she taught, conducted research and ran a clinical private practice. Over the years, she has received numerous teaching, research and performance awards. Toral earned her PhD in child and family studies from Syracuse University and is a certified family life educator and family wellness trainer. She also has an advanced certificate in counseling.
What quote best captures your personal philosophy?
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
What is something unexpected that most people don’t know about you?
I can speak 4 languages and can understand 3 more. My mind is often thinking in a mixture of all these languages.
What do you most want clients of The Village to know about you?
It’s your journey. The Village is here to help but staying committed to your journey is the key to your success.