The board 
members of these 
new entities are 
well-known for 
building effective 
​coalitions. 
Ultimately, these 
issues spur 
economic growth 
and improve the 
lives of everyone 
in the state.

​Fran Pastore, 
President of the 
​Women’s Business Development 
​Council

​​​​Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut​

        

​​​​​​​​​​​Board of Directors


Mary Lee A. Kiernan, JD, President 
Greenwich, Connecticut
Mary Lee A. Kiernan served as the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and a Commissioner of the former PCSW state agency and now serves as President of PCSW Education Fund, Inc. and Treasurer of PCSW, Inc. Mary Lee is currently the President and CEO of the YWCA Greenwich.  

        She Co-Chaired the Fund for Women and Girls at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls (FWG), the largest women’s fund in New England, and she co-founded the Family Economic Security Program at Norwalk Community College with her colleagues
​at FWG.

        Mary Lee was elected to and spent five years on the Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation, where she served as caucus leader, and she served as Board Chair of the Greenwich United Way. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut and Greenwich Hospital. She previously served as Communications Director at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and practiced corporate law with Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft in New York.


Catherine Ernsky, Vice President  

Naugatuck, Connecticut
Catherine Ernsky served as Vice Chair and a Commissioner of the former PCSW state agency and now serves as Vice President of PCSW Education Fund, Inc.

        Catherine is President of The Ernsky Group located in Naugatuck, CT. Catherine has over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry and specializes in Individual Wealth Management, Legacy Planning and working with small businesses.

        Catherine serves as a Vice-Chair for the Naugatuck Republican Town Committee and Chair of the Naugatuck Arts Commission. Previously she has served as an immediate past Burgess for the town of Naugatuck, State President for the National Association of Insurance and Financial advisors, Government Relations and Executive chair for the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, Delegate for Amnesty International, Child’s rights advocate for Save the Children and an after-hours military case worker for the American Red Cross. 


Maritza Bond, MPH, Secretary 

West Haven, Connecticut
Maritza Bond served as a Commissioner of the former PCSW state agency and now serves as Secretary of PCSW Education Fund, Inc. Maritza is the Director of Health and Social Services for the City of Bridgeport, where she leads efforts that promote, prevent, and protect city residents.

        Maritza has been in the Public Health sector for over 15 years serving both urban and rural settings. Previously Maritza served as Executive Director of Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC), Inc. In this role, Bond provided leadership to bring educators, health care professionals, and community leaders together regionally and statewide to ensure health care access and enhance the workforce in Connecticut.

        Prior to joining Eastern AHEC, Maritza coordinated several grant project initiatives at the Naugatuck Valley Health District, including the Immunization Action Program (IAP). Maritza was the 2015 Health Rural Health Leadership Fellow, a 2008 CT Health Foundation Leadership Fellow and served on various boards and committees statewide. 


Carolyn Treiss, JD, MSW, Treasurer  

Glastonbury, Connecticut
Carolyn Treiss served as the Executive Director of the former PCSW state agency and now serves as President of PCSW, Inc. and Treasurer of PCSW Education Fund, Inc. Carolyn currently serves as Executive Assistant to Commissioner Scott Jackson at the Connecticut Department of Labor.

        Carolyn’s passion for women’s rights advocacy is longstanding, having served as executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice CT, chief of staff at the state Office of Health Care Access, legislative program manager for the Department of Social Services, and as policy director for the Connecticut Senate Democratic Caucus.

       She has served on both her local Town Council and Board of Education, as well as serving as a former board member of NARAL Pro-Choice CT, CT NOW and the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund.

        Treiss was named the recipient of the 2015 Catherine Roraback Award from NARAL Pro-Choice CT, as well as a member of Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s “First 100 Plus,” an award honoring leaders working to improve the lives of domestic violence victims in Connecticut.


Lucia Aschettino, Director

Orange, Connecticut
Lucia Aschettino served as Secretary and a Commissioner of the former PCSW state agency. She is currently chairwoman of the board of The Get In Touch Foundation, getintouchfoundation.org a non-profit dedicated to educating girls about the importance of breast health.

        Lucia also serves on the board of Christian Counseling Family & Life Center, a mental health center located in Shelton, Connecticut. She has served as a mentor for "at risk" girls in Kenya, with the Global Give Back Circle.

        Her professional career was in eCommerce and Customer Experience with Pitney Bowes Inc. Lucia is deeply committed and passionate about driving initiatives that effect women and girls. As a mother of two daughters, issues of gender equality, pay equity and women rights are issues that strongly resonate with all of her volunteer efforts. 


JoAnn Calnen, Director

Enfield, Connecticut
JoAnn Calnen served as a Commissioner of the former PCSW state agency.  JoAnn is a retired practice manager from ProHealth Physicians. She is a past State President of General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut and she is currently serving on the board of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, an international organization, on the Legislative and Public Policy Committee. JoAnn is a Registered Parliamentarian currently serving on the Education Committee of the New England Association of Parlimentarians.


Susan Eastwood, Director

Ashford, Connecticut
Susan Eastwood served as a Commissioner of the former PCSW state agency. Susan is the Director of Communications and Outreach for the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut/Clean Water Action CT and works to protect clean water, to promote clean energy and to remove toxins from children’s products.

        She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, and worked for 25 years in Connecticut as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. She is also a member of the Ashford Board of Finance, Chair of the Ashford Clean Energy Task Force, and has served on the Ashford Planning and Zoning Commission. She co-authored Tobacco Culture (University Press of KY) based on her research with Kentucky farmers and their families.


Jillian Gilchrest, Director

West Hartford, Connecticut
Jillian Gilchrest served as the Senior Policy Analyst for the former PCSW state agency. Jillian is currently the Director of Health Professional Outreach for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, Ms. Gilchrest has extensive experience advocating for women’s health and safety, in particular influencing public policy.

        She currently Chairs the State’s Trafficking in Persons Council for the Connecticut General Assembly. Jillian also served as the Director of Public Policy and Communication at Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Policy Director at the Connecticut Association for Human Services, and Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut.


Valarie Shultz-Wilson, Director

Danbury, Connecticut
Valarie Shultz Wilson served as a Commissioner of the former PCSW state agency and now serves as Vice President of PCSW, Inc. Valarie has served as President & CEO of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut since 2006.

        Valarie has served on various boards and committees, including United Way of Coastal Fairfield County; International Women's Forum, Connecticut chapter; UN, US committee on Women NYC chapter; Institute For Domestic Violence in the African American community; Office of Violence Against Women round table for Women & Girls of Color; Regional Planning Association (CT); Women in Development (NYC); and the Booker T. Washington Charter School. 

Advisory Board
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
Teresa Younger 
Patricia Russo
Patricia Hendel
Barbara DeBaptiste.




 


 

PCSW Education Fund, Inc. conducts research, education, coalition-building, 
outreach and very limited legislative advocacy, as allowed by law.