Monday, January 4, 2010

New Haven woman joins Journey Home

A New Haven advocate for the homeless and a guidance counselor at Cheshire Academy are among the four new members of the board of directors for Journey Home, a Hartford-based nonprofit organization that is spearheading implementation of the Capitol Region’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.

Francesca Martin, shown in photo, of New Haven, is associate director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing in New Haven, which is a nonprofit organization working to create supportive housing as a solution to long term homelessness, Journey Home said in a statement.

Prior to joining the national nonprofit intermediary in 2000, she was director of the Supportive Housing Program at The Consultation Center/Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine and held multiple positions at Community Mental Health Affiliates in New Britain, the statement said. Martin is a member of the American Sociological Association, a board member of the Connecticut Housing Coalition, and a grant reviewer for United Way of Greater New Haven. She earned a bachelor's degree on anthropology from Brown University, her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University, and her doctorate in Public and Urban Policy from New School University in New York, the statement said.

Bishop Tyrone Carlton Black of New Britain is bishop/overseer of the general assembly of Ebenezer Holy Temple, Inc. in Hartford, and is director of guidance and college counseling at Cheshire Academy. Prior to his elevation to the high holy office in 2002, he served as pastor of Carter Memorial Temple, EHT, Inc., the statement said. He was ordained as a minister in 1994. Black has founded multiple choirs, serves on the board of directors of P.L.A.C.E. (Partnerships in Learning and Creative Exploration, Inc.). At Cheshire he also coaches track and teaches college English to postgraduate students. He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Westminster College in Pennsylvania and his master's degree education from the University of New Haven.

Other new board members are: Diane W. Whitney of Windsor, an attorney at Pullman & Comley, LLC. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, she worked at LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae and was an assistant attorney general in Connecticut from 1988-92. Whitney is past president of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation Board, chairman of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Board, and is involved with numerous other organizations. Craig L. Sylvester of West Hartford is a partner at the Hartford-based firm of Reid and Riege, P.C. where he is the managing partner. Sylvester is a member of the Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, a national association of attorneys representing family businesses. He serves as on the board of directors of Riverfront Recapture, Inc. and the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund, is a former president of The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools and is a former Chair of the West Hartford Housing Authority.

Based in Hartford, but serving a 29-town region, Journey Home’s mission is foster a caring community that ensures a home for all. Journey Home gives life to this mission through encouraging collaboration, facilitating innovation and advocating for justice, its statement said. For more information, visit

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