Meet the Staff

ERIC CHRISTMAS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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203-272-5607, ext. 1100

Eric comes to Abilities Without Boundaries with 20 years of experience in human services. He has a strong background implementing program systems and achieving outcomes. Eric started his career as a substance abuse counselor with a nonprofit program.  He then helped create Jay Brothers Unified Resource Center, a program supporting individuals returning home from prison, providing resources they need to be viable in their communities. Eric was also instrumental in spearheading a reentry program for Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Gamin’s administration. Eric continues to serve as a mentor providing structure and guidance in the lives of at-risk youth. A member of the AWB senior staff since 2019 Eric first served as Director of Operations. In his current role as Executive Director, Eric continues his lifelong advocacy supporting at-need individuals including the very special people we serve.

AMANDA BARNES

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCES

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203-272-5607, ext. 1105

Amanda joins the Abilities Without Boundaries team with 10 years of experience in Business Management & Hospitality. She has worked with numerous nonprofits including elementary schools, churches and community centers, where she has become a pillar within the Connecticut nonprofit community. Amanda has been with AWB since 2016 and has been dedicated to her role in administration, problem solving, team building and the overall mission of AWB. During 2020 Amanda took a role with the State of Connecticut as an Investigator for DDS. She rejoined AWB in 2021 as Director of Operations and Human Resources. Amanda will be opening a JUICE BAR in New Haven County and plans to incorporate a juicing program at AWB for the participants and staff to share a wellness lifestyle! Amanda has great love and passion to serve the individuals in our care.

PAMELA TORTORICI

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

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203-272-5607, ext. 1118

Having once worked at a nonprofit in Waterbury, Pamela wanted to again be part of an organization where she could give back to the local community. Her extensive accounting and bookkeeping experience includes large corporations like Southland Company (7-11 stores) and most recently Consolidated Industries, a worldwide manufacturer. Pamela is familiar with the mission of organizations like AWB through her personal journey with a daughter who successfully overcame a disability.

ASHLEY TORRES

DAY SERVICES CASE MANAGER

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203-272-5607, ext. 1120

Ashley manages all our Day Services Programs, working with the CT Department of Disability Services. She joins the Abilities Without Boundaries team with an extensive background working in DDS and DCF funded agencies, including Meriden BOE, ACES and Ben Haven. With more than 12 years of experience, she is enthusiastic and devoted to serving individuals with various diagnoses, including intellectual disabilities and physical limitations. Ashley takes pride in assisting our population by being an advocate and instructor, and she is dedicated to fulfilling AWB’s mission. Her skill set in her current role includes ensuring implementation of DDS and AWB policies and practices, encouraging individuals’ growth and program development, supporting the planning and coordination of programs, maintaining timely communications among the team and fostering positive relations within the team and with external providers. Ashley acts as a liaison to DDS and strives for the successful inclusion of every individual served at AWB.

SUZANNE KISTNER

GROUP SUPPORTED CASE MANAGER

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203-272-5607, ext. 1140

Suzanne has been in the Human Services field for more than 15 years with diverse experience providing services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. She began her employment with AWB in 2018 as a program instructor. She was subsequently promoted to Program Manager and thence to her current position. As Case Manager for our group supported individuals, she works with plans implemented by DDS and creates career opportunities and community involvement. She works with our individuals to achieve personal growth and Individual Program goals according to the level of need. Suzanne has worked diligently creating a successful M.U.S.I.C  program at AWB. As a form of therapy, music lessons and participations help our individuals communicate and participate. Suzanne has an Associate’s degree in business and medical administration. Suzanne is dedicated to the mission of AWB and shows extreme passion in her role.

TASHIRA FERGUSON

BEHAVIORIST

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Tashira joins the Abilities Without Boundaries team with more than 17 years of experience in Human Services leadership. She has extensive experience in supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and managing non-profit organizations across the state of  Connecticut. She is passionate about serving the DDS population and advocating for individuals with disabilities. Tashira specializes in behavior supports management and Therap LLC implementation. Tashira has 9 years in leadership and quality assurance experience. She has her bachelor’s degree in Social Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree.

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