Meet the Staff

LEANDRE DUPREE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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LeAndre leads our team at Abilities Without Boundaries with an impressive resume and deep experience as an advocate for all people. He was Clinical Director at a nonprofit serving the Greater Bridgeport area where he was responsible for overseeing and developing numerous programs supporting individuals with mental health concerns. Passionate in giving back to his community, he volunteers as a mentor for at-risk youth. He has more than 15 years of experience in the human services field working with state funded, nonprofit agencies similar to AWB. He continues to grow our organization, providing positive support for our staff and the individuals we serve. LeAndre obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Connecticut.

ASHLEY DAWKINS

DIRECTOR OF CASE MANAGEMENT

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Ashley comes to Abilities Without Boundaries with more than 10 years of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ashley has advanced in her career from: Direct Support Professional to Assistant Program Manager to Program Manager. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Human Services from Albertus Magnus College. Ashley takes pride in serving our population by being an advocate for the individuals served. She is dedicated to our mission. Her primary goal is to encourage individuals to meet their long-term independent goals by maximizing their potential through service plans.

PAMELA TORTORICI

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

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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.

TASHIRA FERGUSON

BEHAVIORIST

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Tashira joins the Abilities Without Boundaries team with more than 14 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 for servicing the DDS population and others in need. Tashira specializes in behavioral and Therap, LLC supports. Tashira comes to AWB with 6 years in a leadership and quality assurance experience. She has her bachelor’s degree in Social Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Administration at Albertus Magnus College.

AMANDA BARNES

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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Amanda started her journey in 2005 as a personal assistant to Kay Wyrick, former community activist of Waterbury, CT and founder of the Pride Cultural Center. She then in 2011 started as a front desk agent at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotels, where she was promoted to Front Office Supervisor in 2013. She began her journey with AWB in July of 2016 as the interim Administrative Assistant. With hard work, dedication and extreme knowledge of the business, Amanda is now a part of our AWB team for the long haul. Amanda has a great love for the individuals served and believes in our mission statement. She is currently pursuing her degree in Business Management.

A Behavioral Consultant is also available.