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.

SARAH SANTONE

CAREER SERVICES COORDINATOR

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Sarah offers Abilities Without Boundaries her passion for helping disabled people launch into rewarding lives. Before joining AWB, Sarah was a school behaviorist helping autistic students transition from middle to high school. She offered vocational counseling, helped students apply for programs and acted as liaison to outside contractors overseeing behavioral experiences. She collaborated with school counselors, teachers and administrators. Sarah’s a people person with sales and marketing experience. Prior to joining in the school system, she worked for the Valenti family of car dealerships. She understands business. Her valuable experience is a perfect fit as she guides our individuals into employment and works with local businesses to find and develop job opportunities. She sees AWB as an employment agency for our individuals finding both group and individual supported jobs. Sarah has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Southern Connecticut University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety and Security, from Goodwin College.

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.

ERIC CHRISTMAS

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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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. At AWB Eric will continue his lifelong advocacy supporting the individuals we serve.

A Behavioral Consultant is also available.