Meet the Staff

AMANDA BARNES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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203-272-5607, ext. 1107

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, then was named Executive Director in 2022. 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.

SUZANNE KISTNER

GROUP SUPPORTED CASE MANAGER

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203-272-5607, ext. 1105

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.