Dennis Kobylarz MD is a Family Physician practicing in Litchfield County for over 30 years. He believes mental health and behavioral problems have been some of the most frustrating and difficult problems to overcome for patients and families. The B.E.R.E.A.D.Y. Project's approach will give additional resources and guidance to assist patients and families to overcoming these problems.
Having a board of directors as diverse as our community is important to our mission
Catharina Ohm is the proud grandmother of two wonderful boys, loves her four Chihuahuas, enjoys reading Russian literature and English history and is committed to working out at 5:00 AM five days a week! She emigrated to the United States in 1980 then spent 6 years in the US Army. Catharina dedicated 30 years to working in various positions in one non-profit agency providing residential, in-home and therapeutic day support services to more than 130 persons with intellectual disabilities. Between 2005 and April 2019, she served as the agency’s Executive Director.
In 2007, Catharina received a Master’s in Social Work, (Clinical Studies) from UCONN.
In August of 2019, joined the Winchester Youth Service Bureau in the capacity of Executive Director and proudly declares she "finds the work extremely rewarding. I appreciate the task variety and especially enjoy interacting with the teenagers we serve. Working with at risk youth is not a job, but rather a calling. I feel I have found a “home” at last. “
A position for perspective and support
Currently a criminal justice major with a concentration in crime and criminal behavior. I am also a head teacher at an early childcare educational facility. Although I am only 22 years old, I understand the importance of combatting mental health at the source from a young age, considering I have struggled with anxiety and depression most of my life. Working in childcare only reminds me that these little people are the future of our world and need to know the importance of dealing and coping with their emotions. I truly believe that if youth learn this at a younger age, we will see a decrease in drug abuse, crime and poverty statistics.
Chair representing the youth medical health community perspective and support
Chair representing the perspective and support for mental health
A local and multi-business owner, George brings an empowering entrepreneur perspective and dynamic IT support
Community education and diversity chair
The wife and mother figure in a diverse family with six children
blended from multi-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds; brought
together by birth, adoption and marriage. From early on Judy has had
a heart for helping those hurting whether it is rescuing
wild/abandoned animals or candy striping with elderly citizens.
Coming from a small rural town in the Northwest Corner and raised with
influence from and respect for those in the HealthCare Services field,
combined with a family-focused home life, made her professional
pursuits inevitably geared towards humanitarian jobs. Her experience
over the past 20+ years includes direct care and management of DDS and
DCF group homes, supporting and educating individuals seeking to
improve their life choices with case guidance planning, organizing
events and most importantly advocating and bringing awareness to
benefit the underprivileged and misunderstood in her community. As a
self-proclaimed “Domestic Engineer”, Judy finds joy in creative
problem solving while supporting the daily challenges of balancing
life with special needs children; strongly supported with a background
in mental health/behavioral services and core belief of promoting
independence & growth.
Brandy is a lifelong Litchfield county resident and has committed to serving the community that raised her since entering the mental health field in 2002.
In her career, Brandy has had the pleasure of working with residents of this region in many different care settings, including outpatient, inpatient, emergency intervention, out and about in the community and in their homes.
A biracial adult who was raised in Litchfield County, as well as a parent to two biracial children; Brandy recognizes the various ways the minority youth and families of Litchfield County can be educated and supported.
This broad understanding of mental health resources and life in the region has provided her with an awareness of the gaps that have been created by the growth and change of the Greater Torrington area over the decades.
This awareness and clinical mental health expertise fueled by the passion and dreams of Judith Kobylarz-Dillard is what brought Brandy to The Be Ready Project.
We can't change the past, and the only way to change our future ... is by Changing NOW!
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