Randa Hojaiban is our Deputy Director. She has been with Children's Law Center since 2001, first as an intern, then as staff attorney. Randa completed her undergraduate studies at Fordham University and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law. She also earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, which she applies in developing outcome measurement tools for CLC as well as in the course of her legal duties. As Deputy Director, Randa is responsible for case management, staff oversight and implementing outcome measures for the organization. Additionally, she carries a partial caseload in New Britain Family Court, acts as a mediator in the Families in Transition program and supports the Children’s Law Line. She is admitted to practice law in both Connecticut and New York.
Aisha A. Roche is our Spanish speaking Staff Attorney. Aisha handles New Haven Family Court cases, supports the Law Line and acts as a mediator in the Families in Transition program. Aisha completed her undergraduate studies at Goucher College and is a graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law. Aisha graduated with an honors concentration certificate in Family and Juvenile Law and is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and New York.
Staff Attorney David Coughlin graduated cum laude from Western New England School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and a recipient of the Public Interest Scholarship. During law school David interned at The Children’s Law Center. David represents children in New Britain Family court, supports the Children’s Law Line and is acting as a mediator in the FIT program.
Staff Attorney Kathryn Bissonnette earned a BS degree in criminal justice and a JD from University of Connecticut School of Law. She served as Temporary Assistant Clerk in Waterbury Family Court for two and a half years and prior to that clerked in magistrate court, handling child support and paternity matters. During her undergraduate days, she held an internship in Norwalk criminal court. Attorney Bissonnette handles CLC caseload in eastern Connecticut.
Staff Attorney Artila Lubonja handles CLC’s caseload in the Waterbury and Hartford Family Court. Artila also mediates cases in the FIT program, as well as supports the review of advice given through the Children's Law Line. Artila completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut and holds a BA in Psychology. While attending UConn, she also interned at the Children's Law Center. Artila earned her JD from Western New England University, School of Law and is licensed to practice in Connecticut. During law school, Artila clerked at the Hampden Probate and Family Court in Springfield, MA, in addition to the legal division of the Department of Children and Families of Waterbury, CT. Prior to CLC, Artila worked as a Temporary Assistant Clerk for the Judges of the Hartford Superior Court. Artila is our Albanian speaking attorney.
Staff Attorney Monique Ryan is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut. She is an experienced family law attorney and has practiced at various private firms. Attorney Ryan is a returning staff attorney, having previously been a member of the CLC staff covering the Rockville and Putnam courts. Ryan resides in Hebron with her husband and children and is also a professor at Sacred Heart University.
Staff Attorney Kathryn Phillips handles CLC’s caseload in the Hartford, New Britain and Middletown Family Courts. Kathryn completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut and earned her JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Kathryn graduated with honors concentration certificates in family law and civil advocacy and dispute resolution and is licensed to practice in Connecticut. While attending law school, she interned at the Children's Law Center. Prior to joining CLC, Kathryn practiced family law at a private practice and worked as a clerk and the Caseflow Coordinator for the Judges of the Regional Family Trial Docket in Middletown.
CLC’s Staff Social Worker Nicole Silva, is a graduate of Springfield College, where she earned a master’s degree in Social Work. Nikki has her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Communication from Keene State College. Currently, Nicole is a Licensed Clinicial Social Worker in the State of Connecticut. Previously Nicole has worked at the Wheeler Clinic’s Extended Day Program (EDT) and also in their Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Service Unit (EMPS). She spent several years working at High Road School in Wallingford as a School Social Worker for children with emotional disturbance and severe special needs. Recently Nicole was a School Social worker in the Manchester Public School district where she was an integral part of maintaining a school based clinic partnership with the Manchester Community Child Guidance Clinic. Nicole loves the outdoors and when she is not working she can be found out on the numerous trails in CT or reading a book for her book club. She hopes to bring her excitement and enthusiasm of working with youth and families to CLC. Email Nicole at Nicole@clcct.org.
Deb Shulansky is CLC’s Director of Development. She is a graduate of Suffolk University School of Law and a graduate of the University of Rochester, cum laude. Prior to joining CLC, Deb served as Director of Community Outreach and Support at the Brain Injury Alliance of CT. She taught elementary school art at Renbrook School and has worked as a legal consultant to Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities and as an Administrative Attorney with the Department of Banking. In her spare time, Deb can be found playing with clay at her pottery studio. Email Deb at email@example.com.
Abby Woodhouse, our Marketing and Development Associate, is a graduate of Skidmore College with a degree in Psychology and a minor concentration in nonfiction writing. There she completed the thesis “Trauma at the Hands of Community Service Professionals: The Secondary Victimization of Sexual Assault Victims by the Medical and Legal Systems.” Prior to working at the Children’s Law Center, Abby worked at Provide, Inc. as their Online Engagement Officer and Online Media Assistant. As a sophomore in college, Abby interned at the Children’s Law Center as their Outcome Measurement Coordinator and is thrilled to return to the organization in this role. Email Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrative Assistant, Brooke Garcia, has her Bachelors degree from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and her certificate in Advanced Paralegal Studies. While she was obtaining her degree she was part of the management team at Sears for over 9 years. She has been giving thought to obtaining her Masters in Social Work or attending Law School in the future. Brooke is the mother of two young girls and spends her spare time on DIY projects. Email Brooke at CLC@clcct.org.
Numerous volunteers round out the CLC framework. Trained mediators volunteer their time to partner with our attorneys making our Families in Transition Program a viable mediation program.
CLC also offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students providing them with a realistic look into the legal system.