Hi, I'm Connie!
From Pathmark to an industrial conglomerate, nothing has gone as “planned” and I would not change a thing. Each experience taught me more about myself and provided valuable lessons that had to be lived to be truly appreciated; like becoming a mom to my beautiful daughter. It made me think deeper about the world she was going to be growing up in. I am so grateful for all of my lessons. My first career choice was sparked by the loss of a woman very near and dear to me, Glendora Castello, my grandmother. Our experience caring for a home-bound elderly family member compelled me to return to college, Long Island University, for an advanced degree so that I would be in a position to make policy change for those unable to advocate for themselves. (Here’s my career story, if you’re interested.)
Advocating for others is something that has come naturally to me, my mission is to serve. When I see or hear of people being mistreated, there is a fire ignited inside and I am immediately moved to consider what resources I have at my disposal that would be of benefit to the group or individual. Being an African-American woman and dedicating years of study in the African-American experience I am deeply connected to struggle and inequity. In working with incarcerated individuals I have found a depth of humanity where most would least expect it. I am a firm believer that God creates detours to guide you to your destiny. Civilian Corrections Academy, The Fly Behind The Wall and Conversations At The Wall are where my detour has led me.
“Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.”