With over 300+ staff in Connecticut working towards enhancing the lives of patients and building their confidence to effect positive change, learn more about our Leadership.
Meet Our Executive Team
The President & CEO of Community Mental Health Affiliates since 2006, Raymond J. Gorman has served the people of Connecticut for over 40 years through his efforts in both the public and private sector. Gorman is the former Commissioner of the CT Office of Health Care Access where he regulated the Hospital and Healthcare industry in landmark decisions regarding access to reproductive services, hospital closures, mergers and acquisitions, and the establishment of the first for profit hospital in CT. As Deputy Commissioner of the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, he led a team that was responsible for the orderly closure of the two antiquated State Hospitals at Norwich and Fairfield Hills, and the expansion of Mental Health services across the state. As the registered lobbyist and CEO of the CT Child Caring Association he brought successful legal action against the State of Connecticut, compelling the State to pay the reasonable costs of care for disabled children served in Residential Treatment Centers. He has served in leadership roles in numerous health and human services organizations and trade associations. He has been appointed by several Governors to legislatively mandated committees and task forces. Gorman is a graduate of Antioch University, earning his Master's degree in Human Services Administration in 1990. A Connecticut native, he resides in Newington. An ardent trivia fan, he possesses a vast reservoir of fairly interesting but mostly useless information.
Raymond J. Gorman
President and CEO
Grace is the Chief Operating Officer at CMHA and has been with the agency for the past 17 years. Grace is a graduate of the UCONN School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She had spent the beginning of her career in the substance abuse area of the organization, and after obtaining her Master’s Degree in Social Work, transitioned into a leadership role overseeing the Mental Health group home system. She also held leadership roles in both child and adult outpatient programs at CMHA. Grace has spent most of her career focusing on the integration of substance abuse, mental health, and physical health services within the organization to provide a holistic approach for the clients we serve. Grace’s most notable attribute is her laugh; you know when Grace is in the building if you hear the sound of her laugh!
Grace Cavallo, LCSW
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Human Capital Officer, Stacey has oversight of the Human Resources department at CMHA. Stacey holds a Master’s Degree in Labor Relations from The University of New Haven and has been working in healthcare and human services for over 22 years. Stacey previously worked for large health systems in the state but has since shifted her passion for Human Resources towards smaller not for profit organizations, with a focus on both organizational and leadership development. Stacey is an avid Buffalo Bill’s fan and loves nothing more than watching a football game with her family while eating wings. Her favorite wings are from Anchor Bar, the famed birthplace of the Buffalo chicken wing.
Chief Human Capital Officer
Meet Our Senior Management Team
Ann has been with CMHA for 17 years. She is a graduate of UConn School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ann spent the early part of her career in CMHA's Residential Services, where she helped to transform the agency's system of care. Ann's expertise spans across multiple clinical programs. Part of agency leadership for 14 years, Ann currently oversees Residential Services, Adult & Child Outpatient Services, Forensic Services, the Behavioral Health Home, and other Community Programs. Ann is known for her weekly visits to Marshall's.
Ann Lavoie, LCSW
VP of Community Operations
Chris has been with CMHA since 2015. He started in the organization's Integrated Health Care program (Behavioral Health Home), where he helped transform and enhance CMHA's healthcare integration model. Chris has served in a variety of positions across multiple community and residential programs. In his current role as VP of Strategy & Innovation, Chris oversees the Performance Improvement and External Relations Departments. Chris is an integral part of CMHA's Legislative Advocacy initiatives, Chair of the agency's Valuing Diversity Committee, and represents CMHA in the statewide CLAS standards initiative. A graduate of the University of Saint Joseph and Central Connecticut State University, Chris holds a Master's in Clinical Social Work and a Master's in Business Management with a Certification in Project Management and Six Sigma. Chris stands at 6 feet and 6 inches tall ... and no, he does not play basketball.
Christopher Porcher LCSW, MBM, MCPM
Vice President of Strategy & Innovation
John is CMHA’s Medical Director. He first served in the role from 2002-2005, then John worked at various hospitals throughout Connecticut for the following 8 years. He returned to CMHA in 2013 and worked in a number of programs, including the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, Ability Beyond, and the Torrington Adult Outpatient Program. He became Medical Director in 2020 and continues to have clinical responsibilities. John graduated from the University of Virginia then attended the University of Maryland's School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship at Cornell and Yale. John would consider leaving CMHA only to be a roadie for the Cowboy Junkies. He’s especially proud of himself for finally learning how to cook during the COVID lockdown.
John Nazarian, M.D.
Laura is Vice President of Intensive Operations and has been with the agency for the last 14 years. A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, she practices as an LPC. Over the years, Laura has served in a variety of clinical and administrative positions, most recently overseeing the Intensive, Home Based and Community Support departments. She has been an active member of the senior management group for the last seven years. Laura is an avid runner of almost 30 years and her motto is: “Say yes as much as possible -- and drink plenty of coffee!”
Vice President of Intensive Operations
As Vice President of Finance, Karen has oversight of the finance department and property management at CMHA. Karen is a graduate of Post University and has been working in the non-profit arena for over 30 years. She first worked for the Village for Families & Children in Hartford before joining CMHA 13 years ago. Karen also has over 30 years’ experience in federal and state grants management. Karen’s taste in music is rather eclectic, but her favorite is rockin’ out to the Foo Fighters at Fenway Park.
Vice President of Finance
Tanya Banas has held many leadership roles within the organization over the past 8 years.With her innate leadership skills and her ability to take initiative on agency level tasks, moving from interim to a permanent role was an easy decision. Tanya is a strategic thinker, always having the staff and clients at the forefront of her mind, making her an asset to our senior leadership team.