OUR TEAM

What is our goal in the long run?

Matt's Mission exists to end the stigma and shame of drug addiction.  The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization seeks to educate people on the disease of addiction focusing on treatment not punishment, to assist with policy changes creating new paths to treatment, and to unite law enforcement, community and treatment facilities together with individuals suffering from substance use disorders.

The specific objectives and purposes of this organization are:

1. To provide awareness of addiction as a disease focusing on treatment not punishment.

2. To provide pathways into treatment and services for individuals suffering from addiction without shame, blame or arrest.

"It is about saving lives, rebuilding families, helping individuals on a lifelong road to recovery and combating the stigma associated with addiction."

Kelly Barrett

President

Kelly is dedicated to helping others both through her work as a clinician as well as in fighting the disease of addiction, a disease that tragically ended her brother’s life in 2015.  Kelly is committed to being part of the solution to the addiction crisis that has affected our community as well as our nation as a whole.

 

Kelly was born in Colorado Springs, CO and raised in Griswold, CT, having graduated from Griswold High School in 1997. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Connecticut State University, and her Master’s in Health Sciences from Quinnipiac University.

After working as a Physician Assistant for 8 years, she has decided to further her education in a more naturalistic, holistic approach to health.

Kelly is the President of Matt’s Mission - End the Stigma of addiction which seeks to raise awareness of addiction as a disease and promote treatment over incarceration for those battling addiction. She is dedicated to helping others both through her work as a clinician as well as in fighting the disease of addiction, a disease that tragically ended her brother’s life in 2015.

Kelly is committed to being part of the solution to the addiction crisis that has affected our community as well as our nation as a whole. She believes strongly that when given the proper support, every individual can combat the disease of addiction and reach their full potential.

Kelly is currently living in Central Village CT, and is excited to take Matt's Mission into the future as President.

Kathleen Dufficy

Vice President, Treasurer, Founder

Kathleen Dufficy was born and raised in Connecticut.  Kathleen founded “Matt’s Mission – End the Stigma of Drug Addiction”  after her son, Matthew lost his 12 year battle with addiction in a drug-related accident on November 23, 2015. Kathleen is also the Vice President and Treasurer of the Matt's Mission Board.

 

Kathleen Dufficy was born and raised in Connecticut. Kathleen founded “Matt’s Mission – End the Stigma of Drug Addiction” after her son, Matthew lost his 12 year battle with addiction in a drug-related accident on November 23, 2015.

Kathleen has 31 years of experience with the CT Judicial Branch retiring in October, 2017, has volunteered for numerous community based organizations, participates in programs to continue educating herself on substance use disorders and completed training as a Recovery Coach.

Her passion is to bring awareness to others through treatment programs and education, and assisting individuals on their path to treatment without shame, blame or arrest.

Kathleen stongly believes we need to shift our direction to treating addiction as a medical issue.  Encouragement, support and treatment will end the distress and break down the barriers which prevent individuals from seeking treatment.  She is a supporter of P.A.A.R.I. creating new pathways to treatment including the no arrest programs.

Kathleen believes it is about saving lives, rebuilding families, helping individuals on a lifelong road to recovery and combating the stigma associated with addiction.

Arline Maynard

Secretary

Arline has been a Middle School Teacher for the last 25 years. She joined Matt's Mission nonprofit to help those who are struggling with addiction. Those with addictions should be able to reach out for help and not get punished in the process. She believes early intervention must be available in order for the addict to have the greatest chance of success.

 

Arline Maynard was raised in Jewett City, CT. She graduated from Griswold High School and Eastern Connecticut State University and holds a Master of Science degree in education and professional educators endorsement to teach in Connecticut.

Arline is teaching in a middle school where she has worked for the last 25 years. She has volunteered to serve on a variety of boards and associations over the years and is now turning her attention to those who suffer from addiction.

She was inspired to join the Matt's Mission nonprofit to help those who are struggling with addiction. She is very concerned about the increased addiction issues and loss of life among children from too many caring families and believes there is much that needs to be done.

Those with addictions should be able to reach out for help and not get punished in the process. Arline sees that the door gets slammed on addicts once they are arrested making it very hard to find jobs and a better way of life.

She believes early intervention must be available in order for the addict to have the greatest chance of success. Arline believes we need a new way to look at those suffering from addiction in order to set them on the road to recovery.

John F. Malone

Board Member

 Jack Malone is the President and Executive Director of the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (S.C.A.D.D.). He has been with the agency over 20 years. His main effort in is to ensure a safe and sober place is available the moment a person declares they need help with their addiction.

 

Jack Malone is the President and Executive Director of the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (S.C.A.D.D.).

He has been with the agency since 1995 and its director since 2001. As such he has been a tireless advocate for treatment for all those who suffer from the disease of addiction. His main effort in his years with SCADD have been to ensure a safe and sober place is available the moment a person declares they need help with their addiction.

He is a frequent speaker on all aspects of addiction and treatment locally, statewide and nationally. Mr. Malone has advised cities and businesses on steps to take when confronted with addiction and its damaging costs.

He is often called upon in the community by families who have suddenly learned a precious loved one is horribly addicted. In that regard he lives by the belief that in order to keep the fabulous gift of sobriety he enjoys, he must give it away freely and continuously.

Anna Bedell

Board Member

Anna has lived in Southeastern CT for most of her life. Anna has been a person in recovery since March of 2014 and has experienced, firsthand, how addiction impacts the lives of individuals, their families and the community around them.

 

Anna has lived in Southeastern CT for most of her life. Currently she resides in Uncasville with her two children and husband.

Anna has been a person in recovery since March of 2014 and has experienced, firsthand, how addiction impacts the lives of individuals, their families and the community around them.

Anna, herself, has been through several treatment programs. She has experienced various challenges that people encounter when trying maintain sobriety.

Anna has volunteered at several events for Bethsaida Community Inc, donating her time, sharing her personal story and her musical talent.

She is excited to be a member of the Matt’s Mission Board of Directors. It is her hope that her personal experience can help achieve positive change in the community.

Anna is dedicated to do her part in eliminating the judgment people face when trying to recover from addiction.

Nancy Maynard-York

Board Member

Nancy was raised locally and has worked in the financial field for the past 20 years. After becoming involved as a volunteer for Matt's Mission, she soon realized how important this organization is for our community. Having had family and friends who have battled the disease of addiction, she is honored and proud to be part of this organization and committed to helping individuals and families suffering from substance use disorders.

Daryl McGraw

Board Member

Daryl’s personal journey through addiction and incarceration has prepared him to be a voice and
advocate for those who still find themselves caught in the vicious cycles of addiction and recidivism. When he is not out trying to save the world, he is a devoted father of three and a youth basketball
coach.

Daryl McGraw is the President and Founder of Formerly Inc., Connecticut’s first criminal justice consultant agency, that is predominantly staffed by formerly incarcerated individuals. Mr. McGraw also spends part of his time working at the Institute for Municipal Policy and Research at Central Connecticut State University as a Reentry Consultant, working to better the Reentry Process for Returning Citizens in Connecticut.

Prior to branching out on his own, Mr. McGraw served as Program Director for the Yale University Department of Psychiatry, during which time he was contracted to serve as the Director of the Office of Recovery Community Affairs for the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

In 2007, Mr. McGraw experienced a life changing event when he was arrested for probation violation and assault on a police officer, and was sentenced to serve 4 years in prison. This was not Mr. McGraw’s first time in prison although it would be his last time as an inmate. During his time of incarceration, Mr. McGraw used every second behind bars to create what he calls today his five-year plan for successful reentry.

In 2010, Mr. McGraw was released from prison with a GED and six composition notebooks complete with his own personal blueprint for reentry. Today, Mr. McGraw holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership, both from Springfield College. He also has his state certifications as an Addictions Counselor, Recovery Support Specialist, and a Criminal Justice Professional. Prior to entering the human service field, Mr. McGraw held several leadership positions in the hospitality field working for Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. McGraw has over 10 years of personal and professional experience in urban trauma, addiction recovery, and community reintegration. He is considered an expert in the field of Criminal Justice Reform and regularly speaks around the country and internationally in a variety of settings including university campuses, correctional facilities, behavioral health organizations, and national conferences.

Daryl’s personal journey through addiction and incarceration has prepared him to be a voice and advocate for those who still find themselves caught in the vicious cycles of addiction and recidivism. When he is not out trying to save the world, he is a devoted father of three and a youth basketball coach.

Christopher Jackson

Board Member

Since early 2018, Christopher Jackson has been acting as a volunteer for Matt’s Mission, contributing to the organization through graphic design, web development, live streaming of the 2019 Matt’s Mission Celebrates Recovery event and beyond.

Christopher Jackson is a marketing professional with over 10 years experience in everything from small business marketing, to managing the marketing and branding strategy for a nationally franchised company.

Since early 2018, Chris has been acting as a volunteer for Matt’s Mission, contributing to the organization through graphic design, web development, live streaming of the 2019 Matt’s Mission Celebrates Recovery event and beyond.

A passionate fighter for justice, Chris is always willing to speak up and speak out on behalf of disenfranchised communities, and is proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the important work being done through Matt’s Mission.

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