Our Board of Directors
We are pleased to introduce you to our Board of Directors. The board is comprised of individuals all of whom are strongly committed to the mission of NECD, Inc. and who understand the need for and importance of an agency like ours.
President/CEO and co-founder
Tracy Knight, LCSW: Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers Tracy was born in Hawaii and spent many years living in the mid-West. She and her family moved to Connecticut from Olathe, Kansas so that her son could attend the Amercian School for the Deaf. Tracy has been involved with the Deaf communities in Missouri, Kansas and Connecticut for almost 20 years. She served on the Region 5 Council of Developmental Disabilities, the Southwest MO. Task force on Autism and is a former member of the Parent Advisory Committee at the American School for the Deaf. Tracy earned her Associates degree in Criminal Justice and went on to earn her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Saint Joseph (formerly St. Joseph College) and then her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in New York. She has subsequently earned her License as a Clinical Social Worker.
Chairman/COO and co-founder
Joseph Sisk, MA, LPC, NCC, SCSA, CCTP: Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His Joe was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated from the William H. Hall High School in West Hartford. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and went on to pursue his Master of Arts degree in Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City. Joe moved back to Connecticut in 1991 and has worked in direct care in both mental health and substance abuse facilities. He earned his license as a Professional Counselor and he is also a Nationally Certified Counselor. Joe also holds a Specialty Certificate in Substance Abuse and he is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. He has over 20 years of management experience in the human services field.
Christopher Knight, Jr.: Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His Chris (Cj) grew up primarily in the mid-west, but as the son in a military family, Chris spent some time in Germany as a toddler. He lived mostly in Missouri specifically in Joplin and Carthage. Chris was educated in the mainstream public school system through elementary school after which time his family moved to Kansas where he attended the Kansas State School for the Deaf. He graduated from middle school at KSD. Chris's family then moved to CT where he attended the American School for the Deaf and graduated with his high school diploma. Since graduation he has obtained his veterinary assistant certificate from Tunxis Community College. He currently works at Flamig Farm in Simsbury. Chris is fluent in American Sign Language.
Jacqueline Fusari (preferred pronouns: she/her/hers) was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida where she earned her Associates of Science in Sign Language Interpretation from St. Petersburg College. During this time, Jacqueline worked with the Deaf Literacy Center at the Safety Harbor Library. In this role, she was involved in the coordination of services and the planning and execution of various events held within the Deaf community. She assisted Deaf colleagues in conducting sign language instruction classes for hearing individuals. She then moved to St. Augustine, Florida where she worked at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind while earning her Bachelors of Science in Deaf Education. After graduating, Jacqueline moved to California, where she worked as a sign language interpreter for 10 years. In 2017, she
began studying Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine, earning her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Currently, Jacqueline is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of Connecticut, where she runs her own office in Avon.
Board positions at NECD, Inc. are unpaid. All board members volunteer their time for NECD, Inc.
NECD, Inc. wishes to thank the board for all your time and your commitment to the agency, to the mission and to the clients and their families.