Meet Our Team

Mary-Jane Foster

President and CEO
860-246-9149  Ext. 312

Mary-Jane Foster joined Interval House in January of 2017. Ms. Foster has been an advocate for victims of domestic violence since 1989 when she began volunteering with the YWCA of Bridgeport. Her work with victims of domestic violence led her to a law degree and subsequently she practiced family law representing those who experience intimate partner abuse. She continued her volunteer work in domestic violence related arenas and she was instrumental in founding the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport, the first family justice center in Connecticut. She has frequently advocated for increased funds and protections for victims of domestic violence in Connecticut’s state legislature.

Mary-Jane was most recently Vice President of University Relations at the University of Bridgeport and is also the co-founder and former CEO of the Bridgeport Bluefish, a minor-league baseball team in the Atlantic League of Baseball. As managing partner of Bridgeport Waterfront Investors, she co-developed the 5,500-seat ballpark in Bridgeport and was instrumental in the development of the nearby Webster Bank Arena. Early in her career she was also a TV commercial actress.

“Mary-Jane Foster is an ideal chief to lead Interval House and its workin responding to victims of domestic violence,” says Karen Jarmoc, president and CEO of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence or CCADV. “She offers the perfect mix of advocacy and strategic thinking which will be so important to Interval House and all domestic violence providers in the state as we collectively move forward to advance policy and practice to most effectively support victims and their families.”

With Ms. Foster at the helm, all at Interval House look forward to implementing the shared vision of lasting social change, working towards a world in which domestic and family violence no longer exists.

Hailey Boucher

Executive Administrative Assistant
860-246-9149 Ext. 313

Ms. Boucher has a pivotal role in most aspects of operations at Interval House and she works closely, not only with our President and CEO, but with our Board, staff, donors, supporters, and virtually everyone involved. Her level of mastery is of someone far beyond her years.

Iris Ruiz

Assistant Director
860-246-9149 Ext. 315

Penni Micca

Volunteer Coordinator
860-246-9149 ext. 350

Penni Micca has been a Domestic Violence Advocate since 1993 when she joined the Interval House team as a volunteer. She transitioned to staff in 1994 working on the hotline and in the safe house. Since 1997 Penni has been co-located at the Manchester Police Department as a Law Enforcement Advocate. The Domestic Violence Outreach Team (DVOT) is the longest running partnership of its kind in CT and serves as a model. She is a certified police instructor with the State of Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.C.). She also provides various trainings through the CCADV Training Institute as well as in the community at large. Penni is a founding member of the East Central Multidisciplinary Team (ECMDT) and continues to serve on the team as Co-Chair. She has been the Interval House Legislative Liaison since 2001. Penni chaired the CT Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee (CDVFRC) for a number of years. In 2011 she was appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to the Law Enforcement’s Response to Family Violence Task Force. Penni represents Interval House on the Manchester Community College Title IX Taskforce / Campus Response Team. In 2016 she came back to her roots and took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator. She is responsible for recruiting, supporting and maintaining Interval House volunteer staff.  “It’s like coming full circle,” says Penni. “We all have a role in ending violence and I am excited about helping volunteers find theirs.”

David Rivera

Community Educator


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