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Meet Our Team

Mary-Jane Foster

President and CEO

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 Total Mortgage Arena. Early in her career she was also an actress in New York. In addition to stage and film work, she performed in over 200 radio and television commercials.

“Mary-Jane Foster is an ideal chief to lead Interval House and its work in responding to victims of domestic violence,” says Karen Jarmoc, former 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, Interval House is implementing the shared vision of lasting social change, working with focus on prevention and services that intervene in the cycle of family violence.


Hailey Boucher

Office and Facilities Manager

Hailey Boucher has been with Interval House since 2014, serving in various capacities—including in the Children’s Program and in the Development Department—before being named Office and Facilities Manager in 2022. She works closely with all staff to make sure the building is running properly and that clients have what they need during their time in the Safe House. Hailey is honored to work for an agency that strives to make a big difference in this world and grateful for the colleagues with whom she works.

Heather K. Flannery

Chief Operating Officer

Heather K. Flannery manages the oversight and logistics of Interval House’s program operations. It’s her job to make sure that everything runs smoothly so that our dedicated team of advocates can do their best work! Prior to joining Interval House in 2018, she spent over a decade providing direct service case management to women and families experiencing homelessness in Hartford. Heather is delighted to be in a role where she can support, encourage, and grow programming that improves future safety and hopefulness for victims of domestic violence.


Amanda Delaura

Director of Advancement 

Amanda Delaura has the privilege of spearheading fundraising, marketing, and communications initiatives to raise the profile of Interval House and ensure the agency has the financial support to help clients. Having exclusively worked in the nonprofit world, she has held similar roles at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; and Malta House of Care. Amanda is a member of the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Class of 2016 and a survivor herself, which fuels her passion for the Interval House mission.

Betty Reece

Donor Data Specialist

As Interval House’s Donor Data Specialist, Betty Reece ensures that donation information is collected and stored accurately and safely and that our cherished donors receive sincere and thoughtful acknowledgements in a timely manner. Betty has over 10 years of nonprofit experience and a master’s degree in public administration. As a domestic violence survivor and single mom, she is passionate about supporting women and families through their journey to better, safer lives.


Jennifer Lopez

Director of Advocacy Programs

As the Director of Advocacy Programs at Interval House, Jennifer Lopez oversees Interval House’s court and law enforcement programs. Her dynamic team advocates for clients in the Hartford and Manchester criminal and family courts, and provides urgent service to high-risk victims referred by local police departments. Jen has worked with victims of domestic violence in many aspects of the issue for the past 34 years. She loves what she does because it makes a difference: “I believe strongly that through dedication and strong collaborations, we are making victims safer.”

Penni Micca

DV Law Enforcement Advocate & Volunteer Coordinator

Penni Micca first joined Interval House as a volunteer in 1993 and has worn many hats during her 30 years with the agency. Central to the longest-running partnership of its kind in the State, Penni has been embedded within the Manchester Police Department since 1997, providing officer training and ensuring swift response to high-risk victims. Penni has served as the agency’s Legislative Liaison, has chaired the CT Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, and is a founding member of the East Central Multidisciplinary Team. She also trains new advocates and healthcare providers through the CCADV Training Institute, and serves as Volunteer Coordinator.

Community Programs

Jessica Garcia

Director of Community Programs

As Director of Community Programs, Jessica Garcia manages Interval House’s outreach initiatives as well as support groups for community clients. Prior to joining Interval House in 2024, Jessica worked as the Community Specialist for Hartford Public Schools and in various roles at The Village for Families and Children. Jessica is gratified to be in a role where she can focus on the prevention of domestic violence and educate the community on how to support survivors.

Maggie Taylor

Community Convener

Maggie Taylor works directly with Interval House’s community partners to offer culturally-reflective and engaging preventive education, primarily focusing on  Teen Dating Violence awareness and instruction to youth. Maggie is a professional trainer and curriculum developer, who previously worked in the Mental Health and Addictions field. She believes “knowledge is power,” and that it is a privilege to educate youth on relational skills that they will utilize throughout their lifetime.


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