Meet Our Team
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.
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.
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.
Director of Advancement
Amanda Delaura has the pleasure of spearheading both fundraising and outreach initiatives to raise the profile of Interval House and ensure we have the financial support to help clients. Having exclusively worked in the nonprofit world, she has held roles in marketing, communications, and advancement 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.
Donor Data Specialist
As Interval House’s Donor Data Specialist, Betty 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.
Director of Advocacy Programs
As the Director of Advocacy Programs at Interval House, Jennifer Lopez oversees the 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.”
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.
Director of Community Programs
Emily Cintorino is Interval House’s liaison to the communities it serves, leading the charge on partnerships and offerings that result in improved outcomes for clients, such as support groups. Prior to this, Emily worked at Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain as a community counselor and counseling services coordinator, where she worked one-on-one with clients and ran weekly support groups. She is excited to be a part of the Interval House family to strengthen relationships with community members, support and empower families, and to continue to work diligently in the mission to end domestic violence.