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Men Make A Difference

Men Against Domestic Violence™

In 2009, Interval House and US Senator Richard Blumenthal co-founded Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™. The members of the group–all influential in their fields and communities–act as ambassadors for the cause, distributing information and materials, fundraising, and giving a voice to survivors of domestic violence. Their message to other men and boys is clear: there is never an excuse for abuse.

The founding members of Interval House’s Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™ on September 22, 2009, gathered for the first time at the State Capitol to dedicate themselves in the cause against domestic violence.


Today, the group consists of politicians, first responders, educators, businessmen, civic leaders, media personalities, artists and lawyers, all standing with Interval House to end violence against women and advocate for change.

Men Make a Difference Members:

Kenneth Alleyne, MD, FAAOS, Eastern Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Arunan Arulampalam, Mayor, City of Hartford

Kenneth Barela, CEO, Hispanic Health Council

Timothy Bergstrom, Regional President and Head of Business Banking – Connecticut, Webster Bank N.A.

Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator for Connecticut, U.S. Senate

Richard Brown, Managing Partner, Five Eight Holdings, LLC

Donn Cabral, Professional Athlete, Judicial Law Clerk, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

Nick Caito, Photographer, Nick Caito Photo

Brennden Colbert, Training Program Coordinator, Advancing Connecticut Together

Julio Concepcion, Vice President of Hartford Partnerships, MetroHartford Alliance

Rich Coppola, Reporter, WTNH News 8

Charles Coursey, Principal, Coursey & Company

James Donahue, President, Winam Wines

Brad Drazen, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Kevin Ferrarotti, Senior System Director, Hartford HealthCare EMS

Joseph Furey, Co-Chief Meteorologist, WTNH News 8

Samuel Gray, Jr., President and CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Hartford

Duncan Harris, CEO, Capital Community College

Humberto Hormaza, President, General Manager, WTIC FOX61 & WCCT CW20, TEGNA

Denis Horrigan, Partner & Co-founder, Connecticut Wealth Management

Dennis House, Evening News Anchor, WTNH News 8

Jason Jakubowski, President & CEO, Connecticut Foodshare

George Jepsen, Partner, Jepsen Rowthorn LLP

Armando Jimenez, Sr. Program Manager, Early Careers & Diversity Programs, Intuit

Rich Kehoe, State Director, Office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

Garry Lapidus, Director, Research Operations & Development, Connecticut Children’s

Andy Matthews, President, Connecticut State Police Union

Prasad Menon, President, Simsbury-Granby Rotary

Damion Morgan, SEL Specialist, Windsor Public Schools

William Petit, President, Petit Family Foundation

Paul Resetarits, Professor, Central Connecticut State University

Jason Rojas, Chief of Staff, Associate Vice President for External Affairs, Trinity College, House Majority Leader, 9th General Assembly District

John Royce, Co-Founder and Principal, Fairfield Caterers, Inc.

James Sanchez, Councilman, City of Hartford

Charon Smalls, School Social Worker, CREC Museum Academy

Harold Sparrow, President, YMCA of Greater Hartford

Oscar Suarez, Partner, Halloran Sage

William Tong, Attorney General, State of Connecticut

John Turgeon, CPA, HCS, Partner, Co-Leader, CohnReznick Affiliated Companies

Edwin Vargas, Former State Representative, Connecticut House of Representatives, District 006

Steve Vaughan, Vice President, Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, Liberty Bank

Jamaal Wagner, Assistant Coach, CCSU Blue Devils

Ed Wrobel, Managing Director – retired, Towers Watson

Joe Young, President, Joe Young Entertainment

“Unless we, as men, are willing to stand up and speak out, this whirlwind of tragedy and devastation will be passed from one generation to the next,” said Senator Blumenthal. “I have pledged to do everything I can to break the cycle of domestic violence. Please stand with me to do the same.”

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