Meet the TCC Team

Rachel Simon

Executive Director

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Kristana Esslinger

Director of Operations

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About Kristana
As the Director of Operations, Kristana is responsible for efficient operations of the organization that allows TCC to empower and advocate for LGBTQ+ people through programming focused on health, community, and learning. Kristana has extensive experience in operations and HR through her previous 31 years at Accenture. She has a BS in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Outside of work, Kristana volunteers for several local organizations primarily focused on youth. She is passionate about the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and for the mental health and wellness of people particularly teens and young adults. In her free time, she loves the outdoors, watching her kids play sports, spending time with friends and family as well as long walks with her rescue dog, Lucy.

DaJavon Davis

Clinical Supervisor

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Wendy McCaffery

Case Management Supervisor

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About Wendy
"Serving as Triangle Community Center’s Case Management Supervisor is Wendy McCaffery, LCSW. Wendy is licensed in Connecticut and New York and has been a practicing social worker for more than 15 years. Prior to TCC, Wendy was providing individual and family psychotherapy in the community as well as providing clinical supervision to new social workers seeking licensure. Wendy holds an interest and specialization in treating individuals with distorted body image and disordered eating patterns and has extensive training in this area. Along these lines, she has served as an individual and group psychotherapist at the Renfrew Center in Greenwich, CT and trained in William Alanson White Institute’s Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Program. Wendy has completed training in the following modalities: cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, acceptance and commitment, and trauma-informed therapies. Additionally, she studied Buddhist psychology at Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science in New York. Here, she spent two years learning how to integrate contemplative practices such as meditation, yoga, and breath work into her clinical offerings."

Amanda Redfern

Manager of Programming

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About Amanda
"Amanda brings passion and purpose to tackling the barriers to housing that the LGBTQIA community faces. She has a BA in psychology, minoring in sociology and criminal justice, and is currently continuing their education with an MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. During her clinical internship, she worked with individuals with sexual or relationship issues, as well as forensic clients with problematic sexual behavior using the Risk-Need-Responsivity model of assessment. They hope to bring their understanding of social issues, along with fresh ideas on how to help the unhoused members of our community, to TCC's case management team. In her spare time, she's usually thrifting, collecting cat memes, writing poetry, checking out the newest ramen joint, or spending time with their partner and their fur family at home."

Cadence Pentheny

Community Education Manager

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About Cadence
Cadence Pentheny (they/them) is TCC’s passionate Coordinator of Community& Corporate Learning, with a demonstrated commitment to supporting the LGBTQ community through training and education. They hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Sexuality through the University of Minnesota. Upon graduating, they served two years with the AmeriCorps program City Year, where they supported students in an under-resourced elementary school. Before joining the team at TCC, they worked as Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Programming & Initiatives at the University of Mississippi, doing a wide variety of work involving intersectionality, diversity, equity, and education, especially around LGBTQ+ issues and sexual and gender justice. In their free time they enjoy thrifting, making art, writing, reading, listening to podcasts, and fussing over their plants.

Kelly Peraino

Youth Support Clinician

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About Kelly
Coming soon...

Liz Semenyck


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About Liz
Liz Semenyck is a Clinician at Triangle Community Center. She is a graduate from Fairfield University's Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy program. Liz completed her clinical internship at Triangle Community Center and is now excited to be a part of the TCC clinical team. She has experience working with families, couples, consensual non-monogamous and polyamorous relationships, as well as individuals of all ages, genders and identities. She passionately serves the LGBTQIAA+ community and is experienced in providing affirming Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and Gender Affirming Surgery referral letters. In addition, Liz is experienced in working with those with dual diagnosis, ADHD, OCD, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Whether you are looking to create boundaries, expand your relationship, explore your gender or sexual identity, or want to learn how to support your loved one in exploring their identity; Liz is the therapist for you.

Board Executive Committee

Colin Hosten - President

Kim Gillece - Vice President

Vanessa Clark - Treasurer

Tim Brosnan - Secretary

Board Members

Jeff Arnold

Annie Fineman

Vinay Kapoor

Ari Linder

Carole Noujaim

Wendy Scola

John Volpe

Paul Whynott