Interim Executive Director
Sarah is a native of Michigan and graduated from Albion College with a BA in Speech, Communications and Theatre. She moved to the east coast over 35 years ago to work in the NYC theatre scene, starting her career as a professional stage manager and eventually attaining Actor's Equity membership. After eight challenging years, Sarah decided to change direction toward her passion of food and enrolled at The NY Restaurant School where she graduated with honors working for many years as a corporate chef and caterer.
For the next ten years, while raising two daughters, Sarah joined the public school's PTA, raising money and organizing special events. She eventually became President of the Fairfield PTA Council and later ultimately won the Deanna O. Kiernan Award. Shortly after her term as President expired, Sarah started volunteering for several non-profit organizations in the area, knowing she was making a difference in people's lives. Sarah comes to the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame with ten-plus years in development at The Center for Family Justice, formerly The Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport, Conn. For seven of those years, she served as Director of Development and Community Outreach. Sarah has been passionate about women's issues and after raising two daughters, recognizes the importance of instilling the confidence necessary for women and girls to pursue their passionate dreams, whatever they may be.
Sarah currently lives in Fairfield, Conn. with her husband David, who is a commercial photographer in NYC. They have two daughters, the older an organic farmer in Connecticut and the younger a registered dietician in Minneapolis.
Lena Harwood Pacheco has dedicated her academic and professional work to the causes of women’s rights and educational equity. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, and received the Helen Warren Smith Award for outstanding leadership and service. Immediately following graduation, she joined Teach For America, launching her 8 years as an elementary school teacher in the greater Hartford area. During her tenure as teacher, Lena took on many instructional leadership roles, facilitating professional development for new educators and writing curriculum materials – experience she gladly combines with her passion for women’s rights as Education Manager at the Hall.
Outside of the field of education, Lena keeps herself busy through her training in the martial arts. She currently holds the rank of 2nd degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, Level 1 Jeet Kune Do Instructor Certification, blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and rank in Modern Arnis. She also enjoys the arts, particularly drawing, painting, and Latin and Ballroom dancing. She currently resides in Cromwell, Connecticut with her husband and her daughter.
Kim is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in History before moving from Oregon to Seattle in 2003. In 2007 she joined the United States Peace Corps, and spent the next two years volunteering as a preventative health educator in Cameroon, West Africa, working largely with youth and women’s groups and sparking a growing passion to advocate on behalf of women and girls. Upon returning to the states, Kim continued her focus on service, working to facilitate both large and small scale volunteer projects throughout New York City with the volunteer management organization New York Cares. While in New York she also earned her MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College, with a dual focus on gender and education policy.
After finishing her degree, Kim decided to trade the glory of unlimited 24 hour restaurant delivery options for an apartment larger than a shoebox. She moved to New Haven in August of 2014, and spent a year planning professional development events at a charter school network before joining CWHF, whose mission so wonderfully combines her passions for feminism, history, and education.
Kim currently lives in what feels like a luxuriously sized apartment in New Haven with her two cats, Theodore Roosevelt and Margaret Atwood. She enjoys eating cheese, crying inexplicably at old episodes of The West Wing, and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.
Tina developed her passion for bringing history to life while participating in Civil War re-enactments as a child in Indiana. Since moving to Connecticut in 2007, she has honed her Revolutionary War era skills and loves to spin, weave, and is a talented open-hearth cook of 18th Century foods. Her goal is to inspire the next generation of women towards a love of history and motivate them to be leaders; whether of a large corporation or simply in their own home.
After graduating from Indiana University with a B.A. in theater and a B.A. in journalism, Tina spent over two decades in the theater as an actor, House Manager, and as the Theater Manager of two Broadway (NYC) theaters for the Roundabout Theater Company. She has also performed on stages in 43 states, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
Tina has a variety of interests and is an avid researcher. She is a Board-certified Lactation Consultant, a Connecticut and US History fan, and spends many hours advocating for children with special needs.
Tina lives in New Haven with her husband and teen daughters.
Michelle is a native of Connecticut. She was raised in the town of Prospect, which has been named “the best small town in Connecticut”. She left her small town roots to attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, where she earned a B.F.A. with an emphasis in Graphic Design. After graduation she moved back to Connecticut and spent several years raising her young children and working as a part time administrator for local government operations, including the Prospect Tax office serving as tax clerk. She also worked freelance putting her design skills to use on wedding and party invitations as well as sugar cookie designs. She is extremely pleased to join the CWHF as she has learned just how important it is to honor the great women of her home state and inspire young women to dream big.
Michelle is an avid knitter and fiber enthusiast as well as a distance runner, baker, crafter, pianist and classical music lover who enjoys bringing the arts into her everyday life as much as possible. She currently lives in Southington, Conn with her husband, two young sons, and two cats.