Selma Gooding

Selma Gooding, Director of Operations at Cross Sector Consulting, joined the company in 1999. She believes that every show needs a producer, and plays that role exceptionally well for client projects as well as back office operations. Selma’s signature line, “sounds like a plan” will confirm every logistical detail is in place – including a contingency plan.

Selma earned her Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. After moving to Connecticut, she worked as an administrator at the Hospital of St. Raphael and then as a Senior Administrative Assistant at the APT Foundation. There she served as the liaison between the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.

Selma prides herself on delivering excellent customer service to our clients and contracted professional services staff such as insurance agents, accountants, and information technology providers. We count on her to help keep our project teams moving at full speed.

Throughout her entire professional career Selma has worked for companies that make a difference in people’s lives. For her, Cross Sector fits the bill. The company gives her a chance to plan and coordinate events of all sizes.

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Soren Graae

Soren Graae, Associate at Cross Sector Consulting, joined the company in April of 2015 after relocating to Connecticut with his family.

Soren served as a Budget Analyst at the State of Maryland Department of Budget and Management for three years prior to joining CSC. As a Budget Analyst, Soren provided formulation and expenditure oversight of the Governor’s capital budget and five-year capital improvement plan, serving as a subject matter expert and representing the interests of 10 State agencies in the capital budgeting process. He evaluated projects ranging in cost from a $180 million bioengineering facility at the University of Maryland to a $12 million African Penguin exhibit at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Soren also created for the Governor’s Office the 2015 and 2016 Capital Jobs Report that detailed the impacts of the Governor’s capital improvement plan on the state job market.

Soren earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University in 2006, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2012. Soren has also worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality advancing President Obama’s Executive Order 13514: “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance,” and as a graphic designer at an architectural firm in New York City.

Soren takes a logical, balanced, and inquisitive approach to his life and his work. He believes in the important role the public sector plays in shaping our society and ensuring its healthy and sustained existence. Soren’s passion for public service is embodied in the 2,000 year old oath recited by the citizens of Athens, Greece: “We will transmit this City not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us." Soren’s combination of graphic design, policy, research, and writing experience make him a versatile and valuable addition to any project.

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Lisa Mason

Lisa Mason, Associate at Cross Sector Consulting, joined the company in August of 2015. Lisa coordinates the implementation of the new Training and Technical Assistance Service Center, a statewide prevention workforce development training initiative funded by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Lisa has worked in a variety of substance abuse prevention and youth development programs at the local, regional and state level. Most recently, Lisa provided training and technical assistance at the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council for 11 Local Prevention Councils as well as schools and community organizations. She chaired the Middlesex United Way’s Positive Youth Development Team providing support to their data-driven Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth initiative. Lisa also is a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training and uses these trainings to discuss the connections between substance abuse and mental health.

Lisa’s values of collaboration, social entrepreneurship, youth-adult partnerships, and celebrating success are woven into her work. While at MCSAAC, she worked with several coalitions to create a regional social marketing campaign. The campaign won an industry award, has been requested by multiple communities in and out of CT, and been adapted into a variety of marketing products. Lisa transformed a high school Peer Advocate program in partnership with its youth participants into a youth-led community service program in Plainville. She coordinated an after-school youth development coalition Waterbury and responded to member needs introducing a new conflict resolution program and implemented the first after school resource fair at the local mall. While at the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, she developed and piloted new trainings including peer mediation and bullying prevention, managed a youth-led community service program, and worked with youth to implement youth facilitated conferences, the results were shared with state policy makers.

Lisa earned her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Hartford College for Women, her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Saint Joseph College. She applies the Social Development Model of youth development in her work promoting meaningful opportunities, identifying skills and supports need to accomplish goals and encouraging recognition of successes. She jokes that the Social Development Model is a great way to help her two children see the value of household chores.

Lisa values continued education and professional development – a priority issue for the new Training and Technical Assistance Service Center. Lisa took a sabbatical from her prevention work to complete the required courses in elementary education at Central CT State University and interned as a student teacher with third graders. The experience has proven valuable not only in her work with community-school partnerships but also as a parent advocating for her own children.

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Emily Jablonski

Emily Jablonski, a Connecticut native, joined Cross Sector Consulting in September of 2015.

After graduating from Williams College in 2014, Emily spent a year immersed in boarding school life as a full time teacher, residential parent, and coach at The Williston Northampton School. These around-the-clock responsibilities helped Emily learn the art of juggling many responsibilities simultaneously. She led more than 40 high school students in the classroom while conducting supplemental tutoring sessions and conferences with students, colleagues, and administrators. She generated and executed lessons, and played a large role in curriculum planning. Her natural desire to learn from those around her helps her to form meaningful relationships both professionally and personally.

In college, Emily served as a sports writer and a contributor to the school newspaper, in addition to competing on two Varsity athletic teams. She embraced leadership roles as a varsity field hockey captain and a Junior Advisor to the Class of 2016, a distinguished mentoring position that inspired Emily to pursue a people-oriented career path.

Emily prides herself on her work ethic, and defines her comfort zone as one with strict deadlines and challenging assignments. Her diligence has been shaped by her professional, academic, and athletic experiences. She believes that success can only be achieved through a blend of hard work and passion, and she applies this approach daily.

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Matt Marcarelli

Matt Marcarelli, Associate at Cross Sector Consulting, joined the company in July of 2017 after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Williams College.

Through his liberal arts coursework at Williams, Matt developed a diverse skill set and breadth of knowledge in a wide variety of subject areas. As a double major in Economics and Geoscience, he learned to integrate the precision data analysis frameworks of the hard sciences with the industry knowledge and statistical modeling techniques he picked up in his economics courses. During his first two years in college, when Matt was not writing papers or conducting research, he was hurling shot puts and discuses for Williams’ Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams.

Matt is a native of The Nutmeg State, where he graduated from North Haven High School as his class Valedictorian. Matt’s love for the State of Connecticut and its residents was a major factor leading to his employment at Cross Sector. During his summers from 2012-2014, Matt worked as an Instructor for the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program, where he educated the State’s disadvantaged youth about conservation and responsible outdoor recreation practices. In subsequent summers, Matt worked as an Instructor and Residential Advisor for EXPLO at Yale, a world-renowned summer education program, and as a Sales Intern for Infirst Healthcare, a boutique pharmaceutical company located in Westport, Connecticut. Matt’s inquisitiveness, work ethic, and creative problem solving skills have made him a valuable asset on every project he has been a part of.

Perhaps Matt’s greatest contribution to the Cross Sector team is his love for challenging problems. Throw Matt a knot, and he will untie it. Matt uses his crosscutting skill set to break down obstacles and attack them from all angles. Complicated puzzles energize Matt, and his drive to help others and strengthen communities only adds fuel to the fire. At Cross Sector, our clients afford Matt the opportunity to carry out his passion for problem solving on a daily basis.

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