Meet our Staff

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our Executive Director,
Berta Andrulis Mette

Berta Andrulis Mette- Executive Director

Berta has served as Executive Director of the Litchfield Community Center since 2000, and prior to this was involved in the creation of our founding non-profit organization and the construction of the facilities, while serving as President of the Board of Directors of Meetinghouse, Inc. She came to this position after working for New Britain Community Services for 13 years. Berta is also involved in many volunteer activities that compliment her commitment to making the Northwest CT community special and unique for all. She also enjoys a variety of recreational pursuits including; gardening, travel, attending theater and musical programs, participating in running events, cheering for the Red Sox, walking in the woods and photography. Berta’s greatest love is spending time with her husband Matt, their dog Yogee, great family, and wonderful friends while sharing in the enjoyment of all that life and her faith offers. She is most grateful for the many ways she is enriched by this and her daily experiences at The Community Center.

Cheryl Mendez Administrative Assistant

Cheryl has been with the Community Center since 2004 and has been a key staff member who has contributed to the wonderful growth and success of the Center. Reminiscing on how her two children grew up at the Center, they came after school to do homework until the work day ended and attended the many wonderful programs for kids over the years. Isabella retired after 10 years as a professional ballet dancer with Orlando Ballet, and is now Digital Marketing Manager for the Ballet and was married in Nov. 2021. Alex graduated from Springfield College in 2020 and recently moved to AZ, currently working as an advisor at an import car service. "It feels like forever ago, yet at the same time, it feels like yesterday"

Hannah Goodwin - Program & Activities Coordinator

Hannah Graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in January 2022, She received her Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. Hannah brings experience in Recreational Planning, Youth Programming, Therapeutic Modalities, and Substance use Prevention. She gained her knowledge through her time at SCSU and working for Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services, BEST (Bristol Eliminating Substance Use Together), Prevention Corps & Connecticut Valley Hospital Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services. Outside of The Center, Hannah enjoys spending her time roller skating, traveling, being outdoors, cooking and listening to all types of music! The Center is always open to ideas for activities, and events so don’t hesitate to contact Hannah at The Center with something you’d like to see implemented!

Erin Vazquez - Program & Activities Coordinator

Erin is the Assistant Program & Activity Coordinator, with a personal mission to create opportunities that support a high quality of life for everyone that walks into The Center. Erin brings with her over a decade experience in supporting academic success for students with special needs and immigrant families within the West Hartford and New Britain schools and communities, as well as coaching children in music, theater, and dance arts through after-school programs and studios. Erin enjoys crafting, Tiny Houses and sustainable living, powwows, singing around campfires with her acoustic guitar, and collaborating in songwriting and audio production for music in TV & film. You might also find her slinging tacos with her family at the front window of her own Food Truck, “La Guera” or even busting out Cumbia dance moves while waiting in line at a local Coffee Shop, especially where she resides, in Thomaston. She loves a good cup of coffee, day or night! Her greatest joys of all though, are her two sons, Eli and Remmy.

Rob Andrulis Building and Property Maintenance

Prior to joining the Center staff, Rob was employed at Litchfield High School as a paraprofessional working with special needs students and prior to that, he ran a contracting business in Litchfield. Outside of the Center, he is the head coach of the boys’ soccer team at Litchfield High School as well as the boys and girls indoor track coach at WAMOGO. He is also an Regional Director of NO.1 Soccer Camps with sites across the country and serves as the Region 1 New England Representative for The United Soccer Coaches Association. Rob resides in Northfield with his wife Clare, son Keegan and daughter Madeleine. His oldest daughter Katie and his three granddaughters reside in Watertown CT. Rob's hobbies include cooking, spending time with family, coaching young student athletes and playing golf.

Sophia Gabriele Student Assistant

Sophia Gabriele is the Student Assistant at the Community Center. Sophia resides in Northfield with her brother, Ben, and her parents. She attends Litchfield High School where she is a member of the field hockey team. During her free time, Sophia enjoys reading, music, movies, and spending time with her family, friends, and her dog, Cody.