Sarah Lubarsky
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.

Pam Dougherty
Director of Development

Residing in Wilton, CT, and after raising two children in Fairfield, Pam has worked in the non-profit world for over 11 years.  Beginning her career in the Advocacy and Government relations program at The College Board in New York City, she worked on research and reports for financial aid, teacher-counselor relationships, and access and equity of educational opportunities for underserved student populations. 

After four years, she came to work for The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport using her database skills and research techniques in the Development and Communications office, as well as supporting all fundraising efforts within the organization.  From there, she spent the next three years at LifeBridge Community Services as the Development Manager.  Pam looks forward to continuing her work in development by supporting an organization that recognizes and uplifts women’s accomplishments and provides strong examples of female success and leadership across various fields to future generations.

Prior to Pam’s time working in the non-profit industry she volunteered in various positions for her children’s schools in Fairfield and was a founding member of a women’s golf league.  She also volunteered helping to raise funds and organize events for other local non-profits in the Bridgeport/Fairfield area.  During that time she obtained her Master’s Degree from Fairfield University in Applied Psychology.  Pam also holds her BS degree from Niagara University.

Pam and her husband Ken enjoy spending time hiking, skiing, golfing, kayaking and paddle boarding.  Their son is an English Language Arts teacher in the Bridgeport public school system and their daughter works in various locations within the U.S. as an outdoor education professional. 

Liz Krebs
Education Manager

Liz Krebs has over 25 years of experience providing exceptional service to her clients in the financial, education, and non-profit sectors. Prior to working at the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, Liz worked at Foundation Source servicing private foundations and then LifeBridge Community Services, a non-profit organization in Bridgeport, CT, where she educated low-income families on financial literacy. Liz stayed home to raise her two children and then taught preschool and substituted in the Fairfield Public Schools. After graduating college, she was accepted into a Management Training program at Republic National Bank, which led her to becoming Vice President, Branch Manager of a branch in NYC. Throughout her career, she has also been an active volunteer and program leader in various secular and non-secular organizations.

Liz has a B.A in History with a concentration in Business from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT.  One of her favorite things she did in college was being a Tour Guide at The Mark Twain House/Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, CT. She resides in Fairfield, CT with her husband (Gary), two children (Ilana and Justin), and her two cats (Misty and Piper). Liz enjoys catching up on historical fiction novels, going to the movies, taking walks and spending time with her family.



Michelle Marchese
Senior Manager of Administration

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 work with 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.




Kendall Hawkins
Development Associate

Kendall is originally from Wisconsin, but has lived in many other places including Illinois, Montana, and Southern California. She recently relocated to Connecticut for graduate school, where she is pursuing an education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kendall has spent many years as a freelance editor and has worked with a wide variety of self-published female authors. She enjoys volunteering with organizations that work to promote the health, wellness, and visibility of diverse groups of people, especially Native American and LGBTQIA+ young adults.

Kendall lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her partner and their three cats. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys young adult fiction.