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. 

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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.


Tina Carlson
Programs Coordinator

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 currently sits on the Board of Directors of the New England Theater Conference and serves as their Auditions Coordinator.

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. 


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.