Raymond G. Baldwin, Jr.
Raymond G. Baldwin, Jr., is President and CEO of St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services in Trumbull, an affiliate of St. Vincent’s Health Services. Previously, Mr. Baldwin was the Town of Trumbull’s First Selectman for eight years, where he guided the development of the Trumbull Childhood Education Center and the Trumbull Special Needs Awareness Program. He has also served on the Kennedy Center’s Board of Directors and, in 1989, helped to found one of the first Challenger Little League programs in Connecticut. An undergraduate of the University of New Haven, Baldwin holds a law degree from the University of Bridgeport and had practiced law prior to becoming Trumbull’s top elected official. He also served four years in the United States Marine Corps including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Mr. Baldwin resides in Trumbull with his wife and has two adult children and two grandchildren.
Director of Adult Services
Beth Jezierny currently directs Special Needs’ Changing Images, which provides Adult day services to 150 consumers of Department of Developmental Services ages 21 and older at locations in Norwalk and Stratford and additionally manages nine community based group homes for 54 individuals ages 12 and older, who are also DDS consumers. Ms. Jezierny graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Therapy. She joined Special Needs in 1985 as Recreation Specialist. Beth is a Stratford resident with a daughter in high school.
Director of Nursing
Christina Longden, R.N., Director of Nursing, joined St. Vincent’s Special Needs in November 2010. Christina oversees the health and well-being of the agency’s two DCF-funded residential group homes located in Trumbull and Stratford, and has a background in trauma/critical care and children with developmental disabilities. For the past 5 years, Christina has been a guest lecturer at Fairfield University, speaking to the undergraduates and graduate nursing students on the topic of children with developmental disabilities and special needs. Prior to joining Special Needs, Christina was the assistant to the executive director and medical coordinator at Giant Steps CT school located in Southport CT, and has worked at New York Presbyterian Medical Center Weill Cornell and Bridgeport Hospital. Christina received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Merrimack College, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Fairfield University. She is a resident of Fairfield.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Harry Schaeffer provides support for all St. Vincent’s Special Needs Center programs and services and serves as the Director of the School program. Mr. Schaeffer joined Special Needs in 1982 in the role of Program Director when the only program we offered was the school. Mr. Schaeffer has participated in the development of all current programs. He has a Masters degree in Special Education and a 6th year degree in School Supervision and Administration. Mr. Schaeffer currently resides in West Hartford with his wife and has three adult children.