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Dianne J. Auger
Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, St. Vincent’s Medical Center; President, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation

Dianne J. Auger is Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer for St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Auger joined St. Vincent’s in June, 2012. Her responsibilities include oversight of St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services, an affiliate of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, government and community advocacy and she serves as President and CEO of St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation. Prior to joining St. Vincent’s, Auger served as regional chief executive officer with the American Red Cross, Connecticut and Rhode Island and interim regional chief executive officer for the Greater New York Region. There, Dianne managed delivery of service, fundraising, government relations and operations of the largest strategic region in the country, serving 13 million residents. Dianne earned her MBA with a concentration in management and marketing from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. She is currently vice-chairman of the Board of Directors for Sound View Community Media in Bridgeport and is a member of the board of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, where she also serves on the Executive Committee. With success in both for-profit and non-profit endeavors, Dianne has earned much recognition both professionally and personally. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Red Cross National Presidential Award for Excellence, the Bridgeport Regional Business Council Susan L. Davis Women’s Leadership Award and the Friends of Leadership Greater Bridgeport Impact Award. She is a graduate of Ascension’s Leadership Academy, and was invited to be a member because of her strong leadership qualities and her reputation as a healthcare thought leader. Dianne lives in Shelton with her husband Joe.

Beth Jezierny

Beth Jezierny
Director of Adult Services

Beth Jezierny currently directs Special Needs’ Changing Images, which provides Adult day services to 140 consumers of Department of Developmental Services ages 21 and older in Stratford. 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 and has one adult daughter.

Christina Longden
Senior Director of Clinical Operations

Christina Longden, R.N., MBA, Senior Director of Clinical Operations, 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 manages nine community based group homes for 54 individuals ages 12 and older, who are DDS consumers. She has a background in trauma/critical care and children with developmental disabilities. 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.

Karen King

Karen King
Director of Education

As Director of Education, Karen oversees the FEROLETO School program. She joined Special Needs in 1989 as an Early Intervention Teacher and became Manager of the Early Intervention (B-3) program in 1997 before being promoted to Assistant Principal in 2009. Karen holds an MS in Early Childhood Special Education and has her 6th year degree in Educational Leadership. She lives in Hamden with her husband, has three grown children, and three grandchildren.