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CASP ELECTED Officers



Sarah Pinheiro, President: Sarah chairs the Professional Development and Learning Committee helping to ensure events and professional development for members and fellow colleagues. Sarah is in her third year as a School Psychologist for grades three - five at Meeting House Hill School in New Fairfield, CT. She completed her graduate work in school psychology at Fairfield University and undergraduate work in psychology mental health at Southern Connecticut State University. In district, she is a certified trainer for PMT, coach for the Unified Sports Program, and overall enjoys facilitating social-emotional lessons for students and staff. While not at work, Sarah loves spending time with her family, cooking, reading, or being out on Candlewood Lake. 

Eric Elias, Vice President: CASP President Elect, Eric Elias, MS Ed, ABSNP is a school psychologist in Meriden, CT. He is Connecticut’s 2018 School Psychologist of the Year. Eric has over 30 years of experience as a school psychologist. He is a co-host of the successful podcast School Psyched. As an author, Eric has had a number of articles published in school psychology journals, contributed numerous articles for his state association newsletter and as well as the NASP Communique. He has also contributed to publications through the American Federation of Teachers. Eric continues to support research through projects specific to the practice of school psychology in collaboration with professors from several universities. He supports the practice of school psychology on a national level through his involvement on the NASP Communications Committee and presentations at the National Association of School Psychologists annual conferences. Eric is an active board member for the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists (CASP) and is the Newsletter editor for CASP as well. Eric teaches assessment as an adjunct and is also on the advisory board for the School Psychology program at Southern Connecticut State University. Eric is passionate about social and emotional learning, social justice as well as evidence-based assessment, practice and interventions.

Ronald Benner, Treasurer: Ron is a school psychologist in Bridgeport, CT.  He is the CASP Treasurer and in last twenty years he has served for CASP as President, Vice-President, Job-Coordinator and Program Committee member.  In the past he has been the NASP’s Treasurer, NASP Delegate, Chair of Interest Groups, and Coordinator of the “Computer Technology and Applications for School Psychologists” Interest Group.  For the CT Department of Education he has been on the teams to revise the Guidelines for ED, SLD and most recently to work on the PEAC subcommittee, SEED, for the new evaluation of related service providers. 

Rebecca Rivera, Secretary: Becky returns to CASP as newly elected secretary. She is a recent graduate of Fairfield University where she has served CASP as graduate student liaison. Becky has been an outstanding leader throughout her Fairfield experience and CASP involvement. We welcome Becky to her new role and appreciate her experience and enthusiasm.

Steven Mendelsson, Immediate Past President: Steve is a school psychologist for Eliot Middle School in Clinton, CT.  He completed his graduate training at Fairfield University.  Prior to working in Clinton, Steve worked with adolescents with significant mental health concerns at St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services.  His research interests include development of resiliency factors in at-risk youth, improvement of executive functioning systems in children and adolescents, as well as bullying prevention and intervention at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels.  He also has worked collaboratively with various school districts to aid in the creation of Scientifically Research Based Intervention (SRBI) programs for both academic and behavior.  He is excited to join CASP and begin to support school psychology as a profession at a systemic level.  

Tom Brant NASP Delegate: Tom is Director of Pupil Services, Amity Regional School District, No. 5, Woodbridge, CT. Tom has been actively involved in CASP through supporting Membership, Programs, and Legislation. Most recently Tom submitted testimony on behalf of CASP to the Connecticut legislation regarding school based mental health supports. Tom is a proud graduate of the School Psychology program at Fairfield University where he earned a Masters and Sixth Year degree. When not working you can find Tom coaching either soccer or track and field after school. 



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