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Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly
CRISKids for Schools Coordinator
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Chris started volunteering at CRIS 15 years ago to fulfill his childhood dreams of being a broadcaster. In this time, he has met many people who became friends and happened to use CRIS Radio, enriching Chris' own appreciation of the CRIS experience. His career has included many opportunities to advocate for people with disabilities, especially concerning employment.  He attended CCSU and Trinity College, and is passionate about Tuesday sports and Hartford history.  His long term goals include changing his name, so he doesn't have to introduce himself saying "Chris from CRIS".

Laura Boogaert

Laura Boogaert

Laura Boogaert
Enterprise Engagement Coordinator
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Laura started at CRIS as a volunteer reader in Jan 2017. She is passionate about the CRIS mission and excited about their engaging and expanding programs. Laura brings not only enthusiasm to her role but also an eclectic skill set gained from years as an entrepreneur as well as her work within the nonprofit sector. The combination of her experience with the visually impaired community through her past roles at the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation her advocacy of volunteers along with her passion for all things voiceover, makes being part of the CRIS team a perfect fit. She’s inspired by the dedicated efforts of staff and volunteers to enhance the lives of so many in Connecticut.

Laura’s volunteerism includes Achilles International, where she serves as on the Connecticut Advisory Board and as a guide for their athletes.  She also serves on the Board of Governors at The Westover School, an independent all-girls school in Middlebury, Ct.

Catching Up w/NFB

Friends pose at CRIS table.
CRIS attended the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut in Waterbury, updating friends on what's new at CRIS and visiting friends from around the state. More photos are available on our Facebook page HERE.

Volunteer Reception a Smash!

Barbara Ekman
Barbara Ekman, a West Haven volunteer, honored for 15 years of service

CRIS Radio honored its 300 volunteers from around the state at a reception at the New Britain Museum of American Art.  Volunteers are individually recognized when celebrating 5 year increments of service.  Last night they included:

5 years:

  • John Acey
  • Karen Bedard
  • Francine Goldfarb
  • Kay Long
  • MIchael Picozzi
  • Rena Tobey
  • Tim Ward
  • John Sullivan

10 years:

  • Jennifer Gaffey
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Ernest Johnson Jr.
  • Regina Strand

20 years:

  • Charles Wynn

25 years:

  • Steve Thal
  • Paul Young
  • Russ Wheeler

30 years:

  • Barbara Clark
  • James Stewart

35 years!:

More photos are available on the CRIS Radio Facebook page HERE.

Steve Parker

CRIS Partners to Educate Seniors

Enfield Senior Center
Enfield Senior Center

CRIS Radio has received a grant from the North Central Area Agency on Aging to train seniors in local senior centers, assistive living centers, and low vision groups on the wonders of new technologies.  Included in the trainings will be information about the CRIS app, how to use Alexa and other smart devices and Audio Reading Books. 

In addition, CRIS is developing a Technology Resource Guide, podcasts and a web page to further help seniors “plug-in”.

The first event was at the Enfield Senior Center and met with great success.  CRIS will partner with NEAT @ Oak Hill to help seniors explore the wonders of a smart home.

More information may be found HERE.