Connections Community Support Programs, Inc. provides a comprehensive array of health care, housing, and employment opportunities that help individuals and families to achieve their goals and enhance our communities.
Founded in 1985 as a subsidiary of the organization then known as Church Home Foundation, Connections’ original mission was to help older adults with lifelong histories of psychiatric hospitalization to transition into the community.
Our mission expanded in 1988 to include homeless services and substance abuse treatment. In 1991 Connections was established and incorporated as a separate 501(c)3 during the merger that created what is now known as Ingleside Homes.
Today, Connections is one of Delaware’s largest nonprofits, collaborating with government, community, corporate, and other philanthropic partners to maximize services for our state’s most vulnerable citizens.
We operate in more than 100 separate locations in Delaware, and have recently expanded our services to the eastern shore of Maryland. We have more than 1,200 full-time employees who serve thousands of people each year.
We strive to ensure everyone has 24/7 access to quality health care and treatment for substance use and mental health disorders, while simultaneously aiding them in lifelong recovery, providing support services that will allow them to return to a stable and productive lifestyle.
Meet Our Board of Directors
A Wilmington native, Mr. Pantano has been an active participant and proven leader in the greater city community for nearly three decades. During the day, he acts as both an individual market participant through his closely held operating companies and an active real estate broker, fully engaged in the commercial and residential markets of New Castle County. He has consistently shown continuing desire to improve his community over the years paired with his extensive knowledge of the state make him a valued asset of our board.
William Northey, Jr., PhD, LMFT
President & CEO
Dr. Northey has made a career out of helping people. Over the years he has been integral in the development of effective ways to improve the competence of staff in effective treatment strategies as well as being instrumental in developing and implementing innovative workforce development projects, including the use of Motivational Enhancement Therapy as an approach to supervision, implementation of trauma-informed care, and the use of online training to address staff development needs. His vision and leadership are key to Connections’ execution of its mission.
J. William Bowlsbey
Finance Committee Chair
A leader with 30-years’ experience profitably building financial services portfolios for Fortune 50 corporations. Currently, with JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Bowlsbey has been results-driven with consistent success in driving revenue growth, reducing corporate risk, improving operating efficiencies, and increasing profitability. He is a strategic business leader with a strong track record of building excellent working relationships with management teams, professional staff, support personnel, clients, and regulators.
Vice President of Stress Testing at Barclaycard US, Utma Taku brings an extensive background in banking & finance, operations, and technology management, providing key insights across industries, business cycles, and cultures. She currently supports as the central point-of-contact for the project execution teams working on US & UK stress test workstreams. She cites working with people in need as the reason for wanting to be a part of the organization.
Senator Nicole Saville Poore
As an advocate for the Delaware community, Senator Poore brings with her a wealth of experience in Delaware non-profits and health care. A lifelong New Castle County resident, she has proven herself to be a staunch advocate for some of the state’s most vulnerable populations through legislative measures and funding initiatives. Prior to her service as a legislator, Senator Poore raised awareness and funds for multiple charitable programs including serving as an Adviser for Collaborative Effort to Reinforce Transition Success to assist with transitioning disabled children to adulthood.
The principal of a dynamic consulting firm providing advisory services to clients in the organized electricity markets, Ms. Godson's expertise includes generation, transmission, demand response and distributed resources. Most recently, she was Vice President, PJM Strategy for Exelon Utilities. Her primary responsibilities were to provide leadership, executive oversight and strategic guidance for the development, alignment, advocacy and execution of transmission strategy for Exelon Utilities –Atlantic City Electric, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison Company, Delmarva, PECO and Pepco.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, (MBNA, Bank of America) Ms. Morgan has worked in various facets of the business, including, Marketing Research, Marketing Communications, Product Development and Operations. She is currently responsible for retention strategies for Barclays Bank’s US consumer card business.
She has spent many years working with non-profits dedicated to providing better education and more opportunities for children in underserved communities. She states her desire to do more for others as the reason for taking advantage of the opportunity to be a part of this organization.
Metetwa Shakur comes to us from La Red Health Center in Georgetown, where he serves as a Health Ambassador in the organization. La Red Health Center started as a 24 hour/7 days per week telephone hotline to facilitate access to medical care for individuals with no or limited English proficiency, and individuals who faced significant barriers to health care. They now have several locations in Seaford, Milford and Georgetown, providing a myriad of medical services, including prenatal and family practice.