Co-President – Jennifer Piper
Jen, a mother of 2, has been living with OCD since childhood and is currently in the recovery stage. She graduated from UConn with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2001. She worked in the mental health field for four years before becoming a stay at home mom. Jen’s OCD treatment process has left her with a strong desire to pay it forward. She feels she was lucky to have great treatment and amazing supports. Now she wants to provide support, hope and education to OCD sufferers, their families, and anyone who wants to learn.
Co-President – Michelle McLain
Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a mother of a busy toddler. She has personal experience with this debilitating disease, and has always wanted to help others afflicted with it. She has witnessed struggles due to lack of education regarding OCD and minimal resources for support. Her goal has always been to be an advocate for those who need it and is thankful to have found such a great group to do just that!
Vice President – Susan Schuster
Susan is a Pediatric Physical Therapist and mother of an adult child with OCD. She has been working with children and families for 26 years and has recently completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She graduated in May 2015. Susan has completed NAMI’s (National Association of Mental Illness) Parent to Parent training and is a graduate of State of CT’s Partner’s in Policy advocacy training program. Susan is also on the Professional Advisory Board of the Westbrook VNA and a board member of Shoreline NAMI.
Treasurer – Robert Schuster
Robert graduated Northeastern University in Boston with a bachelor degree in Computer Science. Since then Robert has over 25 years of experience developing software solutions for the financial industry. Robert is the Father of a son with OCD and is glad to be associated with this organization.
Secretary – Collin Schuster
Collin is a student recovering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. He attended the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, graduated from Old Saybrook High School and is currently attending community college. He prides himself in promoting awareness about mental illness through the power of information and education. He enjoys speaking publicly about his journey, wishing to spread hope through human connection. He is very excited to work alongside such inspiring people to bring this organization to life in his home state.
Webmaster – Rocco Clericuzio
Rocco graduated from Norwalk State Technical College (now Norwalk Community College) with a degree in Data Processing and from the University of Bridgeport with a degree in Business Administration. He has worked in the fields of accounting, software technical support and software quality analysis. Rocco is currently the bookkeeper/business manager for a family business, a part-time computer consultant, a part-time real estate business manager and the caregiver for a family member. In addition, he is a proud member and webmaster of the Fairfield County OCD Support Group. He is enthusiastic to volunteer his services to OCD Connecticut so that he can help towards promoting more OCD awareness to the community.