~ WeCAHR Staff & Bios ~

Christina Salvestrini
Christina Salvestrini

 WeCAHR Executive Director

      Christina Salvestini is the Executive Director of WeCahra position she has held since 2013. Growing up with an older brother who has Intellectual Disabilities, Christina cultivated a passion at a young age for working with individuals with disabilities.

     As an adult, she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Special Education from Southern CT State University and a 6th year degree in educational Administration from the University of Connecticut .

     During her professional career she worked as a special education teacher with students ranging in age from pre-school through high school. Her professional tenure within the public schools also included work as a special education administrator for 2 districts in Connecticut where she chaired many PPT meetings.

     As a teacher in the public schools, Christina noticed that understanding the complex special education laws are often frustrating and over-
whelming for parents of children with special needs who require specialized services. In 2009, Christina began facilitating special education workshops through WeCAHR. These highly popular workshops are still being offered today!

     Jessica Richardson joined WeCAHR in 2014 as a volunteer. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western CT State University in Danbury, CT before going on to earn her law degree from New York Law School. She is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association.

     As an advocate with WeCAHR Jessica initially worked with adults with disabilities however in 2015 she began advocating for children and their families navigating the PPT process. Her legal background has brought a different style to the agency which has proven invaluable in the time Jessica has been with the organization.

     Christina calabro (Chris)joined WeCAHR in 2016 as a volunteer and Board Member. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. Thomas Aquinas College with a B.S. in Business Administration and her master's degree at Iona College with a M.S. in Organization Communication.

She recently completed the Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) program with Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and is a current member. This past summer she attended The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) five-day intensive program for experience advocates. In November 2016 she joined WeCAHR's staff as an Associate Advocate.

Chris has been an active parent advocate in the special education community and is a current member of her town's Commission for the Disabled which serves as advisors and advocates to the Board of Selectman on disability issues.

Jessica Richardson
     Christina Calabro


Jessica Richards
Jessica Richardson

Program Manager/Advocate