Pamela DonAroma, M.ED., M.S.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Pam has a background in vocational rehabilitation, Master’s degrees in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and Business Management and Technology, and more then 30 years of active experience working with students with a variety of disabilities. She was the first to introduce one-on-one, community-based services in the state of Connecticut, an achievement that earned her and Futures, Inc. national recognition as a model for others to follow.
Over the years, she has developed a specialization in transition programming for students with disabilities and individuals transitioning from institutions to the community. She is the co-author of the widely used book, Schooling Without Walls: A Curriculum for Transitioning to Adulthood. Her Credentials are both extensive and impressive, including:
- Former co-chair of Developmental Disabilities Council
- Former member of the State Department of Education Special Education Advisory Council
- Former Member, Learning Disability Association
- Vice President, CT Coalition for Inclusive Education
- Former Board member, Brain Injury Association of CT
- Former elected member of Berlin, CT Board of Equation
- Appointed to Berlin’s Commission for Persons with Disability
Pam is a long-time champion of empowering individuals with disabilities to achieve their fullest potential while enlisting the support and encouragement of their families, and it’s evident to all who know her that she lives her commitment to her profession in all that she is and everything she does.
Orv C. Karan, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Chief Consultant
Since the very beginning, Orv has played a key role in shaping Futures’ mission while developing new programs that emphasize the organization’s person- centered philosophy.
A licensed Psychologist and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (retired) with more then 35 years of experience in the disabilities field, Orv is a Professor of Education at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and the coordinator of UConn’s counseling program. He is an internationally respected consultant and a widely published author. His latest book is the highly acclaimed Community Rehabilitation Services for Individuals with Disabilities.
Director of Special Education
As Director of Special Education Brian coordinates the many one-to-one educational programs that Futures, Inc. provides through educational, vocational, life skill, and community-based instruction. Brian began his career as a Special Education Teacher in the Hartford Public School System in 1973 at Hartford Public High School and Dwight Elementary School. He then became a Supervisor of Special Education and ultimately the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services for the city. Brian spent 26 years in Hartford before assuming the position of Director of Special Education and PPS for Hebron and Regional School District #8. He joined Futures in 2008. Brian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Niagara University, a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education, and a Sixth Year Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Connecticut. He holds Connecticut certifications as an Intermediate Administrator/Supervisor, Regular Education Teacher grades K-8, and as a Special Educator Grades Pre K–12.
Director Of Employment Services
As the Director of Employment Services Joann ensures that the Adult Program Services are effectively delivered to consumers. She overseas the Acquired Brain Injury Services and serves as the liaison between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Joann is responsible for the design and implementation of employment related assessment/skill development tools and resources. Joann works closely with Futures School students and Teachers to ensure that students transition from school to and adult services programs and/or employment. Jo-Ann is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist who plays a key role in program development, staff hiring, scheduling of activities and the tracking of employment sites. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University along with an impressive list of professional certifications. Jo-Ann has been with Futures since 1996.
Dameion Williams manages Futures’ Finance department and brings solid academic and professional experience to that position. Before joining Futures, he spent 8 years as both an Accountant and Public Housing Manager in the city of Hartford working with the Hartford Tenants Rights Federation, a non-profit agency which works as the city’s advocate for low-income public housing residents. Dameion is a Hartford High graduate with an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. He is currently studying for his Master’s degree at the University of Hartford.
Denise Staples, B.A., M.S.
Human Resources Administrator
Denise received her Bachelor’s degree from Albertus Magnus College and, while she was teaching high school English, her Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling from Central Connecticut State University. At Futures, Inc., she maintains the organization’s staff and supports human resources operations by directing recruitment activities. This includes screening applicants and interviewing as well as implementing human resources policies, programs, and practices.