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  • Snapshot: Stephanie Cinque

    Occupation: I’m the founder and executive director of the Resiliency Center of Newtown, since 2013. Prior to that, I was a forensics social worker for the State of Connecticut Public Defenders.

    Family: I have a son, Chase, who is 8, and a daughter, Alexis, who is 6.

    Pets: We have a dog, Sammy. He is a Shih Tzu-Lhasa mix, and just 4 years old.

  • Snapshot: Marcia Taylor

    Occupation: I’m a potter and wildlife artist. I’ve been doing pottery for 15 years, after selling insurance for 30 years. I sell my works through galleries. Right now, I have items at galleries in Ridgefield, Block Island, and my main gallery in Jackson, N.H., Cassidy Gallery.

    Family: I have three amazing adult children, Amanda, Jennifer, and Greg, who are my mentors and buddies. I’m very proud of them. And there is my fiancé, Chris Cushman, as well.

  • Snapshot: Erik Ferjentsik

    Occupation: I’m a consultant for medical practices. The proper title is transition consultant. I help doctors buy, sell, start, and grow medical practices.

  • Snapshot: Bart Smith

    Occupation: I’m a printer. I work for R.R. Donnelley; we’re all over the world. I’m a salesperson, so I work out of my office in Newtown.

    Family: My wife is Barbara Kershaw. She’s an attorney in town. We have no children.

    Pets: Not anymore. We used to have a Great Pyrenees dog and a couple of cats, but they’ve all departed. We’re leaning toward a dog sometime, though.

  • Snapshot: Ryan Buchanan

    Occupation: I went to school for graphic design and that’s what I do. I freelance for private parties and small firms. I’m also a fine arts artist and sell those works, too.

    Family: I have an older sister, Alex, and a younger brother, Scotty. My mom, Diane, and my dad, Scott, live in Newtown.

    Pets: I don’t have any pets. My sister and I always joke that we wanted a pet, but we got a little brother instead.

  • Snapshot: Beverly Panettiere

    Occupation: I was an elementary teacher at Rye Country Day School in Rye, N.Y., for about 12 years. My husband was in the service and we moved a lot, so I learned a lot about buying and selling houses and decided to become a realtor. That’s what I did, until I retired.

  • Snapshot: Dave Brooker

    Occupation: I currently wear many hats. I’m the resident caretaker at Holcombe Hill for the Newtown Forest Association — so I get to live in the most beautiful spot in town. I’m also an abstract artist. I’m doing the starving artist thing… My charity of choice is the Resiliency Center of Newtown, and I do a fair amount of work with the kids there. In March, the kids and I are creating handmade greeting cards for the Resiliency Center, for the April 10 fundraiser gala. Kids never let me down!

  • Snapshot: Donna Blake

    Occupation: I am a singer/songwriter — and I’m the “go to” house for my children and friends.

    Family: I have two children. Zach is a freshman at Penn State. He played hockey for NHS. Zoe is in seventh grade at Newtown Middle School, and she’s a cheerleader.

  • Snapshot: Neil Callaghan

    Occupation: Right  now, I’m the director of operations for Golden Opportunities here in Sandy Hook. We try to improve the lives of residents [of elder care facilities], through visiting and programs that offer support. Prior to that, I worked for IBM for 32 years, as a program manager for our philanthropic organization. It was a unique job — giving away money!

  • Snapshot: Jim Widmann

    Occupation: I have two businesses. One is SoNo Woodworks in Sandy Hook. We do custom furniture and cabinetry; the other is Connecticut Pyro Manufacturing. We make machinery for manufacturing fireworks. I invented and patented a machine about 15 years ago that applies the paper to the outside of the aerial shell. It does what is otherwise done by hand, ten times faster.