Brooke & Robert Hopkins
Brooke and Robert Hopkins started the Kelly Ryan Foundation after losing their 3rd daughter on September 29, 2012. They have three girls, Kate (7), Kristin (5), and Kerry (1). Robert has a business degree from Quinnipiac and enjoys working from home. Brooke has a master’s degree in social work and has worked in the field for 25 years. Brooke and Robert have a busy home life, made even more chaotic with up to four medically challenged rescue dogs at any given time. They also enjoy golfing, Yankees games, and traveling.
Irene met Brooke and Robert after Kate was born and helped Brooke get breastfeeding off to a good start, “They have been stuck with me as their friend ever since!” Irene has been there for support after all four of their babies were born. She was honored to be included as a part of the Kelly Ryan Foundation. She loves hanging out with her daughters and family. Irene loves music, cooking, the beach and every season except winter. She is an obsessive iPhone photographer well and an avid Facebooker. Irene is inspired by her girls, the moms she feels privileged to work with and Pinterest! @icullaghn firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia Esposito is a KRF Board Member and has been a registered nurse in the labor and delivery department at Yale-New Haven Hospital for the past decade. Alicia is passionate about her job and came to the organization after meeting Brooke, Robert, and Kelly Ryan as their nurse. She married her high school sweetheart eleven years ago, and they work to bring the same warm and loving home and memories that Alicia’s family provided her, to their two children Aiden, and Lilly. Alicia says, “I love to laugh and to be around people. You only live one life once, so I try to be positive and happy as much as I can.”
Danielle Forko, Executive Director of the Kelly Ryan Foundation board, is a licensed professional counselor, with a Masters in Criminal Justice from Central Connecticut State University and a Masters in School Counseling from the University of Connecticut, graduating Magna Cum Laude in both programs. Danielle is also a governor-appointed member of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and a certified Family Development Credentialing Program Facilitator (FDC) through Cornell University. Mrs. Forko has spent the last 13 years working with the Northern Middlesex YMCA Therapeutic Support Service Program. Mrs. Forko currently sits on The Girls Network, The Middletown Juvenile Review Board (JRB) and The Human Anti-Trafficking Response Team (HART) with the Department of Children and Families. Before that, Mrs. Forko worked with youth on parole in Hartford and provided after-school programming to high-risk youth at Hartford High School.
Christine Perrotti is a KRF board member who lost her daughter, Sofia, when she was 37 weeks pregnant, after a textbook pregnancy. Her world turned upside down and having gone through all of the ups and downs of, she wanted to help others navigate through the darkness of losing a baby. She has a one-year-old son, Max, and feels blessed to be able to spend her days with him.
People inspire her; “those who are not afraid to take risks even when failure is lingering, the people who have defied the odds to become successful despite coming from poverty and lacking role models, or those who turn tragedy into something positive.”
Elizabeth Taylor is the Development Manager for The Kelly Ryan Foundation. She also works as a Business Manager for the Law Offices of Michael Todd Taylor in West Haven CT. She has a degree in Business Management and spends her free time with her husband and their 2 children gardening, snowboarding and enjoying family time. Elizabeth has a strong desire to give back and touch as many lives as she can through The Kelly Ryan Foundation.
Michael Todd Taylor
Michael Todd Taylor is an attorney in West Haven, CT. He graduated undergrad at Uconn and received his law degree from Quinnipiac University. He and Brooke went to school together and has been a long time friend to her and her family. He joined the board for KRF soon after it was created to show his support and help with any legal issues. He is also part of the fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi which have been an advocate for SIDS prevention by promoting safe sleep practices in the community. In his free time he loves snowboarding with his wife and his two sons.
Katie met Brooke in 2013, when her son was in the same Kindergarten class as Brooke’s daughter. Little did they know at the time that their lives would intertwine and become a lot more personal. Katie and her husband Jim lost their first baby together in 2014 to Trisomy 18. The following summer, they had a second, and even more traumatizing heartbreak, when Katie contracted Listeria and nearly died. Their daughter Scarlet Suzy was born and died to save her mother’s life.Katie now works as an advocate to share FDA recalls of known Listeria outbreaks to help save other parents from the same heartbreak her family endured. She joined the board to help grieving families know they are not alone.Almost a year to the day of losing their beautiful daughter Scarlet, their rainbow baby Althea arrived healthy and happy. The McGonigal family is now complete, with 3 children and 3 dogs. They live in Woodbridge, CT.
Catherine Hopkins is an Nurse Practitioner practicing in Psychiatry at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in West Haven, CT. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and MSN from Yale University School of Nursing. She has worked in Psychiatry for the past 20 years focusing on Mood disorders, specifically depression, Bipolar disorder and psychosis. She is a big advocate of mental illness and treatment.
As Robert’s sister and Brooke’s sister in Law, she really wanted to be a part of the KRF, honoring her niece. Having struggled with early pregnancy loss herself, she hopes to help start the healing process for others through KRF.
Catherine lives with her husband, Dan, and 2 children, Madison (6) and Connor (5), in the town they both grew up in. Her passions include spend time with family and friends, going to the beach, and being outdoors. She is an avid runner, triathlete and cross fitter. She wants to continue to emulate a balanced, healthy lifestyle for her children and other women.