CAD's Mission . . .

The mission of the Connecticut Association of the Deaf (CAD) as a state association is to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of Connecticut.

  • Advovacy

  • Access

  • Education

  • Technology

  • Employment

  • Civil Rights

  • Communication

  • Empowerment


The CAD promotes awareness, equality, and interaction through its various activities.


Board Officers . . .


  • Sandra Inzinga - President

    Sandra (Sandy) Inzinga holds a Masters Degree and is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Sandy current is the Director of the Adult Vocational Services program at the American School for the Deaf. Sandy serves as an advisor/advocate on the following: Chairperson for the State Rehabilitation Council, with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services; the Deaf; Blind Advisory Council at the Board of Education Services for the Blind; The Deaf with Developmental Disabilities Council at the Department of Developmental Services; The Deaf Advisory Council with the Department of Children and Families; The Multicultural Advisory Council with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; the Deaf Advisory board with the Office of Protection and Advocacy; the advisory board to the Collegiate Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Interpreter Preparation Program at Northwestern CT Community College. Sandy is CAD’s 2007 Golden Hand Award recipient, and in her spare time enjoys traveling, reading, bicycling, bowling and a good hand at poker.


  • Barbara J. Cassin - Vice President

    Barbara J. Cassin was born and raised in CT. She graduated from American School for the Deaf. She then went to Gallaudet and NYU to receive her BA in Social Work and MA in Deaf Rehabilitation & Counseling respectively. She worked at New Jersey School for the Deaf, also known as Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf, for 4 years and moved to Philadelphia (worked at PSD) for 5 years. She realized that she missed New England and decided to move back home. Barbara has been working as a BRS counselor in Norwich area. Her hobbies are: camping, kayaking, racquetball and traveling.


  • Kathy Darby - Secretary

    Kathy was born in a navy hospital in Norfolk, Virginia but was raised in CT. She graduated from American School for the Deaf and South Windsor High School. She attended Willimantic State College but was transferred to Gallaudet where she got her BS degree. She received her Master's in Deaf Education at Western Maryland College. She taught junior and high school students for over 30 years and was a work experience coordinator at ASD for about 12 years until her retirement. After her retirement she taught mainstreamed deaf children in Saipan, CNMI for 2 years. At present, when needed, she trains deaf consumers with their iPhones and Blackberrys for Sprint Relay under Arthur Moore. She is married to Al Darby and has 2 sons. She is Granny her to 4 grandchildren. Her hobby was in bowling and crafts for many years. Currently it's in reading, crocheting, sewing, hiking, kayaking and traveling.


  • Alexandra McGee - Treasurer

    Alexandra (Sandra) McGee graduated from Mystic Oral School for the Deaf, Mystic, CT and American School for the Deaf. Then she went to National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) to receive an Associate degree in photography and to CBI (CT Business Institute) to receive an Associate degree in business office/accounting. Sandra is currently working for the State of CT - Judicial Branch where she is responsible for Fiscal Administration including accounting. She was the President of the Deaf bowling league in Milford; President of ASD Alumni Association for 18 years; and is currently the President of CT Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf (CCOSD) for the second term. Sandra resides in Wethersfield, CT with her husband Peter. She enjoys reading, shopping, traveling and walking.


  • Robert Backofen - State Conference - Chairman

    Robert "Bob" Backofen was student at Mystic Oral School for the Deaf, then graduated at American School for the Deaf, then went to National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), was on RIT Cross Country team, was All NY State runner for three years and was first deaf to be caption on the team during junior year, went to World Deaf Game in 1973 as long distance runner. Bob worked at Dresser Company in Stanford, CT 7 years, then went to work at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for 32 year until his retirement. He was President of Greater Bridgeport Club of the Deaf (GBAD). He was President of New England Athletic Association of the Deaf (NEAAD), is currently the President of Greater Hartford Club of the Deaf (GHCD), Treasurer of CT Council of Organization Serving the Deaf (CCOSD), Tournament Manager of New England States Deaf Bowlers Association (NESDBA), and Endowment of American School for the Deaf Alumni Association (ASDAA). Bob resides in Wallingford, CT with his wife Beverly. His hobbies are: reading, running, bowling, golfing, socializing, traveling and hiking.



Board Members At-Large . . .

  • Kevin Bohlin - North Central

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  • Patricia E. Wilson - Southwestern

    Patricia "Patti" Willson graduated from the St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo, N.Y. She attended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and transferred to Gallaudet University earning a Bachelor of Sciences for Social Work in May 1978. Patti worked in the field of human services for Deaf children, adolescents and adults for over 22 years in Massachusetts. She taught ASL/Deaf Culture Classes at Boston University, Northern Essex Community College, M.S.A.D. and D.E.A.F., Inc. for several years. Patti participated a numerous of MSAD fundraisings from 1980 - 1990 and she had been on MSAD Executive Board under 3 presidents: John "Jack" F. Levesque, Kathy Vesey and Eddie Laird. Patti was a founder and co-executive producers of Deaf Media Coalition from 1981-1988, then one year founder/president of Deaf Media Collaborative, Inc. (inactive in 1990 in Greater Boston. She used to be "one woman show" actress. In Fall 2000, Patti worked as Coordinator then Liaison for Sign Language Services and also, substitute teacher at the American School for the Deaf for over 10 years. Then, she considered herself as "semi- retired" and still works a part-time job as independent contract for one on one with Deaf consumer for over 5 years in Hartford, CT. Currently Patti is still very active volunteer for Connecticut Association of the Deaf (CAD) as Board Member at Large, South Central (third term for 2016-17) and she was past president. In her spare time enjoys traveling and her vision is to produce a special short film about Year 1850's Deaf Civic/Education Leaders within 3 years project is sponsored by CAD. She and Tigress, her 13 1/2 years old calico cat, resides in Newington, CT.


  • Eric Lechfor - East

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  • Barbara Bajurny - Northwestern

    Former ASD student for 10 years from Age 3 thru 13. At age 11, played the part of Alice Cogswell during ASD's 150th Anniversary celebration Received Alice Cogswell statue from Dr. Edmund Boatner for Christmas 1967. Mainstreamed to Wethersfield Public Schools in 1969. No Interpreters were available, then. Graduated from Manchester Community College in 1976 with A.A. in Liberal Arts Graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1978 with B.A. in Sociology with Minor in Psychology Worked at Cigna Healthcare for 35 years before retiring in 2014. Held Senior Financial Analyst position for the last 26 years there. Received President's Award from Cigna in 1997. Worked as Camp counselor and certified life guard at Camp Isola Bella summer of 2007 while on vacation/approved unpaid leave from Cigna Healthcare Member of HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) since 2012 Toured campus of INJS (Institut National de Jeunes Sourds) Paris, France on October 23, 2015 Participated in Walk4Hearing event on May 21, 2017 Volunteered with preparation of ASD 200th Anniversary 2017 Lives in Bristol, CT Volunteered at Bristol Mum Festival in September 2016 & 2017 Volunteered in "Stuff a Cruiser" Fundraiser for Brian's Angels, Homeless Outreach in Bristol on October 7, 2017 Substitute teacher at ASD from February 2017 to present.


  • Lisa Cadoret - Southwestern

    My name is Lisa Guercia Cadoret, I was born and raised in CT... As a deaf and oral graduated at Amity High School in Woodbridge. Also, I went to Mystic Oral School for a year when I was three to four years old. I learned the very basic in ASL in my teen years then I learned it so much more when I went to NTID/RIT by daily communication with the deaf that made me realized I have no barrier in communication rather than I had in growing up in the hearing school. I love to entertain socially which I'm an administrator for DNO for SW of CT. I work at Old Navy in Milford for 11 years. I have three hearing children and a granddaughter. My hobbies are hiking, bargain shopping, antiques, traveling, and enjoy the free spirits!


  • Cynthia Sawicki - Newsletter Editor

    Cynthia Sawicki was born in Norwich, CT. She attended to Mystic Oral School, graduated Norwich Tech. She was employed in the computer graphics field for 18 years and is now working part-time in Wallingford. Married to Henry Sawicki and has 2 children, Jake and Jamilee. My hobbies include playing poker, playing Phase 10 with friends, swimming, hiking, and walking with our dog Sammy.


  • Joseph Ronan - Youth Ambassador and Youth Coordinator

    My name is Joseph Ronan and I am thrilled to be your Youth and Ambassador Coordinator for CAD. I went to American School for the Deaf until I graduated there in 2010 then I went to valley fire chief regional fire school in 2012 and I am current volunteer firefighter. I am proud to serving ASDAA board (American School for the Deaf Alumni Association) and serving on Valley Deaf Club board. I am excited to work with CAD board and work with youth people.