The Connecticut Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) celebrated their 40th anniversary recently by honoring women who exemplified leadership, potential to excel and commitment to their communities. Three MSW graduates were among the forty women honored.

cwealfJillian Gilchrest MSW ’06 is the Director of Public Policy and Communication at the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services in East Hartford, CT. She is dedicated to making Connecticut a better place for women, children and families and inspires the next generation of women through her continued focus on advocating for women’s issues. Currently, Jillian is an elected member of the West Hartford Board of Education and a blogger for ctworkingmoms.com.

Setta Mushegian MSW ’10 is the Director of Crisis Counseling and Advocacy at The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford, CT. She uses her expertise in sexual violence and passion for positive change to inform her practice and to inspire the next generation of women. Currently, Setta sits on the Board of Directors for the CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services, is a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abuse Children Multidisciplinary Team Evaluation Committee, and is a member of the two multidisciplinary teams in Lower Fairfield County that investigate disclosures of child sexual abuse.

Gretchen Raffa MSW ’12 is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. She has become a fixture in the Connecticut reproductive health community for implementing new and innovative ways to inform and engage the public about political issues affecting reproductive health and justice. Gretchen has been leading the CT Coalition for Choice and is a board member of Youth Rights Media in New Haven and an active participant in the LGBTQ community.