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Linda Cimino

Ms. Cimino has served as the Director of the Connecticut Office of Victim Services (OVS) since January 2000. In 2002, Ms. Cimino served as a peer reviewer for The National Evaluation of State Victim Assistance Programs: Trends and Strategies for the Future a report by the Urban Institute/SANDAG Project Team to the National Institute of Justice. Ms. Cimino is an adjunct lecturer at the University of New Haven where she teaches victimology at the undergrduate and graduate leve.

Prior to her tenure at OVS, Ms. Cimino was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence for five years. As the Executive Director of CCADV, she provided leadership in the public policy arena by working with battered women, the staff and volunteers of the eighteen domestic violence shelter programs and State Legislators to create several pieces of legislation that addressed very specific concerns, needs and rights of victims of domestic violence.

Ms. Cimino served as the Executive Director of Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis from 1988 - 1995. During that seven year period, she strengthened the financial structure of the organization and oversaw a five year building project which lead to the opening of Bloom's Place a transitional housing program for six women and their children.

Ms. Cimino's early career was spent at the New Haven YWCA in the capacities of Public Relations Coordinator and Associate Executive Director and serving as the Executive Director of the Suzuki Music School.