CPA Central Office Staff
Executive Director, Meghan Butler PsyD.
Meghan Butler, Psy.D. has been actively involved in CPA since 2013, serving as member of the Healthcare Reform Task Force, Child and Family Committee, and as Early Career Representative from 2016-2017, Secretary from 2018-2021, Representative for Region 2 (Eastern CT) in 2022, and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee 2018-present. Dr. Butler charged efforts to modernize CPA as an organization, including website development, enhancing member benefits, and implementing multi-media marketing.
Dr. Butler received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at Jewish Child and Family Services and postdoctoral fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital – Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. Dr. Butler remained in Chicago working in community mental health as part of the National Health Service Corp prior to relocating home to Connecticut. Working with diverse, underserved, and multi-stressed communities shaped her understanding of psychology and interest in trauma and attachment work. In past administrative roles, Dr. Butler partnered with medical providers and elementary schools to enhance mental health services; and connected graduate students to local community agencies for service learning projects.
Presently, Dr. Butler owns an independent practice in Glastonbury. Her areas of clinical expertise are assessment and treatment of trauma and attachment, and complex mood, behavioral, and learning disorders amongst infant and early childhood, school-aged children, adolescents and families. Within her clinical practice, she incorporates brain-based understanding of child development, evidenced based practices, and play and expressive art interventions.
Involvement in these professional experiences fortified Dr. Butler’s value of collaboration with community figures, belief in the importance of interventions at the systemic level, and desire to promote social justice and mental health awareness. It is with these experiences, skills, and values that Dr. Butler remains committed to the goals and mission of CPA.
Capitol Consulting, Lobbyists
Anita Schepker, J.D.
Anita L. Schepker, Esq. joins Capitol Consulting after nearly a four-decade career in government relations. Anita has a wealth of knowledge about state government that only comes from successfully navigating numerous complex client issues through the halls at the State Capitol. Prior to joining Capitol Consulting, Anita was president and founder of Schepker&Associates, LLC, a full-service government relations and regulatory law firm. Anita brings to Capitol Consulting a broad group of clients that she’s has represented for many years including among others: Abbott Laboratories, AFLAC, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Connecticut Psychological Association, DaVita, Eli Lilly, Horizan Pharma, PhRMA and Safelite Auto Glass.
Prior to starting Schepker&Associates, Anita was a principal in another Hartford based lobbying firm where she acted as president of the firm’s public affairs corporation, directing all legislative and regulatory issues, and litigation for the firms’ clients.
Anita got her start in legislative lobbying in 1981 at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) where she began as a staff attorney and was promoted to general counsel. As general counsel, she headed CBIA’s legal and political departments. After eight years at CBIA Anita was hired as the senior vice president for government affairs at the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company (CBT) where she oversaw all of its state legislative and regulatory activities. In addition, she coordinated CBT’s federal and state political action committee activities.
Anita is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Also, she has a Masters in Education from St. Joseph’s College.
Liz Connelly joins Capitol Consulting as a Senior Government Relations Associate after more than six years on staff in the Connecticut General Assembly. Liz began her tenure with House Democrats as a top advisor to then House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (Berlin and Southington). When Rep. Aresimowicz was elected Speaker of the House, Liz was then promoted to Senior Legislative and Communications Advisor to Speaker of the House. During her time as a senior advisor to the Speaker, Liz developed and maintains a wide network of legislators, state agency, staff and advocacy organizations. In addition, she was responsible for dealing and negotiating with numerous business and industry representatives on behalf of the Speaker. Liz brings to Capitol Consulting a strong work ethic and a clear understanding of the legislative process to immediately assist Capitol Consulting’s clients. In addition to lobbying directly for the firm’s numerous clients, Liz will manage the firm’s social media presence, assist in the firm’s marketing for new business and maintain the firm’s bill tracking system.
Prior to working in the legislature, Liz served as a Communications and Media Coordinator at The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, a nonprofit organization that builds and offers youth prevention programs to prevent substance misuse and bullying.
Liz received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, where she double majored in political science and journalism.
Jason Eland, Eland Consulting
What do I do? I specialize in human beings, marketing, SEO, business evaluation/ development, and process improvement. I have a Masters in psychology and worked in corporate business making process improvements and handling executive-level public relations complaints. Being a small business owner myself, I understand the difficulties associated with it and the bottom line.
Who am I? I am a Minneapolis SEO consultant, online marketing expert, and general family man. I have over 10 years of bringing process improvements, market strategy, and search optimization to the table. This has enabled me to work with a wide range of people from programmers to musicians and gain valuable industry knowledge to help your business succeed.
DiMaggio Consulting Group, LLC
Experienced Development and Event Management professional with a demonstrated history of successful and influential events in and out of the nonprofit industry. Skilled in Project Management, Event Management, Volunteer leadership and Graphic Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) focused in Theatre from Central Connecticut State University.