Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Anne Calabresi

Anne Calabresi

Founder

Anne Calabresi is a long-time New Haven civic leader. She is one of the founders of LEAP and The New Haven Arts & Ideas Festival. In 2013, she began meeting with local civic organizations to find space where people lacking permanent homes or sufficient food could find safety, welcome, warmth, a free healthy cooked breakfast of their choice and shelter from the weather in the morning as an alternative to being isolated outside.

In March 2015, with encouragement and support from John Bradley, then Liberty Community Services Executive Director and initial funding from the Carolyn Foundation, Sunrise Cafe – an independent 501c3 since 2019 – opened as a program of Liberty Community Services.

Jasree Peralta

Jasree Peralta

Executive Director

Born and raised in Connecticut, Jasree is the current Executive Director of Sunrise Cafe, as of January 2024. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in communication. She has worked for organizations such as NBC Universal, The National Diaper Bank Network, The Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and most recently Yale University, where she served the medical school as the communications officer for the office of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Jasree enjoys spending time with her husband and toddler, hitting up a Zumba class, and discussing the benefits of mindshifting.

Robert Silverstein

Robert Silverstein

Chair

Bob graduated from the University of Rochester in 1971 with a BA in psychology. He returned to school to study computer programming and had a rewarding career in Information Technology, retiring in 2014.

Bob has been a volunteer at Sunrise Cafe since moving to New Haven in 2016. When not in the kitchen, Bob loves to photograph Sunrise events and share the photos with Sunrise guests. In addition to photography, Bob loves gardening and is an avid bridge player. Bob also volunteered for many years as a basketball coach, tutor in the public schools, and helping out at the local food pantry.

Robert Dargan, MBA

Robert Dargan, MBA

Treasurer

40 years of significant achievement in corporate, entrepreneurial and non-profit environments including: Retired from General Re Life Corporation (Subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway) as Director of Treaties, Assistant Secretary. Previously one of three founders of Connecticut American Inc which was affiliated with then named Blue Cross Blue Shield. Bob is a Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).  He is a board member of the Willoughby Wallace Library (Stony Creek).  Previous non-profit activities include Past President, Branford Jaycees; Past Chairman, Branford Board of Ethics and a Past Member, Branford Board of Education.

Sally Fleming, MSW

Sally Fleming, MSW

Secretary

Ms. Fleming is a former nurse and retired social worker. She spent 25 years working with the Department of Children and Youth Services and 8 years in clinical work with Yale Child Study Center.

She is currently President of the Board of Loaves and Fishes, the New Haven non-profit food pantry and clothing closet. She serves on the Vestry of St Paul and St James Episcopal Church and is a longtime volunteer with Sunrise Cafe.

Kelli Ray Gibson

Kelli Ray Gibson

Kelli Ray is a native of New Haven and attended the city’s public schools. She completed her undergraduate studies at CCSU with a dual major in Psychology and Criminology and her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School where she concentrated primarily on the intersectionality between law and religion focusing extensively on the association between trauma, faith, and healing.

During her time at Yale, she successfully completed Yale Divinity School’s Black Church Studies certificate program, while serving as President of the Yale Black Graduate Network and serving on the Graduate and Professional School Senate Community Engagement Committee where she tutored inner city youth in low performing schools. During the summer, Kelli Ray completed a 12-week supervised ministry in London, England, working on strategic organization programming to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals (also known as Global Goals), a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Kelli Ray has most recently worked as an Episcopal Church in Connecticut’s Racial Justice Resource coordinator during the season of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation where she helped to address the history of white supremacy; facilitated virtual conversations on racism; identified models of reconciliation around the issue of racism; and encouraged more civic involvement with local organizations surrounding the issue of racism.

Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering, outdoor activities, DIY home projects, and most of all traveling the world.

Elise Kamp

Elise Kamp

Elise works for Press & Cuozzo Realtors selling residential real estate in the New Haven area. She is a long time Sunrise volunteer and also volunteers with Columbus House and Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen and has tutored inner city children with the Bridges of Hope. Originally from Ridgefield, CT, Elise moved to New Haven in 1982 after graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Communications. She has worked in advertising sales for WELI Radio and the New Haven Register. Elise currently lives in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven. She has two grown children, Abigail who works for the US Department of Foreign Aid in Washington DC and Rees who works at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, CA.

Y’Isiah Lopes

Y’Isiah Lopes

Y’Isiah is the Community Services Coordinator for the Town of Hamden. He is responsible for planning, organizing and administering a comprehensive community social services program, which includes referrals for emergency assistance, employment, food, recreation and shelter. He coordinates programs and activities with Town and state agencies, and partnering organizations which assist with assessing the needs of the community. Y’Isiah is also responsibility for near-term and long-range planning to address changing social and human services. In this effort, he works closely with Town, state, federal and private organizations in determining program parameters, funding opportunities, and joint efforts to meet individual and community needs. Y’Isiah previously worked for over a decade with the City of Orlando in a community that faced disadvantages

Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tsar of Love and Techno and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and longlisted for the National Book Award. His new novel, Mercury Pictures Presents, was published in August 2022.

Anthony and his wife Kappy Mintie have been volunteering for over a year at Sunrise.

Kappy Mintie

Kappy Mintie

Katherine “Kappy” Mintie is an art historian specializing in the history of photography. Her research focuses on the materials, techniques, and networks of exchange developed by photographers in the nineteenth century. Before joining the Lens Media Lab, she was the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the Harvard Art Museums (2019-2021) and a Visiting Assistant Professor of American Art at DePauw University (2017-2019). She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Kappy and her husband Anthony Marra have been volunteering for over a year at Sunrise.

Community Advisors

Dr. Joanna Vincent, MD

Dr. Joanna Vincent, MD

Dr. Vincent received her BS from Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing, her MA from New York University and her MD from the Medical University of South Carolina. She was board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Geriatrics, and practiced over the years in Waterbury, CT, on Cape Cod, and in the greater New Haven area.

More recently Dr. Vincent was a volunteer (licensed) physician at the Hospital of St. Vincent, Merton Center Clinic, Bridgeport, CT and AmeriCares Free Clinic, Danbury, CT
In retirement she is a volunteer (license inactive) at Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center in their Homeless Outreach Program and a longtime volunteer with Sunrise Cafe.