Leadership

Kristen Niforos
Co-Affiliate Director
Email: Kristen@CT-DI.org
Phone: 860-717-CTDI (2834)
Bio
Kristen has been involved in Destination Imagination for 17 years, as a research paper writers team member, tournament volunteer, appraiser, challenge master, challenge writer, board member and now as the co-Affiliate Director for CT DI. She got her start in DI when she saw a poster advertising it at the beginning of her first year at college. Her brother had participated for many years in elementary, middle and high school, so she was excited to join a team. After graduating college, she still wanted to stay involved with DI, but had moved to a new state to start her job. She reached out to the Connecticut DI team and was greeted with open arms and she has been a volunteer ever since.

Kristen has worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat since 2002 and is an Engineering Supervisor for a fluid systems engineering group working to design the next class of nuclear submarines. She studied mechanical engineering and got her Bachelor of Science at Clarkson University and Master of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Julie Mantius
Co-Affiliate Director
Email: Julie@CT-DI.org

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Julie Mantius 

Bio

Julie has participated in Destination Imagination since 1999 (her Freshman Year of High School), following many years of participating in the Odyssey of the Mind program. Julie’s High School DI team was inseparable, spending hours at their manager’s house brainstorming solutions, constructing sets out of recyclable materials, and coming up with creative approaches to whatever challenges DI threw at them! After attending Global finals for three years, her commitment to DI was as strong as ever. Julie graduated from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts with a Marketing degree and International Studies minor. She continued volunteering as an appraiser in her home state of New Hampshire throughout her college career. After moving to Connecticut for work after graduation, she continued as a Regional Challenge Master for NH, but soon also reached out to CT DI to get involved in her new community as a Challenge Master and Affiliate Growth Director. She is excited to be in her new role as the co-Affiliate Director for CT DI.

Julie has worked for Lincoln Financial Group for the past eight years, with 7 of those in CT and one in Philadelphia. Her current role is as a Business Management Consultant/Project Manager for Life and LTC Insurance Sales Operations. Little did she know how much her role on a DI team would help strengthen the skills she uses in her day to day responsibilities – Project Management, learning how to work well with a group, strategizing, creative problem solving and time management are just a few DI developed skills that she has been able to leverage to succeed in her profession!

Patti Cornell
Affiliate Training Director
Email: Patti@CT-DI.org

Patti Cornell

Patti Cornell

Bio

Patti has been an educator for over 30 years. She was an early childhood educator at the JCC in West Hartford for 10 years, and later became the Director of the Farmington Valley JCC in Simsbury. She created and taught the GATEWAYS gifted/talented program in Somers – a National Blue Ribbon School. Currently, Patti is an independent contractor who works with homeschool families and other families who need additional educational support. She has been running afterschool programs in gifted/talented education at the two intermediate schools in Granby CT.
Patti was educated at the University of Hartford graduating summa cum laude as an undergraduate education major, and later earned her Master of Education degree in Educational Technology. In addition, she completed graduate level work in gifted/talented education through the NAEG school of education at UCONN- studying under Dr. Renzulli and Dr. Reis.
Patti was a founding member of the board of directors for Connecticut Destination Imagination. She wears many hats at CTDI as the Instant Challenge Master, Volunteer Coordinator, Affiliate Training Director and Secretary of the Board and before all that she started as a team manager when her children were in school.

Kelly Woodard
Affiliate Growth Director
Email:Kelly@CT-DI.org

Kelly Woodard

Kelly Woodard

Bio