Meg Domino To Step Down as Executive Director of New Canaan CARES


New Canaan’s foremost expert on youth, parent and community health planning is to step down at the end of this academic year, according to officials at the nonprofit organization she has steered for more than a dozen years.

Meg Domino. Photo courtesy of New Canaan CARES

Meg Domino, executive director of New Canaan CARES, who holds a doctorate in public health and is known in the community for her ready participation in a wide range of human services endeavors in New Canaan—including with fellow nonprofits, the school district and town—will continue with regular programming through July 1, according to a press release.

She “will serve in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth transition,” the press release said.

Known nationally and even internationally in her field, Domino is a widely influential author and researcher who has worked with New Canaan CARES for 16 years. Her expertise increasingly has been in demand here, for example, as New Canaan youth and families face intense pressures and challenges amid the rise and prevalence of opioids, cyberbullying and social media.

In the press release, Domino said she is ready now “to pursue the next stage of my public health career.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with youth spanning preschool through college years, delivering parent education programs, providing support for local families, and working collaboratively with other regional nonprofit organizations and in particular the New Canaan Public School system to enhance our community,” she said in the statement. “CARES is a strong organization which is well situated for new leadership at this juncture.”

Its next leader has big shoes to fill.

The New Canaan CARES board will start looking for a new director next month, according to the press release.

In the press release, the president of the organization’s executive board, Michelle Riley, said the group is “exceptionally grateful to Meg for serving our community so effectively for so many years.”

“We have all benefited from her wisdom and energy on issues related to youth, parenting and community building. Meg has worked tirelessly to advance our mission with her creativity, warmth and dedication to her field. She has played a critical role in the development and success of CARES and we wish her well in her future endeavors.”

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