Making a difference in the lives of those who suffer from depression and mental illness.


The journey to mental health is a challenging road for patients and their supporting families alike. Enduring the pain. The struggle to find answers. The weight of this journey should not be endured alone. Like a dragonfly’s flight is light and adaptable, the mission and vision of The Connie J Klanica Foundation is to alleviate the burden and offer support to those in need. The Foundation is a not for profit organization built to create positive change and hope in the darkest of times through advocating awareness, supporting patients and their families undergoing treatment, and raising funds for research. The Foundation was established to continue on the selfless and loving nature of our beloved Connie J Klanica. Connie taught us all to give selflessly, love unconditionally, and to help without question. Her graceful spirit is the guiding light for change by which this Foundation will work to support the journey from awareness to well being.

Please fill out our donation request form if you believe CJKF could help you in your mental health journey. We are looking to support individuals with personal needs as well as help facilitate groups and educational experiences. All information will be kept confidential and, if approved, a representative from the Connie J Klanica Foundation can help work out the billing details with your provider.  Please mail the form to: CJKF 205 Jinny Hill Rd., Cheshire, CT 06410

Upcoming Events
You Are My Sunshine - Cut Your Own Bouquet Event
Sat, Sep 12
413 Barnes Rd (across from Germeia Farm)
Sep 12, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
413 Barnes Rd (across from Germeia Farm), 413 Barnes Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492, USA
Don't miss the You Are My Sunshine event benefitting the Connie J Klanica Foundation! Donations are welcome for cutting your own bouquet of flowers, or for picking your own pre-made bouquet from our selection. There will also be an ice cream truck, face painting & a touch a tractor event!
Spud Challenge 2020
July 10-24, 2020
Your Own Home
July 10-24, 2020
Your Own Home
Create a structure or work of art using potatoes!
2nd Annual CJK Classic Roundnet Tournament
Time is TBD
Camp Sloper
Time is TBD
Camp Sloper, 1000 East St, Southington, CT 06489, USA
CJKF has decided to indefinitely postpone the tournament in hopes of rescheduling.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Classes
Future Dates to Come
Location is TBD
Future Dates to Come
Location is TBD

Youth Mental Health First Aid Classes

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses roleplaying and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. An evidence-based training, Mental Health First Aid is managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health.


This training is sponsored by the Jared Coffin Memorial Fund and the Connie J. Klanica Foundation.


Future Session to Come.

Who We Are

The extended Sienkowski and Klanica families started this foundation in memory of Connie Joan Sienkowski Klanica; our beloved mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. It is in her memory that we hope to make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from depression and mental illness.

Brian Klanica

Husband of Connie, Managing Partner of Swingbridge Capital

Krissy Dorsey

Niece of Connie, Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College

Andrea Holsworth

Sister of Connie, Office Manager at Wolfy Dental Group

Thomas A. Sienkowski Jr.

Brother of Connie, Owner of New Concepts Plumbing and Heating

Kate Corcoran

Sociology and Human Services Professional


About Connie J Klanica

Connie Klanica spread joy and kindness within her family and community. She doted over her loved ones and always put others before herself.  She was a natural caretaker and was always willing to give a helping hand often going the “extra mile” to help others. Connie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and toasting over a glass of wine.  Her favorite color was purple which she often wore. She connected to dragonflies because of their symbolic nature of change and was always on the lookout for dragonflies and other signs that angels and loved ones were near. She loved to laugh and had a way of making people feel special through her thoughtful gestures and loving words. She is eternally loved and forever missed.


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