Each year, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut presents the Eastern Connecticut Social Service Awards, recognizing agency staff and volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their duties, as nominated by industry peers. At the 12th Annual Social Service Recognition Breakfast, we honored Dr. Regina Moller as Executive Director of the Year.
Originally from East Lyme, Dr. Moller is the Executive Director for Noank Community Support Services (NCSS). Dr. Moller holds 20 years of experience in the field of behavioral health, serving on several state and healthcare provider committees. She is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, in Worcester, MA.
NCSS is a Groton-based organization dedicated to improving lives by offering community based programming, residential services, and temporary shelter care.
Throughout the past year Dr. Moller has seen the tremendous strain the pandemic put on nonprofits. With an increase in clients, shifting mandates, and less staff and funding, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how essential the organization truly is.
“I come from a family with strong work ethic– I learned to never give up and give all that you have to your employer. The people that we serve are so in need and my empathic style as a medical professional is to attempt to meet those needs, despite the burdens on my time and often my resources,” states Dr. Moller. “I know that by putting in a little extra effort, I might make a difference in the lives of those that we serve. As a manager, I rarely ask an employee to do something that I have not done myself. The perspective helps me to better understand the roles and to fine tune processes and the workloads of my employees.”
When asked her perspective on social service, Dr. Moller speaks on the importance of uplifting our communities; “My goal for the future is to assure that those in our community have their basic needs met and are mentally equipped to deal with the stressors of life.” She hopes to expand NCSS’s services for children and elderly people with mental health issues.
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