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Fairfield County

The Fairfield County office is located in Bethel. Several of our programs have offices in Bethel, including 4-H, the Master Gardener Program, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Soil test kits are available at the Fairfield County office. 

Fairfield county office

67 Stony Hill Road

Bethel, CT, 06801-8440

(203) 207-8440

Faculty & Staff

Molly Basak-Smith

Molly Basak-Smith

Educational Outreach & Program Assistant - UConn EFNEP or 203-258-8621

Molly is a Nutrition Outreach Educator for EFNEP. She holds a BS in Human Nutrition from Cornell University and a Masters from Syracuse University, as well as her Registered Dietitian Certification. Prior to joining UCONN Molly spent over 30 years practicing Nutrition Education. As an educator, she taught at Cornell University, State University of New York, and New York State Cooperative Extension.  She been responsible for the development and execution of nutrition and fitness programs for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. She has also launched innovative wellness programs into corporations and supermarkets.

Linda Connelly

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Donna Liska

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Program Aide



Heather Peracchio

Heather Peracchio

Center Coordinator, Supervisor, Assistant Extension Educator – UConn EFNEP/SNAP-Ed. or 203-207-3266

Heather Peracchio serves as the Center Coordinator and EFNEP Supervisor for Fairfield County. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and an Assistant Extension Educator at the University participating in two federally-funded grants the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed).  EFNEP and SNAP-Ed work to provide nutrition education to low-income families. A Connecticut native, Heather has a BS degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, completed her dietetic internship at Yale New Haven Hospital and has a Masters degree in Allied Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the University of Connecticut.



Juliana Restrepo-Marin

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Program Aide - UConn EFNEP





Edith Valiquette

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4-H STEM Youth Development - UConn 4-H or 203-207-3264




Sandra Wilson

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Coordinator - Master Gardener or 203- 207-3262