The Naugatuck Valley Health District has a professional and experienced staff dedicated to promoting optimal health and a healthy environment. You can reach NVHD staff at 203-881-3255 and WIC staff at 203-888-1271.

Director of Health

Jeffrey Dussetschleger, DDS, MPH
Director of Health

Public Health

Jessica Stelmaszek, MPH
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Joan Lane, MPH
Public Health Specialist

Carol Slajda, MA, MBA
NauVEL Program Manager


Lisa McEachern
Business Manager

Judith Waleski
Administrative Assistant

Gabriella Reyes
Administrative Assistant

Environmental Health

Melanie Dokla, BS, RS
Assistant Director Environmental Health

Rita Fazzino, RS
Housing Code Enforcement/Sanitarian

Laurel Shaw, MPH, RS

Pran Gjeloshi, BS, RS

Yvonne Douglas-Smith, RS

Community Health

Carissa Caserta, MPH
Assistant Director Community Health

Kristin Charest, RN
Public Health Nurse

Elizabeth M. Green, BS
Immunization Program Coordinator

Jamie Curtis, BS
Health Educator