Michael Verzella

Michael Verzella oversees Chapel Haven’s robust recreation offerings, which include up to 35 organized and chaperoned activities per month, ranging from beach trips on Long Island Sound, trips to New York and Boston, theatre, art gallery visits, restaurants trips and a variety of activities right on the Chapel Haven campus. Mike also oversees Chapel Haven’s Special Olympics and Best Buddies programs.

Mike graduated with a recreation major degree from Springfield College. A turning point in his life was when he coached a soccer team at the 1995 Special Olympics World Games that took place in New Haven.

It really opened his eyes to the special needs population and it was at this time he also became part of his High School Best Buddies program and worked one-on-one with special needs students outside of school. Mike also oversees the Operations Department which ensures Chapel Haven facilities/grounds are being maintained.

Michael Verzella

Supervisor of Recreation and Operations

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