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Board of Directors

Paige MacLean, President
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Achievement First 

Carla M. Horwitz, Ed. D., Founding President and Chair of Education and Program Development
Director Emerita, Calvin Hill Day Care and Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten
Lecturer, Yale Child Study Center and Department of Psychology 

Sarah Boone, Secretary
Manager, Guilford Racquet and Swim Club

Stephanie Jacoby, Treasurer
Principal, Everit Consulting, LLC

Louise Abate 
Family Child Care Provider

Natasha Auguste-Williams
Family Child Care Provider

Kumba Hinds
Family Child Care Provider 

Jason Price
Principal, Exaltare Capital Partners 

Amanda Rieben, Esq.
Associate, Broder & Orland, LLC

Kim Rinehart, Esq.
Attorney, Wiggin & Dana

Marjorie S. Rosenthal, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine

Camelle Scott-Mujahid
Associate Program Officer, Perrin Family Foundation 

John Wareck
Principal and Realtor, Wareck Real Estate 

Advisory Board

Bill Graustein
Lead Trustee, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
Founder, Community Leadership Program

Kica Matos
Director, Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, Center for Community Change

Wendy Simmons, Ph.D.
Director for Development, Community Affairs, and Equity
State Education Resource Center 

David Slifka, C.F.A.
Vice President - Real Assets, YMCA Retirement Fund 

Fairfield County Advisory Board

Merle Berke-Schlessel, Esq.
President & CEO, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

Jennienne Burke
College and Career Readiness Consultant

Linda Franciscovich
Executive Director, Grossman Family Foundation

Cynthia Gorey
Director of Development, Fairfield Country Day School

Mary Pat Healy
Executive Director, Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition

Elif Kongar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Bridgeport

Cynthia Learned Russell
Executive Director, Program Director, The Goodnow Fund

Adrienne McAteer-Santiago
Viking Global Foundation

Heather Mokotoff
Community Member

Carolyn O’Brien
Partner, MissionBridge Philanthropy LLC

Ken Paul
Vice President, Development, Achievement First

Laura Saverin
Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Mara Siladi
Project Manager for the Cradle to Career Initiative, United Way of Western Connecticut

Eileen Swerdlick
Educational Consultant

Provider Steering Committee

Louise Abate, Family Child Care Provider

Natasha Auguste-Williams, Family Child Care Provider

Maria Carrillo, Family Child Care Provider

Gamila Elbashir, Family Child Care Provider

Geraldine Elliott, Family Child Care Provider

Kumba Hinds, Family Child Care Provider

Melissa Rivera, Family Child Care Provider