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Board of Directors


Rhonda Rawlins – Marketing Communications Professional, Previously Aetna International, Cigna

Vice President

Walt Shea - Retired Financial Services Executive


Robyn Guimont 


Laurie Boyd

Board Members

Dennis Desmarais - Executive Director, TriNet

Tom Edgington - Lawyer, Travelers Insurance Company

Keith Forster

Wendy Forster - Retired Human Resources Executive, currently Executive Coach

Carol Goldstein

Nancy Hayden - Owner, Ginger & Pickles Baking & Catering, LLC
Jeff Hong  

Leslie Ohta – Former Trial Attorney at United States Department of Justice

Emmanuel Onikuyide, CPA

Duane Pierre - Executive Director/ Founder of ParaDYM, Inc.

Lisa Rouleau - Retired Elementary Teacher, Berlin Public Schools

Lynnae Smith – Math Teacher, Glastonbury High School, GABC Selection Committee Member 

Sue Sokoloski - Retired Life Insurance Medical Director

Cathleen Swody – Founding Partner and Director of Assessment, Thrive Leadership 

Brian Thompson 

Jhameal Wallace - Accounts Payable Administrator at Barnes Group Inc

Dawne Westbrook 

Peter Wolf

Past Presidents

Bonnie Clark – Teacher, Hartford School System

Joan Faustman – Independent Financial Services Professional, Previously Lincoln Financial

Michael Rawlins - Head of Enterprise Content Platforms Design Team at Walt Disney Co.

Cathleen Swody – Founding Partner and Director of Assessment, Thrive Leadership 

Selection (chair: Lynnae Smith)

Activity level for this committee is seasonal, mostly in January through May/June. Review candidate applications; determine whether candidate should be interviewed. Committee members participate in the interview and decision to extend offer.

College Prep/Academics (chair: Peter Wolf)

Committee focuses on the overall academics for all of our scholars as well as support to students in determining college/university of interest, ensure the college applications are completed, and help guide parents through financial aid process.

Communications/PR (chair: Walt Shea)

This committee works on our website, social media and the annual newsletter, which is developed and mailed in the late fall. Committee is also responsible for promoting our program in local papers when necessary.

Finance (chair: Laurie Boyd)

Chair person of this committee sits on the Executive Board.  Committee is responsible for tracking budget, operating expenses, financial reporting and insurance management.

Fundraising (co-chairs: Tom Edgington and Brian Thompson)

Committee oversees all fundraising activities, from the annual appeal to the fundraising dinner. Also responsible for maintaining records of donors and providing thank-you's. Currently, includes grant responsibilities as well (see below).

Grants (currently part of fundraising)

Committee writes proposals and makes requests to grant making organizations. Funds raised in from these efforts are allocated into restricted accounts or, where possible, towards annual expenditures.

Host Family (chair: Robyn Guimont)

This committee functions as the liaison between the host families and the ABC program. Committee is also responsible for recruitment of host families, scheduling host family weekends, and providing forum for host families to discuss variety of issues.

Facilities (chair: Walt Shea)

Maintenance of the Glastonbury ABC physical plant is the primary responsibility of this committee. Although the scholars are responsible for daily house upkeep, this committee is responsible for making necessary repairs or arranging for contractors to address house repairs.

Student Life (chair: Lisa Rouleau)

This committee works to provide enriching entertainment and cultural experiences for Glastonbury ABC scholars. Committee members arrange for scholars to watch plays, live performances, sporting events, or local trips that are engaging, in hopes of enriching the Glastonbury ABC experience.

Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world. ~ Nelson Mandela

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