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Board of Directors


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

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 

Vice President


Robyn Guimont – Recording Secretary for GABC


Emmanuel Onikuyide, CPA

Board Members

Kyle Craig - GTF Engine Marketing at Pratt & Whitney

Wesley Hopkins- Assistant Director, Member Recruitment at Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Jae Marano

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

Sue Sokoloski

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

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

Chinma Uche - Adjunct Professor Quinnipiac University, Computer Science

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

Jhameal Wallace - Accounts Payable Administrator at Barnes Group Inc

Omar Walters - Quality Control Reviewer for The State of Connecticut Paid Leave

Emily Weil


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

Activity level is seasonal, primarily first semester. Focus is to support students in determining college/university of interest, ensure the college applications are completed, and help guide parents through FAF process.


This committee primarily works on 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.


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

Fund Raising

Committee oversees all fundraising activities, from the newsletter to the annual golf tournament. Monies raised in these endeavors go to the Glastonbury ABC operating budget.


Committee writes proposals and makes requests to grant making organizations. Funds raised in from these efforts are allocated into restricted accounts.

Host Family

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.


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

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, 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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