Board of Directors
Cathleen Swody – Founding Partner and Director of Assessment, Thrive Leadership
Bonnie Clark – Teacher, Hartford School System
Joan Faustman – Independent Financial Services Professional, Previously Lincoln Financial
Michael Rawlins - Principal UX Design Architect at Walt Disney Co.
Rhonda Rawlins – Marketing Communications Professional, Previously Aetna International and Cigna
Robyn Guimont – Recording Secretary for GABC
Brendan Flanerty – Solutions Account Executive, Dell
Cheryl Hacker - Partner Manager, AVANT Communications, Fundraising and Development Committee
Allene Madnick – Host Family Liaison for GABC
Karen Nolan - GABC Selection Committee
Melissa Rawlins – Still Photographer – ESPN, Director of Communications
Rhonda Ranney - GABC Selection Committee
Lynnae Smith – Math Teacher, Glastonbury High School, GABC Selection Committee Member
Alice Turner - GABC Selection Committee
Leslie Ohta – Former Trial Attorney at United States Department of Justice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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