Board of Directors

The A Better Chance Board of Directors is a dedicated group of community volunteers responsible for monitoring all of the activities of the ABC House and ensuring financial and community support for the program. Through committees, these volunteer Board members select the scholars and program staff, raise funds to support the program, provide academic and personal counsel and maintain the residence.

Student Affairs Chair, Academic Affairs Chair, Student Health Chair, Publicity
Robert PearcePresident
Ann ProwdaVice-President
Susan BertenthalSecretary
Andy EstellTreasurer
Steve KapiloffFundraising
Cathy BartellPublicity
Ken BraselStudent Affairs
Jay DevivoFundraising
Pat DrydenStudent Affairs
Sheri EklundChair, Fundraising
Susan Gravitch-SmithHouse and Van
Wendy HelmkampChair, Student Selection
Greg WilliamsChair, College Selection
Kara PetrasSimsbury High School Faculty Liaison
Ellen PalmerChair, Host Families
Curt PalmerChair, Host Families
Tina SteenChair, Student Affairs
Andrew O'BrienSimsbury High School Principal, Ex Officio
Jeff TindallStudent Affairs
Joe TownsleyStudent Affairs
Christine McNallyStudent Selection
Liz KeppelFundraising
Cathie OkenStudent Selection
Lauren Allen-Jones
Lauren Shafer
Emily Lou McClean
Tom Frank
Erica Kapiloff