Resident Directors

Jen and Derek Roberts
Jen and Derek are the house parents, who provide day-to-day supervision, guidance, support, discipline and mentoring to the students.   This is their third year at ABC.  The Roberts said, “We see the Simsbury ABC Program as a tremendous opportunity to help nurture and develop these students into the future leaders of tomorrow. They all have tremendous abilities and we want to help them maximize their talents. Our goal is to help each student prepare for college and guide them towards a promising and successful future.”  The Roberts have experience with teenagers, as their own son Jordan is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut.  Derek has been involved with youth sports for over ten years. He was a coach and President for Rocky Hill Youth Football & Cheerleading and also sat on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Youth Football League. Jennifer works at US Residential Group LLC as a Compliance Specialist, while Derek is a District Manager at ADP LLC.



Resident Tutor

Douglas Nielson
Doug organizes and monitors the students’ academic progress and study sessions.  As a second career teacher, he has an aptitude for working with young people to hone their study skills.  Doug has 25 years of business experience, much of it internationally with DHL, the Helsinki School of Economics, and Finland's Ministry of Trade and Industry. Currently, Doug teaches in the Business Department of Simsbury High School.  “Being the tutor at ABC is a perfect fit for me, both personally and professionally,” Doug shared. “The ABC Program and students have been a joy to work with.” This is Doug's fourth year at ABC.





Program Administrator

Dennice Schenk
Dennice has been involved with ABC for almost ten years, and has served as the Program Coordinator for the past three years.  Prior to this role, she has volunteered with the Board of Directors in a variety of positions including the Academic Committee Chair and Volunteer Committee Chair.  As Program Coordinator, Dennice provides administrative support to the Board and staff.  Dennice has two teenage children, one of whom is a recent graduate of Simsbury High School. 


House Cook

Holly Bussolini