Staff & Board

Jason Fredlund
Program Director
Joined in 2012

Derek Hall
Program Director
Joined in 2012

Ellen Tuzzolo
Program Director
Joined in 2014

Kate Busch Gervais
Executive Director
Joined in 2015

Gretchen Fountain
Development Director
Joined in 2016

Cristher Estrada-Perez
Program Evaluation Manager
Joined in 2017

Emilia Vasquez Skene
Operations Director
Joined in 2016

Rachel Gary
Program Manager
Joined in 2018

Discovery Center Board members
(left to right) Diane Kearney, Barbara Taylor,
Sarah Barzee, Willajeanne McLean, Derrick Everett, Rev. Erica Richmond,
Michelle McKnight, Joelle Murchison, Paul Stefanik. (Missing: Fernando Betancourt,
David Hess, Jackie Moore, Binh-Co Tran, Erik Wasson)
PHOTO CREDIT: Rachel Adele Studios


Robert H. Forrester

Amy Hines

Elizabeth Jeffrey

Dr. S. Edward Weinswig

Allan S. Wilson


Diane Kearney, Ed. D. – Chair
Director of Manchester Adult and Continuing Education

Sarah Barzee, Ph.D. – Vice Board Chair
Chief Talent Officer, CT State Department of Education

Willajeanne F. McLean, Esq. - Secretary
Professor of Law, UCONN School of Law

Paul Stefanik III – Treasurer
President, Gammons Hoaglund Company, Manchester

Michael Bartone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Literacy, Elementary, and Early Childhood Education, Central Connecticut State University.

Fernando Betancourt
Executive Director of San Juan Center, Inc, Hartford

Elisa Cardona
Director of Social Justice and Inclusion, The Ethel Walker School

Derrick Everett
Chief Engagement Officer, Achieve Hartford!

Wendy Brown Helmkamp
Founder, Moon Shadow Consulting

Michelle McKnight
Math Intervention Specialist, Manchester Public Schools

Kathryn Mullin, JD
Associate, Robinson+Cole, LLC

Joelle Murchison
Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Connecticut

Sarfraz (Safa) Nistar, MBA
Strategy & Operations Executive, Minutemen Media

Rev. Erica Richmond
Palliative Care Chaplain, Hartford Hospital

Barbara Taylor
Financial Advisor, Farmington River Financial Group, Farmington

Erik Wasson Informatics Senior Specialist, Cigna, Inc.


Priya Morganstern
Pro Bono Partnership


Elena Blackwood
President, Richwood Consulting Group, LLC, Farmington, CT

Dr. Walter Harrison
President, The University of Hartford

Darren Schwartz
Instructional Leadership Director
Waterbury Public Schools, Waterbury, CT


2016 Counselors & Staff

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