Board of Directors
President: Amanda Mann
Vice President: Eric Garofano
Secretary: Joan O'Neill
Treasurer: Farouk Rajab
As Executive Director, Beth is responsible for all day-to-day operations and building upon the COMO Legacy. She holds an undergraduate degree from Salve Regina University, a Master’s Degree from Connecticut College and has completed additional graduate coursework and training at the University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work. Her career has included various roles, such as: Victims Advocate; Adult Probation Officer; Private Therapist; Special Education Counselor; Human Services Director; Adjunct University Faculty; as well as, numerous leadership positions on various local and regional boards and committees. Beth is the proud mother of three daughters whose interests beyond her family life include her artwork, golf and reading.
Priscilla oversees all educational programming and is directly involved with teaching and developing our beloved Preschool. She is passionate about teaching and committed to providing positive and engaging learning experiences for our youth. Priscilla holds a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies from Castleton University, graduating magna cum laude with a licensure in Elementary Education and an English concentration. In her free time she loves to be outside and especially enjoys exploring hiking trails, running, or spending time at the beach.
As Development Director, Stephanie oversees the following development activities: major gifts; planned giving; annual appeal; membership; grants; community events; sponsorship programs; and volunteer management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Development and a Master of Administration with a concentration in Philanthropy and Fundraising from Central Michigan University. Stephanie is the mother of four children and is deeply involved in the local community. In her free time she enjoys reading and is an avid Pinterest consumer.
Liz plays a multifaceted role for the COMO overseeing financials and Thrift Store operations. She graduated cum laude with a B.S. from UMass Amherst, after which she moved to Stonington and never looked back! She came to the COMO with 20 years of retail management experience, and nearly 10 years of experience in the financial industry. In her spare time Liz likes to be crafty and creative with projects, spend time with her husband and cats, and spend time at the beach!
Cindy has been a part of the COMO team since 1996, and you can now find her at the COMO Thrift Store. A native of the area Cindy loves the Stonington community and has never wanted to call anywhere else home! She has two children, and her daughter attended the COMO preschool program and participated in programs throughout her youth.
Kelsey Haack is responsible for all athletic programming. Kelsey holds a Bachelors degree from Trine University in Angola, Indiana in Exercise Science earning assorted accolades and scholarships for her academic performance. She is also a certified Personal Trainer, whose work experience includes both corporate and nonprofit environments promoting health and wellness programs. Kelsey is passionate about wellness and staying active. Kelsey has participated in a variety of sports including softball, soccer, dance, and broomball, a sport that involves players running on the ice with brooms to manipulate a frozen ball into the opposing team’s net. In her free-time Kelsey enjoys lifting weights, playing board games and getting together with friends.
Mr. Joe has been with the COMO since 2007, and has played many roles for the organization over the years! He holds an Associates Degree in Special Education and Graphic Design from CCRI, with additional undergraduate coursework at Rhode Island College. He previously worked in the Central Falls School District. Joseph uses his passion for education and children, paired with his many skills to provide innovative courses for the COMO kids like minecraft architecture and video production. Joseph has lived in Stonington since 2008 with his wife Jill. In his spare time Joe loves to create his own art, cook and hike.
As Curriculum Administrator, Amy plays a big role in the curriculum development for COMO Programs including the COMO Preschool where she also serves as Head Teacher. Amy graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a mathematics concentration. She has always had a passion for teaching and strives to develop a classroom curriculum and environment that fosters the individual needs of each child, helping them to reach their full potential. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with friends and family, boating, golfing, and going to the beach!
Mr. Alex is Head Teacher for The COMO's thriving middle school program, IMPACT. He develops and implements an exciting curriculum geared toward fostering our youth's creativity, community involvement, and technological exploration. He is also directly involved with the Preschool's extended day program and uses his degree in Early Childhood Education from Mitchell College to create a fun, exciting, and positive learning experience. Work aside, Alex enjoys spending quality time with his daughter, Mena, and DJing events on the weekends.