"I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience with running a non-profit as well as my passion for Danbury’s youth and community at large."
Co- founder and Executive Director the the Danbury Grassroots Academy from 2006-2021. Responsibilities: Strategic planning; Academic, individual, and health and wellness development of 60 at-risk youth from Danbury area school systems, Grade 2 through 12, year-round; Implementation of programs to identify, recruit, and mentor students; Hire, supervise and train staff and 40+ volunteers; Year- round scheduling of program; college preparation, enrichment activities, mentoring, tennis and summer programs, field trips, guest speakers; Grant writing and reports; Organize and run fundraisers and events; Administrative, management, budget, record keeping, and correspondence requirements; Liaison for participants/parents with schools, teachers, social workers, and counselors; Maintain community relations; meet with and build rapport with community leaders; Quarterly newsletters, social media, and website.
• 2019 National Program of the Year Award by the USTA Foundation
• 2018 Community Asset Award from HVCASA for providing substance abuse prevention, opportunities for youth to contribute to the betterment of their community, and being a strong advocate for the youth DGA
• Linda Newby Professional Service Award from Danbury Regional Child Advocacy in recognition of her contributions and commitment to the children and families of Danbury
• Distinguished Service Award for service to Immaculate High School and surrounding community
I hope to "Help raise funds to provide meals to our local community."
Prior Boards: YMCA, WCSU Alumni, Portuguese Bars, PCP Present: CT Bar Association
Professional Accomplishments: Pro Bono Award from the Danbury Bar Association
"I am bringing 20 plus years of industry knowledge and my commitment to supporting the Danbury community."
Currently, I am the Store Manager of ShopRite in Danbury where I supervise 240 employees and serve 22,000 customers per week. I also serve on the Advisory Board for St. Gregory the Great school in Danbury.
I have participated in the successful on-time opening of four ShopRite locations. Under my leadership, our store has routinely scored in the top 10% of customer and employee satisfaction surveys out of 300+ stores.
"Through working with the RPMS Meal Train I hope to help bring attention to the systemic issues facing the community members our school serves and provide recurring support to the myriad school families that are food insecure."
Dr. Kristy Zaleta
Principal, Rogers Park Middle School
CT Excellence in Middle School Science Teaching 2012; Danbury Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2013
"I witnessed firsthand the struggles that children and families go through while working at SBHCs. It was especially hard for undocumented, bilingual, and economically challenged families. It impacted their education and social-emotional health. Having food, clothing, and shelter is a fundamental need. By supporting the RPMS meal train, perhaps the lack of food can be addressed."
Retired APRN, active RN. Participating in area Covid vaccine clinics.
Twenty-eight years as Pediatric Nurse Practioner in school-based clinics in Bridgeport and at RPMS. Specialized in pediatrics in various settings since 1972.
Dina Francisco Pereira
AVP, Community Relations at Union Savings Bank - CT