Our Team

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Susan Kamin is a registered dietitian with a background in weight management, bariatric surgery and wellness.  Nutrition is a second career for Susan.  Upon graduating from Clemson University with a B.S. in Marketing she spent eleven years in New York, NY working in public relations and corporate marketing.   Susan has used her varied background in working with Growing Great Schools as a member of the board and as chair of the organization’s marketing committee.  Susan has two children in the West Hartford Public Schools. 


OFFICERS

Board Co-Presidents

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Stephanie Greco has spent her entire professional career involved in the not-for-profit world as board member, employee, or volunteer. Stephanie’s career in Marketing & Communications spans nearly 25 years, having served as the Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for englishtown.com, and as the Director of Marketing Communications for both RESOLVE, and Suffield Academy. Most recently, Stephanie’s expertise in brand management enabled her to build a successful consulting career helping early and next-stage companies focus their sales, marketing, and communications efforts for growth. Greco serves on the Board of several local organizations: President of West Hartford Youth Field Hockey, Growing Great Schools Board, West Hartford Hunger Action Team, West Hartford All Sports Council, Friends of Hall Baseball Scholarship Committee, and The Church of St. Timothy Liturgy Committee. She lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with her husband and three children. In her spare time Greco can be found reading, running, and enjoying watching her kids play various sports.

 

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Muniba possesses over 9 years of experience in areas of technical training, curriculum development, business analysis, implementing and configuring technology and global organizational development.   She is passionate about working for nonprofits that improve the lives of children.  She has served as PTO president, and Liaison for the West Hartford Cultural Council, along with volunteering countless hours in the school and classroom.  In working with Growing Great Schools she is able to use her expertise to implement, expand and develop the vision of the grass roots organization to have widespread impact in multiple communities.  Muniba graduated from Brandeis University with a major in Economics and a program in Legal Studies.  Most recently she worked for the leading global provider of integrated contact center solutions, Concerto Software (Now Aspect Software).  Here she held positions of Senior Technical Trainer, and Senior Global Organizational Development Consultant. Currently she is pursuing her MBA at the University of Connecticut where she serves on the board of the UCONN chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs.    She loves spending time with her children playing games, gardening and cooking together.   


 Board Secretary

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Sally Mancini, MPH, has over fifteen years of experience in non-profit management, grant writing, advocacy, and coalition building. Sally’s worked as a public health consultant specializing in project management and program evaluation with Middlesex Hospital and for various other non-profit organizations. Sally holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Gordon College and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Connecticut. Sally currently serves as President, Growing Great Schools, Co-chair of the Morley PTO Health and Wellness Committee and member of the University of Connecticut Master of Public Health Program Committee. She resides in West Hartford, CT with her husband and three children.  


 GOVERNING BOARD

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Sean Brookman is a business attorney focusing on non-profits and start-ups; he is also a math instructor at Mathnasium of West Hartford.  He enjoys cooking and food nutrition and has been a chef and restaurant manager for over 15 years.  Sean is a member of the Executive Committee of SCORE, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Small Business Administration that helps small businesses grow and succeed.

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Melissa Cyr has enjoyed a career spanning a diverse range of health-related functions, beginning in health insurance administration and home health care services. She then transitioned to her passionate work as an NASM Certified Personal Trainer after becoming a parent. As a personal trainer she works to enrich clients’ health with her strong focus on holistic living and healthy eating. Her many experiences in organizing grassroots efforts include assisting in local initiatives to protect children and the environment from pesticide usage, as well as volunteering time advocating for GMO Labeling policy. She is also an alumni of the Connecticut Parent Leadership Training Institute, an active PTO Board member, and a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement. Melissa resides in West Hartford with her husband and two children, where she led the charge in fundraising and implementing an edible school garden for Webster Hill Elementary School. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading, travel, hiking and biking with her family, and sharing her love of growing organic food with kids.

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Monica Ehrlich was born and raised in Texas, graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Political Science. After moving to Connecticut 23 years ago, she began her work at law firm specializing in family law. Her daily experiences over the past 20+ years in this field have heighted her awareness of the need for parent involvement in their children’s schools and community.  She is a Growing Great Schools board member, West Hartford Youth Baseball League Parent Committee member focusing on fundraising and parent community development and is on her 4th year serving as PTO president of the King Philip Middle School.  She is a member of the University of Hartford, Hartt School Community Division Parent Advisory Committee where she has organized countless events involving the families and students. In her spare time, Monica is a photography enthusiast, enjoys gardening and cooking, but most of all enjoys spending time with her two boys.

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Liz Isaacs has worked in the public sector and not-for-profit world of homeless housing and services for sixteen years.  Liz began her career developing low-income and homeless housing in NYC for the City of New York and then moved on to Pratt Area Community Council and Hudson Planning Group.   In Connecticut, Liz works on supportive housing program development and evaluation and is staff to the CT Balance of State Continuum of Care which oversees $23 million in funding for homeless housing and services.  Liz holds a B.A in Political Science and International Relations from American University and an M.A. In Latin American Studies and Community and Regional Planning from University of New Mexico. Liz has served as Morley PTO president and Secretary of Growing Great Schools.  Liz has three children in Morley Elementary School in West Hartford.


PROGRAM WORKGROUPS

Farmers Markets/Farm to School

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Fitness Programming

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Nutrition

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Policy 

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School Garderns/Cooking Classes

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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 270318

West Hartford, CT 06127