Matthew Quinones

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Quinones returned to SPEF in May 2015 as Chief Executive Officer. He had served as SPEF’s Director of Operations from October 2009 – September 2014,

Lynn Tusa

Director of Development

Lynn Tusa joined SPEF in 2014. Previously, she spent five years as Development and Communications Director for The Center for Sexual Assault

Cindy Newman

Programs Manager

Cindy Newman started at SPEF in August 2015 as SPEF’s Programs Manager working primarily with our flagship program, the Stamford Mentoring Program. Previously

Cynthia Aguilar

Program Coordinator

Cynthia Aguilar began her time with SPEF as a volunteer in the Stamford Mentoring Program. After two years, she left to pursue a Master’s degree in social work

Lindsay Anne Guarnieri

Program and Marketing Associate

Lindsay Guarnieri recently joined SPEF as the Marketing and Program Associate. This has allowed her to combine her passions

Doug Abel

Office Manager

Doug Abel comes to SPEF from a corporate IT background in management with positions at MasterCard, Nestle, and Cadbury Beverages. Although the majority of his

Regan Allan

Coordinator- Parent Leadership Training

Regan Allan returned to SPEF in December 2016 as Coordinator for the Parent Leadership Training Institute

Rachel Baker

Site Director – SPEF Math Tutoring

Rachel Baker started at SPEF in August 2014 as a tutor with the SPEF Math Tutoring Program. This spring her role within SPEF changed

Christine Lesperance

SPEF Math Tutor

Originally pursuing Graphic Design as a career, Christine Lesperance found teaching to be her true passion. She graduated from Howard University with a BA in

Stephanie Marinello

SPEF Math Tutor

Stephanie is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Project Management at Southern New Hampshire University

Amita Marwah

SPEF Math Tutor

Amita always had a passion of teaching and enjoys spreading her knowledge to those around her. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a math

Alpana Toteja

SPEF Math Tutor

Alpana Toteja started working with the SPEF Math Tutoring in February of 2015 and is really excited about continued work helping students excel in math. She has

Ashley Shive

SPEF Math Tutor

Originally in pursuit of a career on the business side of the fashion industry, Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Trade & Marketing from the


Self Enrichment Education Specialist

SPEFy’s journey to the foundation is probably the most impressive of all. How does a polar bear end up working in an office building on

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Barbara Aronica-Buck: Co-President
The Ferguson Library
Robert King: Co-President
former member of BOE, GE Foundation Consultant

Peggy Erlenkotter: Treasurer
Community Volunteer
Michael A. Buccino: Asst Treasurer
The Dowling Group Wealth Management

Alice Knapp: Secretary
The Ferguson Library


Annamaria Csizmadia
Professor, Human Development &
Family Studies, UConn Stamford

Elizabeth DiRusso

Anne Downey
Former Administrator, SPS

Jim Garland
Woodlawn Cemetary

Thomas Gawlak
Pitney Bowes

Derrick Gibbs
Change, Inc

Betsy Lewis
Community Investments Specialist

John Martin

Willard M. Miley
First County Bank

Susan Nabel
Korn/Ferry International

Robert Phillips
Rhino Rugby International, President

Edward Repking
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Len Schwartz
President Elect, Stamford Board of Realtors

Ilija Strezoski
Business and Property Development

Mitra Vasisht
Advisor, United Nations

Jon Winkel
Business Development Mgr., Kodak

Michael Zanga
Director of IT, RBS