You can contact Common Ground at 203.389.4333.
Individual extensions are noted next to names.
- Melissa Spear, Executive Director. x1216, Email
- Betsy Sneath, Director of Business & Administration, x1211 Email
- Kimball Cartwright, Director of Development, x1210 Email
- Liz Cox, School Director, x1203 Email
- Deborah Greig, Farm Director, x1217 Email
- Rebecca Holcombe, Director of Community Programs, x1213 Email
- Joel Tolman, Director of Impact & Engagement, x1214 Email
- Rosana Anoh, French, Email
- Melissa Bernadel, Resource/Special Education, Email
- Dan Bianchini, Resource/Special Education, Email
- Sharon Brostrom, Science, Email
- Jonathan Carney, Physical Education, Email
- Amy Champagne, English, Email
- Karen Climis, Mathematics, Email
- Jane DiPalma, Special Education, Email
- Larry Dome, Mathematics, Email
- Charley Faria, Spanish, Email
- Monique Frasier, English, Email
- Evan Green, Mathematics, Email
- Allison Hornak, Special Education Teaching Assistant, Email
- Keith Lambert, English, Email
- Joan Malerba-Foran, English, Email
- Melvin Morales, Math, Email
- Anita Patel, Teaching Assistant, Email
- Jessica Pressley, Art, Email
- Christopher Richards, Social Studies, Computer Science, Email
- Emily Schmidt, Chemistry & Physics, Email
- Julie Sharp, Mathematics, Computer Science, Email
- Kevin Sinusas, Biology, Email
- Brian Springsteen, Social Studies, Email
- Jeremy Stone, Social Studies, Email
- Lisa Labarces, English (seminar) & curriculum development. Email
High School Front Office
High School Student Support & After-School Programs
- Maite Aguirre, Special Education Teaching Assistant and STEM After School Programmer, Email
- Stefan Christensen, Teaching Assistant, Email
- Jesse Delia, Environmental Leadership Manager, x1215 Email
- Mary Hayden, Nurse, x1205, Email
- Keith Johnston, Assistant Director x1218, Email
- Brian Kelahan, College and Career Teacher, x1281 Email
- Ashton Killilea, Student Affairs Manager, x1206, Email
- Aaron Johnson, After-School Programmer, Email
- Sekou Koivogui, Teaching Assistant, Email
- Joe Lesiak, Social Worker, x1208, Email
- Carla Lia, Administrative Assistant/After-School Programmer, Email
- Victor Rios, Student Support Specialist/Homework Center, Email
- Miriam Sheffield, Student Affairs Assistant. x1207, Email
- Win Vitkowsky, Literacy Lab Director, Email
Environmental Education Center
- Rebecca Holcombe, Director of Community Programs, x1213, Email
- Suzannah Holsenbeck, Schoolyards Manager, Email
- Kendra Dawsey, Schoolyards Program Coordinator. x1212 Email
- Tom Gaudioso, Green Jobs Corps Coordinator, x1209, Email
- Elaine Blanck, Environmental Educator, NatureYeat teacher
- Daniel DeCamillo, Environmental Educator, NatureYear teacher
- Tim Dutcher, Environmental Educator, NatureYear teacher
- Alexa Fiszer, Environmental Educator, Email
- Melissa Gibbons, Environmental Educator, Schoolyard Habitat Coordinator
- Tara Cote, Field Trip Coordinator, Email
- Tricia Mangold Heiser, Environmental Educator, NatureYear teacher
- Cjet Raymond, Environmental Educator, NatureYear teacher
- Lauren Beth (LB) Steinicki, Environmental Educator, NatureYear teacher
- Sarah Hurwitz, Environmental Educator
We also have a large staff of amazing, talented, dedicated seasonal environmental educators.
Board of Directors
- Robert Parker, Co-chair. Retired School Principal & Communications Executive.
- Wendy Battles, Co-chair. Organizational Change Management, Yale University
- Michael Doolittle, Vice-Chair. Photographer/Photojournalist.
- Claudia Merson, Secretary, School Committee Chair. Yale Office of New Haven & State Affairs.
- Frank Mitchell, Cultural Historian.
- Brian Springsteen, Common Ground High School Teacher Representative.
- Beth Klingher, Artist & Educator.
- Jane Lee, Yale University Business Operations.
- Kerry Lord, Connecticut Center for School Change.
- Babz Rawls Ivy, Inner City News.
- Melissa Spear, Executive Director, Common Ground.
- Errol C. Saunders II, Doctoral Student, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Ilene Crawford, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Southern Connecticut State University
- Kyeen Andersson, International Health Policy Analyst
- Charles J. Negaro, Founder and Chairman, Chabaso Bakery
Common Ground’s Board of Directors meets monthly. All meetings are open to the public.
See minutes from Common Ground’s board meetings.