Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to our mission to provide an enriched preschool environment to children in Bridgeport, CT which will support the mastery of skills as they build a strong learning foundation on their educational journey.


  • John G. Duffy, President, Former Chairman and CEO, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
  • Lee Bollert, Secretary, Former Educational Liaison for Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch
  • Kimberly Walin, Treasurer, Co-Founder Arbour Point Advisors


  • Patricia D. Lewis, Founder & Head of School
  • Julie Mombello, Director & Head Teacher


  • Andrew BentleyMA & BA in Graphic Design, 2011 & 2013, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design London, England
  • Brandon Clark, Director of Recruitment for Harlem Village Academies (HVA)
  • Marissa DonnellyDirector of Development at The Center for Family Justice, Bridgeport and current parent>
  • David McGrath, Founding Partner, Sherman Financial Group
  • John Munro, Head of School, Fairfield Country Day School
  • Jennifer TookerWestport Second Selectman, member of the Board of Directors for the State Education Resource Center and serves on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Education Commission for the Diocese of Bridgeport
  • Christina Whittaker

Advisory Committee

  • John Cissel, Head of School, Harbor Country Day School
  • Mari Flicker, Child Advocate
  • Moira Hintsa
  • Howard Saffan
  • Trish Tweedley, Philanthropic Management Advisor
  • Hilary Ward, Executive Director, JP Morgan