Who We Are

Rachel Calabrese, Founder & Executive Director
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Rachel is a Foxboro resident and a mom of three children. After working years in the nonprofit sector, Rachel worked as a Recreational Program Coordinator and learned first hand how many children would love to take programs but cannot afford to do so.
As a child, dance was Rachel’s confidence booster. Ballet, tap and jazz were highlights in Rachel’s childhood that built confidence and taught her about hard work and working together for a common goal

Board of Directors: 

Kim Mellen, President

kimKim is a Foxboro resident and mom to two daughters. She is currently a teacher at Horizons for children. She has spent decades volunteering for nonprofit organizations that serve at risk children.
Kim loved theater as a child.  The confidence gained from walking on a stage with only a script and the ability to control her nerves has stayed with her.  As an adult she is till reminded when nervous about undertaking a new challenge, that the task is like being part of a production and playing a role with many moving parts with so much to remember!

Colleen Brightman, Vice- President

colleen.jpgColleen is a Foxboro resident and mom to three children. She is a teacher in Norfolk . Colleen is no stranger to volunteering in her community, local schools and nonprofit organizations including Birthday Wishes, Fresh Air Fund and Progeria Research.
Colleen loved baton twirling in her childhood. She has used this skill and has run a volunteer program at the local schools for children to baton twirl in the town-wide  Founder’s Day Parade. Colleen has watched many children in Foxboro grow confidence in performing in front of large parade crowds.

Tamara Dzialo, Secretary

tammy.jpgTami is a Bridgewater resident and mom of two children. She is the founder of Project Pack (Post Assault Comfort Kits) and works as a Domestic Violence Specialist for the Department of Transitional Assistance.
As a child, Tami’s confidence was helped a great deal by dance. She learned teamwork and how to juggle a hectic rehearsal schedule while balancing schoolwork and social life. Tami was introduced to charity work through dance by performing at events for Shriner’s Hospital and the Jerry Lewis-A-Thon. Tami continued with her passion by teaching dance to children as an adult and helping students prepare for dance competitions.

 

Laurie Jean Barkowsky, Treasurer
Laurie is a Kingston, MA resident and has three children. She has worked for Mellon bank for over twenty years on the trading desk. Her volunteer work is limitless ranging from Birthday Wishes party coordinator for over 10 years to working for the local food pantry and being a foster parent to cats and dogs before adoption.
Laurie was an avid horse rider and loved the way she felt working with horses! She loved riding and let that the confidence she gained from horseback riding made her ready for any of life’s challenges.

 

Maureen Outlaw, Member.                                                                                                     Maureen Outlaw is from Plainville, MA. She has two children, 16 and 14 years old. She is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Providence College. She participated in gymnastics as a kid–theater in junior high/high school to build her confidence!

 

IMG_97241Heather Sougaris, Member                                                                                                                       Heather is a mom to two daughters and a Foxboro resident. Growing up the daughter of a minister, volunteering is in her nature. After a career in Human Resources, she stepped back to focus on her family and volunteer in her daughters classrooms. She found her non-profit start in volunteering at Cradles to Crayons. For the past 6 years she has worked in the non-profit sector as a part of the YMCA. She participated in fundraising for the Reach Out For Youth and Families campaign and most recently began volunteering with the LIVESTRONG cancer survivors program. As a child, Heather loved gymnastics and running and found they gave her goals to strive for and built her confidence. She believes every child should be able to find their passion!