As the leaders of the Connecticut College parentand family community, Parent and Family Council members work to engage their peers in the life of the College liaisons for parents and families of current students. Members also serve as ambassadors of the College in their home communities and professional networks. Increasing parent and family support, in all its forms, is the primary focus of the Connecticut College Parent and Family Council. 

The Parent and Family Council traditionally meets in person two times per year: once during Fall Weekend and again in the spring. Due to COVID-19, the Council will hold monthly virtual meetings during the 2020-2021 academic year.

As a member of the Parent and Family Council, there are many ways to volunteer and partner with the College. We ask that all members participate in one or more of the following ways:

  • Make Connecticut College a philanthropic priority. Gifts to the Parent and Family Fund provide crucial unrestricted dollars that support every aspect of a Conn education, including financial aid, study away, athletics, career development and countless other programs and opportunities for current students. We would also welcome your support of additional areas of interest particular to your family.
  • Engage in one or more of our leadership volunteer  opportunities: 
    • Career and Professional Development Volunteer
      Through the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement and the Hale Center for Career Development, volunteer leaders will help prepare students for careers through job shadowing, internships, career-related panels and other speaking opportunities. 
    • Connecticut College Parent and Family Fund Volunteer
      Building on Conn’s remarkable tradition of parent philanthropy, volunteer leaders will work closely with our Leadership and Annual Giving teams to raise funds from parents and families to enhance the educational experience for all students.  
    • Engagement Volunteer
      Working closely with our Alumni and Parent Engagement team, volunteer leaders will engage parents and families in the life of the College through regional and on-campus programs.  Volunteers also assist the Office of Admission with welcoming new families to the College and hosting regional welcome events. 
    • Social Media Ambassador Social Media Ambassadors engage with fellow parents on social media, spreading the word of College happenings, parent news, upcoming events and fundraising campaigns. Help generate a positive buzz about the College by liking, sharing, reposting and commenting on Connecticut College and Connecticut College parent content, as well as posting photos from College events.

Members of the 2020-21 Parent and Family Council

Nicholas and Georgia Babanikas P'24 (Yarmouth, Maine)
Kenneth and Lisa Baronsky P'21 (Manhattan Beach, California)
Hans and Marian Baldauf P'24 (San Francisco, California)
James and Sandy Beslity P'22 (Princeton, New Jersey)
Rick Blackshaw and Lisa McElroy P'23 '24 (Concord, Massachusetts)
James and Robin Brown P'19 '23 (Old Greenwich, Connecticut)
Marc and Amy Bryant P'23 (Hingham, Massachusetts)
Seth and Elizabeth Buckley P'23 (Hingham, Massachusetts)
Michael and Maureen Champa P'24 (Boston, Massachusetts)
Christine DiCesare P'23 (Morristown, New Jersey)
Susan Evans '88 P'23 (Manhattan Beach, California)
Mark and Polly Fraga P'23 (Wellesley, Massachusetts)
Matthew and Rebekah Gardiner P'23 (Weston, Massachusetts)
Kent Griggs P'24 (Newtonville, Massachusetts)
David and Melissa Henken P'21 (Lincoln, Massachusetts)
Charles and Charlotte Hogan P'22 (Sharon, Massachusetts)
Kevin Jones and Anne Marie Kuzoe Jones P'22 (Bronx, New York)
Todd and Suzanne Lenox P'23 (Weston, Massachusetts)
John and Elizabeth Linehan P'18, '22, '23 (Townson, Maryland)
Robert and Dana Lynch P'24 (Wellesley, Massachusetts)
Qiang Ma and Wei Fang P'24 (Falls Church, Virginia)
Robert and Aida MacKay P'21 (Riverside, Connecticut)
Nicolas Mangon and Marie Olivares P'24 (Lexington, Massachusetts)
Douglas McAlinden and Sarah Piel P'24 (New York, New York)
Patrick and Jennifer McCarthy P'23 (New Canaan, Connecticut)
Tom McGlynn and Toni Murphy McGlynn P'22 (Mound, Minnesota)
Matthew and Meredith McPherron P'23 (Weston, Massachusetts)
Alexander and Alison Nalle P'18 '23 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
David and Stella Neumeyer P'23 (Wayland, Massachusetts)
James and Erica Olson P'24 (Yarmouth, Massachusetts)
Kevin and Stacie Quilty P'24 (Hingham, Massachusetts)
Garth '93 and Christina '93 Ross P'23 (Washington, DC)
John Rubin and Laura Hughes P'24 (New York, New York)
Gordon '86 and Maureen '87 Conlin Rudd P'17, '21 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Robert and Raeanne Sarazen P'21 (Chicago, Illinois)
Michael and Jaleen Siekman P'21 (Carlisle, Massachusetts)
Alexei and Christina Simons P'21 (Redmond, Washington)
Stephen Smith P'24 (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts)
Philip and Kristen Smyth P'24 (Remsenburg, New York)
John and Erin Spinney P'21 (Milton, Massachusetts)
Dirk and Laura Tenzer P'24 (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Stephen and Elizabeth Whisnant P'21 (Washington, DC)
Mike and Liza Van Dyke P'23 (Long Beach, California)
Kehli Woodruff P'23 (Scarsdale, New York)
Anne Zaccaro '85 P'22 (New York, New York)
Brian Zane P'24 (Kensington, Maryland)

For more information about the Parent and Family Council at Connecticut College, please contact Tori McKenna, Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement at vmckenna@conncoll.edu or 1-800-888-7549 x2302. 

For information about giving opportunities at the College, please contact Susan Daniells ’01, Director of Leadership and Annual Giving at sdaniells@conncoll.edu or 860-439-5395.

For more information about the Parent and Family Fund, please contact Lynne Crider, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at parents@conncoll.edu or 1-800-888-7549 x2423.

For all other parent matters, please contact Shari Latif at parents@conncoll.edu or 1-860-439-2874.