Our new Resident Directors, Rodney and Latisha Williams, are from Norwalk, CT. Rodney graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Computer Science. He is currently employed as a bilingual social worker with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). Rodney has worked as a child protection social worker for nine years and is a first respondent investigator with the agency. Rodney also volunteers as a part-time head coach for a local Fairfield County girl's travel basketball team - which he has done for the last twelve years. Rodney has been assisting both boys and girls with sports and academics for the past fifteen years through different agencies in Fairfield and New Haven counties.
Latisha graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Human Services. For the past four years, Latisha has been employed as a full-time teacher's assistant working with children who have special education needs. She also works part-time as a youth counselor and domestic violence advocate. Latisha has been mentoring youths and has served as an advocate for families in Fairfield County for the past eight years with several different local agencies.
Rodney and Latisha have two children, Rodney Jr. and Helen. The couple enjoys spending time with their families and friends and also loves watching and playing sports. They attend the Union Baptist Church of Stamford, CT and participate in church activities when their schedule allows. Rodney and Latisha are very excited to join our program as the new Resident Directors and we are equally excited to welcome them to the A Better Chance of Westport program.
Merrill Boehmer is the house cook for the A Better Chance home where she has provided delicious and nutritious meals for our scholars over the past school year. Merrill is the founder and proprietor of Cooking-In Personal Chef Services as well as the Co-Founder of Spa & Sprinkles Birthday Parties. Merrill grew up in Westport and is a graduate of Tulane University. Our resident directors and scholars are thrilled to have her back once again to continue cooking those creative, delicious meals during the school year.
Kevin Green is in his third year as our Math and Science Tutor. After spending 15 years in finance, he has made his way back to his passion, education. Kevin is an adjunct Professor of Physics at the Stamford Campus of UCONN, and his main interest since college is astrophysics. Kevin lives in Westport with his wife and two children who are his main priority when he takes a break from the the academic world. One of Kevin's favorite places to visit is Paris, France because he loves French cuisine. Kevin's specialties include physics and math.
Kristina Harvey is starting her first year as our English Tutor. Kristina has a Ph.D. in Literature from Fordham University and a M.A. in English Education from Teachers College/Columbia University. She started her teaching career as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University and Iona College. While completing her student teaching in the high school classroom as part of a requirement for her M.A., she realized that the high school classroom was where she belonged. As of this fall, she will be starting her 13th year of teaching English at Wilton High School. She and her husband moved to Westport 14 years ago, and both their boys went through the Westport school system. She has a son who will be a senior at Boston College and a son who will be a freshman at Fordham University. Kristina is a marathon runner, and when not grading essays, she is training for the next race.