Our Resident Directors, Martha and Arthur Mintzer, are from the local Weston and Norwalk area. Both have a long record of mentoring and supporting children across several diverse organizations.
Arthur graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Computer Science and received his MBA from Columbia University. He was employed as an Information Technology professional with Pfizer, Inc. for nearly 25 years. Arthur has recently retired from corporate employment and now focuses his energies and expertise with local non-profit organizations. Arthur serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster care children. He is a long-term Adult Advisor for Builders Beyond Borders (working on international service projects with groups of students) and is a board director for Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut
Martha graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Communications. She worked in Human Resources prior to focusing on raising her children. Martha joined the ABC of Westport Board in 2012 and served as President prior to becoming Resident Director. Before joining the ABC board, Martha was a host, and consultant for The Fresh Air Fund.
Arthur and Martha have two grown sons, Matthew and Jeremy. The couple enjoys spending time with their families and friends and also loves going to music concerts, hiking, traveling and eating great food.
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 fifth 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 third 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 16th year of teaching English at Wilton High School. She and her husband moved to Westport 17 years ago, and both their boys went through the Westport school system. She has a son who graduated from Boston College and a son who will be a senior at Fordham University. Kristina is a marathon runner, and when not grading essays, she is training for the next race.