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Meet the Executive Directors

Daniele Dickerson, Dale Mauldin, and their daughter, Sage, are thrilled to have joined the A Better Chance of Westport family.

Dale is a television producer and editor, Daniele is a writer and creative consultant, and Sage is a scientist and chef. Before signing on as Executive Directors of Student Life, Daniele, Dale and Sage resided in Aurora, Colorado. Daniele was changed and challenged by her time as an ABC Scholar in the Ridgefield A Better Chance program and is thrilled to be able to return to Fairfield County to give back to the next generation of ABC Scholars. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and Otis College of Art & Design, she knows firsthand how impactful the time spent in an ABC House can be, and has spent many years tutoring and mentoring students of color, helping them to successfully navigate academia and thrive as individuals. Throughout Dale’s career he has met countless high-achieving people whose lives have been positively impacted by the presence of a caring and supportive mentor, and he looks forward to being that positive force in the lives of the ABC of Westport scholars. Their family is excited to enrich the lives of the scholars, work with the program to promote equity, and become active citizens of Westport. 

Chef Sandra

Chef Sandra joined ABC of Westport in April of 2023. Sandra was raised in Bridgeport, CT and graduated from Central High School. 

Her culinary career started out as a prep cook at Hallbrook Hospital in Westport CT, where she worked for 5 years, with 2 great chefs, who taught her the ins and outs of the culinary world.

Sandra moved to South Carolina for 15 years where she worked to perfect her craft in both casual dining and fine dining. She feels that her best culinary work was at a  mental health facility for adolescents in Stamford, CT where she was more than just a chef to many of the kids.

When Sandra is not working she likes spending quality time with her friends and family including her 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Sandra also enjoys watching sports, HGTV and the Food Network.

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