Rachel Calabrese, Founder & Executive Director
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
Laurie Barkowsky, President
Laurie is a Kingston, MA resident and has three children. She has worked for Mellon bank for over twenty years in their operations department. 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 enjoyed riding and used the confidence she gained from horseback riding to help her be ready for any of life’s challenges.
Maureen Outlaw, Vice President
Maureen Outlaw lives in Plainville, MA with her husband and two teenage children. She is an Associate Dean in the School of Arts & Sciences at Providence College. She participated in gymnastics as a kid and was active in theater in junior high/high school to build her confidence!
Maura Dankert, Treasurer
Although Maura was born and raised in New Jersey, she has lived in Bourne for 22 years with her husband and four children. Her passion for supporting children and families was sparked early on when she worked in child protective services and group homes. She has volunteered for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Birthday Wishes, and the Friends of the Bourne Food Pantry. Maura works for the Bourne Public School as the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Coordinator and Falmouth Public Schools Parent Child Plus Home Visitor.
Maura views sports as one of the best ways to build confidence and long lasting friendships. Playing field hockey and softball was a great way to keep busy and learn how to balance school work, a part time job and sports.
Tammy Dzialo, Secretary
Tammy 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, Tammy’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. Tammy was introduced to charity work through dance by performing at events for Shriner’s Hospital and the Jerry Lewis-A-Thon. She continued with her passion by teaching dance to children as an adult and helping students prepare for dance competitions.
Kim Mellen, Member
Kim is a Foxboro resident and mom to two daughters. She is currently a substitute teacher at Head Start. She has spent decades volunteering for nonprofit organizations that serve at risk children along with community groups and local schools. 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. Working hard with a great cast helps adults accomplish wonderful things just like in theater!
Katie Pinabell, Member
Katie lives in Foxboro, MA with her husband and is also a Step-Mom to one teenage son. She is the Creative Services Director for BKM Marketing, an agency based out of Braintree, MA and also coaches Foxboro Youth Softball.
Katie grew up participating in a lot of sports, but fell in love with softball from an early age. She played travel softball and then continued on to play Division II Softball at Bryant University. Katie is so grateful she had the opportunity to play, as she credits those days on the softball field for helping to grow her self-confidence, learn about teamwork, and develop her leadership skills.
Denise Meurch, Member
Denise lives in Kingston, MA and has one son. Her career in Human Resources at the U.S. Postal Service began over 21 years ago. Denise found her singing voice by joining Chamber Singers group in school and continues today as a vocalist in a band.
Getting on a stage in front of a crowd is a major confidence builder! She also enjoyed Dance Class, Girl Scouts and other activities that instilled good work ethics and built great friendships. She wants to see that kids today can enjoy those and so much more without having to worry about cost.