Our Board

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!

Heather Sougaris, Treasurer

Foxboro resident. Growing up the daughter of a minister, volunteering is in her nature. After a career in Human Resources, she stepped back to focus on her family and volunteer in her daughters classrooms. She found her non-profit start in volunteering at Cradles to Crayons. For the past 6 years she has worked in the non-profit sector as a part of the YMCA. She participated in fundraising for the Reach Out For Youth and Families campaign and most recently began volunteering with the LIVESTRONG cancer survivors program. As a child, Heather loved gymnastics and running and found they gave her goals to strive for and built her confidence. She believes every child should be able to find their passion!

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!

Maura Dankert, Member

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.