Director's Message
Dear Friends of DSABC,

Happy New Year!  I hope that you are having great start to 2015. For DSABC, January is an exciting time as the mentoring program celebrates "25 Years of Mentoring Making A Difference." DSABC is eager to share past mentor stories, pictures, and history throughout the year in this quarterly newsletter (see below) and on our social media sites."Like" DSABC on Facebook to check out our version of "Throwback Thursdays".... maybe you'll see familiar faces of mentors and students of years gone by!!  If you have a mentor/mentee story to share (where are they now) please contact DSABC to have it included. We'd love to hear from past mentees and mentors alike! 

This January will also mark the 14th annual National Mentoring Month and Danbury Schools and Business Collaborative (DSABC) is participating in this campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of Danbury's students with positive adult role models. There are currently 230 students in the program that draws mentors from  area businesses in the collaboration as well as the community at large.

While our program has produced countless stories of success over the past 25 years, we are continually seeking new volunteers as well as business partnerships in the greater Danbury area. National Mentoring Month is an ideal opportunity to let business leaders know that they can help strengthen our community through mentoring.

As a supporter of the DSABC mentor program, you are invited to show your continued commitment to mentoring this month by posting one of these badges on your email signature and/or social media page(s).

For Mentors:  
For Supporters:

Thursday, January 15, 2015, is "Thank Your Mentor Day". Thank you for your continued support!  It is because of caring individuals like you that DSABC has been able to make a difference in lives of students in the Danbury Public Schools for 25 Years.     



Mary Arconti Gregory
DSABC Director

Welcome New Mentors


Thank you for helping to make a difference in the life of a child!






Tracey Blaumauer

Marilyn Geti

Kathleen Healy

Melissa Colville

Celeste Ruggiero

Melissa Mejia

Nicole Pacuk

Charles Schott

Jose Pinto

Emmanuele Schweder

Jorge Soini

United Technology Aerospace

Brett Stunkel

Raye White

Matthew East





 Dalia Lenskis

 Steve Levasseur

Ellen Vogt Meyst






 smiling-computer-ladies.jpgMentor Trainings

Thursday January 15, 2015, 12:00 - 1:15 PM
Cartus, 40 Apple Ridge Rd
Lunch will be provided

Mentors Helping Students Become Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful

Presented by Carol Dores, Positive Discipline of Western Connecticut.


In this workshop, attendees will be provided with tips  and learn to develop the skills necessary to create a mentoring relationship built upon encouragement, cooperation, communication, and mutual respect.



Many thanks to Michele MacKinnon, Union Savings Bank, for presenting a webinar on Goal Setting.


Click here to view:  


Don't forget! All DSABC webinars are archived on the website,, for viewing anytime. 



DSABC Mentors and Mentees are Featured on Hatter's TV "Pockets  of Excellence", hosted by Dr. Sal Pascarella, Superintendent of Danbury Public Schools. Click this link to watch:


DSABC has been selected by the Governors Prevention Partnership to participate in a national research project, Quality Mentoring System Field Test, sponsored by MENTOR.
The DSABC school based mentoring program will be objectively evaluated using The Six Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring.™
1. Recruitment
2. Screening
3. Training
4. Matching
5. Monitoring and Support
6. Closure

DSABC will begin the process this winter, or next year; the timeframe is randomly selected by the researcher. One component of this study will engage mentor feedback and DSABC mentors will be randomly selected to complete a brief survey.  Detailed results of this survey will be provided upon completion of the study.  Stay tuned for updates! 


Flashback Photos

Our newsletter banner features a 1998 picture of David Cook who recently celebrated 20 years of mentoring with mentee Adam Brill.  Here are a few more from our archives.
Ah, we were so young...
Boehringer Mentor/Mentee Holiday Party 1994 and Carolyn O'Boyle with her mentee
Mentor Breakfast 2003
Mentor Breakfast 2004
Branson Ultrasonics table, Mentor Breakfast
DSABC Board Members Farley Santos (Savings Bank of Danbury) and Barbara Stauder (Praxair retired) attended the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce "Business to Business Showcase", November 20, 2014

March 5th is Giving Day
Powered by Fairfield County Community Foundation

Initiated last year by Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Giving Day encourages individuals, families, companies, clubs and groups to "give where you live" and support Fairfield County nonprofits.

On last year's Giving Day, 9,211 online donors gave more than $620,000 to 267 Fairfield County nonprofits - all in just 24 hours! An additional $127,500 in cash prizes funded by the Community Foundation, lead sponsor Bank of America and other corporate and community sponsors were awarded to more than 50 nonprofits. 

All combined, the 2014 Fairfield County Giving Day raised $750,000. The goal for the 2015 Giving Day is to raise $1 million. 

Thanks to DSABC's supporters, mentors, and donors, DSABC raised $6,000 from 98 donors and won a $1,000 cash prize! DSABC's goal for the 2015 Giving Day is to raise $10,000, which will provide 5 students with scholarship gifts.  Mark your calendar for March 5th to help us reach our goal. (Details on how to give will be coming soon.)
Calendar Watch

Jan 19  - Martin Luther King Day-Schools Closed

Jan 20 - One-hour early release for students/PD

Jan 30 - Professional Development Early Dismissal T-Eval

Feb 3 - One-hour early release for students/PD

Feb 16-17 - Presidents' Day recess-Schools closed



For the most current information, consult the school calendar

Danbury Public Schools: 


Henry Abbott Tech: 

We want to hear from YOU!
In order to make our newsletter as relevant and interesting as possible, we need your input for future publications.  Email contributions to
Kathi Barese Heering, Editor




The  Mission of DSABC is to Help Danbury Public School Students Achieve Personal and Academic Success.


Our Tool: School Based Mentoring


DSABC is a 501 (c) 3 Charitable Organization. Please consider supporting our programs.





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