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The Board of Directors consists of ten voting members and three non-voting ex-officio members.


The ten voting members are as follows:

  1. Four community members. These are individuals who are part of the community that is served by Side by Side, and have no financial or employment relationship and have no children attending the school.
  2. Three faculty members who are current members of the teaching faculty. These members are elected by the faculty.
  3. Three parent members who have children at Side by Side. These members are elected by the parent community.

The three non-voting members are as follows:

  1. Two "founders". These members are chosen by the founders.
  2. One member of the non-teaching staff at Side by Side. This member is elected by the non-teaching staff.


The boards primary responsibilities are:

  1. Fiduciary -- all financial aspects of the school
  2. Monitoring of personnel, including hiring and firing, as recommended by the director
  3. Legal and legislative issues
  4. Fundraising


The board generally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:15 pm. The meetings are open to the public, except for executive sessions; the first fifteen minutes of each meeting are reserved for public comment. Minutes of the public sessions are available for viewing in the office.


Joy DeJaeger
11 Singing Woods Road
Norwalk, CT 06850
H) 203-750-0535
C) 203-856-5356
Jimi Napoli
15 Yew Street
Norwalk, CT 06850
C) 646-325-7749

Matt Nittoly*
19 Devine Place
Milford, CT 06460  
H) 203-878-7454
W) 203-857-0306 x133
(Executive Director)

Sally Davids
10 Chestnut Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
W) 203-857-0306 x134
Kimberly Grimm
133 Fillow Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
H) 203-299-0224
C) 203-984-5333
Melanie McGowan
10 Chestnut Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
W) 203-857-0306 x120
Anne Dichele
161 Oliver Road
New Haven, CT 06515
H) 203-387-1335 
Chris Berich
10 Chestnut Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
W) 203-857-0306 x122

Larry Cafero
6 Weed Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850
H) 203-247-0301

Adam Norris
24 Scribner Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
H) 203-853-1122
C) 347-409-2601
William Murphy
7 Thomas Place
Rowayton, CT 06853
H) 203-866-5875
Cathy Cappellieri
67 Catbrier Road
Weston, CT 06883
H) 203-221-8415
C) 203-231-4126
Nicole Shagoury
10 Chestnut Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
W) 203-857-0306 x131
Mary Newbery
58 Van Horn Drive
East Haven, CT 06512
C) 203-727-0800
(Teaching Assistant/Staff Member)
Steven Ferguson
18 Adamson Avenue
Norwalk, CT  06854
C) 203-810-6177

* non-voting members