Our group currently consists of a steering committee and ﬁve sub-committees to address our project’s needs during this ﬁrst stage: Public Relations, Fundraising, Volunteers, Materials and Special Needs. We expect our Fundraising committee to be focused further into Fundraising Event Planning and Major Gifts/Grants.
Hannelore Chambers (President, co-chair Fundraising committee) After working 12 years in international corporate finance, most recently as a team leader and deal closer for a large European bank, she became a stay-at-home mother to her two young sons. During many family road trips across the country, she discovered through the joyful play of her young boys the incredible diversity and innovation that exist in playground design today. She began to dream and research how to help her community create an engaging, outdoor space that will captivate their children’s imaginations and senses as profoundly as some of the other playgrounds her family has visited have. She looks forward to collaborating with her fellow committee members and using her project management skills and creativity to organize community members to create a truly vibrant playground space, exciting and challenging to all children.
Megan Cardenas (Vice President, co-chair, Play for All Committee) is a middle school English teacher, active member of the PTA, one of 4 admins for the Warwick NY Parents group on Facebook, and mother of two boys. While one of her boys is extremely active and a gymnast needing a challenging playground, her other son has Spinal Muscular Atrophy requiring a wheelchair and adaptive playground equipment. She is on this committee to build a playground that will suit both my boys and others like them.
Lisa Hroncich (Secretary, co-chair Volunteer committee) is a stay at home, homeschooling mother of two active young boys. As a mom and former public school teacher, K-5 certified, she realizes the importance of play for both physical and cognitive development at all stages in a child’s life. After visiting some amazing, creative playgrounds with her boys, she was inspired to join the Warwick Playground Dreams committee. Lisa would like to help make the dreams of her children and the children of her community come true by helping to create fun, safe, inclusive playgrounds in Warwick. She also believes that by coming together as a community, combining everyone’s skills and talents to make this project a success, we are setting a positive example for our children by showing them anything is possible if we work together!
Kerri Fenton Foley (co-chair, PR committee; Fundraising committee) is a mother of four children, who has spent the past 10 years living in the community of Warwick, enjoying the small town atmosphere, and organizing outings and local outreach programs. As one of the administrators of a local Warwick parenting group, she has helped to organize many community “give back programs”, she runs an annual outdoor water event for the 200 children in PIE (a part of the local elementary schools), and is also a member of Junior League of Orange County, having chaired service projects for the members of HONORehg, and is an active alumni of Leadership Orange. Kerri hopes to use her passion for her children and the need for outdoor fun, as well as her vision for the future of Warwick, along with her connections throughout Orange County to help bring this playground to fruition.
Adrienne Lepre (PR committee, Co-Chair Fundraising committee) is a lifelong resident of Warwick and mother to two wonderful children. She brings to the committee a vast background in website and graphic design, as well as marketing and event planning. As a local business owner herself, she prides herself in the long standing personal relationships with community members and business owners that she has built over the years. As someone who loves Warwick and has chosen to raise her family in this wonderful community, she is always willing to dedicate her time and resources for projects she believes in. She believes there is no better investment of our time and energy than to our children.
Christina LeBar (PR committee, Volunteer committee, Fundraising committee) is a mother of three active children who love to be outside. She and her family moved to Warwick two years ago and bought a house in the village to be within walking distance to the park, etc. Her family fell in love with Warwick on their first visit to the town, and she is passionate about building a playground for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy.
Danielle Barbour (co-chair, Play for All committee) is a local mom and community activist. She works with the community to build a safe and prosperous future for their children. She believes that a project like this will enhance their neighborhood for all children. An inclusive and safe place for them to play, grow and strengthen. She hopes that she can contribute a history of community organizing.
Warren Congdon (co-chair, Materials committee) is a small business owner and a parent, with a passion for his community. He is excited to help improve his town and help provide a safe and healthy place for all its residents and guests.
Erika Grizzanti (Fundraising committee) is a local business owner, mother and active 30 year resident in the town of Warwick. Erika has a background in marketing, sales, business and event management. Her family currently co-owns Warwick Valley Winery, Distillery & Orchard. Previously, Erika worked in Sales, Marketing and Account Management partnering with Fortune500 brands. Erika will serve on the fundraising committee.
Dale Haysom (Fundraising committee) recently moved back to her beloved hometown of Warwick, NY to raise 3-year-old daughter Quinn. Dale is an active Rotary member and holds a degree in early childhood education.
Mary Karwatowski (Play for All committee) is a local mom and a physical therapist serving Orange County for the last thirty-four years. She has experience working with children from 0 to 21 with a variety of developmental disabilities in a variety of settings.! She will offer insight as to the equipment that will best suit the needs of the children of Orange County who require PT. She looks forward to the playground being a space ﬁt for all kids and even a possible place where kids can get PT and play simultaneously.
Stacy Lawrence (co-chair, Materials committee) is a local small business owner with two small children. She has long been disappointed with the lack of accessibility and safe equipment on our local playgrounds. She is most excited to see this project to fruition so that all children in the area are able to grow, learn, and enjoy in a creative outdoor space.
Nicole McCormick (Co-chair PR committee; fundraising committee) is a mother of 3 very active boys who cherish every moment they spend outdoors including days spent at their beloved Stanley Deming Park. She intends to assist in troubleshooting different aspects of this project, sharing information about our organization with our community and fundraising. She is currently 1 of 4 administrators that operate the Warwick, NY Parents Group; together with the community they have operated some local fundraisers including the Halloween Trunk or Treat for the WV Humane Society, a holiday collection for Orange County Safe Homes & a other “community give back” programs. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller
Megan Peterson (Social Media) has a beautiful two year old who loves playgrounds! She also works full time as a web development manager. Her working background is in eBusiness so of course she is very interested in unplugging and getting outside! She’s so excited to meet so many talented moms who want to create a beautiful space for their children. She’s excited to help build a beautiful space for her community to enjoy but she’s also very happy to meet so many wonderful moms in her area! She hopes to contribute her insights and any knowledge she has of online workings to the group.
Ally Ruvolo (Fundraising and Materials committees) is a mother of a 2yo girl and another girl on the way. She hopes to contribute her personal interests as a Mother and her professional experience (project management & event planning) towards improving the quality of the town’s playgrounds, to enrich the lives of their kids and future generations of kids in the community.
Dana Tuckfelt (Fundraising Committee) is a mother of 3 beautiful spunky girls and has been a resident of Warwick for 10 years, the town my husband was born and raised in. Her husband owns a law firm in town and they plan to spend their life in this little town they love. She teaches full time at a local middle school, and in the summer, spends a lot of time in the local parks. They have made Warwick our forever home and want to build it into the best place it can be. The local parks are one area that, she feels, needs to be upgraded in order to keep on par with the rest of this beautiful town.