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Our Team

GFFE is an all-volunteer organization. We are lucky to have such a great and passionate team. 

Board Members

NiCole Schlagheck


NiCole Schlagheck is a mother to four Guilford students and works in Information Technology, focused on quality and process improvement.  Besides optimizing the way things work, NiCole's passion is educating the youth to promote brighter futures. NiCole enjoys being active in her community and volunteering to support our schools.  NiCole has been in many PTO leadership positions, a sports coach and is active with the youth in her church.  NiCole has experience working with underserved high school students and connecting them with paid internship opportunities that transformed their lives.  She would love the opportunity to expand learning in Guilford to include work-based learning and internship opportunities for high schoolers.


Liz Stein


Liz moved to Guilford from Brooklyn, New York six years ago with her husband and two young children, both of whom are currently students in Guilford Public Schools. She has a background in Textile Design and is passionate about education and supporting creativity. Liz is currently involved with the Cultural Arts Committee and the World Day for Cultural Diversity program at Guilford Lakes Elementary School, the ABAR (Anti-Bias Anti-Racist) Committee at Guilford Lakes and Baldwin Middle School, and the Baldwin Outdoors Committee, a group devoted to enhancing the outdoor recess and learning space at Baldwin Middle School. She enjoys spending time with her family, getting messy, meeting new people and working with others. She is thrilled to be part of the GFFE and is looking forward to helping promote creative and innovative educational opportunities for Guilford students.

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Holly Clune

Board Member

Holly Clune grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Guilford with her husband and three children since 2016. She is a former teacher with a focus in elementary, bilingual and special education. Prior to specializing in education, Holly worked with Operation Smile, a non-profit that treats children with cleft lip and cleft palate in low and middle income countries. After working in 13 different countries for three years, she returned to education and worked in schools in Washington, DC, New York and Connecticut. In Guilford she has remained involved with multiple organizations that promote education, inclusion, access to clean water and the safe enjoyment of the outdoors through organizations such as With my Own Two Hands, Cents of Relief, Guilford Safe Streets Task Force and most recently, Guilford ABC.  She is also deeply involved with the education of her own children in the Guilford public schools and she looks forward to working with the GFFE to support the incredible group of educators and students in Guilford. 


Caitlin Loomis

Board Member

Caitlin Loomis is a neurologist at Yale, specializing in Vascular Neurology; throughout her career, she has been involved in medical education. Engaging with medical students, resident, and fellows, she has a passion for education and encouraging innovative methods of teaching and learning. Originally from Connecticut, she moved to Guilford with her family in 2019, when her oldest child enrolled in Kindergarten at Guilford Lakes. She is thrilled to be part of the leadership at GFFE, helping to support the incredible impact that the foundation has had on our community, and the education of all children.

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Emily Perillo

Board Member

Emily has lived in Guilford with her husband since 2009 and has two children who are loving their experience in Guilford Public Schools. She is a non-partisan analyst with the Connecticut General Assembly, focusing on the human services areas of the state budget. Emily supports the work of Guilford's Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist (ABAR) Alliance and the A.W. Cox Elementary School PTO planning after-school enrichments. She looks forward to furthering GFFE's mission by engaging and collaborating with the Guilford community, primarily through GFFE. events. 

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Allison Franks

Board Member

Allison and her husband moved to the Hartford area of Connecticut in 2013 after spending several years in Washington DC and prior to that many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Allison and her husband moved to Guilford in 2015 and welcomed twin girls in 2016. Guilford is now their ‘forever’ home. Allison has been working for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), specifically the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 2009 (for the most part, remotely working since 2013 with frequent travel to NIH when needed). She is the Clinical Operations Director for a NIAID contract that oversees Clinical Research systems and clinic/research workflow processes for NIAID. She is also responsible for Adverse Event quality checks and report preparation for the NIAID Data Safety Monitoring Board, FDA and other regulatory entities/reviews.
In the past, Allison volunteered for various therapeutic riding facilities helping young persons with disabilities overcome physical & mental obstacles while on horseback. Allison also provided Doula and Childbirth Education services to underprivileged teens in the California Bay Area. Since then, most of her childbirth supportive care is provided to friends/family.
Encouraged and excited by the mission and efforts of the GFFE to aid in closing the financial gaps of creative learning, Allison soon became a proud member of the GFFE Board of Directors. Allison believes that her personal and professional experiences will add to the robust pool of diversity in thought and mind for the GFFE.

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Meg Teape


Meg Teape is a partner in Teape Training International (TTI), a corporate training and development firm which she joined after a 15 year career in Risk and Business Management at JPMorgan Chase in NYC and London. She is a Board member of Guilford’s Special Education PTO (SEPTO) and volunteers with the Baldwin PTO as well as other civic and social causes. Meg has a passion for non-profit development work and has a history of volunteerism with local and international relief organizations. She is a mother of two Guilford students and is thrilled to be on the leadership team of GFFE and help further its impact in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all children.

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Andrew Corpuel


Andrew Corpuel has been associated with Guilford Fund For Education since 2018. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and leads the GFFE Finance Committee. A Guilford resident since 2004, Andrew and his wife Kristine have put two children through the school system. Having experienced and appreciated the educational opportunities available to our children in Guilford, it is Andrew’s desire to ensure that intellectual innovation remains a constant presence in our community.

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Lauren Dennehy

Board Member

Lauren Dennehy is a mother of two Guilford students and 
leads a child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy and mental
health consultation practice in New Haven. Lauren is also an Assistant Clinical
Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, where she provides clinical
supervision and teaches fellows in social work, psychology, and child psychiatry.  Lauren has training in trauma, attachment, parenting, developmental
evaluation, and the field of infant mental health. She cares deeply about multidisciplinary collaboration, both in clinical practice as well as within
the systems affecting children and families and has a special interest in advocacy work within education.


Jennifer Scoggin

Board Member

Jennifer Scoggin is a literacy consultant, teacher advocate and author with over twenty years of experience in education.  Jen also partners with teachers as an adjunct professor in the Literacy Leadership program at Sacred Heart University.  Beginning her career as a first and second grade teacher in Harlem, NY, Jen’s heart will always be in the classroom.  As a member of the GFFE board, Jen hopes to support educators’ creativity and engagement as they pursue inspiring and meaningful learning opportunities for students in the Guilford Public Schools.  Jen is involved in the Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist (ABAR) Steering committee and is a founding member of the Guilford Voices for Unity and Equity (VUE), a grassroots organization that advocates for expansive social justice and equity work in the Guilford Public Schools. A resident of Guilford since 2012, Jen is the proud mother of two Guilford students.

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Torrie Atwater

Board Member

Torrie has lived in Guilford since 2014 with her two children who have loved all of their time in the Guilford Public Schools.  She is an EHR Specialist at Yale University in the Department of Internal Medicine within the Yale School of Medicine with a focus on Optimization and Process Improvement. Torrie has served on the PTO for AW Cox, Guilford Lakes and is most currently the 5th grade PTO president at Baldwin Middle School.  She looks forward to working with GFFE by engaging with the community at all GFFE events.

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