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Our Leadership

Novelette Peterkin, Chief Executive Officer
Novelette began her professional career as a registered private wealth manager in New York. Prior to joining Carver in 2004, Novelette served as a coordinator with St. Christopher's-Jennie Clarkson Child Care Services and then as assistant director of residential services for the Andrus Children’s Center in New York. 

Through highly collaborative partnerships and a vision to help end the Achievement Gap in Norwalk, Novelette transformed Carver from a single community center to Norwalk’s largest provider of after school programs for middle and high school students, and Norwalk’s largest provider of summer programs serving K through 9th grade students.

Novelette is regarded as a thoughtful and accessible community leader, serving on various committees, as a panelist for the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute, and as a contributing writer for local media. Novelette holds a BS in accounting from Mercy College and an MBA from the University of New Haven. Novelette is a Recipient of the Women of Distinction Award (Darien YWCA), and The Elizabeth Roberts Changing the Odds for Children Award (United Way of Coastal Fairfield County), as well as a Member of the National Black MBA Association. 


Diana Napier, President, Program Manager, The Workplace, Inc.

Jude Earl Alaba, Treasurer, Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLC

Valerie Watson, Secretary, Vice President & Manager, Patriot Bank N.A.

Jonathan Whitcomb, Esq., Legal Counsel, Diserio Martin O’Connor & Castiglioni LLP

Board Members

Sandra Faioes, Principal, Brookside Elementary School

Kimberly Gaddy, Director, Reporting & Analytics, Global Strategy & Operations, Gartner

Craig Glover, CEO, Norwalk Community Health Center

Leah Glover, Fundraising Consultant

Danielle Robinson, PhD, Director, Alcohol Policy and Corporate Reputation Management, Diageo

Laura Ruhe, Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, FactSet Research Systems

Oscar Villalonga, Managing Director & Global Project Finance Leader, GE

Fred Wilms, Senior Vice President, Webster Bank; Connecticut State Representative, 142nd Legislative District

Richard Whitcomb, St. Luke’s School, Headmaster Emeritus

Wendy Winnick-Baskin,  Atria Darien, Executive Director, Retired

President Emeritus, Charles Burns

Immediate Past President, Janis Curtis