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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

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, President & CEO, Coface North America

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