Katherine began her career in corporate banking in New York City and has held senior management positions in sales and financial marketing and communications. With a burning desire to concentrate her efforts on more humanitarian issues, Katherine shifted her energies to the non-profit sector in 2001 and joined the Fairfield County Community Foundation, where she spearheaded their development efforts. Katherine joined The Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame in September 2005, as the Director of Development and Community Relations, and has served as the Executive Director since May 2006.
Katherine brings an interesting synergy of many disciplines to the Executive Director position: fundraising and new business development, firsthand knowledge and understanding of the investment and financial worlds, expertise in Women's History and an unwavering commitment to programming around women's issues.
Katherine holds a B.A. in History from Salem College and an M.A. in Women’s Studies, with a concentration in Women’s History, from Southern Connecticut State University, where she has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies. She is a native Virginian who has made Connecticut her home for more than 25 years. Katherine lives in Guilford, Conn., with her husband. She has two children who live in Manhattan and work in publishing and investment banking.
Director of Development
Sarah is a native of Michigan and graduated from Albion College with a BA in Speech, Communications and Theatre. She moved to the east coast over 35 years ago to work in the NYC theatre scene, starting her career as a professional stage manager and eventually attaining Actor's Equity membership. After eight challenging years, Sarah decided to change direction toward her passion of food and enrolled at The NY Restaurant School where she graduated with honors working for many years as a corporate chef and caterer.
For the next ten years, while raising two daughters, Sarah joined the public school's PTA, raising money and organizing special events. She eventually became President of the Fairfield PTA Council and later ultimately won the Deanna O. Kiernan Award. Shortly after her term as President expired, Sarah started volunteering for several non-profit organizations in the area, knowing she was making a difference in people's lives. Sarah comes to the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame with ten-plus years in development at The Center for Family Justice, formerly The Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport, Conn. For seven of those years, she served as Director of Development and Community Outreach. Sarah has been passionate about women's issues and after raising two daughters, recognizes the importance of instilling the confidence necessary for women and girls to pursue their passionate dreams, whatever they may be.
Sarah currently lives in Fairfield, Conn. with her husband David, who is a commercial photographer in NYC. They have two daughters, the older an organic farmer in Connecticut and the younger a registered dietician in Minneapolis.
Director of Education
Bambi Mroz is a seasoned educator and public speaker with more than 15 years of teaching experience at the middle school, high school and college levels. A native of Indiana, Bambi migrated to Connecticut to pursue graduate work at the University of Connecticut where she also taught French language, literature and culture at all levels. After leaving academia, she entered the business world, working for a busy graphics company and learning much about graphic design, marketing and business development. Coming to CWHF in 2011 fulfills her desire to use her teaching, curriculum design and creative background in a non-profit setting. Bambi is passionate about history and loves bringing CWHF programs to groups of all ages, making Connecticut women's history come alive and inspiring the Inductees of tomorrow!
Bambi holds a B.A. in Education from Anderson University and an M.A. in French & Francophone Studies from the University of Connecticut. A resident of Manchester, where she lives with her husband Matt, she is an active member of her church community, where she serves on the leadership team. She also enjoys travelling, knitting, spending time with nieces and nephews and entertaining friends.
Kim is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in History before moving from Oregon to Seattle in 2003. In 2007 she joined the United States Peace Corps, and spent the next two years volunteering as a preventative health educator in Cameroon, West Africa, working largely with youth and women’s groups and sparking a growing passion to advocate on behalf of women and girls. Upon returning to the states, Kim continued her focus on service, working to facilitate both large and small scale volunteer projects throughout New York City with the volunteer management organization New York Cares. While in New York she also earned her MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College, with a dual focus on gender and education policy.
After finishing her degree, Kim decided to trade the glory of unlimited 24 hour restaurant delivery options for an apartment larger than a shoebox. She moved to New Haven in August of 2014, and spent a year planning professional development events at a charter school network before joining CWHF, whose mission so wonderfully combines her passions for feminism, history, and education.
Kim currently lives in what feels like a luxuriously sized apartment in New Haven with her two cats, Theodore Roosevelt and Margaret Atwood. She enjoys eating cheese, crying inexplicably at old episodes of The West Wing, and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.
Tina developed her passion for bringing history to life while participating in Civil War re-enactments as a child in Indiana. Since moving to Connecticut in 2007, she has honed her Revolutionary War era skills and loves to spin, weave, and is a talented open-hearth cook of 18th Century foods. Her goal is to inspire the next generation of women towards a love of history and motivate them to be leaders; whether of a large corporation or simply in their own home.
After graduating from Indiana University with a B.A. in theater and a B.A. in journalism, Tina spent over two decades in the theater as an actor, House Manager, and as the Theater Manager of two Broadway (NYC) theaters for the Roundabout Theater Company. She has also performed on stages in 43 states, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
Tina has a variety of interests and is an avid researcher. She is a Board-certified Lactation Consultant, a Bible scholar, a Connecticut and US History fan, and spends many hours advocating for children with special needs. Tina and her husband love living in New Haven with their two daughters, a cat, a gerbil and a turtle.
Michelle is a native of Connecticut. She was raised in the town of Prospect, which has been named “the best small town in Connecticut”. She left her small town roots to attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, where she earned a B.F.A. with an emphasis in Graphic Design. After graduation she moved back to Connecticut and spent several years raising her young children and working as a part time administrator for local government operations, including the Prospect Tax office serving as tax clerk. She also worked freelance putting her design skills to use on wedding and party invitations as well as sugar cookie designs. She is extremely pleased to join the CWHF as she has learned just how important it is to honor the great women of her home state and inspire young women to dream big.
Michelle is an avid knitter and fiber enthusiast as well as a distance runner, baker, crafter, pianist and classical music lover who enjoys bringing the arts into her everyday life as much as possible. She currently lives in Southington, Conn with her husband, two young sons, and two cats.