About Us

Based in Newtown, Connecticut, our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation by providing programs and practices that protect children from gun violence.

By uniting people of all beliefs and backgrounds who value the protection of children to take meaningful actions in their homes and communities, we will prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life.

OUR MISSION

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Prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child.

"I promise to do all I can to protect children from gun violence by encouraging and supporting solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities "

Our Approach

Build a national movement of parents, schools and community organizations engaged and empowered to deliver gun violence prevention programs and mobilize for the passage of sensible state and national policy.
We will accomplish this by:

1. Building A National Base by attracting, educating and engaging parents, schools and community organizations to join SHP through social media, advertising, speaking engagements, major events and initiatives.

2. Organizing at a Community Level by identifying, training and empowering volunteer “Promise Leaders” to raise awareness, educate and deliver programs to help prevent gun violence in their community.

3. Developing and Delivering Mental Health & Wellness Programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals and gun safety practices that ensure firearms are kept safe and secure.

4. Advocating for State and Federal Policy by mobilizing and leveraging our national base and Promise Leaders for the passage of sensible mental health & wellness and gun
safety laws.

Our Impact

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2,002,000+

EDUCATORS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY-LEADERS & STUDENTS TRAINED ON OUR PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES

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1,484,000+

SUPPORTERS FROM 50 STATES HAVE MADE THE PROMISE TO HELP PROTECT CHILDREN BY PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE

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2,500+

PROMISE LEADERS RAISING AWARENESS AND DELIVERING OUR PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES

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Our Team

Sandy Hook Promise is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a talented staff of seasoned professionals:

Mark Barden
Founder and Managing Director
Nicole Hockley
Founder and Managing Director
Tim Makris
Founder and Managing Director
Paula Fynboh
National Field Director
Carol Wolf
Associate Development Director
Alexa Tomassi
Marketing Manager
Tony Baker
Ohio State Director
Patricia Perry
Ohio Program Coordinator
Blair Freedman
Miami Dade Public Schools Program Coordinator
Glenetta Pope
Los Angeles Unified School District Program Coordinator
Marykay Wishneski
National Program Coordinator
Sara Sykes
Development Director
Sarah Holroyd
Major Gift Officer
Betsy Gell
Major Gift Officer
Manmita Dutta
Prospect Leader
Wendy Seiler
Data Analytics Manager
Jennifer Roberts
Finance Associate
Annie Praino
Communication and Support Specialist
Carleen Wray
School Outreach Leader
Annie Stephens
Ohio Organizer
Lauren Alfred
Policy and Partnership Director
Judith Coffey
Promise Leader Coordinator
Dave Conrad
CFO, COO
Sue Mouchantat
Operations Manager

Our Board

Jackie Barden
Board Director
Family Member whose son was killed on 12.14.12; Pauling School District, Educator, Pauling, NY
Mark Barden
Board Director
Family Member whose son was killed on 12.14.12; Sandy Hook Promise, co-Managing Director, Newtown, CT
Matt Bennett
Board Secretary
Third Way, Co-Founder and SVP for Public Affairs, Washington, DC
Joe Cassidy
Board Treasurer
Retired Chief Financial Officer, Danbury, CT
Ian Hockley
Board Director
Family Member whose son was killed on 12.14.12; Dylan's Wings of Change Foundation, President, Sandy Hook, CT
Nicole Hockley
Board Director
Family Member whose son was killed on 12.14.12; Sandy Hook Promise, co-Managing Director, Newtown, CT
James Joseph
Legal Counsel, Ex-Officio
Arnold & Porter, Partner, Washington, DC
Tim Makris
Board Director, Ex-Officio
Sandy Hook Promise, Co-Founder and co-Managing Director, Newtown, CT
Bradley Myles
Board Director
CEO, Polaris Foundation, Washington, DC
Bill Sherlach
Board Vice Chairman
Family Member whose wife was killed on 12.14.12; Morgan Stanley, Vice President – Financial Advisor, Trumbull, CT
Peter Willner, Ed.D.
Board Chair
Founder, Integrated Executive Management, Inc., Fairfield, CT

SHP Action Fund Board of Directors

Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund is a separate C4 organization that advocates for the passage of sensible gun violence prevention policy at a State and Federal level in the areas of mental health, mental wellness and gun safety. Activities include researching effective actions, educating legislators and constituents and lobbying for the passage of policy.

Tim Makris
Founder and Managing Director