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

Sandy Hook Promise’s mission is to  create a culture engaged in preventing shootings, violence, and other harmful acts in schools. Sandy Hook Promise is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.



"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 evidence-based programs that teach youth and adults how to prevent school violence, shootings, and other harmful acts.

4. Advocating for state and federal policy by mobilizing and leveraging our national base and Promise Leaders for the passage of sensible school safety and gun violence prevention measures.

Our Impact

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7,500,000+

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

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4,500,000+

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

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6,400+

PROMISE LEADERS RAISING AWARENESS AND ACTION BEHIND OUR PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES

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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:



MANAGING DIRECTORS

Mark Barden
Co-founder and Managing Director
Board Director
Family Member whose son was killed on 12.14.12

Nicole Hockley
Co-founder and Managing Director
Board Director
Family Member whose son was killed on 12.14.12

Tim Makris
Co-founder and Managing Director
Board Director, Ex-Officio

Our Board

Jackie Barden
Board Director
Family Member whose son was killed on 12.14.12; Pauling School District, Educator, Pauling, NY
Matt Bennett
Vice Chair
Third Way, Co-founder and SVP for Public Affairs, Washington, DC
Joe Cassidy
Board Treasurer
Retired Tax Executive, General Electric Company, Norwalk, 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
Bradley Myles
Board Secretary
CEO, Polaris Foundation, Washington, DC
Michael A. Nutter
Board Director
Michael A. Nutter Advisors, LLC; Former Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Bill Sherlach
Co-founder and Board Chair
Family Member whose wife was killed on 12.14.12; Morgan Stanley, Vice President – Financial Advisor, Trumbull, CT
Peter Willner, Ed.D.
Board Director
Founder, Integrated Executive Management, Inc., Fairfield, CT

OUR TEAM

Adrianna Alcala
Crisis Center Counselor - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Lauren Alfred Levin
Vice President, Policy and Partnerships
Michelle Anderson
Senior National Operations Manager - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Dawn Andrews
Senior State Project Manager - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Brian Bailey
Assistant Project Manager – Know the Signs
Evelyn Bailey
Account Manager – Know the Signs
Terri Bennett
National Grants Director
Erin Biddle
Trainer, NE - Know the Signs (Contract)
David Blake
Trainer, SE - Know the Signs (Contract)
Leia Boza
Crisis Center Counselor - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Alexis Cancemi
Crisis Center Counselor - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Gabriela Castro
Crisis Center Counselor - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Joshua Caswell
Development Specialist
Jared Cavaguolo
Trainer, NE - Know the Signs (Contract)
Vae Champagne
Program Manager
Judith Coffey
Promise Leader Coordinator
Dave Conrad
CFO, COO
Christine Crudo
Executive Assistant
Justin Cruz
Trainer, West - Know the Signs (Contract)
Danielle Dillon
Assistant Project Manager, NE – Know the Signs
Manmita Dutta
Prospect Leader
Justin Etheridge
Policy Associate
Darlene Faster
Region Director, NE – Know the Signs
Bob Flynn
National Program Director
Blair Freedman
Region Director, SE – Know the Signs
Paula Fynboh
VP Program Delivery & Sustainability
Betsy Gell
Director, Major Gifts
Albany Gonzalez
Crisis Center Counselor - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Lori Hamula
Assistant Project Manager - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Glen Harvey
Trainer, West - Know the Signs (Contract)
Candice Holley
VP People and Operations
Chelniece Holton
Crisis Center Counselor - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Alex Intorcio
Training & Program Manager, NE – Know the Signs
Ilana Israel Samuels
Region Director, West – Know the Signs
Neal Larkin
Senior Account Manager, NE - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Myra Leuci
Senior State Manager - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Lori Liss
State Project Manager - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (Contract)
Mindy Lobb
Operations Assistant - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (Contract)
Sarah Lopez
Events Director
John Lovrich
Grants Officer
Dawn Lyons
Vice President, Marketing and Programs
Christine Makris
Senior Account Manager, SE - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Rachel Masi
R&D Director
Bijal Mehta
Crisis Center Supervisor - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Gladys Mendez
Project Manager, SE – Know the Signs
Sarah Militello
Florida School Outreach Coordinator
Dana Montgomery
Region Director
Cindy Moore
Assistant Project Manager - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Sue Mouchantat
Operations Manager
Donna Moxham
People & Operations Associate
Penny Muldoon
Digital Director
Liz Murphy
National Policy Director
Jessica Neely
Crisis Center Manager - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Erika Newman
School Outreach Coordinator
Kenji Okuma
Crisis Center Director - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Dirk Perrefort
In-House Reporter
Annie Praino
National Account Director - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Brandon Rainey
Senior Trainer
Nalini Ramachandran
National Engagement Manager
Beatriz A. Ramirez
Senior Crisis Center Counselor - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Reginald Richardson
Trainer - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (Contract)
Jennifer Roberts
Finance Associate
Wendy Seiler
IT Manager
Jillian Sequeira
Project Manager, West – Know the Signs
Tara Shepherd
Finance Specialist
Anathea Simpkins
National Deputy Director - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Richelle Stanz
Senior Account Manager-West - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Annie Stephens
Account Manager, NE – Know the Signs
Sara Sykes
Vice President, Development & Strategic Partnerships
Mark Tanis
Crisis Center Counselor - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System
Aimee Thunberg
Communications Director
Jeff Tousignant
Data Specialist – Know the Signs
Aurora Vasquez
State Policy Director
Terrance White
Trainer, NE - Know the Signs (Contract)
Martoinne Williams
Trainer - Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (Contract)
Jim Wise
Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (Contract)
Marykay Wishneski
Project Manager, NE – Know the Signs
Carol Wolf
Director, Events & Strategic Partnerships
Carleen Wray
SAVE Director

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.