Board Members

Melissa Ronan – Melissa has lived in Pelham since 2000 with her husband Chris and their three children, Nick, Natalie, and Liam. After working as an attorney for 20 years, Melissa is now back in school, pursuing her master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University and interning at St. Vincent's Hospital in Harrison. She has previously volunteered with The Manor Club's Philanthropy section, as a CCD teacher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and with the Siwanoy and PMS PTAs. 

Rizzel Medina Cornachio – Rizzel moved to Pelham five years ago with her husband, Al Cornachio and their three children, Alexis (12), Cami (10) and Albee (8). Rizzel has master's degree in Social Work. 

Pam Little – Pam and her husband, John, have lived in Pelham for 14 years with their three children, Charlotte, Jack and Oliver. Pam has been involved with numerous organizations in Pelham including the Junior League, the Pelhamwood Community Association, the Citizens' Nominating Committee, the Newcomers' Club, and the Colonial School PTA. Pam is the Westchester County Program Manager for Pajama Program, a national non-profit children's charity.

Rae Szymanski (town liaison) - Rae has lived in Pelham for most of her life, graduating from the Pelham school system and then returning with her husband, Patrick, to raise their son (also named Patrick). Rae has been the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of The Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley for the past 14 years. She is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree from NYU and a master's degree in Health Care Administration from Iona. Rae has been a Town Councilwoman for the past 14 years. She has volunteered on many boards including Pelham Family Service and Pelham Booster Club.

Leah Tahbaz - Leah moved to Pelham in 2003 with her husband and four children.  All of the Tahbaz children attend, or have attended, the Pelham Public Schools.  Leah has served on the Board of the Junior League, The Pelham Children's center, and the Pelham Education Foundation.  She is currently on the Board of PACT and is President of the Pelham PTA Council and is active in the Pelham public schools and other local organizations.  A former attorney, she is very happy to be at home with her children.

Lori Carlton - Lori has been a Pelham resident since 1993.  She and her husband Dan have raised three children in the Pelham school district, one is currently in college l and two have graduated and are working.  Lori has her own business, Lori Carlton Sports Photography, where she specializes in action shots of athletes of all ages.  Lori was a committee member of the Pelham Newcomers Club and Siwanoy PTA in the late 1990s and also served on the board of the Pelham Country Club from 2001-2003.

Claire Persanis - Claire and her husband, Matt, have been residents of Pelham for 18 years. They have two sons, Caleb (14) and Luke (18).  Claire has been active in the Hutchinson School PTA, serving as PTA President, 2006 - 2008, and both the middle and high school PTAs.  She was a member of the PTA Council for 10 years.  Claire recently ended two terms as a member of the board of the Pelham Education Foundation and is very active in the Pelham Rugby program.  She has a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law.  Prior to her children's arrival, Claire practiced law, specializing in residential real estate.

Mary Guerin Comerford - Mary has lived in Pelham for 12 years with her husband Tim and three daughters, Anna (16), Maria (12) and Elizabeth (12), who attend Pelham High School and Pelham Middle School. Mary is a Trusts & Estate attorney and the daughter of a psychiatrist and psychologist.  She has volunteered in numerous Pelham organizations over the past 12 years such as the Newcomer's Club (2005-2008), OLPH first grade CCD teacher (2009 - 2010), Prospect Hill Cultural Arts Committee  and Prospect Hill class parent and publishing parent.


Youth Board

Co- President - Georgia Howard - Georgia is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School.  In addition to Community Care Club, she participates in Sock n' Buskin, Music Appreciation Club, and the Women's Empowerment Club.  She also works as a Floor Manager/Projectionist at the Pelham Picture House year round.

Co- President - Sophia Juliano - Sophia is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School.  She is a member of the concert chorus, the women's empowerment club, French club, and is a member of Project Child.  She also plays on both the basketball and lacrosse teams at school.

Vice President - Henry Morjikian - Henry is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School.  He is a member of both the Varsity Soccer and Tennis teams and is an editor for the Pel Mel.  He also enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing guitar.

Treasurer - Julianne Argento - Julianne is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School.  She plays Varsity soccer and basketball and plays club soccer in the winter and spring.  She is also involved in the Room to Read Club.

Secretary - Sarah Jane O'Connor - Sarah is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School.  She swims Varsity in the fall, sails all year round outside of school and rows in the spring.  She is also involved in many extracurricular activities such as PACT, student government, and the school newspaper.

Secretary - Julia O'Neil - Julia is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School.  She plays Varsity Soccer in the fall and is involved with the Women's Empowerment Club.

Social Media Coordinator - Georgia Howard

Social Media Coordinator - Alexis Cornachio - Alexis is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School.  She plays soccer, basketball, and lacrosse for the school.

Marketing & Advertising - Biddy Comerford - Biddy is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School.  She plays varsity soccer in the fall as well as varsity lacrosse in the spring.  Along with the Community Care Club, Elizabeth is in the Italian Club.  

Marketing & Advertising - Maeve Parmelee - Maeve is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School and plays Varsity Soccer in the fall as well as JV Basketball in the winter.  I also volunteer at the animal shelter in New Rochelle.

Dodgeball Event Coordinator - Christian Morfit - Christian is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School.  He is on the Pelham Varsity Lacrosse and Hockey teams and also plays club Lacrosse for Team 91.  Along with the Community Care Club, Christian is also in the Italian and the Do Something Clubs.  He enjoys spending time with friends, skiing, engineering, building and history.

Dodgeball Event Coordinator - Liam Ronan - Liam is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School and is on the Varsity football, hockey and lacrosse teams.  He enjoys spending time with friends and family around Pelham, and his hobbies include drawing and playing Clash of Clans.  He is always looking for opportunities to improve the community that has supported him throughout his life.

Buddy Bunch Coordinator - Nora Tahbaz - Nora has been a youth board member for two years starting in the 2015-2016 school year and is currently in her junior year.  She is on the Pelham Varsity Volleyball team for the second year in a row and is a member of the school club as an extension of what the CCC does outside of school.  Nora also enjoys tutoring young kids in math and babysitting.  Last year, Nora participated in many CCC events including the Dodgeball Tournament and volunteering at the soup kitchen on Tuesday nights and hopes to continue doing so in this coming year. 

Buddy Bunch Coordinator - Georgia Howard  

Buddy Bunch Coordinator - Maria Comerford 

Boardmember - Andrew Claussen - Andrew is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School.  He plays lacrosse and football.  In addition to Community Care Center, he is a member of the Do Something Club and the Wounded Warriors Club.  He is also a life scout in Troop 1 Pelham and works as a Camp Counselor at the Pelham Country Club.

Boardmember - Alexis Cornachio - Alexis is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School and she plays soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

Boardmember - Ava Juliano - Ava is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School.  She rows for the Community Rowing Association in the winter and spring, and plays Pelham Volleyball in the fall.

Boardmember - Daniel Tahbaz - Daniel is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School.  He is on the varsity crew team, and is a dedicated member of many clubs.  Some of his favorite after school activities are attending meetings for Military History, Political Debate and Model UN clubs.  





Committee for School Programs

Leah Tahbaz

Page Edmunds

Pam Little

Rizzel Cornachio

Marcie Gatchalian

Advisory Board

Alec Cecil 

Kathy Biggs