Meet the Board

Susanna Baird is president and co-founder of the Clothing Connection and serves as liaison for the Early Childhood Center, Witchcraft Heights, Horace Mann, and the Homeless Education office. Her kids attended Carlton and now attend Collins Middle School and Salem Academy. She also works as a writer/editor and volunteers with the Salem Literary Festival.

 

Catherine Bertrand is the office administrator at First Church, home of Clothing Connection's closet. Bio in progress.

 

Tracy Czahor serves as the Clothing Connection's purchasing chair and serves as liaison for Bentley, Horace Mann, and Saltonstall. Tracy also volunteers for the Backpack Program and for the Saltonschool School PTO. She has three children, two at Saltonstall School and one at the Salem Academy Charter School.

 

Vickie Dawson is secretary for the Clothing Connection, serves as the liaison for Bates and Collins, and co-organizes the Collins Closet of Hope. She has lived in Salem since 1995. All of her children are attending or have gone through the Salem school system. One is still in the school system, at the high school. Vickie subbed in the elementary schools for a couple of years. Currently she is very active in several community organizations.  She is involved at her church, Tabernacle in Salem, as a Sunday school teacher and co-moderator. She is on the outreach committee and heads up the needlepoint committee at Woman’s Friend Society. Vickie also works with a group of volunteers for the Salem Backpack Program. 

 

Jenni Espinal serves as Family Counsel for Clothing Connection. She works as Family Engagement Facilitator at Saltonstall School and works very closely with the multilingual families at the school. She has a son at Salem High School. She is also part of the Salem District Family Counsel. 

 

Beth Forrestal is a co-founder of the Clothing Connection and currently serves as its outreach chair, managing our website and Facebook page, coordinating the Ambassadors program, and this year launching our Volunteers program and Caregiver Council. She also oversees our Spanish translation intern. Beth has children at Salem Academy Charter. She works for the City of Salem Planning Department.

 

Gina Grinarml is co-chair of the Clothing Connection’s fundraising committee. She teaches private fitness/Pilates classes and is the Office Manager for their family business, Grinarml Carpentry. She has run the drama program at Carlton Innovation School for the past 10 years and currently sits on the School Council at Carlton, where her youngest daughter attends. She also has a son that attends Salem Academy Charter School. 

 

Arielle Gronner has lived in Salem since 2007, and has served as treasurer of the Clothing Connection since the start of the organization's 2018-19 fiscal year. Her daughter attended Carlton Elementary School and Collins Middle School, and currently attends Salem High School. She works for an arts management agency based in Marblehead.

 

Bethann Jellison is the principal at Carlton Innovation School and helped co-found The Clothing Connection. She has lived in Salem almost her entire life. She went to Carlton Elementary School and then to Witchcraft Heights Elementary School. She went to Middle School West (now Collins Middle School) and graduated from Salem High School. She has three children; all three have graduated from Salem High School.

 

Kendra LeFleur is a co-chair of the Clothing Connection’s fundraising committee. She works as a Senior Content Project Manager for Macmillan Learning and lives in Salem with her husband and their three children, all former Carlton students. One graduated from Salem High School, one attends Essex Tech, and one attends Collins Middle School.

 

Colette Loux co-founded the Clothing Connection and serves as used clothing chair. She also serves as liaison for Carlton and co-organizes the Collins Closet of Hope. A Salem native and Salem State graduate, Colette has two children, one at Carlton Innovation School and one at Collins Middle School.

 

Stephanie Makary is a Clothing Connection board member and a works as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She lives in Salem with her wife and children.