The communication connection between parents and Eckerd

The Eckerd College Parent Council is a group of committed volunteers who support the College by attending local and regional events, helping with Admission efforts, strengthening communication between parents and the College, and supporting the Eckerd Fund. Parent Council meetings are held semiannually on campus—in the fall and during Family Weekend.

Parents are invited to become active members of the Eckerd community. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Attend Alumni Engagement events across the country. Parents are enthusiastically welcomed at these events!
  • Recommend high schools in your region to the Admission Office and accompany Admission Counselors at regional college fairs.
  • Show your support of Eckerd College by making an annual gift to the Eckerd Fund.
  • Inform the College of available internships and jobs at your company or a local business. Do you know of an internship or job opportunity that may be of interest to an Eckerd student or alumnus? Email the Parent Council with the information or contact the Office of Career Services.
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Sign up for the Parent Council e-newsletter, Parent ConnECtions — your resource for staying connected with what’s happening on Eckerd’s campus. Each issue includes information especially for parents on campus affairs and activities, upcoming events, and important dates and deadlines for your student. You might also like the broader InsideEckerd e-newsletter, sent out bi-weekly.

Eckerd Fund

The Eckerd Fund is an important source of unrestricted support for Eckerd College. Gifts to the Eckerd Fund directly support students and programs. Because tuition doesn’t cover the complete cost of an Eckerd education, the Eckerd Fund enhances your student’s experience at the College.

Your support of the Eckerd Fund shows faculty and staff your appreciation and ensures that quality resources and opportunities are available to your student and his or her peers.

Gifts to the Eckerd Fund can be made:

  • Online
  • By calling Arielle Purcell, Director of Annual Giving, 727-84-7711
  • Or by mailing a check to Eckerd College, Office of Advancement, 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33711

Senior Parents

Each year, parents of graduating seniors give a gift in honor of their student’s accomplishments. Is your son or daughter graduating in May? Join this Eckerd tradition by making a donation to the Eckerd Fund in honor of your student’s achievement!

Each and every gift to the Eckerd Fund makes a difference. When you make your gift, please include your student’s name and class year. The Parent Council will send a card to your child notifying him or her of your gift to Eckerd. Your gift to Eckerd is a great example to your student, who will learn the importance of giving back to his or her alma mater as an alumna/us.


Mr. Mark and Mrs. Kathy Mandula (P ’15 , ’17)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Chairs 2015–2016, Past Chairs 2014–2015

Mr. Howard Ammons (P ’17)
Mason, Ohio

*Mrs. Ludmila Matia and Mr. Jack Barney (P ’18)
Largo, Florida

Mr. Tim and Mrs. Kelley Bawmann (P ’16)
Nashua, New Hampshire

Mr. Sam and Mrs. Mary Bernabe (P ’16)
West Des Moines, Iowa

*Mr. Randy and Mrs. Edye Blencowe (P ’19)
Columbia, South Carolina

Ms. Sandy Brady (P ’18)
Timberlake, North Carolina

Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Toya Campbell (P ’18)
Chicago, Illinois

*Mr. Joel and Mrs. Kathleen Carter (P ’18)
Tallahassee, Florida

Ms. Nanette Dailey (P ’18)
Tampa, Florida

Dr. Jim and Mrs. Pam Demetroulakos (P ’17)
Marblehead, Massachusetts

Mr. Robert and Mrs. Victoria Denson (P ’16)
Atlanta, Georgia

*Mrs. Cynthia Harris and Mr. Dan Sze (P ’19)
Menlo Park, California

Ms. Eileen Kamerick and Dr. Victor Heckler (P ’16)
Longboat Key, Florida

*Drs. Jay and Cindy Hoorn (P ’18)
Richland, Michigan

*Dr. Alex Smith and Ms. Susan Houston (P ’19)
McLean, Virginia

Ms. Lynn Russell and Ms. Donna Inkster (P ’17)
Decatur, Georgia

Mr. Hutch and Mrs. Kate Johnson (P ’16)
Durham, North Carolina

Dr. Carol Klingenberg (P ’15)
Atlanta, Georgia

*Mr. Robert and Mrs. Bonnie Kotz (P ’18)
Vienna, Virginia

Mr. Bill and Mrs. Stephanie Kurz (P ’16)
Sunnyvale, California

*Mr. Larry and Mrs. Jayne Layden (P ’17)
Clayton, Missouri

Mr. Michael and Mrs. Pamela Leffler (P ’16)
Laurel, Maryland

Mr. John and Mrs. Catherine MacCarthy (P ’16)
Winnetka, Illinois

Mr. Gary and Mrs. Arleen Pedone (P ’09, ’12)
Bethel, Connecticut

*Dr. Amy Corin and Mr. Melvin Pralgo (P ’18)
Moorpark, California

Ms. Sloane Elman and Mr. Barry Radick (P ’17)
New York, New York

*Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Melinda Sanders (P ’18)
Nashville, Tennessee

Ms. Mary Keefe and Mr. Robert Scales (P ’16, ’18)
Winnetka, Illinois

Dr. Larry and Mrs. Christine Spetka (P ’16)
Ottawa Hills, Ohio

Mr. David and Mrs. Ame Sweetall ’89, ’89 (P ’16)
Lexington, Kentucky

Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Sally Wille (P ’16)
Glencoe, Illinois

Mr. Peter and Mrs. Christy Yaffe (P ’17)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mr. Mark and Mrs. Susan Zink (P ’16)
Lincoln, Nebraska

*Indicates new member

Parent Council Staff Contacts

Ms. Arielle Purcell
Director of Annual Giving
Office of Advancement

Ms. Erin Kitzinger
Assistant Director of Annual Giving Programs
Office of Advancement

Ms. Anne Chapin Wetmore ’94
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Family Relations
Office of Student Affairs