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 Erin Kitzinger, director of annual giving, 727-864-8013
  • 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.


Sam and Mary Bernabe (P ’17)
West Des Moines, Iowa
Chairs 2016–2017

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

Howard Ammons (P ’17)
Mason, Ohio

Tim and Kelley Bawmann (P ’17)
Nashua, New Hampshire

Randy and Edye Blencowe (P ’19)
Columbia, South Carolina

*Barbara and Jim Brady (P ’19)
Alpharetta, Georgia

Sandy Brady (P ’18)
Timberlake, North Carolina

*Alex and Katie Calhoun (P ’18)
San Francisco, California

Kevin and Toya Campbell (P ’18)
Evanston, Illinois

Steve and Kathleen Carter (P ’18)
Tallahassee, Florida

*Elizabeth and Jim Clay (P ’19)
Dallas, Texas

Amy Corin (P ’18)
Camarillo, California

Kathleen Crowley Beale (P ’19)
Boston, Massachusetts

Nanette Dailey (P ’18)
Tampa, Florida

Valerie Day (P ’19)
Maryville, Tennessee

*Ann and Brian Fillingham (P ’19)
Dewitt, Michigan

*Tracey and Gil Hanse (P ’19)
Malvern, Pennsylvania

Dan Sze and Cynthia Harris (P ’19)
Menlo Park, California

Jay and Cindy Hoorn (P ’18)
South Haven, Michigan

Alex Smith and Susan Houston (P ’19)
McLean, Virginia

*Bret and Leigh Ingerman (P ’20)
Tallahassee, Florida

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

*Eric Jambon and Ayako Schurmeier (P ’18)
McLean, Virginia

Carol Klingenberg (P ’15)
Atlanta, Georgia

Rob and Bonnie Kotz (P ’18)
Vienna, Virginia

*Brad Kruse (P ’20)
Des Moines, Iowa

Bill and Stephanie Kurz (P ’17)
Sunnyvale, California

Larry and Jayne Layden (P ’17)
Clayton, Missouri

*Steve and Amber Leet (P ’19)
Memphis, Tennessee

*Ken and Rebecca Melchert (P ’18)
Appleton, Wisconsin

*Byron and Amy Moger (P ’19)
Tampa, Florida

Gary and Arleen Pedone (P ’09, ’12)
St. Pete Beach, Florida

Sloane Elman and Barry Radick (P ’17)
New York, NY

Steve and Melinda Sanders (P ’18)
Nashville, Tennessee

Mary Keefe and Bob Scales (P ’16, ’19)
Winnetka, Illinois

*Michelle and Murray Swanger (P ’19)
Dallas, Texas

*Jesse and Mila Turtle ’91, ’90 (P ’18)
St Petersburg, Florida

Peter and Christy Yaffe (P ’17)
Philadelphia, PA

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

*Indicates new member

Parent Council Staff Contacts

Ms. Erin Kitzinger
Director of Annual Giving
Office of Advancement

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