The communication connection between parents and Eckerd

The Eckerd College Parent Council is a group of committed parents who support the College both financially and through service. The Council serves as representatives of the larger parent community, provides input to the College as needed, and enriches the Eckerd community by encouraging parent financial support and enthusiasm for issues critical to Eckerd’s mission. Parent Council meetings are held annually on campus, in the fall.

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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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 Tom Schneider, associate Vice President for Development, 727.864.8409
  • 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.

Roster 2019

Barbara and Jim Brady (P ’19)
Alpharetta, Georgia
Chairs 2018 – 2019

Mary Keefe and Bob Scales (P ’16, ’19)
Winnetka, Illinois
Immediate Past Chairs 2017–2018

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

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

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

Jean Louis Casabonne and Lisa Ansilio (P ’19)
Sebring, Florida

Elizabeth and Jim Clay (P ’19, ’21)
Dallas, Texas

Kathleen Crowley-Beale (P ’19)
Boston, Massachusetts

Valerie Day (P ’19)
Elmhurst, Illinois

*Katherine DeFoyd and David Murray (P ’21)
Elmhurst, Illinois

Robert and Sandy Edelstein (P ’20)
Penn Valley, Pennsylvania

Tom and Margaret Fariss (P ’20)
Alpharetta, Georgia

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

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

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

Susan Houston (P ’19)
McLean, Virginia

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

*Debbie and Richard Konarski (P ’21)
Pottstown, Pennsylvania

David and Stacey Koval (P ’20)
Charlotte, North Carolina

Brad Kruse (P ’20)
Des Moines, Iowa

John and Jane Mahaffie (P ’20)
Washington, D.C.

*Marc and Karen Meyers (P ’20)
Maplewood, New Jersey

Susan Myers and Al Rachide (P ’19)
Pink Hill, North Carolina

Mark and Laurie O’Brien (P ’20)
Saint Charles, Missouri

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

Michael and Bonnie Prelip (P ’19)
Winchester, Virginia

Brad Prunty and Tony Russo (P ’20)
New York, New York

John Pryor (P ’20)
Sherman Oaks, California

Colleen Quinn (P ’18)
Merrimac, Massachusetts

Lee and Janet Rodgers (P ’20)
Saint Louis, Missouri

*Sharon Rymer (P ’21)
De Leon Springs. Florida

Lisa and Tony Saltzman (P ’20)
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Pete and Pam Seroka (P ’20)
Houston, Texas

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

*Sheri and Cameron Waddell (P ‘20)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

*Laura Whitman and Barry Strongin (P ’21)
New York, New York

*Indicates new member

Parent Council Staff Contacts

Mr. Tom Schneider
Associate Vice President for Development
Office of Advancement

Ms. Anne Chapin Wetmore ’94
Associate Dean for Student Life
Office of Student Affairs