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 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.


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

*John and Amanda Allen (P ’20)
Orlando, Florida

John and Abbey Ayanian (P ’20)
McLean, Virginia

*Deanne Bauer (P ’20)
Bradenton, Florida

*John and Shari Biery (P ’20)
Gulf Breeze, Florida

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

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

Sandy Brady (P ’18)
Timberlake, North Carolina

*Cheryl Callahan (P ’20)
Rockville, Maryland

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

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

*Roya and Wolfgang Chadab (P ’20)
McLean, Virginia

Elizabeth and Jim Clay (P ’19, ’21)
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)
Elmhurst, Illinois

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

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

*John and Regina Featheringill (P ’20)
Mountain Brook, Alabama

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

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

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

Carol Klingenberg (P ’15)
Atlanta, Georgia

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

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

*John and Pam Krol (P ’19)
Naples, Florida

Brad Kruse (P ’20)
Des Moines, Iowa

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

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

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

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

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

Jim and Laura Parrish (P ’20)
Wilson, North Carolina

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

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

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

*Lizanne Saunders (P ’20)
Portland, Oregon

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

*Janet Slater (P ’99)
Toronto, Ontario

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

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

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

Jim and Ann Wilkinson (P ’18)
Kansas City, Missouri

*Indicates new member

Parent Council Staff Contacts

Ms. Erin Kitzinger
Director of Annual Giving
Office of Advancement

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