Updates and news about our Alumni …


Updates and news about our past participants …

We recently heard from Robert Backer, alum of our former Christ the King afterschool program.  Robert reports “I left high school early to attend community college (BCC), graduated to Drexel, and went on to grab a masters in Psychology from UPenn. I work now as a prof of psych, a hypnotherapist/life coach, and a therapist for teens. ” He spoke postively of his days at the program, and fondly of the staff, ” I remember having meetings where you included us in decision-making… There was a lot of great crafts and projects the program offered too, with good staff. I was fortunate to be involved.” Robert also mentioned that his mom is now happily adjusting to life as a retiree.  We wish them both well!

We also heard from Chris Lind, one of our first “HCC kids,” and his mother, Pat O’Rourke, who was an HCC founder.  Chris, a singer living in New York City, recently made an appearance back home in Haddonfield at Jersey Java, giving some current HCC kids a chance to hear one of their predecessors. He is scheduled to perform at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia in November.

John Ryan, who attended HCC and worked in our programs, has become an afterschool care professional!  John is currently designing software curriculum for use in afterschool programs. John’s sister, Marja Ryan, recenly had her independent film, “Four Faced Liar,” on the indy film circuit, including a screening in London, and received an LA Ovations nomination for her play “Dysnomia.”  John and Marja’s mom, Dyanne DiSalvo Ryan, is the author of very successful children’s books.  Last spring she came back to Elizabeth Haddon School to read for the children in our program during “Read Across America” week.

Another former HCC Board Member, Dr. Paul Koniges, recently updated us on his three children, Audrey, Katie, and Craig.  Audreyand Katie have graduated from college and are now working in management at Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn near Lake Tahoe, and Forever 21, Central NJ, respectively. Brother Craig recently garduated from Rutgers, majoring in European Studies, and hopes to attend graduate school in Hungary.

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