About Us

The Norwalk Education Foundation (NEF) has been working on behalf of the students and teachers in the Norwalk Public Schools since 1998.  Like scores of local education funds throughout the United States, we work with, but are independent of, our local school systems.
We work for accountability and achievement of high standards in public education, and advocate for significant improvement in public schools. We also generate resources to address specific needs throughout the Norwalk school system.
When NEF was launched Norwalk Public Schools needed resources to address a gap in technology training for teachers. NEF raised funds for Teacher Technology Training programs and ran the training programs with an NEF Technology Specialist. This program has grown increasingly important as education technology has expanded. There is an ongoing need for teachers to keep up with technology in both the classroom and as a way to manage student data and assess student needs.

NEF has three major impact areas:

  • College Preparedness
  • Excellence in Education
  • Teacher Mini Grants / Shark Tank

Who We Are

Board of Directors



Barb Cafero- Manager of Pricing & Contract Negotiations- Xerox


Linda Dunsmore
-Realtor at Keller Willians

Kelley Hefferan
-Branch Manager, Vice President, Webster Bank


-Roslynne McCarthy -Retired Teacher


Donna Brown- Office Assistant

Kathryn Kempa -Graphic Designer

Ralph Valenzisi- Assistant Superintendant, Norwalk Public Schools

Joe Giandurco – Middle School Teacher, Norwalk Public Schools

Lou Bousseau- Health Administration


Marge Costa- Executive Director

Gina Ortolano- Program Assistant




The Norwalk Education Foundation is a registered 501 (c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization in the United States and is registered with the State of Connecticut’s Public Charities Division of the Department of Consumer Protection.
All contributions to us are tax deductible. We rely on the annual support of many generous individuals, foundations and corporations.

For a copy of our most recent tax filing, please contact us or visit www.guidestar.org.
Telephone: (203) 854-4068
E-Mail: NEF