Board of Directors and Advisory Board


Rebecca Kowalski/ Stephen Kowalski

President / Vice President

Stephen and Rebecca Kowalski both graduated from High school in Monroe, CT. The couple reconnected in 1992 were united in marriage in 1994 and started their family in 1998. Stephen has been employed with ENCON in Stratford CT as a job … Read More


Michele Orzechowski

Secretary/ Treasurer

A longtime family friend of the Kowalski's, Michele Orzechowski, is the Secretary and Treasurer for the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation. As a married mother of two, and known to Chase as "auntie," Michele is known for her commitment of … Read More


MaryLou Cunningham/ Michael T. Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is the uncle to Stephen Kowalski, and the Great Uncle and partial name  sake to Chase Michael-Anthony Kowalski. He was raised in Jackson Heights NY, met and fell in love with his beautiful bride of over 40 years, Mary … Read More


James O’Rourke

Board Member

Jim O’Rourke has been with the Greater Waterbury YMCA for the past ten years in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer. The Waterbury YMCA has over 280 employees and 100 volunteers that engage over 22,500 individuals annually from its … Read More


John Myers

Board Member

After a 37 year career with the YMCA, John recently retired as the Executive Director of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs.  He felt truly blessed to have a career that matched a passion and personal mission of helping people reach … Read More


Kevin Grimes

Executive Director

Kevin Grimes joined the CMAK Advisory Board at its inception. He graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC and recently retired from his 28 year career at Louis Dreyfus Corporation where he was … Read More


Greg Ruel

Public Relations

Greg Ruel is one of the co-founding Advisory Board members for the CMAK Foundation.   He grew up in Monroe, Ct and has known Steve since their childhood days in Chalk Hill Middle School and Masuk High School.   Greg graduated from the … Read More

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Chris Thompson


Chris Thompson joined the Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski Memorial Foundation advisory board in the early stages of its establishment. Being close to the Kowalski family and knowing Chase has driven Chris to help the family find ways to grow … Read More


Bob Terry


Bob Terry is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has spent his entire professional career in Marketing. He has known the Kowalski family since his own childhood and has been a member of the CMAK Advisory Board from its inception. Bob also … Read More