Our Mission

New Canaan CARES is an independent, non-profit community organization whose purpose is to advance the health and well-being of youth and families.

CARES provides responsive educational programs that support and strengthen parenting skills, positive youth development, and healthy lifestyles – free-of-charge.

© Adrian Dreßler
© Adrian Dreßler
© Adrian Dreßler
© Adrian Dreßler

Acting Executive Director

Sara Schubert

Sara has served on the Board for the past three years, two as Chair. Her journey with CARES dates back to her Senior Year at New Canaan High School where she participated in a Teen ‘Risky Behavior’ workshop for Parents. Over the years, New Canaan CARES has grown and evolved, but one thing has remained unchanged; it continues to educate and support the youth, families and our community. The mission speaks to her heart and passions as a former educator; to empower youth, a mother; to strengthen families; and as a New Canaanite; to build community. 

With the support of the amazing and dedicated Board, Sara has stepped in until a formal and more permanent Executive Director is found.

Board of Directors

Kristen Grzymski, Chair
Jayne Benton
Ann Dunn
Annie Drapkin
Christen Garcia
Tindley Gilbert
Emily Hanlon
Therese Heyn
Stacey O’Malley
Dr. Anna Simonis
Stephanie Taylor
Kate Van Dussen
Sara Schubert, Past Chair

Advisory Council

Michelle Riley
Dr. William Flynn
Serena Gillespie
Laurel Howe
M.E. O’Connor
Jody O’Donnell