Staff

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Anthony Byers

Co-Executive Director


860.297.5115 [email protected]


Anthony joined HYS at its founding in 2007, and has moved from working primarily on the admissions process to working with Scholars in Support Services. In 2010 he became Program Director responsible for staff management and program oversight. In 2011 he was named Co-Executive Director for Programs. He now oversees The Steppingstone Academy Hartford, Recruitment, Placement, and Support Services. Anthony earned his B.A. in 2007 from the University of Connecticut. He majored in Economics with a focus on the socioeconomics of race and gender. He is a graduate of the Master’s School and a native of Hartford. Anthony previously served on the Board of Directors of The Community Farm of Simsbury. In 2013 he received the CAEOP Trio Achiever Award, and in 2015 he was named one of Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.


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Roxanna Booth Miller

Co-Executive Director


860.297.5112 [email protected]

Roxanna Miller joined HYS in January 2011 and was named Co-Executive Director in August 2011. She has over 20 years of experience in fundraising, public relations and special event management. During her tenure at HYS she has increased fundraising from just over $300,000 per year to an anticipated $750,000 in 2016. Public awareness and engagement has grown significantly during her time leading the organization with Anthony Byers. The organization is vital and healthy due to their unique brand of co-leadership.

Roxanna worked at Trinity College for 10 years in several capacities within their Advancement division. After leaving Trinity in 2007, she worked with a variety of non-profits in the Hartford area including the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Leadership Greater Hartford, and Achieve! Hartford. She was previously a Board Member of the Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford, as well as the Board of the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls. She is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of North Central Connecticut. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Wheaton College.


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Garth Adams

Program Dean


860.297.5113 [email protected]

Program Dean Garth Adams brings more than two decades of experience as an administrator, teacher, advisor and coach in independent schools to the role. His background includes a year as the Director of Athletics at Cannon School in Concord, N.C., and 12 years as the Director of Athletics and Head Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach at Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut. As an independent school athletic director, Garth’s responsibilities have included oversight of all athletic matters, including philosophy and policy, team selection, and hiring and evaluation of coaches.

In this addition to the day-to-day oversight of athletics, Garth has served as a member of administrative leadership teams and various school committees relating to student life. Prior to his time at Kingswood-Oxford, Garth served as the Director of Athletics and Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at his alma mater, The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. Garth holds a B.S. with High Honors from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law. His belief in independent school education is sincere and genuine. More than 20 years ago, he made a decision to leave the practice of law to dedicate his professional life to serving school communities and helping young people maximize their potential. Garth brings his knowledge of independent school curriculum and the academic skills that Scholars will need for success in high school to the Steppingstone Academy Hartford. Garth also leverages an extensive understanding of the admissions and financial aid processes in New England¹s independent schools to help mentor Scholars and families through the independent school application process. He joined the HYS¹s staff in June 2013.

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Erica Graff

Support Service Manager


860.297.5114 [email protected]

Erica Graff is a 2008 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in English and Secondary Education. She comes to HYS with six years of experience working with young adults and high school students. Prior to joining HYS in 2013, Erica taught English for four years at Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon, CT; primarily teaching students in tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade. Erica also previously worked as the Program Coordinator at the Willimantic Teen Center, as well as in various leadership positions in higher education including Eastern’s STEP/CAP summer transitional program for first-generation college students. She is the HYS Support Service Manager and has the goal of helping each scholar access the best college for his/her future endeavors.

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Evadne Coache

Program Recruitment Manager


860.297.5116 [email protected]

Evadne Coache was born in Mexico and moved to Hartford when she was 8 years old. She is a graduate of Miss Porter’s School class of 2011 and recently graduated from Trinity College where she earned her B.S in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. Eva feels passionately about her work at HYS; she is committed to giving back to the Hartford community and being a resource to young Scholars. Currently a graduate student pursuing a degree in Social Work, Eva looks forward to helping to make a difference for young people in Hartford.

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Valerie Klokow

Grant and Communications Manager


860.297.5244 [email protected]

Valerie Klokow is a nonprofit professional who studied philosophy at Yale and earned a J.D. at The University of Connecticut School of Law. Committed to the arts, creative expression and integrity, Valerie is a writer and a strong proponent of voice.

Valerie’s story (Homeless to Yale) was featured on the Oprah show in a 2002 “Graduates Overcoming Obstacles” episode. Valerie dropped out of school in the 7th grade, eventually living as a homeless person in California before finally, in her 30’s, she made her way to Cabrillo Community College’s campus – and later transferred to Yale.

Education changes everything.

Valerie worked in corporate compliance for a number of years and is pleased to have now turned her focus to nonprofit development in the city of Hartford.

Valerie began working with marginalized youth in 1996, and she focused on Critical Identity Theory in law school; she is committed to helping make traditionally silenced voices be heard and she looks forward to doing what she can to tell more people about Hartford Youth Scholars.

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Katie Powers

Development Manager


860.297.5272 [email protected]

Katie Powers has over 20 years in fundraising and special event management experience. She has worked at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA as the Director of Alumni and Parent Relations and at Watkinson as the Associate Director of Development and Director of Alumni and Family Relations. Prior to joining Hartford Youth Scholars in the summer of 2015, Katie worked at a variety of local non-profits including Hartford Marathon Foundation, Chrysalis Center and HARC. Katie graduated from Watkinson School and holds a B.A. from Simmons College.

Katie is committed to helping make Hartford Youth Scholars’ mission of “to and through college” a reality for our Scholars and their families.