Mission Statement and Board

Mission Statement

The Outback is dedicated to providing a positive environment where middle and high school students are able to socialize, participate in entrepreneurial and enrichment activities and contribute to the community in a meaningful way.

The objective of the teen center is to promote healthy age-appropriate development for teens and pre-teens in New Canaan. This is achieved by providing an environment designed to develop positive social skills and social competence, foster character development and enhance self-esteem – all of which are related to reducing risk-taking behavior and developing healthy interpersonal relationships.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee


Sangeeta Appel President

Eileen Boyd
Vice President

Kristen Leopold Treasurer

June Bird


Claudia Pagazani

Board Members

Lisa D'Virgilio
Mariola Galavis
Rachel MacDonald

Susan Carroll, NCHS Liaison
Beth Jones, Selectman

Advisory Board

Martin Daniels
Jim Hays
Bob Albus

Student Governing Board

 The Outback Student Governing Board (SGB) plays an active role in the management of the facility, programming, community outreach, and fundraising. Our mission is to represent and promote the Outback by coordinating social, community service and enrichment opportunities for all New Canaan teens.
Executive Board
CSP_3211President - Mary Jane Ripley
Vice President Marketing - Anne Greer
Vice President Events - Giulianne Ponterotto
Treasurer - Sophia Welch
Secretary - Madison Kane
Fundraising & Community Service - Cara Michael
Student Member - Drew McGough; Alice Gelhaus

SGB Member Guidelines

Join a fun, motivated group of high school students looking to develop leadership and team building skills while making a difference in the community. Have your say in the development and implementation of programming, events, community service and the re-designing of the Outback itself!
  • Attend at least 75% of weekly meetings
  • Attend at least 75% of SGB events
  • Actively participate in the planning, promotion and execution of 1 social event per month and three community service events/projects per year
  • Commit to a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer work (outside of scheduled meetings)
  • Participate in teambuilding and leadership development activities
  • Positively promote the Outback and its events/programs
  • Actively and strategically recruit new members to the board throughout the year