Open Connections

PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES: Open Connections continues to be open, virtually. We recognize that springtime is often when prospective families tour the OC campus and come for an in-person interview. While our physical campus is closed for the time being, we ARE continuing to conduct interviews via Zoom or FaceTime. If you are considering enrollment for Fall 2020, we encourage you to take advantage of this option! To learn more about setting up a virtual interview, please click the "Inquire" link. We look forward to “meeting” you and showing you all that OC has to offer. Thank you for your interest in Open Connections! CURRENT FAMILIES: Please check your email for the kick-off schedule for distance learning!

  • 2019 Staff

Kelly Dowd

Facilitator, Evaluator

Kelly is a Facilitator in Group Tutorial IV both Tuesdays and Thursday. Kelly also conducts Year-End Portfolio Evaluations for youth ages 5 to 12. Kelly's family joined the OC community in 2009 and she joined the staff in 2011.


After completing a B.A. in Slavic and Eastern European Studies at the University of Connecticut, she earned an M.S. in Education from the University of New Haven.  Kelly holds current teaching credentials in Pennsylvania and California. Much of Kelly’s life has been dedicated to working with young people.  Her experiences have included roles as camp counselor, public school teacher, Girl Scout leader, and mother, as well as OC staff member. 


When not at OC, Kelly enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, making things from scratch (from furniture to yogurt), camping and spending time with her family. Kelly and her husband have three youth all of whom attend or have attended programs at OC.