Meet the Future 5 Team!

Clif McFeely

Founder

Clif’s “first” career was in advertising and marketing, including President/Partner of Stamford, CT-based North Castle Communications, which focused on youth marketing. Clif’s long-time interest in coaching inspired his creation of Future 5, which he founded in March, 2009 as a non-profit dedicated to connecting low-income high school students to positive futures.

Clif is a 1971 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Amanda Dubois-Mwake

Executive Director

Amanda joined Future 5 in June 2021 after serving as the Director of International Programs and Community Engagement at Lehman College, where she was also an adjunct instructor in the Departments of Counseling, Leadership, Literacy and Special Education and Latin American and Latino Studies. A graduate of Bridgewater University, Amanda earned a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration at New York University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Higher Education from the Indiana Institute of Technology.

With more than 20 years of professional experience in education, global leadership and volunteer management, Amanda has built a reputation for empowering students to turn setbacks caused by circumstance into opportunities for growth and resilience.

Alex Ambroise

Student Support Specialist

Peg Atchue

Grants Manager

Diane Bailey

Career Advisor

Meg Carey

Development Manager

Fridda Fernandez

Student Support Specialist

Chris Jackson

Deputy Director

Diane Knetzger

Marketing Manager

Lizzie Knudsen

Director of High School Enrichment

Karla Montoya

Social Media & Marketing Specialist

Deirdre Smith

College Success Manager

Karen Stuart

Director of College Prep

Annie Tran

Student Development Coordinator

Barbara Vahsen, CPA

Director of Finance and Operations

Beth Williams

Director of College Success

Alex Ambroise

Student Support Specialist

Peg Atchue

Grants Manager

Diane Bailey

Career Advisor

Meg Carey

Development Manager

Fridda Fernandez

Student Support Specialist

Chris Jackson

Deputy Director

Diane Knetzger

Marketing Manager

Lizzie Knudsen

Director of High School Enrichment

Karla Montoya

Social Media & Marketing Specialist

Deirdre Smith

College Success Manager

Karen Stuart

Director of College Prep

Annie Tran

Student Development Coordinator

Barbara Vahsen, CPA

Director of Finance and Operations

Beth Williams

Director of College Success