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Ambassador Spotlight

We are strengthened by the people who share the Horizons story with their communities. We are thrilled to feature Jack and Lisa McCarthy, who have become valued members of the Horizons family.

Q. Can you share a little bit about yourself?

A. We grew up in the Midwest and lived in Chicago, followed by eight exciting years in London where both Kathryn (now 15 years old) and Caroline (13 years old) were born. We have lived in New Canaan since 2005 and both our girls attend St Luke’s School in New Canaan.

Q. How did you get involved with Horizons?

A. Having supported many charities over the years in Chicago and London, we were looking for a good cause that was local and that our entire family could become involved with. We knew the Zea family from the New Canaan Winter Club and Liz asked us if we would like to attend a Horizons introductory cocktail party. We were hooked from the first words presented that evening on the wonderful mission and impact of the organization. As we became involved with Horizons, Jack focused on fund raising, Lisa worked with the Gala committee, we donated our pool in the summers and, maybe most importantly, Kathryn has worked with the kids as an assistant Art Instructor for the last two years. 

Q. What do you find most compelling about Horizons?

A. The clarity of the goals, the effectiveness of the program, the efficiency of the organization and the incredible results. Very few charities, in our experience, are as effective with the resources they have, which reflects on the experience and capabilities of the organization.

Q. What makes you want to be an ambassador for Horizons?

A. The people! No matter if we are meeting with the wonderful directors and faculty or the phenomenal campers and alumni, the people involved with Horizons are very special. There is a spirit about the program that transcends everyone involved, pushes people to achieve and puts smiles on faces.

Horizons names new Executive Director

It is with great excitement that we announce Nancy von Euler will serve as the next Executive Director of Horizons at New Canaan Country School. Nancy will be joining the program on October 23, 2017. Nancy was selected from an impressive pool of more than 50 candidates following a rigorous five-month search process assisted by an outside search firm.



Nancy is currently the Vice President of Programs at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF), where she has worked since 2008. Nancy joined the Foundation to serve as the director of the Fund for Women and Girls and went on to serve as a Program Director overseeing the grant making and community leadership for the Economic Opportunity, Health and Human Services and Arts and Culture priority areas before being named Vice President of Programs in February 2015. The Foundation received national recognition for work led by Nancy, including the 2013 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships and the Citi Foundation Partners in Progress Award. Prior to joining FCCF, Nancy spent nearly 20 years doing program development and grants management for municipal agencies and nonprofits. Nancy holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Vassar College and an MPA in nonprofit management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Administration.
Nancy’s strong background in non-profit leadership, extensive network across Fairfield County, and passion for Horizons gives us the utmost confidence in her ability to lead the program and fulfill its commitment to our Horizons students and their families.
A big thank you to the members of our search committee: Mandi Morgan and Elizabeth Zea/Co-Chairs of the Search Committee and Horizons Executive Committee members, Carolyn Woodberry/Vice Chair of the Horizons Board of Directors, Lydee Hummel/Co-Chair of the Horizons Board of Governors, Elise Lake/Member of the Horizons Faculty and a Board of Director, Jose Oromi/Horizons National. They have worked tirelessly all summer, and we are thrilled with the outcome. Please join us in officially welcoming Nancy as the Executive Director of Horizons at NCCS.


Rob Macrae, Head of School                        
Jen Barnard, Chair, Horizons at New Canaan Country School Board of Direct