Mark Ainsworth - Noah After School Assistant Site Manager
Mark was born and raised in Hartford, attended Hartford schools and is a direct product of HCM’s Young Life ministry. While in high school, he worked for HCM as summer staff for two years and joined the staff year-round in 2016, as an assistant site manager. Mark is intentional about supporting the next generation of youth coming through HCM, currently volunteering for the same Young Life ministry that helped grow him into a transformational leader.
Danielle Ambrose - Adminstrative Assistant
Danielle is the most recent addition to the HCM staff, but has been involved for years helping out with with administrative tasks, cooking and volunteering at Noah After School. She studied English Language and Literature at Gordon College and most recently worked for HCM's ministry partner, Urban Alliance, in Communications. Danielle and her family treasure the friendships and "family" that they have gained through being part of the HCM community, on staff and as parents of C.O.G.s in the programs.
Dave Ambrose - Executive Director
Dave studied Mathematics and Secondary Education at Gordon College and taught high school math before entering full-time ministry as the Director of Youth and Outreach at Wintonbury Church in Bloomfield in 2008. It was during his time at Wintonbury that he started working with The Hartford Project, which he directed from 2011 - 2014, that he fell in love with the City and its people. He and his wife, Danielle, have three (3) children and moved to Hartford in January, 2012 out of a desire to become more involved with ministry in the city. He was hired in 2014 and has served as our Implementation Director, Development Director and Program Director before taking on the role of Executive Director in August of 2017.
Carl Felton III - Nehemiah After School Site Manager and Camp Noah Co-Director
Carl joins the HCM staff after graduating from Towson University (MD) in the summer 2016. While at Towson he served as the Executive Director of Solomon's Word Theater Outreach, the Building Manager for the University Union, and was a Summer Camp Counselor for Summer's Best Two Weeks. He led an all school inter-faith vigil after the death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing civil unrest, to pray for peace and social justice. Carl has always loved working with children and led Sunday School and Summer Camp programs at his church growing up. He is an avid photographer and trumpet player.
April Jefferson - Noah After School Site Manager
April was born and raised in Hartford CT. April attends the Citadel of Love in Hartford where she served in the youth and young adult ministry YEAH (Youth Empowered to Achieve Holiness). She is currently studying sociology with a plan to pursue a counseling degree. She has experience in a variety of programs such as day cares, camps, schools, pre-schools, and after-school programs. April is in her third year as a Noah After School Site Manager and is excited to be a part of the HCM family, giving back to the community.
Jarrad McCown - Noah After School Assistant Site Manager
Jarrad's love for children and ministry brought him to HCM the Fall of 2017, 45 minutes away from his city, New Haven. Active in his local church there, he currently serves as an Associate Minister, Assistant to the Youth Pastor and Music Director. Passionate about education, Christ, and being a positive male role model, Jarrad stands on Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ Jesus that strengthens me". Jarrad studied at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and is currently enrolled in a higher educational institution to finish his degree.
Abbi Menear - Noah After School Site Manager, Camp Noah Co-Director
In 2012, Abbi was a summer intern with Camp Noah. During the internship, she fell in love with Hartford and with HCM’s mission. She returned to West Virginia to finish her degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Valley University in the Fall of 2012. Once she finished her last semester of student teaching, she moved back to Hartford. She joined our staff in April of 2014 and her favorite thing about HCM is that they are focused on social justice but not at the expense of the Gospel.
Ester Switzer - Noah After School Site Assistant Manager
Ester fell in love with Hartford in 2009 during The Hartford Project, a week long missions trip in the city, and kept coming back each summer as a high school participant and later as a college intern. In 2014, she volunteered at one of our NAS sites before joining the HCM staff in 2015, as the Assistant Site Manager at the Glory Chapel NAS site. After a year off, Ester is excited to be back at HCM working with Nehemiah After School and is looking forward to investing in the lives of the children she works with and being involved with what God is doing in the city.