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HARTFORD – Interval House announced today the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Jacqueline Merl Bamman and Carol Yvette Thorney were approved by unanimous vote at the July meeting of the Board. Also raised and approved was the nomination of former Board member and current Governance Committee member Icy Mounds to serve as Honorary Director–the highest accolade awarded by the agency. In addition to bringing vast expertise and networks to Interval House, all women possess a deep and sincere passion for helping victims of domestic violence.

Bamman–Chief People Officer at Nassau–has been an active member of Interval House’s Development Committee since 2020 and has brought several opportunities and connections to the agency throughout the pandemic. Jackie has over two decades of experience in high-level human resource management and holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM-SCP certifications. Bamman is also the founder of Women of Nassau, a resource, networking, and mentoring group for employees of Nassau.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Jackie accepted our nomination and will now serve as a full-fledged member of our Board,” said Mary-Jane Foster, President & CEO. “Jackie brings to us a set of skills and knowledge that will be invaluable to Interval House as we grow in the future.”

Thorney–CEO and President at Thorney Advisors–brings a wealth of experience in board service, community engagement, and organizational management to Interval House. Currently, Carol serves as a member of the Advisory Board and ex-President of the Rensselaer Alumni Association Hartford Regional Chapter, and member and mentor of the Society for Women Engineers. Thorney has also served on the Board of Trustees of The Amistad Center of Arts & Culture, and Boards of the Hartford Preservation Alliance and the Jamaica Trade Diaspora.

“Interval House is proud to welcome Carol to our Board,” said Foster. “Her history of service to the nonprofit community in Hartford paired with her professional skills makes Carol a stellar addition to the Board and our Governance Committee.”

Mounds–an assistant manager at Webster Bank and community activist–has been a staunch supporter of Interval House for well over a decade. Serving on the agency’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2018, Icy held the roles of Director, Officer, and Chair of the Development Committee. She continues to provide invaluable guidance to Interval House through participation on the Governance Committee and has remained a member of the Speakers Bureau, representing Interval House at events and helping to educate the community about domestic violence.

“It is clear that Icy has a heart for service and believes that helping others is key to life,” said Foster. “We are immensely fortunate that she has directed her energy and passion to Interval House and our clients, and pay tribute to her gifts of time and love by recognizing her as an Honorary Director.”

Board membership for each of these nominees is effective immediately. The Board of Directors of Interval House is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture through an equitable process that supports the recruitment, promotion, and retention of people that represent our client base to direct the strategy of the organization.

About Interval House

Founded in 1977, Interval House is the largest agency in the state of Connecticut dedicated to preventing and breaking the cycle of domestic violence. Through direct and life-saving services for victims in 24 towns and cities both East and West of the Connecticut River, Interval House has made a positive difference in the lives of nearly 250,000 women and children who have experienced psychological and physical abuse at the hand of a domestic or intimate partner. 24-Hour Hotline: (888) 774-2900. To support: