Diane has spent 40 years helping hundreds—if not thousands—of kids in the Branford community. “I just want the kids of Branford and other surrounding towns to have every opportunity I can give them. I want them to feel happy, I want them to be kind, I want them to feel respected, and I want them to love learning.” She makes sure community kids are getting all of this and more through her volunteer work with the Branford Early Childhood Collaborative and through her work as a co-chair of Round Tables, a free program that brings together pre-school educators and directors and helps them navigate the world of early childhood. She also gives back through volunteering on the Board of School Readiness Council, which provides daycare and pre-school for children of parents who otherwise could not afford it. In addition to these organizations, Diane serves on the board of the Community Dining Room, which helps bring food to Branford kids and families; she volunteers for the Diaper Bank; and has served as co-director of the North Branford Potato and Corn Festival.