MEET SOME OF OUR PARTNERS
When Connecticut nonprofits and social enterprises face executive transitions or financial challenges, Dorothy is there to help. In addition to board facilitation and executive coaching, she fills senior management roles. for area nonprofits. Dorothy is keenly interested in social impact investing and improving the funding and capital structure of social-purpose organizations, especially those serving our at-risk populations.
A Partner since 2014, along with his wife, Paula, Mark also holds the role of Executive Director for the organization. With more than thirty years of experience as a senior advisor, investor, and partner to Fortune 500, mid-size companies and leading nonprofit organizations, and foundations, Mark brings an invaluable skill-set to the role.
Dave retired from a nearly 25-year career at AllianceBernstein, an investment research and management firm, and now works with new businesses at the intersection of finance and technology. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Family & Children’s Agency in Norwalk and the Board of Trustees at Bronx Charter School for the Arts in New York City.
David is a private investor with over 20 years of grantmaking experience and currently serves on the board of the Helen and William Mazer Foundation. A consultant to small businesses, he is a reviewer for the New Market Tax Credit Program and was the founding director the Center for the Development of Social Finance.
Wendy has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit sector throughout her career. After leaving the practice of law, Wendy became the Director of Development for an educational organization in NYC, followed by nine years working with the founders of the organization on the management of their family foundation. Most recently, Wendy co-founded and co-led Impact Fairfield County, a collective giving circle for women of Fairfield County, CT.
Mary Lou Boutwell
Mary Lou spent over 30 years as an institutional investor, portfolio manager and consultant in the commercial real estate industry in Boston. Earlier in her career she was a commercial lender and a grant/loan program manager at two nonprofits. After retiring in 2019, Mary Lou focused her attention on nonprofit Board positions and work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A former Partner and Board Member of SVP Boston, Mary Lou joined SVP Connecticut after relocating to the New Haven region.
Althea Marshall Brooks
Althea is the Executive Director of the state's first Cradle to Career Initiative - Waterbury Bridge to Success Community Partnership. Using a collective impact approach with an equity lens, Bridge to Success collaborates with over 90 community partners including Waterbury Public Schools, businesses, local public and private organizations that are passionate about creating opportunities for local youth to ensure they succeed in school, career and life.
Dr. Vernée Butterfield grew up and worked between New York, Connecticut and Bermuda, which provided a unique perspective of many educational systems. These experiences instilled in her a passion for and dedication to excellence in education, ensuring that all children are given an opportunity for global citizenry and responsibility.
Carol is a finance and transformation leader who is passionate about leveraging her expertise to advance the work of nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as Ernst and Young’s Global CFO Markets responsible for global finance service delivery excellence and led the governance, solution and benefits realization for EY’s Global financial and engagement management system implementation. In addition to her 37+ years of Big 4 client service, transformational leadership and financial experience, Carol has served as a Chair, Vice Chair, and member of the development and finance committees for multiple nonprofits boards.
An important theme throughout Yolanda's professional life is developing leaders to advance racial equity and social justice. She is a consultant for Five Frogs, the organization building a diverse, representative force of Connecticut leaders to build a more equitable state. Yolanda co-leads the Race Equity Committee for SVP.
Virginia Cargill has over 40 years of experience as a client, service provider and successful entrepreneur in consumer-packaged goods, retail and shopper- marketing, healthcare publishing and digital out of home media. She currently provides consulting and interim C-suite services to private equity, consulting firms and early stage companies and also allocates a significant amount of her time to education, currently chairing the Board of Directors at The Southport School and also serving on the Board of Trustees at Fairfield Country Day School where she was also a prior Board Chair.
Stephen Cowherd is a corporate attorney and member of the Connecticut law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC who focuses his practice in the areas of health care and administrative law. He has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, as well as before regulatory agencies.
Nicholas Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran where he held roles of increasing responsibility including the coveted position of Executive Vice President Innovation and Technology. He was also selected as an IBM Fellow, the company’s highest technical honor. Nick is focused sharply on advancing education, employment and career opportunities for under-represented minorities and women.
Samantha is the Managing Director of a branding firm in Stamford where she oversees operations and manages large scale branding projects for clients in a variety of sectors. Some of her most purposeful projects have included strategic planning and design for nonprofits focused on youth-centered urban farming and childhood literacy. She has also served on the board of Groundwork Bridgeport since August 2019.
Dick has been working as a volunteer, Board member and supporter of private, public and charter schools in Connecticut for over three decades. His involvement in the education sector is extensive and he brings a deep understanding of the issues related to the achievement gap to SVP Connecticut.
In 2020, Jim transitioned into the world of social impact and philanthropy with a purpose of guiding young adults to discover and activate their potential. His goal is to work with educational and human development organizations to empower these young adults to shape a future that leads to personal and professional growth.
Through is work with several organizations, Pat has been instrumental in providing best in class co-educational STEM programs to more than 10,000 inner city youth in Bridgeport, South Norwalk and Stamford. Drawing upon his experience as a retired CFO and CPA, Pat also volunteers during tax season for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to provide free tax preparation to over 3,000 residents in our community.
Jen has a background that spans both for-profit management consulting and nonprofit management. Most recently, she served as the deputy/managing director focused on strategy and operations for two different nonprofits: Columbia’s Center for Public Research and Leadership and The Partnership for Inner-City Education.
Roni is a Corporate Social Responsibility professional at Tauck, where she leads the Impact department’s efforts around corporate philanthropy, disaster response, sustainability and volunteerism. Roni is a passionate and visionary CSR leader, who believes corporate organizations have the power to be a force for social good.
Dr. Marian Gryzlo has an EdD in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College and an MBA in Marketing from Iona College. She is adjunct faculty for Manhattanville College, teaching leadership in its graduate program, and is guest lecturer for Baruch College on cause marketing and corporate partnership development.
Most recently she led strategic partnership development at Ronald McDonald House New York, where she helped generate millions in resources for pediatric cancer patients and their families. She is enthusiastic about creating strategies that benefit causes and create social value.
Over the last 30 years, Mark has been a partner, senior investment professional and senior executive at several of the world’s leading investment firms including SAC Capital Advisors, The Blackstone Group and General Electric Capital and currently is the Managing Partner for Backcast Partners Management, LLC.
Chuck and Elaine Harris
After spending over 20 years in investment management as an equity portfolio manager and analyst, Elaine has focused her attention on charitable causes, both local and global. Most recently, she spent 7 years as Board President for a Fairfield County nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and services to children in the custody of the state.
Chuck works in the asset management field, currently as the Director of Research at Clearbridge Investments.
Robin has more than 40 years of experience in corporate communications, foundation leadership, academic public affairs, brand management, and crisis communications. He has a record of developing powerful and cohesive strategies for leading brands, including Merck, United Technologies, Yale University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
After serving as a member of the board for the BIC Corporate Foundation since 2014, Alison was tapped to become Executive Director in 2020. She currently leads strategic planning and partners with non-government organizations to deliver educational programs for disadvantaged youth impacting more than 115,000 people in 20 countries. She is also the founder and CEO of Page 2 Consulting, a boutique organizational development advisory to help purpose-driven leaders scale their organizations globally.
Karen has over three decades of executive international NGO/nonprofit management experience and academic leadership. Currently she is a consultant supporting domestic and international organizations with unique missions that serve marginalized communities to help their boards expand institutional capacity and strategically create long-term, robust and sustainable resource development efforts.
Tripp is Executive Director of the Jeniam Foundation, a small family foundation based in Connecticut.
With experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, Tripp is well-versed in major donor development, operational management, evaluating proposals/grants and technology projects.
Alex Karnal is a Partner and Managing Director at Deerfield Management Company, a healthcare focused investment firm dedicated to advancing healthcare through information, investment and philanthropy—all toward the end goal of cures for disease, improved quality of life and reduced cost of care.
As a marketing executive and entrepreneur, Peter's experience includes senior roles with private and public companies, developing business and branding strategies and managing revenue growth.
Peter volunteers as a mentor in college prep, undergraduate business studies and with the prison system's Family ReEntry program. He received degrees from Tulane University and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (Go Blue!). Peter currently resides in Fairfield with his wife, Jackie and their Golden Retriever, Bode.
James is a financial markets executive with experience running global teams across multiple traded products. Most recently he worked for CIBC as Head of Global Markets in the US. He was previously CIBC’s Global Head of FX and has also held senior roles in Foreign Exchange at Citibank, as well co-founding a systematic FX trading business and working for a hedge fund.
James and his wife Susan have over time directed their philanthropic efforts to try to narrow the opportunity gap and, having recently retired from the financial services industry, James is now looking for ways to contribute his time to add to those efforts. While both originally from the UK, James and Susan are long time residents of New Canaan.
Don M. Kendall, Jr.
Don Kendall has been the catalyst and driving force in the creation of SVP Connecticut. A serial entrepreneur and philanthropist with a passion for creating and leading startups, Don uses the power of business models to solve pressing social problems and works with founders to help their dreams come to life.
Bruce and Linda Koe
Illinois natives and proud University of Illinois (U of I) alums, Bruce and Linda Koe view retirement as a time to give back. Linda and Bruce are active with Trinity Church in Greenwich, and founded the Loaves & Fishes mission shaped community in order to involve the congregation in serving the food insecure.
The Koes live in Stamford and are proud parents of two children and even prouder grandparents of four grandchildren.
Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Lazarus is deeply engaged in philanthropy and the social sector. She has been involved with Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls since 2013 and currently serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee and is also a member of the community foundation’s board of directors.
Adam has nearly 25 years’ experience in financial services and is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager Director with Morgan Stanley. From their experience raising an adult son on the Autism spectrum, Adam and his wife, Dedra, became passionate about using physical fitness to empower children with Autism and co-founded ASD Fitness Center a sensory-friendly facility that provides a safe fitness environment for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.
Cynthia Lyon is a Management Consultant with expertise in workforce development, talent development and retention. She has a 25+ year proven track record of designing, implementing and managing programs and streamlining processes to achieve tangible objectives. Currently she runs the Leadership Fairfield County professional development program. Prior experience includes tenures as the Vice President of Higher Education and Human Capital Services at The Business Council of Fairfield County and Executive Director of Operations for Vestron.
Paige MacLean is an independent consultant who collaborates with social entrepreneurs and philanthropists seeking to address our most pressing social issues. Paige provides strategic advising, leadership coaching and design services that leverage her 20+ years of experience in organizational leadership and development, strategy consulting, and fundraising. Most recently, Paige served as the Executive Director of AF Accelerate, a division of the Achievement First charter school network.
Jeff Marinstein is the Founding Principal of Marinstein & Company, a management advisory focused on strategy at the intersection of business and technology. Jeff provides interim CIO and CISO services for small and medium business and is an advisor to senior executives in large enterprise, mid-market companies, and startups. He is also an Instructor-in-Residence at the UConn School of Business teaching executive education classes in blockchain. Prior to founding his own firm, Jeff spent 18 years at IBM as the global head of business strategy and M&A in IBM Global Services. Jeff is a frequent speaker on blockchain and author of the forthcoming blog “Blockchain for Grownups – Practical Uses of Blockchain.”
With over thirty years of experience in the commodities industry, Jeff likes to say that his conversion to the clean energy business began after watching a documentary about global warming. “I feared that someday my children or grandchildren might turn to me and ask, ‘What were you thinking?!’ " He is now a serial entrepreneur and investor in growth companies, principally in the clean energy field.
Mark McCall is a Managing Director of Lime Rock Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on the upstream oil and gas sectors. Recently he returned from a leave of absence from the firm to accept a Presidential appointment, serving as the Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Obama administration.
Scot is an Internet and digital media CEO and board member with over 20 years of experience in consumer and B2B services, online advertising, M&A and strategy. Now looking to expand his philanthropic impact, Scot's experience with a nonprofit work development organization is being leveraged by SVP-CT's developing focus on youth unemployment.
Patrick J.P. Millot is a global industrial executive with multiple international assignments in general management and financial functions, and a strong record of business transformation, profitable growth, and cash generation. Currently, he is Chief Executive Officer of LATICRETE, a 2nd generation family business (CT, USA), global leader in chemical materials for tiles& stones and flooring systems. Patrick began his career in the French Civil Service, with posts in France, Hong Kong and Belgium.
Bernadette 'Bernie' Park is currently a DNP student at Yale School of Nursing. She has a BS in Nursing from the College of Mt. St. Vincent and an MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and an Advanced Certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with a focus in Primary care and Oncology from Columbia University.
Jamilah is the founding Executive Director of FaithActs for Education, a grassroots community organizing nonprofit based in Bridgeport. Founded in October 2014, FaithActs is more than 400 members and 50 churches strong and works to build power with faith leader and their congregations to improve educational opportunities in Bridgeport.
Marcia enjoys a successful career as an entrepreneur while working full-time in State and National Association leadership, nurse education, healthcare fundraising, and statewide coalition building. She is currently the Executive Director for The Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce, Inc., The Connecticut League for Nursing, Inc.; as well as, owner of Marcia Proto Consulting, LLC. Her life’s work has involved connecting people through education and skills training toward fulfilling career paths, particularly in the healthcare field.
Michelle is a Corporate Social Responsibility professional at Marriott International, where she serves as President of the TakeCare Relief Fund, Inc., a charitable organization that makes need-based grants available to Marriott employees who are impacted by a natural disaster or personal hardship.
For over 40 years, Stephen Ristau has been a nonprofit executive, social innovator, organizational consultant and professional coach/mentor. He is also an SVP veteran having served on the staff of SVP Portland for several years running their Encore program, providing a transitional pathway for seasoned professionals wishing to contribute to the greater good by matching them with nonprofits in need of professional expertise.
Jim is a partner in the law firm Carmody Torrance Sandak and Hennessey and an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. He has served on many nonprofit and public service boards and commissions, and he presently serves as Chair of the Hartford Seminary Board and on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Junior Republic.
Catalina has worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly 20 years and brings a wealth of multicultural experience to SVP. Most recently Catalina served as the founding Executive Director of Building One Community (B1C), an immigrant services nonprofit and center for immigrant opportunity serving the greater Stamford community.
After beginning his banking career at Chemical Bank, Everett concluded a long and successful 23-year tenure with BNP Paribas when he retired in 2012 as the CEO of Corporate and Investment Banking for North America Region of BNP Paribas SA. Everett’s active areas of philanthropic interest include land preservation, youth education, and job training activities,
A fifth generation family business owner, Sylvia founded the Smith Family Council, a governance body for over 150 family shareholders which has owned the Menasha Corporation (a Wisconsin-based manufacturing company) for 160 years. Sylvia served on the SVP Board of Directors from 2017-21,
A Bridgeport, Connecticut native who has lived in London, New York, and San Francisco among other places, Christina returned to Bridgeport with a passion not only for community development, but the desire to be part of making Bridgeport a place that people love to be! Christina says she pursued graduate studies "with the specific aim of returning to Bridgeport to make my hometown better and restore it to its former glory!"
James C. Smith
Jim Smith is the Chairman of the Board and formerly CEO of Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE: WBS) and Webster Bank. Since stepping down from his leadership role at the bank, Jim has invested considerable time to developing proposals to stabilize Connecticut’s state budget and stimulate economic growth the State.
Christie brings over 15 years of leadership experience in both the media and nonprofit sectors to her current role as policy director at the Fairfield County Center for Housing Opportunity where she leads a multi-sector, regional initiative to advance housing opportunity throughout Fairfield County.
Eric's love for business led him to a long and illustrious career at Enterprise Holdings, a global leader in the transportation service industry. Eric began his career as a management trainee in 1992 and quickly rose through the company, culminating with his appointment as Regional Vice President of the Southern New England region, a position he held until his retirement in September 2018.
Genevive is the CEO and President of the Connecticut Center for Arts in Technology (ConnCAT) in New Haven. Prior to assuming her current position, Genevive served as Director of Programs and designed and oversaw the implementation of the Adult Career Training programs, and Youth Arts After School and Summer programs at ConnCAT.
Kristina and John Weinman
John and Kristina Weinman met in Architecture School in Chicago and in their 30 years careers have specialized in different areas of architecture: John worked with consulting firms designing research laboratories for universities and government while Kristina concentrated on hospital architecture.
For the past 20 years, in addition to their professional careers, they have been working on developing after school enrichment programs for middle and high school students. Moving to Connecticut has given them the opportunity to continue their work in developing interdisciplinary programs and working with other nonprofit organizations sharing a common goal of helping students in diverse communities such as Bridgeport, New Haven and Norwalk.
Lawrence is the Vice President, Tax at Coinbase, the leading cryptocurrency exchange in the US and a global market leader. He joined Coinbase in January 2020 and has been an active proponent for clarity and dialogue in the tax regulation of the digital asset economy. Lawrence took on his role as the chief tax officer at Coinbase following a long-standing career as a senior tax executive at the General Electric Company and GE Capital and as a tax lawyer at a number of global US law firms.
Lawrence is a long-standing resident of Connecticut and believes strongly in the value and contributions of all of its residents, including its immigrant population. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School (JD) and McGill University (BA) in his native Canada.