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Emily Aber

Emily Aber

Emily has been a licensed clinical social worker for almost 40 years and currently has a private practice, working primarily with adults.

Dorothy Adams

Dorothy Adams

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.

Susan Adamsen

Susan Adamsen

Susan recently retired from JP Morgan, where she held a variety of roles in investment banking and wealth management for over three decades.

David Allon

David Allon

David Allon is a journalist, lawyer, and entrepreneur currently working at Braddock Financial LLC, a mutual fund manager and former hedge fund company that has specialized in asset backed securities for more than 25 years.

Alycia Angus

Alycia Angus

An entrepreneur, Alycia is the co-founder and CEO of Kids U, a chain of recreational facilities for children in Connecticut and New York.

Mark Argosh

Mark Argosh

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.

David Barnard

David Barnard

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.

Craig Barney

Craig Barney

Craig seeks to apply his financial management experience and skills to SVP's efforts toward closing the Opportunity gap.

John Bergen

John Bergen

John is a senior technologist who enjoys solving business challenges through the effective use of technology. With over 30 years of experience, John has seen massive change in both technology and its use.

Roy Berger

Roy Berger

Roy is an experienced entrepreneur and senior level executive with over 30 years of experience in marketing, business development, and operations in the telecommunications and technology sectors.

David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz

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.

Jill Bicks

Jill Bicks

Jill currently practices family law at the Westport office of Pullman & Comley, a full-service firm with offices throughout Connecticut. Jill brings to her work a deep empathy for families managing the complex legal, financial and emotional transitions that come with divorce.

Larry L. Bingaman

Larry L. Bingaman

Larry is an executive with 25 years experience in the water industry and is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority. He is also a founding board member for the Connecticut chapter of Conscious Capitalism.

Wendy Block

Wendy Block

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 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 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.

Annie and Jon Burleigh

Annie and Jon Burleigh

Annie and Jon Burleigh have been active in Connecticut-based charities for many years.

Bill Burnham

Bill Burnham

A consummate entrepreneur, Bill has extensive marketing and finance experience which he has been using to become deeply engaged with the nonprofit sector in our community.

Philip Butterfield

Philip Butterfield

Philip Butterfield served as Chairman of HSBC Bank Of Bermuda from May 2012 to December 2015 and upon his return to the States, joined SVP in 2017.

Vernée Butterfield

Vernée Butterfield

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.

Yolanda Caldera-Durant

Yolanda Caldera-Durant

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

Virginia Cargill

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.

Gene Celentano

Gene Celentano

Gene is a highly experienced oil and energy professional who had a 38-year tenure with Texaco International overseeing operations in more than 40 countries throughout the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, West Africa and Canada.

Ron Clarke

Ron Clarke

During his 30+ year-career in the insurance industry, Ron has continually demonstrated entrepreneurial success within a corporate environment.

Stephen Cowherd

Stephen Cowherd

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.

Vicki Craver

Vicki Craver

Vicki joined SVP-CT in 2014 after learning about the organization through her work with the Board of Directors for Fairfield County's Community Foundation. A member of the FCCF board since 2009, Vicki became Chairman in 2013.

Laura Davis

Laura Davis

Laura is a Managing Director at JPMorgan with over twenty years of experience advising individuals, families and foundations. She leads a team guiding clients on all aspects of wealth management including strategies for impactful philanthropy.

Peter Denious

Peter Denious

Peter is an experienced private equity and venture capital advisor and investor most recently with Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Nancy Diamond

Nancy Diamond

A not-for-profit arts producer, Nancy Diamond has presented theatre, film and dance in the tri-state area for more than 30 years.

Nicholas Donofrio

Nicholas Donofrio

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.

Amy and Tony Downer

Amy and Tony Downer

This dynamic duo were two of SVP-CT's founding Partners which isn’t surprising considering their active support and leading roles in many community organizations.

Samantha Elliot

Samantha Elliot

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 Ferguson

Dick Ferguson

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.

Courtney Fero

Courtney Fero

As an Associate Director, Vice President at FactSet Research Systems, she has built content and technology products for over 17 years.

Eileen Lavigne Flug

Eileen Lavigne Flug

Eileen is an attorney practicing in Westport and serves as the appointed assistant town attorney for the Town of Westport. Deeply engaged in civic matters, Eileen served as an elected representative in the Westport town government for almost 12 years.

Gregory Flynn

Gregory Flynn

Greg is an experienced leader and financial professional. In addition to his work in corporate finance, strategy and mergers and acquisitions, Greg has helped develop an online platform connecting aspiring collegiate golfers and collegiate golf coaches.

James Follett

James Follett

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.

Rob Fried

Rob Fried

Rob Fried is a musician, philanthropist, businessman, visionary, and co-architect/founder of Band Together CT, a musical enterprise that has helped raise over $3 million for local charities.

Shaun Gagnon

Shaun Gagnon

Shaun is a Partner and Managing Director at Cambridge Insurance Advisors focusing on employee benefits, executive benefits, high net worth planning and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.

Patrick Gentile

Patrick Gentile

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.

Jennifer Gerber

Jennifer Gerber

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.

Lana Gifas

Lana Gifas

Lana is the Executive Director of Women’s Mentoring Network which empowers women and their families to enter the workforce as stronger, more confident individuals.

Lisa Gilmore

Lisa Gilmore

Lisa is a financial and wealth management professional whose career started in public accounting and transitioned into Private Banking.

Lindy Lee Gold

Lindy Lee Gold

Lindy serves as a Senior Specialist with the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development and brings a deep knowledge of workforce development to SVP.

Gary Goldberg

Gary Goldberg

Gary has an extensive background in public and private debt and equity investing as well as experience in manufacturing management and online travel technology.

Roni Goldberg

Roni Goldberg

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.

Steven Goldstein

Steven Goldstein

Steve is the CEO of audio innovation firm Amplifi media and is recognized as a thought leader in audio programming, marketing and management. He has created and developed successful radio brands around the country, and nurtured and advanced local and national broadcast talent.

Stacey Goodwin

Stacey Goodwin

As a daughter and granddaughter of teachers, Stacey believes in the transformational impact of education and related programs for children.

Virginia Gray

Virginia Gray

Virginia's passion is helping primary and secondary children to prepare for life and achieving their potential.

Andy Greenawalt

Andy Greenawalt

Andy is a highly successful tech entrepreneur and advocate of progress. A catalyst for change, Andy is an active supporter of entrepreneurship in Connecticut.

Jill Greenberg

Jill Greenberg

Jill is a long-time school psychologist now in private practice who shares her expertise through pro bono work as well as consultations with families and schools.

Mark Gudis

Mark Gudis

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.

Lisa Haas

Lisa Haas

Lisa brings more than 10 years of experience in grantmaking with The Community Fund of Darien to SVP. Currently she serves as the Grants Director.

Chuck and Elaine Harris

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.

JP Hernandez

JP Hernandez

JP learned about SVP by harnessing the power of the internet when a Google search about philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in Connecticut led him to our website.

Robin Hogen

Robin Hogen

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.

Paul Holzer

Paul Holzer

Paul Diego Holzer serves as Executive Director of Achieve Hartford!, an action-oriented, cross-sector collaborator focused on engaging the private sector to expand opportunity, improve effectiveness, and increase student success in Connecticut's capital city.

Randi Infusino

Randi Infusino

Randi’s professional career has focused on educating and mentoring children and has largely focused on those with learning disabilities.

Mary Jaensch

Mary Jaensch

Mary Wallace Jaensch is the Founder and Chief Design Officer for Last Big Gig LLC, providing career transition and innovation coaching, and supporting professional women in designing their next career sequel that delivers higher levels of satisfaction, freedom and happiness.

Alison James

Alison James

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 Jenkins

Karen Jenkins

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 Killin

Tripp Killin

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

Alex Karnal

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.

Peter Katz

Peter Katz

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 Kemp

James Kemp

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 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

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.

Dawn Kreitler

Dawn Kreitler

Dawn's philanthropic passion is educating others in nutrition and empowering underserved children.

Tom Kreitler

Tom Kreitler

Tom Kreitler is a Partner at Eaton Partners, a leading global fund placement agency, where he leads the hedge fund/public market strategies fundraising team.

Chris Kunhardt

Chris Kunhardt

In September 2014, Chris concluded his 26-year tenure with J.P. Morgan Securities. Soon after he joined SVP to apply his financial management experience toward SVP’s goal of closing Connecticut’s opportunity gap.

Adam Kurzer

Adam Kurzer

A seasoned veteran of the financial industry, Adam brings more than 30 years of high yield/leveraged finance experience to his work with SVP.

Eiichiro Kuwana

Eiichiro Kuwana

Eiich has spent his career in the financial industry and has nearly 30 years of experience including stints at Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co. before founding Cook Pine Capital with his wife, Yumi.

Yumi Kuwana

Yumi Kuwana

Inspired by her experience growing up in Japan and the United States and her struggle to embrace and appreciate both cultures, Yumi founded the Global Citizens Institute, a youth empowerment social enterprise, to provide effective global education for students from around the world.

Liz Lazarus

Liz Lazarus

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 Leapley

Adam Leapley

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.

Dan Levinson

Dan Levinson

Since earning his undergrad degree from Brown and MBA from Stanford, Dan has been in the private equity business, founding Main Street Resources in 1998. This experience has given Dan a firm grounding in launching and executing complex human-scale transactions and opportunities.

Cynthia Lyon

Cynthia Lyon

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.

Ceci Maher

Ceci Maher

Ceci is a highly experienced nonprofit consultant with a long year career in the nonprofit space. Most recently she was the CEO of Person-to-Person, a social service agency serving 25,000 people annually in Fairfield County, from 2005-2019.

Shannon Marimon

Shannon Marimon

Shannon has worked in PK-12 and higher education for almost two decades. As a native of Connecticut, she is committed to narrowing the state’s achievement and opportunity gaps and raising academic outcomes for all students through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building.

Jeff Marinstein

Jeff Marinstein

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.”

Jeffrey Mayer

Jeffrey Mayer

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.

Marianna Kulak McCall

Marianna Kulak McCall

Marianna believes every child deserves the right to reach their full potential and is dedicated to providing high-quality, developmental early education for underserved children.

Mark McCall

Mark McCall

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 Melland

Scot Melland

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 Millot

Patrick Millot

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.

Arthur Mintzer

Arthur Mintzer

With nearly 30 years of experience in corporate technology roles, Arthur has a passion for helping organizations by ensuring their technology and business operations are optimized to help them achieve their mission and vision.

Maria Isabel Mojica

Maria Isabel Mojica

Maria Isabel Mojica is an independent consultant with deep expertise in community change and philanthropy working with emerging, growing, or turnaround organizations with collaborative and mission-focused culture.

Courtney Murphy

Courtney Murphy

Courtney Murphy has over a decade of experience advising large companies on their corporate social engagement and philanthropic strategies.

Amy Orenstein

Amy Orenstein

Amy has a professional background in management consulting and is the co-founder of a start-up firm, Opine, which provides consulting services for small businesses.

James K. Page

James K. Page

James is a transformational leader who has a keen passion for the enhancement of student learning and development. He has been a professor at the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business University of Bridgeport since 2015 and was appointed Undergraduate Program Director and Lead Academic Advisor in February 2018.

Bernie Park

Bernie Park

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 Prince-Stewart

Jamilah Prince-Stewart

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.

Michelle Reichenbach

Michelle Reichenbach

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.

Stephen Ristau

Stephen Ristau

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.

James Robertson

James Robertson

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.

Jill and Tom Robey

Jill and Tom Robey

Jill and Tom's professional experiences span the financial, education, technology, media, and telecom industries. Both have been very active in their community and share a mutual interest in education issues and organizations.

Catalina Samper-Horak

Catalina Samper-Horak

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.

Michael Sandifer

Michael Sandifer

Michael Sandifer has focused much of his professional and personal efforts in advocacy and working to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable.

Everett Schenk

Everett Schenk

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,

Barry Schwimmer

Barry Schwimmer

Drawing upon his successful career in private equity, Barry's most recent work has centered upon supporting start-up and small businesses with a goal of increasing job growth an economic development in Connecticut.

Eric Seidman

Eric Seidman

Eric Seidman has more than 25 years of food industry experience. Currently, he consults with food manufacturers and distributors on a range of projects including product development, strategy, branding, sales and marketing.

Sylvia Shepard

Sylvia Shepard

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..

Joe Smialowski

Joe Smialowski

Joe Smialowski is the founder of The Innovation and Workforce Discontinuity Initiative, which is focused on the impact of technology, globalization, and urbanization on the “future of work.”

M. Catherine Smith

M. Catherine Smith

Cathy Smith is highly respected throughout greater Waterbury and Connecticut for her lifelong community service and her leadership in philanthropic projects that have significantly improved the region’s quality of life and facilitated economic growth.

Christina Smith

Christina Smith

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

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.

Lorna Smith

Lorna Smith

Lorna is the CEO of Horizons National, an academic and enrichment program serving low-income, public school students that was one of SVP's earliest nonprofit engagements (2015-18).

Robert J. Smith

Robert J. Smith

Robert joined SVP Connecticut as a founding Partner after he concluded a 21-year tenure with Glencore, Ltd., a leading integrated producer and marketer of commodities. Robert was a founding member of SVP's Executive Board and was the chapter's first Investment Committee chairman.

Tanya Rhodes Smith

Tanya Rhodes Smith

Tanya's experience in policy development, nonprofit administration, team management, community organizing and legislative advocacy is a great fit for engaging with SVP Connecticut.

Christie Stewart

Christie Stewart

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 Stone

Eric Stone

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.

Michael Storz

Michael Storz

Michael Storz is President of Chapel Haven Inc., an organization focused on teaching people with autism spectrum disorders and those with mild cognitive disabilities the skills to live independently in the community.

Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo

Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo

Catherine is vice president of admissions and marketing for Chapel Haven, a nationally accredited transitional living program with a mission of empowering adults (18+) with developmental and social disabilities to live independent and self-determined lives.

Michael Van Leesten

Michael Van Leesten

Michael Van Leesten is the Director of Pathfinder Hopkins School, an academic enrichment program. Concurrently, he is the Director of Community Development and a mathematics teacher at Hopkins School in New Haven.

Genevive Walker

Genevive Walker

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.

Robert Wechsler

Robert Wechsler

Rob has had multiple careers that have spanned the legal, publishing, nonprofit and campaign finance sectors.

Kristina and John Weinman

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.

Gayle Weinstein

Gayle Weinstein

Gayle Weinstein has made a career out of giving back to her community. She served three terms as Weston’s First Selectman from 2009-2015, and one term as a Selectman from 2007-2009.

James Weitzman

James Weitzman

James Weitzman is the Founder & CEO of 1sm. Prior to 1sm, he was the Director of Business Development and Sales at Cockroach Labs, the SQL database for global cloud services that has raised over $108MM in funding from top venture capital firms.

Richard J. Wenning

Richard J. Wenning

A national expert on education policy design and implementation, Rich is executive director of BeFoundation, a family foundation devoted to dramatic improvement in the education of underserved children in Connecticut and the vitality of their communities.

Pamela Workman-Hilton

Pamela Workman-Hilton

Pam Workman-Hilton is an established communications leader who works closely executives and entrepreneurs to solve business and brand development needs with communication and public relation solutions.

Ted Yang

Ted Yang

Ted is an active digital start-up angel investor and advisor with more than 15 years of experience in the capital markets industry. Currently he is the CTO and Founder of MediaCrossing, Inc. an independent digital media trading partner serving publishers, marketers and agencies.

Lizzy Zawy

Lizzy Zawy

Lizzy is passionate about connecting human hearts & minds to build better societies, businesses & communities. She is the founder of Lizzy Zawy Public Relations, a Stamford-based public relations and communications firm.

Lawrence Zlatkin

Lawrence Zlatkin

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.